|53||EDMONTON||+175||Ov 5,-115||+175||Ov 5,-115|
|54||MINNESOTA||-210||Un 5,-105||-210||Un 5,-105|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||9-14-0||-2.8||9-14||-2.8||8-13||2.5||25.0||2.7||34.0|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-3.2||1-4||-3.2||1-4||1.8||23.4||3.2||30.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||46||112||44||32||32||4||6||1230||9.1%||163||33||20.2%||198|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||23||58||24||18||14||2||2||574||10.1%||82||16||19.5%||104|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||9||5||2||2||0||0||117||7.7%||16||1||6.2%||18|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||16||50||22||13||14||1||3||444||11.3%||51||16||31.4%||89|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||131||38||41||45||7||8||1504||8.7%||170||28||16.5%||219|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||62||17||23||19||3||5||783||7.9%||87||14||16.1%||105|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||16||7||3||6||0||1||152||10.5%||16||3||18.7%||28|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||41||13||13||14||1||1||526||7.8%||57||6||10.5%||71|
|YANN DANIS (All Games)||3||1||59||52||88.1%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|YANN DANIS (Road Games)||2||1||45||38||84.4%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|YANN DANIS (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|YANN DANIS (Last 4 Games)||3||1||59||52||88.1%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (All Games)||37||35||1103||1015||92.0%||2||14-21||-6.5||14-21-0||-6||11-18|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Road Games)||19||18||600||559||93.2%||1||8-10||-0.6||8-10-0||-1||7-9|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (vs. Division)||14||14||442||411||93.0%||1||8-6||+2.4||8-6-0||+2||5-9|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||123||111||90.2%||0||1-3||-2.2||1-3-0||-2||1-3|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (All Games)||11||10||337||309||91.7%||1||3-7||-4||3-7-0||-4||1-8|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (Road Games)||4||4||135||126||93.3%||1||1-3||-1.1||1-3-0||-1||0-4|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (vs. Division)||3||2||83||74||89.2%||1||0-2||-3||0-2-0||-3||0-2|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (Last 4 Games)||4||4||115||100||87.0%||1||1-3||-3||1-3-0||-3||1-3|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||14-9-0||+1.4||14-9||+1.4||7-11||2.3||30.0||2.2||25.9|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||-0.6||3-2||-0.6||3-1||2.6||29.0||3.4||23.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||46||118||30||46||35||7||6||1310||9.0%||146||26||17.8%||201|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||23||53||16||17||15||5||3||690||7.7%||81||11||13.6%||93|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||13||5||4||4||0||0||145||9.0%||8||1||12.5%||21|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||16||49||12||16||19||2||2||486||10.1%||54||10||18.5%||84|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||120||36||39||42||3||4||1252||9.6%||132||26||19.7%||200|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||51||15||19||15||2||3||596||8.6%||68||11||16.2%||79|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||17||3||4||10||0||1||118||14.4%||8||5||62.5%||30|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||40||11||12||16||1||3||425||9.4%||44||10||22.7%||68|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (All Games)||40||39||1037||943||90.9%||1||22-17||+1.8||22-17-0||+1||17-18|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Home Games)||21||20||530||486||91.7%||1||11-9||-1.7||11-9-0||-2||7-9|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (vs. Division)||15||15||387||352||91.0%||0||11-4||+5.1||11-4-0||+4||8-5|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Last 4 Games)||4||4||92||80||87.0%||0||2-2||-1.6||2-2-0||-2||2-1|
