|11||WASHINGTON||+120||Ov 6,+100||+130||Ov 6,+100|
|12||MINNESOTA||-140||Un 6,-120||-150||Un 6,-120|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||2-4-0||-2.4||2-4||-2.4||4-2||3.3||30.0||4.7||34.5|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-2.8||2-3||-2.8||1-3||2.2||30.0||2.6||34.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||16||54||15||26||11||2||3||492||11.0%||54||17||31.5%||94|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||6||20||7||8||4||1||2||180||11.1%||16||3||18.7%||30|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||11||2||7||2||0||0||150||7.3%||18||4||22.2%||21|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||56||19||17||17||3||4||523||10.7%||60||17||28.3%||89|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||28||8||8||11||1||2||207||13.5%||23||6||26.1%||45|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||6||4||2||1||1||170||7.6%||18||6||33.3%||18|
|PHEONIX COPLEY (All Games)||4||3||118||106||89.8%||1||2-1||+1||2-1-0||+1||1-1|
|PHEONIX COPLEY (Road Games)||2||2||66||57||86.4%||1||1-1||+0.1||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|PHEONIX COPLEY(vs. Non-Conference)||2||2||63||58||92.1%||0||2-0||+2||2-0-0||+2||1-0|
|PHEONIX COPLEY (Last 4 Games)||4||3||118||106||89.8%||1||2-1||+1||2-1-0||+1||1-1|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (All Games)||13||13||402||362||90.0%||1||5-8||-5.9||5-8-0||-4||8-5|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (Road Games)||4||4||139||122||87.8%||0||1-3||-2.4||1-3-0||-2||3-1|
|BRADEN HOLTBY(vs. Non-Conference)||5||5||144||130||90.3%||0||2-3||-2.8||2-3-0||-2||3-2|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||136||126||92.6%||0||1-3||-3.8||1-3-0||-3||1-3|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||5-2-0||+2.7||5-2||+2.7||3-4||3.3||30.7||2.6||35.4|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+3||4-1||+3||3-2||3.8||31.2||1.8||23.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||17||54||13||17||22||2||5||526||10.3%||55||10||18.2%||93|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||7||23||4||6||11||2||3||215||10.7%||22||3||13.6%||40|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||19||5||7||7||0||1||156||12.2%||16||2||12.5%||30|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||44||16||12||14||2||5||536||8.2%||61||9||14.8%||69|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||18||8||1||7||2||1||248||7.3%||35||4||11.4%||30|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||9||4||4||1||0||0||118||7.6%||8||2||25.0%||15|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (All Games)||13||13||416||388||93.3%||0||8-5||+1.9||8-5-0||+2||5-8|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Home Games)||6||6||217||204||94.0%||0||4-2||+1.4||4-2-0||+2||2-4|
|DEVAN DUBNYK(vs. Non-Conference)||1||1||57||52||91.2%||0||0-1||-1.4||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||97||89||91.8%||0||3-1||+2||3-1-0||+2||2-2|
|ALEX STALOCK (All Games)||4||4||116||105||90.5%||0||3-1||+2.4||3-1-0||+2||3-0|
|ALEX STALOCK (Home Games)||1||1||31||27||87.1%||0||1-0||+1.2||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|ALEX STALOCK(vs. Non-Conference)||1||1||31||27||87.1%||0||1-0||+1.2||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|ALEX STALOCK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||116||105||90.5%||0||3-1||+2.4||3-1-0||+2||3-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: WASHINGTON 3.18, MINNESOTA 3.01|
|10/17/2018||NY RANGERS||4-3||W||0, -260||W||6 ov||O|
|10/19/2018||FLORIDA||5-6||L||0, -150||L||6.5 un||O|
|10/22/2018||at VANCOUVER||5-2||W||0, -145||W||6 ev||O|
|10/25/2018||at EDMONTON||1-4||L||0, -120||L||6.5 un||U|
|10/27/2018||at CALGARY||4-3||W||0, +105||W||6.5 un||O|
|11/1/2018||at MONTREAL||4-6||L||0, -125||L||6 un||O|
|11/3/2018||DALLAS||3-4||L||0, -145||L||6 un||O|
|11/5/2018||EDMONTON||4-2||W||0, -135||W||6 un||P|
|11/7/2018||PITTSBURGH||2-1||W||0, -130||W||6.5 ev||U|
|11/9/2018||COLUMBUS||1-2||L||0, -120||L||6 ov||U|
|11/11/2018||ARIZONA||1-4||L||0, -215||L||6 ov||U|
|11/13/2018||at MINNESOTA|| |
|11/14/2018||at WINNIPEG|| |
|11/16/2018||at COLORADO|| |
|11/19/2018||at MONTREAL|| |
|11/24/2018||at NY RANGERS|| |
|10/19/2018||at DALLAS||3-1||W||0, +120||W||5.5 ov||U|
|10/20/2018||TAMPA BAY||5-4||W||0, +125||W||6 un||O|
|10/25/2018||LOS ANGELES||4-1||W||0, -165||W||5.5 un||U|
|10/27/2018||COLORADO||3-2||W||0, -155||W||5.5 ev||U|
|10/29/2018||at VANCOUVER||2-5||L||0, -165||L||5.5 un||O|
|10/30/2018||at EDMONTON||4-3||W||0, +115||W||5.5 ov||O|
|11/3/2018||at ST LOUIS||5-1||W||0, -105||W||5.5 ov||O|
|11/6/2018||at SAN JOSE||3-4||L||0, +135||L||5.5 ov||O|
|11/8/2018||at LOS ANGELES||3-1||W||0, -105||W||5.5 un||U|
|11/9/2018||at ANAHEIM||5-1||W||0, -105||W||5.5 un||O|
|11/11/2018||at ST LOUIS||3-2||W||0, -110||W||6 un||U|
|11/18/2018||at CHICAGO|| |
|11/21/2018||at WASHINGTON|| |
|WASHINGTON: LAST SEASON: 49-26-7, 105 points. Won Metropolitan Division and Stanley Cup.
