G Jonas Hiller made 30 saves to lead Anaheim to a 2-1 victory Tuesday night at Xcel Energy Center. RW Devin Setoguchi opened the game’s scoring and G Niklas Backstrom made 19 saves in the loss. The Wild finishes its three-game homestand Thursday, hosting Colorado at 7 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3.
The Wild saw its four-game win streak and six-game point streak (5-0-1) on home ice come to an end, moving to 9-3-1 at Xcel Energy Center this season. Minnesota has outshot its opponent in 10 of its 13 games in Saint Paul this season, including four straight games by a 136-90 margin. The Wild earned its ninth straight sellout at Xcel Energy Center, 11th of the season, with an attendance of 18,808 tonight.
RW Devin Setoguchi netted his sixth goal of the season, ranking third on the Wild. He has 11 points (6-5=11) in his last 15 games.
G Niklas Backstrom made 19 saves to move to 8-3-1 in his last 12 games and 7-3-1 on home ice this season.
LW Matt Cullen netted an assist and now has six helpers in his last seven games. He ranks fourth on the Wild with 15 points (3-12=15) this season.
D Tom Gilbert tallied an assist, his first point in eight games, and ranks second amongst Wild defensemen with nine points (3-6=9) in 24 games this season.
The Wild scored the opening goal for its fifth straight game, extending its longest stretch of the season. The Wild moved to 8-4-0 when scoring first this year.
The Wild was perfect on the penalty kill for the ninth time in its last 11 games, going 3-for-3 tonight and killing 28-of-30 (93.3%) chances in that span. Minnesota is now 10-5-1 when not allowing a power-play goal.
Minnesota scored a power-play goal and has now scored with the man advantage in five straight games – its longest stretch since a six-game run to start the 2010-11 season. The Wild has scored a power-play goal in seven of its last eight games, going 7-for-33 (21.2%) in that stretch. Minnesota is now 7-5-1 when scoring a power-play goal.
C Mikko Koivu celebrated his 30th birthday Tuesday, going 17-for-25 (68.0%) in the faceoff circle. He saw his four-game point streak (1-5=6) come to an end but still leads the Wild with 20 points (4-16=20) this season.
D Ryan Suter saw his seven-game point streak come to an end (1-8=9), one game shy of his career high. The streak is the longest of any Wild player this season and he leads the Wild with 17 assists this season, adding a goal in 25 games.
Fifteen of the Wild’s 25 games have been decided by one goal, including 10 of the last 15. Minnesota moved to 9-4-2 in one goal games.
Anaheim stretched its win streak to four games and an eight-game point streak (6-0-2).