Minnesota fell to Columbus, 3-1, Monday night in front of a sellout crowd of 19,064 at Xcel Energy Center. LW Zach Parise scored for the Wild as G Devan Dubnyk made 20 saves. Next up, the Wild travels for a one-game road trip before entering the NHL All-Star Break, visiting Detroit on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM.
The Wild outshot the Blue Jackets, 26-23. Minnesota has outshot its opponents in seven of its last eight games, totaling a 277-212 advantage. The 277 shots since Jan. 6 rank first in the NHL. Overall, the Wild has outshot its opponents in 35-of-44 games this season (79.5%).
LW Zach Parise scored his 17th goal, sixth power-play goal of the season. He owns a Wild best three-game goal streak (3). He has points in 16 of his last 25 games, totaling 11-11=22 in that span. He leads the team in goals and ranks second in points (34).
C Mikko Koivu registered the primary assist on Parise’s goal and has four helpers in his last three games. He has nine points (1-8=9) in his last 11 games, 20 points (4-16=20) in his last 26 games and 25 points (6-19=25) this season. Koivu leads Minnesota with 26 points (8-18=26) in 30 career contests against Columbus.
RW Jason Pominville tallied the secondary assist on Parise’s goal. He has five assists in his last four games and has posted points in 18 of his last 26 contests, totaling 25 points (5-20=25) in that span. He ranks T-1st in the NHL with 23 assists since Nov. 16 and leads Minnesota with both 28 assists and 37 points this season.
D Ryan Suter returned to the lineup after serving a two-game suspension. He skated a game-high 30:11, tallied four shots and one blocked shot. He has topped 30 minutes in 14 games this season and has led all skaters – Wild and opponent – in TOI in all but three of his 41 games this season (92.7%). He will represent the Minnesota Wild at the 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend, Jan. 24-25 in Columbus, Ohio. Suter was named to the 2013 NHL First All-Star Team and played in the 2012 NHL All-Star Game.
C Charlie Coyle won eight-of-11 faceoffs, recording a season-high 72.7 faceoff percentage. He has five points (2-3=5) in his last 10 games and has 19 points (5-14=19) in 45 games this season.
G Devan Dubnyk recorded his first lost with the Wild, he moves to 2-1-0 with a 1.35 GAA, .940 SV% and one shutout in his three games with Minnesota.
C Brandon Dubinsky, D James Wisniewski and LW Scott Hartnell each scored for Columbus and G Sergei Bobrovsky made 25 saves.