|15||MINNESOTA||-145||Ov 5,-140||-145||Ov 5,-140|
|16||COLORADO||+125||Un 5,+120||+125||Un 5,+120|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||11-12-0||-0.5||11-12||-0.5||12-10||2.8||27.0||3.0||28.5|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-4||2-3||-4||3-1||2.0||31.4||4.0||22.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||47||119||30||46||36||7||6||1349||8.8%||148||26||17.6%||202|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||23||65||14||29||20||2||3||620||10.5%||65||15||23.1%||108|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||10||4||3||3||0||0||157||6.4%||8||1||12.5%||16|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||17||50||12||16||20||2||2||525||9.5%||56||10||17.9%||85|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||126||39||42||42||3||4||1269||9.9%||134||26||19.4%||209|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||69||21||20||27||1||1||656||10.5%||64||15||23.4%||121|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||20||6||7||7||0||1||112||17.9%||8||5||62.5%||33|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||46||14||15||16||1||3||442||10.4%||46||10||21.7%||77|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (All Games)||41||40||1042||945||90.7%||1||22-18||-0.6||22-18-0||-1||18-18|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Road Games)||19||19||507||457||90.1%||0||11-8||+3.5||11-8-0||+3||10-9|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (vs. Division)||16||16||392||354||90.3%||0||11-5||+2.7||11-5-0||+2||9-5|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Last 4 Games)||4||4||78||66||84.6%||0||1-3||-5||1-3-0||-5||2-1|
|MATT HACKETT (All Games)||1||1||33||28||84.8%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|MATT HACKETT (Road Games)||1||1||33||28||84.8%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|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)||5||3||73||63||86.3%||1||2-1||+1.2||2-1-0||+1||1-2|
|JOSH HARDING (Road Games)||1||1||27||22||81.5%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|JOSH HARDING (vs. Division)||2||0||18||15||83.3%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JOSH HARDING (Last 4 Games)||4||2||49||39||79.6%||0||1-1||+0.1||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|DARCY KUEMPER (All Games)||6||3||119||109||91.6%||0||1-2||-1||1-2-0||-1||0-1|
|DARCY KUEMPER (Road Games)||5||2||88||80||90.9%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||0-1|
|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|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||12-11-0||+0.3||12-11||+0.3||9-11||2.8||31.8||2.8||30.2|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-0.4||2-3||-0.4||3-2||3.0||28.6||3.6||31.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||47||115||29||44||37||5||4||1386||8.3%||139||21||15.1%||195|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||23||64||15||25||21||3||1||732||8.7%||71||9||12.7%||109|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||6||5||3||1||1||143||10.5%||16||4||25.0%||25|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||17||44||10||15||18||1||3||539||8.2%||58||6||10.3%||76|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||149||52||57||33||7||8||1474||10.1%||180||35||19.4%||255|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||65||28||22||12||3||0||694||9.4%||89||7||7.9%||112|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||18||6||7||4||1||0||157||11.5%||19||4||21.1%||33|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||64||22||26||16||0||5||508||12.6%||62||14||22.6%||110|
|SAMI AITTOKALLIO (All Games)||1||1||25||23||92.0%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-0|
|SAMI AITTOKALLIO (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|SAMI AITTOKALLIO (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|SAMI AITTOKALLIO (Last 4 Games)||1||1||25||23||92.0%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-0|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (All Games)||18||14||469||426||90.8%||0||6-8||+0.4||6-8-0||0||8-6|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (Home Games)||7||7||198||175||88.4%||0||2-5||-2.9||2-5-0||-3||4-3|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (vs. Division)||6||6||162||143||88.3%||0||3-3||+0.7||3-3-0||+1||4-2|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (Last 4 Games)||4||4||120||106||88.3%||0||3-1||+3.3||3-1-0||+2||4-0|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (All Games)||34||32||974||878||90.1%||5||10-22||-13.4||10-22-0||-13||10-17|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (Home Games)||17||16||496||454||91.5%||3||10-6||+3.2||10-6-0||+4||5-8|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (vs. Division)||12||11||341||301||88.3%||1||2-9||-7.9||2-9-0||-8||5-5|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (Last 4 Games)||4||3||92||81||88.0%||1||0-3||-3.2||0-3-0||-3||0-3|
|Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 3.16, COLORADO 3.18|
|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|
|4/26/2013||EDMONTON||1-6||L||0, -240||L||5 ov||O|
|4/27/2013||at COLORADO|| |
|4/1/2013||at DETROIT||2-3||L||0, +150||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/2/2013||at NASHVILLE||1-3||L||0, +150||L||5 ov||U|
|4/5/2013||DETROIT||2-3||L||0, -110||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/6/2013||at PHOENIX||0-4||L||0, +160||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/8/2013||CALGARY||1-3||L||0, -150||L||5.5 ov||U|
|4/10/2013||at ANAHEIM||4-1||W||0, +190||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/11/2013||at LOS ANGELES||2-3||L||0, +245||L||5 ov||P|
|4/13/2013||VANCOUVER||4-3||W||0, +145||W||5 ov||O|
|4/15/2013||COLUMBUS||3-4||L||0, -105||L||5 ov||O|
|4/19/2013||EDMONTON||1-4||L||0, -125||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/21/2013||ST LOUIS||5-3||W||0, +140||W||5 ov||O|
|4/23/2013||at ST LOUIS||1-3||L||0, +190||L||5 ov||U|
|4/26/2013||at PHOENIX||5-4||W||0, +150||W||5.5 un||O|
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.
