Minnesota fell 2-1 against Anaheim on Friday night in front of a sellout crowd of 19,045 at Xcel Energy Center. LW Zach Parise scored the lone goal for the Wild while G Devan Dubnyk made 22 saves. Next up, Minnesota completes its 10th back-to-back set of the season traveling to St. Louis Saturday at 7 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM.
Tonight’s attendance marks the 500th regular season Wild game sellout. Minnesota has sold out all 34 home games this season and 65 straight games, including last year’s playoff games. The Wild has points in 24-of-34 (70.6%) games at Xcel Energy Center this season (19-10-5), including eight wins in the last 11 home games. Minnesota has posted points in 21 of its last 26 games (19-5-2) and an NHL-best 35 points (17-4-1) in 22 games since the All-Star Break.
Minnesota moves to a 22-14-5 record against the West, earning points in 13 of its last 17 games (12-4-1). After winning five consecutive home games against the Ducks (2/4/09-2/18/11), the Wild has suffered six straight one-goal losses at Xcel Energy Center against Anaheim (0-4-1, 10/27/13-3/13/15).
LW Zach Parise netted the Wild’s first goal, extending his team lead to nine power-play goals. He has seven points (2-5=7) and a plus-5 rating in his last five games and 23 points (13-10=23) in his last 26 games. He leads Minnesota in goals (27), points (53) and ranks second in shots (211) this season. His 27 goals rank T-11th amongst all NHL players this year.
LW Thomas Vanek tallied the primary assist on Parise’s goal, notching his 599th career NHL point. He has four points (3-1=4) in his last three games and ranks third on the Wild with 43 points (16-27=43) in his first season with Minnesota.
C Mikko Koivu registered the secondary assist on Parise’s goal and won 14-of-21 faceoffs (66.7%). The captain ranks third amongst all NHL players with 845 faceoff wins this season and T-11th with a 55.6% faceoff win percentage. He has 14 points (3-11=14) in his last 19 games and ranks T-2nd on the team in assists and fourth with 40 points (10-30=40) this season.
G Devan Dubnyk moves to 19-5-1 with a 1.69 GAA, .937 SV%, five shutouts and two assists in a franchise record 26 starts with Minnesota. He has allowed two goals or less in 20 of those 26 contests. He ranks first in the NHL in wins, T-1st in shutouts, third in GAA and T-5th in SV% since Jan. 15 amongst goalies with at least 10 games played.
D Francois Beauchemin and RW Jakob Silfverberg scored for Anaheim and G John Gibson made 32 saves to earn the win in his first career action against Minnesota.