Advantage Margin +37
2008-09 SEASON STATS
(9TH WEst/19th NHL)
|Change from 2007-08
(7TH WEst/14TH NHL)
(11TH WEst/23RD NHL)
The Wild were nothing if not disciplined: They allowed the fewest opposition power plays in the NHL overall and on the road, and only Phoenix surrendered fewer advantages at home.
Even-Strength Goals Margin -16
Minnesota did not have a player score more than 14 goals at even strength and scored 15 fewer 5-on-5 goals than in 2007-08 -- a big reason the Wild went from division champions to not qualifying for the playoffs.
Special Teams Goal Margin +33
The Wild's problems weren't caused by special teams. Minnesota was one of nine teams to convert more than 20 percent of its power plays, and the Wild's penalty-killers allowed a League-low 36 goals while 87.6 percent of the opposition's power plays and scoring nine shorthanded goals.
Goals by defensemen 44
(12) and Marc-Andre Bergeron
(14) gave the Wild plenty of firepower from the blue line, especially on the power play. If Bergeron isn't re-signed, Minnesota will have to scramble to replace his offense.
Total: 8-6-3 (OT: 3-6, SO: 5-3)
Minnesota goaltenders allowed just six goals on 23 shootout attempts. Niklas Backstrom
, who had struggled in shootouts earlier in his career, stopped 16 of 21 attempts (.762) and won five times in seven tries.
Times Scored First
39 (Record: 27-10-2)
The Wild struggled to score first on the road (17 times in 41 games) and didn't capitalize enough when they did get the opening goal (11-5-1).
Best 08-09 Number 55
Goals allowed in the first period by the Wild, the second-lowest total in the NHL (Columbus gave up 54). Minnesota allowed just eight power-play goals in the first period, the fewest by any team in any period -- the Wild also had the second-lowest one-period total, allowing just 10 in the third period.
Worst 08-09 Number 125
Goals scored by the Wild during 5-on-5 play, ranking Minnesota 28th in the 30-team League. The Wild were outscored by 13 goals while playing 5-on-5, and by an 11-7 margin while playing 4-on-4.
The Wild better be ready to play when the puck drops in October: They open with six of their first seven away from the Xcel Energy Center, including a five-game trip to the Pacific coast and Western Canada. They play their last five games before the Olympics at home.