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Postgame Notes vs. Detroit - April 4

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild

Minnesota fell 3-2 after eight shootout rounds to the Red Wings on Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd of 19,246 at Xcel Energy Center. LW Zach Parise scored both of the Wild’s goals while G Devan Dubnyk made 20 saves through overtime and stopped five-of-eight shootout attempts. Next up, Minnesota plays its final regular season home game against the Winnipeg Jets on Monday at 7 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM.

Minnesota has sold out all 40 home games this season and 71 straight games, including last year’s playoff games. The Wild has points in 28-of-40 (70.0%) games at Xcel Energy Center this season (22-12-6), including 11 wins in the last 17 home games. Minnesota leads the NHL with a 26-7-3 record since Jan. 15 and has an NHL-best 50 points (24-6-2) in 32 games since the All-Star Break.

The Wild is 5-3-3 against the Red Wings in the last 11 games and has earned a point in 10 of the last 12 meetings at Xcel Energy Center (4-2-6). The eight shootout rounds is T-3rd for the longest shootout in franchise history (nine is longest, done twice).

Minnesota killed five of Detroit’s six power-play opportunities and has killed 86-of-93 opponent PP chances in 32 games since the All-Star Break, leading the NHL with a 92.5% PK rate. The Wild leads the NHL with both an 86.9% penalty kill percentage this season and an 88.6% home PK rate.

LW Zach Parise netted two goals, recording his 39th career multi-goal game. He has 14 points (7-7=14) in his last 15 games and owns 60 points (32-28=60) in 71 games this season. His 32 goals rank 10th in the NHL while his 10 PPG rank T-13th. He leads the Wild in goals, PPG, points and shots (248). Minnesota is 11-1-3 when Parise registers two-or-more points.

RW Jason Pominville tallied two assists to earn his 137th career multi-point game, his 70th multi-assist game. He has five points (1-4=5) in his last seven games and ranks T-1st on the team in assists (35) and second in points (52) and shots (238) this season.

D Ryan Suter skated 31:16 and registered the second assist on Parise’s second goal. He has skated more than 30 minutes in 22 games this season and has led all skaters – Wild and opponent – in TOI in all but nine of his 74 games this season (87.8%). He owns 37 points (2-35=37) as his 35 assists ranks T-1st on the Wild and T-14th amongst NHL defensemen.

C Mikael Granlund earned the primary assist on Parise’s first goal, registering his sixth helper in the last eight games. He has 36 points (7-29=36) in 64 games this season.

C Mikko Koivu missed his first game of the season. Pominville and Coyle are the only Wild players to have skated in all 78 games this season.

G Devan Dubnyk started his 37th consecutive game, the most in the NHL since Evgeni Nabokov made 43 straight starts for San Jose (10/4/07-1/12/08), according to Elias Sports Bureau. He has allowed just 62 total goals for a 26-7-2 record in 36 straight starts since joining the Wild Jan. 15. He has allowed two goals or less in 27 of those 36 contests.

C Riley Sheahan and RW Gustav Nyquist scored during regulation for Detroit while C Darren Helm netted the shootout winner. G Jimmy Howard made 22 saves through overtime and stopped six-of-eight shootout attempts.

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