Minnesota Wild (35-27-7) 77pts 6th in the Central
3.16 Goals For Per Game (12th in the NHL)
3.14 Goals Against Per Game (24th in the NHL)
21.3% Power Play (11th in the NHL)
77.2% Penalty Kill (25th in the NHL)
Top 5 Scorers:
1. #22 Kevin Fiala ~ 23G 31A = 54pts
2. #20 Ryan Suter ~ 8G 40A = 48pts
3. #12 Eric Staal ~ 19G 28A = 47pts
4. #11 Zach Parise ~ 25G
If the Wild can quickly return to their play when Evason took over, I think they could get past Vancouver.
Key factor might be Fiala. Can he return to that form? I won't expect him to and we'll need other's to step up their game.
I missed the last 3 games prior to shutdown but did read the recaps here.
They were playing a lot better and Fiala was on fire. I agree with you, if that iron was still hot I'd be feeling far more confident about this series. But I just think its tougher to get older legs to re-establish themselves for this series.
Pretty good effort and it started with a fight that got the team's energy level going. Then they struck early on the power play and were not chasing the game. Minnesota didn't give the Canucks a lot of time and space just about anywhere and Stalock made the saves to stymie any momentum the Canucks tried to generate. Great effort and a big win to start the series. The team stayed out of the shenanigans and let th
IMO, experience doesn't matter here between the pipes. Its about who seems to be stopping more pucks. If Dubnyk is back in the crease, it better be because he performed better at training camp and in exhibition play. But if he's back in the crease simply because of 'experience' then I think its wrong. I think Alex Stalock outperformed Devan Dubnyk this season, not just in wins but in terms of save percentage too.
As good as Kahkonen was for Iowa, it AHL numbers. Its a shame we
I really liked the first 10 minutes and the last 10. The Canuck kids adjusted and even tho we had great positioning and Stalock putting out any sparks, I'd like to see some more offensive zone time.
Maybe it's just me, But watching Spurgeon's goal it didn't look like he got all of the puck on his shot.
Something about how his stick follow through and how the puck left it , But hey it found it's way through a double 5-hole so I't all good.
It'll be fun to see if the Wild can continue to i