|Team Stats (Road Games)||20-17-0||+5.8||20-17||+5.8||15-18||2.8||31.2||2.8||29.1|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.1||2-3||-1.1||1-3||2.2||33.2||2.6||27.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||75||202||55||74||69||4||13||2364||8.5%||222||46||20.7%||343|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||37||102||28||39||35||0||6||1156||8.8%||104||21||20.2%||172|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||11||3||4||4||0||1||166||6.6%||14||5||35.7%||19|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||218||67||67||75||9||18||2195||9.9%||223||43||19.3%||363|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||104||36||37||29||2||10||1075||9.7%||101||23||22.8%||175|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||3||6||3||1||2||139||9.4%||11||1||9.1%||19|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (All Games)||62||61||1734||1582||91.2%||0||30-31||-9.1||30-31-0||-7||25-31|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Road Games)||31||31||845||775||91.7%||0||18-13||+7.6||18-13-0||+8||13-15|
|DEVAN DUBNYK(vs. Non-Conference)||27||27||792||716||90.4%||0||13-14||-5.5||13-14-0||-4||15-10|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||117||109||93.2%||0||2-2||+0.1||2-2-0||+1||1-2|
|ALEX STALOCK (All Games)||19||14||447||399||89.3%||2||5-9||-5.5||5-9-0||-6||4-8|
|ALEX STALOCK (Road Games)||10||6||222||198||89.2%||2||2-4||-1.8||2-4-0||-2||2-3|
|ALEX STALOCK(vs. Non-Conference)||6||3||107||92||86.0%||1||1-2||-0.9||1-2-0||-1||1-2|
|ALEX STALOCK (Last 4 Games)||4||3||115||103||89.6%||0||0-3||-3.4||0-3-0||-3||0-3|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||20-16-0||-7||20-16||-7||15-19||3.1||35.1||2.8||28.4|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+0.4||3-2||+0.4||1-3||2.6||35.0||2.6||33.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||73||218||62||76||74||6||19||2535||8.6%||232||39||16.8%||353|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||36||111||35||45||28||3||10||1263||8.8%||109||16||14.7%||176|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||13||3||5||4||1||2||175||7.4%||9||0||0.0%||22|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||204||59||66||72||7||13||2089||9.8%||219||40||18.3%||347|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||100||31||37||28||4||4||1021||9.8%||102||20||19.6%||173|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||5||1||7||0||2||165||7.9%||12||2||16.7%||22|
|SCOTT DARLING (All Games)||8||8||233||206||88.4%||1||2-6||-6.6||2-6-0||-6||3-5|
|SCOTT DARLING (Home Games)||5||5||151||134||88.7%||0||1-4||-5.2||1-4-0||-5||2-3|
|SCOTT DARLING(vs. Non-Conference)||3||3||98||90||91.8%||1||2-1||+1||2-1-0||+1||1-2|
|SCOTT DARLING (Last 4 Games)||4||4||107||92||86.0%||0||1-3||-2.8||1-3-0||-2||1-3|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (All Games)||29||29||860||785||91.3%||1||18-11||+2.6||18-11-0||+2||12-15|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (Home Games)||16||16||476||435||91.4%||0||10-6||-0.2||10-6-0||0||6-8|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY(vs. Non-Conference)||10||10||258||227||88.0%||0||5-5||-2.3||5-5-0||-3||5-5|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||135||116||85.9%||0||1-3||-3.2||1-3-0||-4||3-0|
|PETR MRAZEK (All Games)||35||35||959||872||90.9%||4||19-16||-2.3||19-16-0||-3||15-20|
|PETR MRAZEK (Home Games)||15||15||392||354||90.3%||2||9-6||-1.6||9-6-0||-2||7-8|
|PETR MRAZEK(vs. Non-Conference)||15||15||403||372||92.3%||3||10-5||+4.9||10-5-0||+5||8-7|
|PETR MRAZEK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||129||122||94.6%||1||3-1||+2.4||3-1-0||+2||1-3|