LAST SEASON: 41-35-6, 88 points. Missed postseason.
COACH: Joe Sacco, 4th season with Avalanche, 114-109-23.
ADDED: RW P.A. Parenteau, C John Mitchell, D Greg Zanon
LOST: C Peter Mueller, C Jay McClement, C Joakim Lindstrom.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Gabriel Landeskog. The Avalanche believe so highly in the 20-year-old that they made him the youngest captain in NHL history. Landeskog is coming off a stellar season in which he won the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie.
OUTLOOK: The Avs will have plenty of scoring punch - even more if they can sign restricted free-agent center Ryan O'Reilly - but to return to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons will largely depend on the play of goaltender Semyon Varlamov. He had a 2.59 goals-against average in his first season in Colorado after being acquired from Washington for a first-round pick. The Avs expect big things out of the young netminder.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (MINNESOTA-COLORADO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Wild-Avalanche Preview* ========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Minnesota (25-19-3) at Colorado (16-24-7), 7:30 p.m. EDT
After blowing their first chance to clinch a playoff berth, the Minnesota Wild's postseason fate has come down to what they hope is not the last game of their season.
Looking to bounce back from an embarrassing defeat, the Wild can still make the playoffs for the first time in five years with a road victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.
Minnesota (25-19-3) has less than 24 hours to regroup from Friday's 6-1 home loss to Edmonton, which had lost nine of 10 and won't be in the postseason.
The Wild own the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference despite being tied with Columbus at 53 points because they own the tiebreaker over the Blue Jackets. Additionally, Minnesota is one point behind seventh-place Detroit.
"It's not the way we wanted it to happen, but we're still in a good place," said Wild defenseman Ryan Suter, whose team has been outscored 17-5 while losing three of four. "We win and we're in the playoffs. That was our goal to get in the playoffs, and once you get in the playoffs you set another goal.
"We still control our own destiny here and we have to go in there and play our best game of the season."
A victory at Colorado (16-24-7) would send Minnesota to the postseason for the first time since 2008. A win coupled with any type of loss by the Red Wings at Dallas would give the Wild the No. 7 seed. If Columbus suffers a regulation loss at home to Nashville on Saturday, Minnesota would qualify regardless of its result.
However, if Detroit earns a point, Columbus wins and the Wild lose, Minnesota would be eliminated.
"I've got total confidence in our group to play that game (Saturday)," said coach Mike Yeo, whose club was blown out despite outshooting the Oilers 39-17. "This one hurts, but I've seen this group respond enough, I've seen our leadership enough to still feel confident."
Yeo will start Niklas Backstrom, who was pulled Friday after allowing three goals on five shots in 18 minutes.
"I've got total confidence in Backy to play that (Saturday)," Yeo said.
Backstrom posted a 2.94 goals-against average while Minnesota totaled 18 goals in going 3-0-1 against the Avalanche this season.
Mikko Koivu scored for the second time in 15 games Friday off an assist from rookie Charlie Coyle, who has four points in the past five games.
Devin Setoguchi has four points without a goal in his last 14, but he scored twice and added an assist in a 6-4 win at Colorado on March 16 in these teams' last meeting. Suter had a goal and an assist in that game but enters this matchup pointless in a season-high four straight.
Though the Avalanche will miss the postseason for a third straight year, they are 4-2-2 in their last eight with three wins over playoff-bound teams. In a 5-4 victory at Phoenix on Friday, P.A. Parenteau had a goal with an assist, Matt Duchene had three assists and both scored in the shootout.
The Avalanche prevailed even though they trailed 2-0 and blew a lead in the third period.
"It's a good test of character for these guys and they responded well," coach Joe Sacco said.
Parenteau and Duchene have combined for four goals and five assists against the Wild in 2013.
|Last Updated: 12/20/2014 4:42:15 AM EST|