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Wild vs. Vegas Game Preview


Minnesota Wild (33-14-4)  70pts  3rd in Honda West

3.27 Goals For Per Game (9th in the NHL)

2.73 Goals Against Per Game (11th in the NHL)


18.7% Power Play (22nd in the NHL)

82.2% Penalty Kill (9th in the NHL)


Top 5 Scorers:

1. #97 Kirill Kaprizov ~ 24G 21A = 45pts

2. #22 Kevin Fiala ~ 20G 19A = 39pts

3. #36 Mats Zuccarello ~ 11G 20A = 31pts

4. #18 Jordan Greenway ~ 6G 25A = 31pts

5. #14 Joel Eriksson Ek ~ 18G 10A = 28pts


Top 3 PIM’s:

1. #21 Carson Soucy ~ 49 PIM’s

2. #18 Jordan Greenway ~ 49 PIM’s

3. #24 Matt Dumba ~ 46 PIM’s


Top Goaltenders:

1. #33 Cam Talbot (18-7-4)  2.57GAA  .918%SP  2SO

2. #34 Kaapo Kahkonen (15-7-0)  2.69GAA  .909%SP  2SO




Vegas Golden Knights (36-13-2)  74pts  1st in Honda West

3.37 Goals For Per Game (4th in the NHL)

2.24 Goals Against Per Game (1st in the NHL)


18.5% Power Play (23rd in the NHL)

85.8% Penalty Kill (2nd in the NHL)


Top 5 Scorers:

1. #61 Mark Stone ~ 21G 38A = 59pts

2. #67 Max Pacioretty ~ 24G 27A = 51pts

3. #27 Shea Theodore ~ 8G 34A = 42pts

4. #81 Jonathan Marchessault ~ 16G 24A = 40pts

5. #71 William Karlsson ~ 14G 22A = 36pts


Top 3 PIM’s:

1. #81 Jonathan Marchessault ~ 39 PIM’s

2. #55 Keegan Kolesar ~ 30 PIM’s

3. #20 Chandler Stephenson ~ 27 PIM’s


Top Goaltenders:

1. #29 Marc-Andre Fleury (23-10-0)  2.08GAA  .926%  5SO

2. #90 Robin Lehner (12-3-2)  2.27GAA  .915%SP  1SO


I wrote up the game preview, @MNSOTA will be writing the post-gamer tonight.  She will have lots of extras with the game recap.  Pacioretty may or may not be back; but he certainly would be a big boost to the Golden Knights.  I discuss Minnesota's decision to 'challenge' from the last game.  Minnesota is giving up more goals, but offensively they're playing about as well as this organization ever has in its history.  Enjoy and discuss!  

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Talbot's been a bit shaky recently. It should be Kähkönen's net in this one. If not for anything else, but to get Talbot a chance to have a little bit of time to gain composure. I wonder what would have happened if Talbot and Kahkonen would have been played as 1A and 1B. Would they be rested and solid, or would Kahkonen have crumbled under more constant pressure? I would like to think the former. We'll probably see Kaapo get a chance tonight.

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Probably Talbot already is feeling an intense psychological pressure of approaching playoffs time. It would be nice to see how Kahkonen and the Wild team will be able to handle playoffs version of VGK team with Fleury in the net. Waiting for an exciting hockey show tonight between 2 teams again.

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1 hour ago, lynxrattle said:

The games get better and better as winning gets harder and harder.

Which is normal for a good team planning to be ready for a long playoffs run. Hope we will see that in full out of our team.

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I loved that "You make the call" ... Also learned more about the rules doing those.
Got to get in Fluery's head early 👿 and the rest will follow.
I'd like to see Kahkonen tonight but I figure they'll go with Talbot for the experienced goalie. *(I see now the update)
I still feel the coaching staff is seeing something in Kahkonen in practice that's led to less playing time. Strange when they were both doing so well until those back to back shellackings.

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