|71||MINNESOTA||-115||Ov 5,-130||-115||Ov 5,-135|
|72||EDMONTON||-105||Un 5,+110||-105||Un 5,+115|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||10-19-0||-6.6||10-19||-6.6||8-13||2.2||27.3||3.0||31.1|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1.6||3-2||+1.6||3-1||3.2||30.6||2.8||30.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||59||145||42||41||54||8||12||1590||9.1%||187||34||18.2%||252|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||29||63||18||14||27||4||5||792||8.0%||90||16||17.8%||110|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||16||5||2||8||1||0||153||10.5%||19||5||26.3%||28|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||147||42||50||48||7||12||1654||8.9%||186||36||19.4%||244|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||87||28||30||24||5||8||903||9.6%||101||22||21.8%||144|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||4||5||4||1||0||150||9.3%||15||1||6.7%||25|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (All Games)||21||18||546||491||89.9%||2||6-12||-5.9||6-12-0||-4||7-5|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Road Games)||12||10||368||333||90.5%||2||3-7||-3||3-7-0||-2||3-3|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Last 4 Games)||4||3||96||88||91.7%||0||2-1||+1.4||2-1-0||+2||2-0|
|JOHN CURRY (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JOHN CURRY (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JOSH HARDING (All Games)||29||28||690||644||93.3%||3||17-11||+4.7||17-11-0||+5||7-16|
|JOSH HARDING (Road Games)||12||12||295||275||93.2%||0||4-8||-4.3||4-8-0||-4||2-7|
|JOSH HARDING (Last 4 Games)||4||4||112||102||91.1%||0||2-2||-0.7||2-2-0||-1||1-2|
|DARCY KUEMPER (All Games)||15||13||410||376||91.7%||1||8-5||+4.9||8-5-0||+5||3-7|
|DARCY KUEMPER (Road Games)||9||7||235||211||89.8%||1||3-4||+0.8||3-4-0||+1||3-3|
|DARCY KUEMPER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||108||97||89.8%||0||2-2||-0.1||2-2-0||0||2-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||10-16-0||-5.6||10-16||-5.6||16-10||2.8||29.0||3.3||29.7|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+2.2||3-2||+2.2||0-4||1.8||25.6||1.8||40.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||60||153||47||47||54||5||9||1626||9.4%||206||35||17.0%||259|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||26||74||23||21||27||3||2||754||9.8%||102||24||23.5%||131|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||9||4||1||4||0||0||128||7.0%||15||1||6.7%||17|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||199||62||69||61||7||12||1947||10.2%||203||38||18.7%||326|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||86||27||31||26||2||6||772||11.1%||86||18||20.9%||144|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||9||3||2||3||1||0||204||4.4%||17||3||17.6%||18|
|RICHARD BACHMAN (All Games)||3||3||83||76||91.6%||0||0-3||-3||0-3-0||-3||0-3|
|RICHARD BACHMAN (Home Games)||2||2||35||29||82.9%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||0-2|
|RICHARD BACHMAN (Last 4 Games)||3||3||83||76||91.6%||0||0-3||-3||0-3-0||-3||0-3|
|ILYA BRYZGALOV (All Games)||19||19||592||537||90.7%||1||6-13||-5.4||6-13-0||-6||12-6|
|ILYA BRYZGALOV (Home Games)||7||7||189||166||87.8%||0||2-5||-2.7||2-5-0||-3||7-0|
|ILYA BRYZGALOV (Last 4 Games)||4||4||124||114||91.9%||0||2-2||+0.7||2-2-0||+1||2-1|
|JASON LABARBERA (All Games)||7||4||146||127||87.0%||0||1-3||-2||1-3-0||-2||2-1|
|JASON LABARBERA (Home Games)||3||1||59||52||88.1%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|JASON LABARBERA (Last 4 Games)||4||2||89||78||87.6%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||1-1|
|BEN SCRIVENS (All Games)||25||21||695||651||93.7%||2||10-11||-3.9||10-11-0||-5||2-14|
|BEN SCRIVENS (Home Games)||8||8||237||225||94.9%||1||4-4||-2.8||4-4-0||-4||2-5|
|BEN SCRIVENS (Last 4 Games)||4||4||171||165||96.5%||2||3-1||+3.2||3-1-0||+3||1-3|
|Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 3.1, EDMONTON 3.13|
|2/1/2014||at CALGARY||3-4||L||0, -110||L||5 ov||O|
|2/4/2014||TAMPA BAY||2-1||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||U|
|2/6/2014||NASHVILLE||3-2||W||0, -140||W||5 ev||P|
|2/27/2014||at EDMONTON|| |
|2/28/2014||at VANCOUVER|| |
|3/8/2014||at DALLAS|| |
|3/9/2014||ST LOUIS|| |
|2/1/2014||at BOSTON||0-4||L||0, +170||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/3/2014||at BUFFALO||3-2||W||0, -125||W||5 ov||P|
|2/6/2014||at NY RANGERS||2-1||W||0, +170||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/7/2014||at NEW JERSEY||1-2||L||0, +155||L||5 ov||U|
|3/6/2014||NY ISLANDERS|| |
|3/9/2014||LOS ANGELES|| |
|MINNESOTA: ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - That buzz created by signing two big stars turned out to be a false start for the Minnesota Wild.
