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Wild leading the way with a lead

Wednesday, 09.03.2008 / 9:00 AM / Season Preview

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist


Advantage Margin +8


The Wild spent most of their time playing at even strength -- they got only 338 advantages and allowed just 330. Both totals were among the lowest in the NHL.

Even-Strength Goals Margin +2

The Wild were outscored 144-140 at full strength but connected nine times while playing 4-on-4, including five OT game-winners.
   

MINNESOTA WILD
2007-08 SEASON STATS

Category Rank (Conference)
2007-08 Points 98
(3rd West/7th NHL)
Change from 2006-07 -6
Home Points 55
(4th West/5th NHL)
Away Points 43
(6th West/15th NHL)
Special Teams Goal Margin +8       

Minnesota had 15 more power-play goals than its opponents (64-49) and was in the top seven in both power-play and penalty-killing percentage, but hurt itself by scoring just three shorthanded goals and allowing 10.

Goals by defensemen 34

Brent Burns (15-28-43) is an emerging star on the blue line. Marc-Andre Bergeron, acquired from Anaheim, isn't a great defenseman but had 9 goals, eight on the power play, in limited ice time with the Islanders and Ducks.               

Overtime Record     Total: 9-2-8 | OT: 6-2 | SO: 3-8

Minnesota's drop-off from 2006-07 came in shootouts; the Wild were10-7 a year earlier. The problem came in goal -- Minnesota netminders allowed 18 goals on 35 attempts.
   
Times Scored First 45, Record 36-5-4       

The Wild were tied with three other teams for the fewest regulation losses when scoring first -- but Minnesota was the only one of those teams to get the first goal in more than half of its games.

Best 07-08 Number 27

Games won by the Wild when the other team had more shots. The Wild were 27-13-5, a League-leading .600 winning percentage, when they were outshot; they were just 15-11-4 when outshooting the opposition.

Worst 07-08 Number 1-7-3       

Minnesota's record on Tuesdays, the worst by any team on that day of the week. The Wild were .500 or better on each of the other six days.
   
Scheduling

The Wild open at home, then go to the Southeast for three games. They have 10 of 12 at home from Nov. 13-Dec. 5, but play 14 of 17 on the road between Feb. 27 and March 29, including two trips to the New York area sandwiched around a home game against Edmonton.

Season preview

NORTHEAST

Boston
Buffalo
Montreal
Ottawa
Toronto

SOUTHEAST

Atlanta
Carolina
Florida
Tampa Bay
Washington

Central

Chicago
Columbus
Detroit
Nashville
St. Louis

Northwest

Calgary
Colorado
Edmonton
Minnesota
Vancouver

Pacific

Anaheim
Dallas
Los Angeles
Phoenix
San Jose




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