Minnesota tied a franchise-best 10-game point streak after earning a 6-3 victory over Carolina on Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd of 19,220 at Xcel Energy Center. LW Thomas Vanek scored twice for the Wild while C Jordan Schroeder, D Nate Prosser, C Erik Haula and LW Zach Parise also scored. G Devan Dubnyk made 24 saves. Next up, Minnesota travels to Canada for a three-game road trip with its first stop in Vancouver on Monday at 9:00 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM.
The Wild’s 10-game point streak (8-0-2) matches its franchise record last accomplished March 8-27, 2007 (9-0-1). Minnesota has also earned points in 12 of its last 13 games (10-1-2).
Minnesota has scored first in eight of its last nine games and 10 in its last 13 games, moving to a 23-5-3 record when scoring first, including 10 straight wins. Since Jan. 15, the Wild has totaled 17 first-period goals which rank first in the NHL. Minnesota’s six goals scored tonight mark the ninth time this season the Wild has scored at least five in a game, moving to a 8-0-1 record in those contests.
Minnesota has not allowed a power-play goal since before the All-Star Break, posting a perfect 25-for-25 penalty kill over its last nine games. The Wild has also scored four power-play goals in its last seven games.
LW Thomas Vanek earned his 39th career three-point game (2-1=3) and his 49th career multi-goal. He has four points (2-2=4) in the last two games and 11 points (5-6=11) in his last 13 games. He leads the Wild with 35 points (15-10=35) in 32 matches against the Hurricanes. He ranks third on the Wild with 36 points (12-24=36) in 55 games this season.
RW Justin Fontaine used two assists tonight to earn second start honors after registering his fifth career multi-point game, third this season. He has 15 points (4-11=15) in 45 games this year.
C Mikael Granlund earned his 12th career multi-point game, fifth of the season after tallying two assists. He has five points (1-4=5) in his last seven games and 20 points (5-15=20) in 41 games this season.
D Jared Spurgeon nets his second multi-point game of the season, 11th of his career with two assists on the night. He has three assists in his last four games and 18 points (7-11=18) in 48 games this year.
D Ryan Suter earned the secondary assist on Vanek’s second goal. He has eight points (1-7=8) in his last 12 contests and has led all skaters – Wild and opponent – in TOI in all but five of his 51 games this season (90.2%). His 28 assists this season rank second on Minnesota and T-8th in the NHL amongst defensemen.
RW Nino Niederreiter skated in his 200th career NHL game, recording four penalty minutes, one hit and one blocked shot. He leads the Wild with 98 hits and has already set a career high with 16 goals. He has 61 points (30-31=61) in 136 games with Minnesota after totaling three points (2-1=3) in 64 games during two seasons with the Islanders.
G Devan Dubnyk has started all of the Wild’s 13 games since the trade Jan. 14. He has stopped 303-of-323 shots faced for a 10-1-1 record with a 1.60 GAA, .938 SV%, four shutouts and one assist. He’s allowed two goals or less in 10 of those 13 contests. Since Jan. 15, he ranks first in the NHL in wins and shutouts, third in GAA and sixth in SV% amongst goalies with at least five games played.
D Marco Scandella tallied the primary assist on Schroeder’s goal, his third helper in the last six games. He sets a career-high 18 points (9-9=18) in 46 games this season. His nine goals are a career-best, including four game-winning goals and two overtime goals. The four GWG are T-1st in Wild history by a defenseman in a single season (Burns and Kuba).
LW Zach Parise scored an empty-net goal for the Wild’s sixth goal of the game. He has points in 10 of the last 13 games, totaling 12 points (9-3=12) in that span. He leads the Wild in goals (23), power-play goals, points (42) and ranks second in shots (171) in 48 games this year.
C Andrej Nestrasil, LW Jeff Skinner and C Elias Lindholm each scored for Carolina and G Anton Khudobin made 18 saves.