|ALEX NEDELJKOVIC (All Games)||1||1||26||24||92.3%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|ALEX NEDELJKOVIC (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ALEX NEDELJKOVIC(vs. Non-Conference)||1||1||26||24||92.3%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|ALEX NEDELJKOVIC (Last 4 Games)||1||1||26||24||92.3%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 3.11, CAROLINA 3.05|
|2/24/2019||ST LOUIS||2-1||W||0, -130||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/26/2019||at WINNIPEG||3-2||W||0, +135||W||6 ov||U|
|3/2/2019||at CALGARY||4-2||W||0, +165||W||6 un||P|
|3/3/2019||NASHVILLE||2-3||L||0, +120||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/5/2019||at NASHVILLE||4-5||L||0, +160||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/7/2019||at TAMPA BAY||3-0||W||0, +220||W||6 ov||U|
|3/8/2019||at FLORIDA||2-6||L||0, -115||L||6.5 ov||O|
|3/11/2019||SAN JOSE||0-3||L||0, +100||L||6 ov||U|
|3/14/2019||DALLAS||1-4||L||0, -120||L||5 ov||P|
|3/16/2019||NY RANGERS||5-2||W||0, -235||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/17/2019||NY ISLANDERS||2-3||L||0, -115||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/19/2019||COLORADO||1-3||L||0, -130||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/22/2019||at WASHINGTON||2-1||W||0, +155||W||6 ov||U|
|3/23/2019||at CAROLINA|| |
|3/29/2019||at VEGAS|| |
|3/31/2019||at ARIZONA|| |
|2/26/2019||LOS ANGELES||6-1||W||0, -300||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/1/2019||ST LOUIS||5-2||W||0, -135||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/2/2019||at FLORIDA||4-3||W||0, -125||W||6 ov||O|
|3/5/2019||at BOSTON||3-4||L||0, +105||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/8/2019||WINNIPEG||1-8||L||0, -170||L||6.5 ev||O|
|3/9/2019||at NASHVILLE||5-3||W||0, +135||W||5.5 ov||O|
|3/11/2019||at COLORADO||3-0||W||0, -115||W||6 ov||U|
|3/15/2019||at COLUMBUS||0-3||L||0, +120||L||5.5 ev||U|
|3/16/2019||BUFFALO||4-2||W||0, -230||W||6 un||P|
|3/19/2019||PITTSBURGH||3-2||W||0, -135||W||6.5 un||U|
|3/21/2019||TAMPA BAY||3-6||L||0, -155||L||6.5 ov||O|
|3/26/2019||at WASHINGTON|| |
|3/31/2019||at PITTSBURGH|| |
|4/2/2019||at TORONTO|| |
|MINNESOTA: LAST SEASON: 45-26-11, 101 points. Third in Central Division. |
LOST to Winnipeg Jets in Western Conference quarterfinals.
COACH: Bruce Boudreau (third season, 12th NHL season).
ADDED: RW J.T. Brown, C Eric Fehr, C Matt Hendricks, RW Matt Read, D Greg Pateryn, D Matt Bartkowski.
LOST: C Matt Cullen, LW Tyler Ennis, RW Daniel Winnik.
PLAYER TO WATCH: LW Zach Parise. After missing the first 39 games because of a lower back problem that required surgery, Parise's delayed start was predictably slow. He scored 12 goals in his last 18 games of the regular season, though, and scored in each of the first three playoff games until being knocked out of action again by a broken sternum. Parise, who's entering his 14th NHL season at age 34, isn't built to be the team's premier scorer but needs to replicate that productivity down the stretch to help keep the offense balanced.
OUTLOOK: New GM Paul Fenton made only minor moves this summer for fresh faces on the fourth line and more depth on defense, so the Wild will rely on the same core that has been bounced out of the playoffs in the first round three straight times and won only two series over the last six years. Just reaching the postseason again in the rugged Western Conference would be an accomplishment in itself, and Boudreau has as strong of an 82-game track record as any bench boss in the league. Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter, who's coming off a serious ankle injury that kept him out of the playoffs, must stay healthy throughout the seventh year of their identical $98 million megadeals. Wings Charlie Coyle and Nino Niederreiter also have to bounce back from down seasons.
|CAROLINA: LAST SEASON: 36-35-11, 83 points. Sixth in Metropolitan Division.
