NHL.com is providing in-depth analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, three key statistics for the Minnesota Wild.
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1. Donato's SAT rating
Forward Ryan Donato had nine points (six goals, three assists) in 34 games with the Boston Bruins but found a spark with the Wild after being traded for Charlie Coyle on Feb. 20. He had 16 points (four goals, 12 assists), including five on the power play, in 22 games with Minnesota. Despite not having the expected production with Boston, Donato had a plus-31 SAT with the Bruins and a plus-3 SAT with the Wild, impressive considering Minnesota was without one of its best possession defensemen, Matt Dumba, who missed the final 50 games of the season because of a ruptured right pectoralis muscle. Donato's ice time also increased from an average of 12:30 per game to 15:33 with the Wild, and if he stays in a similar role in the top six and on the first power play, Donato could have a breakout season to help offset the loss of forward Mikael Granlund, who was traded to the Nashville Predators for forward Kevin Fiala on Feb. 25.
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2. Zuccarello's points per 60
Forward Mats Zuccarello, who signed a five-year contract with the Wild on July 1, was on pace for an NHL career-high 68 points in 82 games before multiple injuries limited him to 48 games. He had 37 points (11 goals, 26 assists) in 46 games with the New York Rangers and three points (one goal, two assists) in two regular-season games with the Dallas Stars after he was acquired in a trade on Feb. 23. He carried that production into the postseason, where he had 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 13 games, the fifth-highest points per 60 (2.97) behind Matt Duchene (3.93) and Artemi Panarin (3.31) of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Mikko Rantanen (3.23) of the Colorado Avalanche, and Logan Couture (3.13) of the San Jose Sharks (minimum 10 games).
3. Dubnyk's wins
Since 2014-15, Devan Dubnyk is third in NHL wins (174) behind Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals (197) and Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators (178), and is tied for second in save percentage (.920) with Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens, behind Ben Bishop of the Dallas Stars (.921), among goalies to play at least 250 games. Dubnyk is tied for fourth with Holtby and Rinne with 23 shutouts. He also excels at even strength, where he's tied for third with Sergei Bobrovsky, now with the Florida Panthers, with a .927 SV%, and on the penalty kill, where his .881 SV% is tied for fourth with Frederik Andersen of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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