Minnesota earned back-to-back shutout victories after blanking Colorado, 1-0, Saturday night at Xcel Energy Center in front of a sellout crowd of 19,244 – largest crowd of the season. C Charlie Coyle scored for the Wild as G Devan Dubnyk stopped all 18 shots faced. Next up, the Wild plays its final match of a three-game homestand, hosting the Vancouver Canucks on Monday at 7 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM.
The Wild has won five straight games in regulation for the first time since March 25, 2013, that ended a span of six consecutive regulation victories. Minnesota has points in eight of its last nine games, (7-1-1). The Wild also moves to a 16-10-4 record against the Western Conference this season, including six straight wins.
Minnesota has shutout Colorado in all three season meetings, outscoring the Avalanche 9-0. It marks the second time in franchise history the Wild has recorded at least three shutouts in one season against an opponent since 2007 versus Edmonton. Minnesota has scored first in five consecutive games and in six of its last eight, moving to a 20-5-3 record on the season when scoring first.
The Wild outshot the Avalanche, 29-18, including a 17-4 advantage in the first period. Minnesota has outshot its opponents in 12 of its last 14 games, totaling a 468-369 advantage. The 468 shots since Jan. 6 rank second in the NHL. Overall, the Wild has outshot its opponents in 40-of-51 games this season (78.4%).
Minnesota killed both of Colorado’s power-play chances. The Wild has not allowed a power-play goal in its last five games, killing all 12 of opponent’s power-play opportunities. Minnesota ranks first in the NHL in penalty kill percentage since Jan. 27.
G Devan Dubnyk started his ninth consecutive game and has posted consecutive shutouts for the first time in his career. He is 7-1-0 record with a 1.31 GAA, a .948 SV%, four shutouts and one assist in his nine games with Minnesota. Since his first start with the Wild on Jan. 15, Dubnyk leads the league in shutouts, goals-against average, ranks T-1st in wins and second in save percentage amongst goalies with at least eight games played.
C Charlie Coyle netted the Wild’s first goal of the game, his second in his last five games. He has 21 points (7-14=21) in 51 games this season and ranks first on the team with 89 hits.
D Marco Scandella earned the primary assist on Coyle’s goal, recording his second helper in as many games. He has 17 points (9-8=17) in 42 games this season.
RW Nino Niederreiter tallied the secondary assist on Coyle’s goal. He has three points (1-2=3) in his last five games and 24 points (15-9=24) in 51 games this season, ranking third on the Wild in goals.
LW Zach Parise has nine points (7-2=9) in his last nine games and points in 20 of his last 31 games, totaling 15-12=27 points in that span. He leads the team in both goals (21) and points (39) this season.