COACH: Todd Reirden (First season, first NHL season)
ADDED: C Nic Dowd, G Ilya Samsonov
LOST: C Jay Beagle, G Philipp Grubauer, D Jakub Jerabek
PLAYER TO WATCH: LW Alex Ovechkin. Coming off scoring an NHL-best 49 goals and winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, Ovechkin has nothing left to prove as one of the best players of his generation. Now the Russian superstar is a father and a Stanley Cup-winner, though, so everyone's waiting to see his next trick at age 33.
OUTLOOK: Stanley Cup hangovers are real, and the Capitals will have to manage that and goaltender Braden Holtby playing more games because they don't have a proven backup. Washington has the talent on paper to make another deep run, but all those games deep into last June could have an effect. Reirden will have to be careful with that after replacing Barry Trotz behind the bench.
|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.
|Wild return home to face the Capitals|
Put away those suitcases. Forget those late-night flights across western Canada. And shelve those late-morning breakfasts at hotel restaurants.
The Minnesota Wild are back home, and not a minute too soon after finishing a successful 5-2-0 road trip that lasted two weeks. Tuesday night's visit from the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals is their first game at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. since October 27. It also starts a stretch of six home games in seven contests.
"We showed a lot this trip and we're looking forward to being home for a little bit," defenseman Nick Seeler said Sunday after a 3-2 win in St. Louis.
How long was Minnesota's journey? It started before Halloween and ended 15 days after they left. It stopped twice in St. Louis for wins over the struggling Blues, including the finale, which saw the Wild (11-4-2) overcome a sluggish start and ride the great work of goalie Devan Dubnyk to two more points.
Dubnyk came up with 29 saves, including a highlight video stop in the last minute on Alexander Steen's wrist shot that seemed ticketed for the upper right corner and a 3-3 tie. He helped bring Minnesota within two points of Nashville for first place in the Central Division and for the NHL's best record.
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau isn't discounting this trip's potential impact on the season's remaining 65 games.
"It's still November, but the farther you can get above .500, because everybody goes through something whether it's injuries, whether it's a downward part of the schedule that makes it tough for you, it happens," Boudreau said.
"To get that little cushion is really important. It's something we never had last year because we started out very mediocre, so we grinded and grinded. And the year before, we had a good cushion when we had a bad month of March and it worked out for us. That's what you want to do."
One of Boudreau's old teams hasn't been able to do that just yet. Washington (7-6-3) has played at times as though it's still celebrating June's Stanley Cup Finals win in Las Vegas, its first in franchise history. The Capitals are sixth in the Metropolitan Division after a brutal 4-1 loss Sunday to visiting Arizona.
Washington's penalty killing is killing it. After allowing the Coyotes two man-advantage markers, the Capitals are 29th in the league on the PK. Goalie Braden Holtby has logged an uncharacteristic .901 save percentage and 3.24 goals-against average through 13 games, numbers that would be the worst of his career if they hold up.
"Sometimes, you just try a little bit too hard," Holtby said of the PK. "We're just struggling with that. The biggest thing is not get frustrated, expect more out of ourselves."
The usual suspects are holding up their end of the bargain offensively under first-year coach Todd Reirden. Alex Ovechkin is on a 60-goal pace and Evgeny Kuznetsov would finish with more than 100 points if he keeps scoring at his present clip.
|Last Updated: 12/15/2018 12:56:39 PM EST|