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Numbers Game: Marek Zidlicky

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild
The Minnesota Wild and General Manager Chuck Fletcher will be playing the numbers game this summer. Whether it be signing, trading, drafting, inviting or cutting, Fletcher has to put together a roster of salaries that fit under the NHL's salary cap. The players that make up that roster will be asked to put up big numbers in order for the club to have a successful season in Year X.

The 2010-2011 version of the Wild will start to take some shape later this month with the NHL Entry Draft, followed closely by free agency. Before that happens, let's take a look at some of the numbers by players that will likely be a part of Year X. Today, we look at the Wild's leading scorer among defensemen: Marek Zidlicky.

42. . . The number of points that Zidlicky has put up in five of his six NHL seasons. His lowest total was 30 in 2006-07 during his third season in Nashville.

85. . . Points scored by Zid in a Wild sweater. Only one other Wild player ranks higher on the Wild's all-time scoring charts that played in fewer games (Pavol Demitra: 118 points in 139 games).

37. . . Zidlicky's assist total last season, the highest ever by a Wild defenseman.

24:10. . . Marek's average ice time last season, leading all Wild skaters.

5. . .  Number of games played and assists recorded by Zidlicky while playing for the Czech Republic in the 2010 Olympics.

31. . .  Points (7-24=31) that Zidlicky has scored in 36 games against the Columbus Blue Jackets - his highest point total against any team by 11 (20 points against the St. Louis Blues.

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