|MATT HACKETT (All Games)||1||1||33||28||84.8%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|MATT HACKETT (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MATT HACKETT (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MATT HACKETT (Last 4 Games)||1||1||33||28||84.8%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|JOSH HARDING (All Games)||4||3||61||54||88.5%||1||2-1||+1.2||2-1-0||+1||1-2|
|JOSH HARDING (Home Games)||3||2||34||32||94.1%||1||2-0||+2.2||2-0-0||+2||0-2|
|JOSH HARDING (vs. Division)||1||0||6||6||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JOSH HARDING (Last 4 Games)||4||3||61||54||88.5%||1||2-1||+1.2||2-1-0||+1||1-2|
|DARCY KUEMPER (All Games)||6||3||119||109||91.6%||0||1-2||-1||1-2-0||-1||0-1|
|DARCY KUEMPER (Home Games)||1||1||31||29||93.5%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-0|
|DARCY KUEMPER (vs. Division)||1||1||30||28||93.3%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|DARCY KUEMPER (Last 4 Games)||4||1||58||52||89.7%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: EDMONTON 3.21, MINNESOTA 3.16|
|3/30/2013||VANCOUVER||4-0||W||0, +115||W||5 ov||U|
|4/1/2013||CALGARY||4-1||W||0, -165||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/3/2013||at CALGARY||8-2||W||0, -130||W||5.5 un||O|
|4/4/2013||at VANCOUVER||0-4||L||0, +160||L||5 ov||U|
|4/6/2013||at LOS ANGELES||1-4||L||0, +160||L||5 ov||P|
|4/8/2013||at ANAHEIM||1-2||L||0, +130||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/10/2013||PHOENIX||1-3||L||0, -125||L||5 ov||U|
|4/13/2013||CALGARY||1-4||L||0, -200||L||5.5 ev||U|
|4/16/2013||MINNESOTA||3-5||L||0, -120||L||5 ev||O|
|4/19/2013||at COLORADO||4-1||W||0, +105||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/21/2013||ANAHEIM||1-3||L||0, +110||L||5 ov||U|
|4/22/2013||ANAHEIM||0-3||L||0, +105||L||5 ov||U|
|4/24/2013||CHICAGO||1-4||L||0, +165||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/26/2013||at MINNESOTA|| |
|3/30/2013||LOS ANGELES||4-3||W||0, +105||W||5 ev||O|
|4/1/2013||ST LOUIS||1-4||L||0, -125||L||5 ev||P|
|4/3/2013||at SAN JOSE||2-4||L||0, +130||L||5 ov||O|
|4/4/2013||at LOS ANGELES||0-3||L||0, +160||L||5 ov||U|
|4/7/2013||at COLUMBUS||3-0||W||0, -105||W||5 ov||U|
|4/9/2013||CHICAGO||0-1||L||0, -105||L||5 ov||U|
|4/11/2013||ST LOUIS||0-2||L||0, -110||L||5 un||U|
|4/13/2013||COLUMBUS||2-3||L||0, -145||L||5 ov||P|
|4/15/2013||at CALGARY||4-3||W||0, -155||W||5 ov||O|
|4/16/2013||at EDMONTON||5-3||W||0, +100||W||5 ev||O|
|4/18/2013||at SAN JOSE||1-6||L||0, +130||L||5 un||O|
|4/21/2013||CALGARY||1-4||L||0, -265||L||5 ov||P|
|4/23/2013||LOS ANGELES||2-1||W||0, -115||W||5 un||U|
|4/27/2013||at COLORADO|| |
LAST SEASON: 32-40-10, 74 points. Missed playoffs by finishing 14th in the Western Conference.
COACH: Ralph Krueger, 1st year.
ADDED: LW Nail Yakupov, D Justin Schultz, D Mark Fistric.
LOST: D Cam Barker.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Yakupov was the first pick in the draft and will take his skillful shot to the second line with the slick-passing Ales Hemsky and steady center Sam Gagner. But Schultz could be a big help for the blue line, after signing with the Oilers this summer following a standout college career at Wisconsin.
OUTLOOK: Krueger was promoted this summer after spending the last two seasons as an assistant for the Oilers. The former Swiss national team coach has a tall task in front of him, to try to guide the team to the playoffs for the first time since the Stanley Cup finals appearance in 2006. He has plenty of emerging stars to help him, though, even if the lineup isn't that deep. Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall will lead the way, having signed huge contract extensions over the summer and recently earned alternate captain status. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the first pick in the 2011 draft, will join them on a first line.
LAST SEASON: 35-36-11, 81 points.
COACH: Mike Yeo, 2nd season, 35-36-11.
ADDED: LW Zach Parise, D Ryan Suter, C Mikael Granlund, LW Torrey Mitchell, C Zenon Konopka, C Jake Dowell.