First there was the lockout. Then they sputtered through a shortened season, barely made the playoffs and were bounced out quickly by the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
Well, here's their chance to try again. Coach Mike Yeo kept his job, and the Wild added players around centerpieces Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.
Minnesota opens the season at home Oct. 3 against the Los Angeles Kings.
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - The Edmonton Oilers have been stuck in rebuilding mode for some time, but the hope this season is that this youthful bunch - laced with first-round picks - returns to a place this franchise used to dominate.
Indeed, the Oilers - a once-dynastic franchise - has not qualified for the playoffs in seven straight seasons. But there is a benefit to Edmonton's on-ice failings: The Oilers have been able to stockpile high-end talent in defenseman Justin Schultz and forwards Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nail Yakupov, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle.
Many inside and outside the organization believe Edmonton's collection of talent will eventually lead the Oilers back to a Stanley Cup, which would be their sixth. For now, though, a playoff berth would do just fine.
Edmonton opens against Winnipeg on Oct. 1.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (MINNESOTA-EDMONTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Wild-Oilers Preview* =====================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Minnesota (31-21-7) at Edmonton (20-33-7), 9:30 p.m. EDT
The Minnesota Wild are hoping to pick up where they left off before the Olympic break.
A matchup against the Western Conference-worst Edmonton Oilers could help them do just that.
The Wild try to continue their recent domination of the Oilers as these teams meet at Rexall Place on Thursday night.
Minnesota (31-21-7) built a comfortable lead for the West's first wild-card spot by going 11-4-2 from Jan. 2 to the break. Zach Parise had four goals and five assists as the Wild went 3-1-1 during a five-game stretch leading up to the Winter Games.
He and fellow Olympians Mikael Granlund and Ryan Suter are looking forward to getting back to business.
"You can tell that they've been playing at a high speed over there, and I expect them to step right in where they left off," coach Mike Yeo told the Wild's official website. "I'm hoping we can keep the momentum we had going into the break. Special team success is going to be a huge key to team success heading down the stretch."
While the Wild have dealt with their fair share of injuries, they've found ways to get it done. It's unclear if captain Mikko Koivu will be back on the ice after missing the last 15 games - and the Olympics - due to a fractured ankle.
"I think we've got good character," said Jason Pominville, who leads the team with 22 goals and 40 points. "A lot of guys stepped up in different situations. It wasn't easy at times. You could tell that we were missing some of our key guys, but I think other guys kind of found a way to adjust their game and get adjusted to the level of our play that you have to be successful night in and night out.
"We've just got to focus on winning games."
The Wild have piled up victories against the Oilers over the years, going 31-9-2 in the series dating to February 2007. Minnesota has allowed just 15 goals in going 7-1-0 during their last eight visits to Edmonton.
The Wild took this season's first meeting 4-1 on Jan. 16 behind a goal and an assist from Pominville, giving him eight points in his last six games versus Edmonton.
The Oilers (20-33-7) went 5-1-1 heading into the break, and Taylor Hall reached the 20-goal mark for the third time in his four-year career in their 2-1 overtime loss to New Jersey on Feb. 7.
It's unclear who will be in goal as the Oilers open a five-game homestand. Ilya Bryzgalov is 2-0-1 with a 1.97 goals-against average in his last three starts, and Ben Scrivens is 3-1-0 with a 1.50 mark and one shutout in his last four.
"It's hard to say," coach Dallas Eakins told the team's official website. "I don't have a crystal ball next to me. It'll depend on their play. It may come down to if Ben plays well and Bryz is playing well, yeah we may give Ben a couple of extra starts. I think Bryz would understand that. Or, we might split it down the middle. I won't know until we get started here."
Unfortunately for the Oilers, Niklas Backstrom could be in goal for Minnesota after missing 11 of the last 12 games due to a lingering abdominal injury. Backstrom is 25-4-1 with four shutouts and a 1.91 GAA in the series, his most wins against any team.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 10:48:35 PM EST|