Minnesota used two, second-period goals en route to a 2-0 shutout victory over Arizona on Thursday night in front of a sellout crowd of 18,554 at Xcel Energy Center. C Charlie Coyle and RW Jason Pominville scored for Minnesota. G Darcy Kuemper made 26 saves to earn his third shutout of the season. The Wild will play its third home game of the season against the Lightning on Saturday at 7 p.m. on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM.
Minnesota outshot Arizona 29-26. The Wild has outshot its opponents in every game this season, totaling a 180-114 advantage through five games, an average of 37.8 to 22. Minnesota’s 37.8 shots/game average rank second in the NHL, behind only Chicago’s 39.2. In the season opener, the Wild outshot Colorado, 48-16, the most shots it has ever totaled in a single game (10/9).
G Darcy Kuemper set a career high earning his third shutout of the season. He leads the NHL in shutouts. He is 3-1-0 this season with a 0.50 GAA and a .980 SV%. Including post-season, he is 13-3-2 with a 1.61 GAA and a .937 SV% at Xcel Energy Center. He has three shutouts in his last six games at Xcel Energy Center.
D Jared Spurgeon earned his 10th career multi-point game with two assists on the night. He is second on the team with four points (1-3=4) and is tied for the team lead in assists.
LW Zach Parise tallied the primary assist on Pominville’s goal. He leads the team with five points (2-3=5) in five games and is T-1st in assists. He has 10 points (6-4=10) in 10 career matches against the Coyotes.
After signing a five-year contract extension yesterday, C Charlie Coyle netted his second goal of the season. He has three points (2-1=3) in five games.
LW Thomas Vanek earned his second point as a Wild member (0-2=2) with the secondary assist on Coyle’s goal.
RW Jason Pominville scored his second goal of the season and now has three points (2-1=3) in five games.
The line of Parise, Granlund and Pominville, has totaled 10 points (4-6=10), 57 shots and a plus-14 rating, including seven points (2-5=7) on 16 shots with a plus-10 rating during the season opener.
D Ryan Suter skated a game-high of 29:17. He has led all skaters – Wild and opponents – in TOI in every game this season.
Minnesota has now posted two consecutive shutouts at home, three in the last five home games (dating back to postseason) and four in the last eight home games. The Wild has posted five shutouts in its last 10 regular season games (Bryzgalov, April 5-7, Kuemper Oct. 9-11, 23).
Entering play Thursday night, Minnesota and San Jose are the only two NHL teams to not allow a goal against on home ice.
G Mike Smith stopped 27-of-29 shots.