LOST: LW Guillaume Latendresse, RW Nick Johnson, LW Warren Peters, RW Jed Ortmeyer, D Mike Lundin, C Erik Christensen, D Kurtis Foster.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Parise and Suter are the headliners, their identical 13-year, $98 million contracts serving as July 4 fireworks over the NHL free agent market, but the Finnish sensation Granlund is being given a spot on the second line before his 21st birthday. The ninth overall pick in the 2010 draft is so popular in his home country that paparazzi follow him around town. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound, slick-with-the-stick scorer spent the lockout playing for the Wild's AHL affiliate. He had 20 goals and 31 assists in 45 games last season for his club in Helsinki.
OUTLOOK: The Wild had the league's best record at 20-7-3 at the 30-game mark but nosedived down the stretch under the weight of myriad injuries. After signing Parise, bringing Granlund over and getting Pierre-Marc Bouchard back from another lengthy concussion absence, the Wild have unquestionably the deepest and most talented group of forwards in the franchise's 13-year history. Staying healthy in a fast-paced condensed season will be critical, of course, but the key to making the playoffs for the first time in five years is on the blue line, where veterans Suter and Tom Gilbert will need help from young players like Jared Spurgeon, Clayton Stoner and Marco Scandella.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (EDMONTON-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Oilers-Wild Preview* =====================
Edmonton (17-22-7) at Minnesota (25-18-3), 8:00 p.m. EDT
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Wild looked like they were going to miss the postseason for the fifth straight year following a terrible start to April.
A clutch win over the defending Stanley Cup champions, though, has Minnesota on the verge of returning to the playoffs.
The Wild only need to beat Edmonton at home Friday night or win at Colorado on Saturday to secure a playoff berth, and the Oilers enter this matchup playing even worse than Minnesota this month.
The Wild (25-18-3) lost eight of their first 11 in April, including a couple at home when they dominated most of the night only to lose a critical contest.
On Tuesday, they were able to match Los Angeles' intensity.
The time on the scoreboard was ticking toward zero and the Wild were clinging to a one-goal lead the Kings weren't ready to give up on.
Kings defenseman Slava Voynov signaled to a teammate on the other side he was open, corralled a perfect through-the-slot pass at the far edge of the right circle and wound up for the potential tying shot. Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom lunged to block the puck with the middle of his right leg and smothered it in the crease with help from defenseman Ryan Suter with 11 seconds left.
Almost everyone in the arena exhaled, and the Wild won 2-1 to avoid a third straight loss.
"You just have to stick with it. We talked before: There's going to be ups and downs," captain Mikko Koivu said.
After signing Suter and Zach Parise to mega contracts last summer, this lockout-shortened season took on a playoffs-or-bust vibe. In January and March, the Wild's first postseason appearance since 2008 looked like a mere formality. In February and April, not so much.
They lost 6-1 at San Jose last Thursday and 4-1 at home to Calgary on Sunday, heightening the tension and pressure to the point where a team meeting was held before Monday's practice. The clear-the-air session apparently did some good.
"It's just every game we're trying to do the same things that we're supposed to do, and a lot of that is mental right now getting toward the end of the season," Koivu said. "Your mind has to be in it each and every shift. It's not about effort. It's about making the right plays."
They did that against the Kings.
"The last game could've unraveled us, too, and it didn't. That's how you respond," coach Mike Yeo said.
Minnesota hasn't come undone in its meetings with the Oilers (17-22-7) over the past few seasons. The Wild have won all three matchups this year, outscoring Edmonton 12-6, to improve to 13-2-0 in the series since the start of the 2010-11 season.
Matt Cullen has two goals and two assists against the Oilers this season, while Charlie Coyle and Kyle Brodziak have each scored twice. Backstrom has been in net for all three games, and he's 11-1-0 with a 1.96 goals-against average in his last 12 starts versus Edmonton.
That doesn't bode well for an Oilers team that has totaled two goals during a three-game skid. Edmonton lost 4-1 to Chicago at home on Wednesday night, dropping to 1-9-0 in its last 10.
"The individual errors are just killing us at the moment," said coach Ralph Krueger, whose team finishes the season Saturday with a visit from Vancouver. "We need to be very cognizant about the importance of reacting to this. The results are less important than the way we are playing and executing right now.
"We're being tested right now in the severest of ways with the losing month like this. We should all expect more from each other."
|Last Updated: 9/16/2014 8:29:11 AM EST|