COACH: Rod Brind'Amour (first season, first NHL season).
ADDED: F Andrei Svechnikov, D Dougie Hamilton, D Calvin de Haan, G Petr Mrazek.
LOST: G Cam Ward, F Jeff Skinner, F Elias Lindholm, D Noah Hanifin.
PLAYER TO WATCH: C Sebastian Aho. The 21-year-old led the team last season with 29 goals and 65 points. He's entering his third season, and figures to be the team's top offensive threat ' especially now that Jeff Skinner has been traded to Buffalo ' though it will be worth watching to see how he adjusts to playing center instead of the wing.
OUTLOOK: With each passing year, the Hurricanes grow more tired of talking about their lengthy run of playoff absences. Either way, they'll make history this season ' either by finally ending the drought, or by missing out yet again and matching the longest dry spell in NHL history. They have the defensive corps of a playoff team, but will need improvement from G Scott Darling and their young scorers to generate offense to finally make the postseason.
|Wild roll into Hurricanes matchup with momentum|
As Nino Niederreiter looks to continue helping the Carolina Hurricanes' push toward ending their nine-year playoff drought, he can also potentially deliver a hit to his former team's postseason plans.
On Saturday night in Raleigh, N.C., the Minnesota Wild face Niederreiter for the first time since they traded him to the Hurricanes in this matchup of playoff hopefuls.
A long-time contributor and fan-favorite for the Wild, Niederreiter was losing ice time in his sixth season with the club when it dealt him to Carolina on Jan. 17 for Victor Rask. Though the move was tough for the veteran Swiss forward at the time, he's been reborn while becoming a key piece to the Hurricanes' cause.
Owner of the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, Carolina is 18-7-2 since acquiring Niederreiter, who has 12 goals and 12 assists in 27 games there. Those 24 points are one more than he totaled in 46 with Minnesota this season.
Niederreiter registered a point in his third straight contest with a goal in the Hurricanes' irritating 6-3 home loss to Presidents' Trophy-winning Tampa Bay on Thursday. Carolina led 3-2 after two periods, but for only the second time in 2018-19, lost in regulation when leading into the third.
"It's not our style," forward Jordan Staal, who had a goal with an assist, told the Hurricanes' official website. "All in all, that third period was not what we wanted to see out of the group.
"We'll have to learn from it, put it aside and move forward."
Carolina has not lost consecutive games in regulation since Jan. 15 and 18, but welcomes a desperate Minnesota club to town. The Wild are 12-11-6 since dealing Niederreiter, while Rask has one goal with an assist in 16 games for them.
The Wild enter play Saturday owners of the West's final wild-card position following a 2-1 victory at Washington on Friday. Luke Kunin's tiebreaker with 7:35 left in regulation led to a much-needed win for Minnesota, which entered that game amid a 1-4-1 stretch.
It also improved to 6-1-1 on the road over the last month.
"We've got to do it again (at Carolina)," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "I think the belief is there that they can win on the road."
Ryan Donato assisted on both goals, giving him 11 and 15 points in 15 games since coming over from Boston.
Devan Dubnyk, who made 21 saves at Washington, equaled a career high by stopping 52 shots during a 5-4 overtime home loss to Carolina on Oct. 13. Boudreau hinted he could again start Dubnyk, who has a 1.68 goals-against average in his last three outings.
Sebastian Aho's goal 2:57 into overtime gave Carolina that win at Minnesota. Aho, with a team- and career-high 79 points, had two goals with two assists in that contest.
Aho went knee-to-knee with Niederreiter on Thursday, and though the former left the game, he returned to the ice. However, Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said Aho would be further monitored.
Carolina's Curtis McElhinney, who had 26 saves Thursday in falling to 1-2-1 with a 4.75 goals-against average in his last four starts, needed just 19 at Minnesota in October. Petr Mrazek, meanwhile, has an 0.98 goals-against average while winning three straight home starts.
--Field Level Media
|Last Updated: 7/21/2019 7:44:30 AM EST|