Minnesota fell to Edmonton, 2-1, Tuesday night in front of a sellout crowd of 19,044 at Xcel Energy Center. LW Thomas Vanek scored for the Wild while G Devan Dubnyk made 17 saves. Next up, Minnesota travels for a two-game road trip with its first stop in Nashville on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Network and KFAN 100.3 FM.
The Wild has points in 22-of-30 (73.3%) games at Xcel Energy Center this season (17-8-5), including six wins in the last seven home games. Minnesota has earned points in 15 of its last 18 games (13-3-2). The Wild has allowed a league-best 29 total goals while going 13-3-2 in its 18 games since Jan. 15. Minnesota is 20-12-5 against the Western Conference, earning points in 11 of its last 13 games (10-2-1).
Minnesota killed both of Edmonton’s power-play opportunities, posting a 34-for-35 penalty kill percentage (97.1%) in its last 14 games. The Wild leads the NHL in penalty kill percentage since Jan. 27.
LW Thomas Vanek scored the Wild’s first goal of the game. It’s his 13th goal of the season which ranks third on the team. He has seven points (3-4=7) in the last seven games and 14 points (6-8=14) in his last 18 games. He ranks third on the Wild with 39 points (13-26=39) in 60 games this season.
C Jordan Schroeder skated his second-highest TOI this season with 13:38, tallied his second-most shots on goal this year with five and registered the primary assist on Vanek’s goal. Since being recalled on Feb. 3, he has tallied six points (3-3=6) in 11 games and ranks fourth on the Wild with a plus-8 rating.
C Charlie Coyle earned the secondary assist on Vanek’s goal, his third assist in the last four games. He has 25 points (7-18=25) in 60 games this season. He ranks second on the Wild in hits (95).
G Devan Dubnyk has started all of the Wild’s 18 games since the trade and has stopped 414-of-443 shots faced. He is 13-3-1 with a 1.66 GAA, a .935 SV% and five shutouts with Minnesota. He has allowed two goals or less in 13 of those 18 contests. He moves to 5-1-0 with a 0.99 GAA, a .960 SV% and one shutout in six starts (all this season) against Edmonton. He ranks first in the NHL in wins and shutouts, third in GAA and fourth in SV% amongst goalies with at least eight games played.
C Mikko Koivu won 19-of-29 faceoffs (65.5%) in tonight’s contest and ranks fourth amongst all NHL players with 744 faceoff wins this season. He has four points (2-2=4) in his last four contests and 12 points (2-9=12) in his last 11 games. He ranks fourth on the team with 38 points (10-28=38) this season.
D Jonas Brodin tallied three shots, one hit and two blocked shots in 23:02 TOI in tonight’s games. His career best four-game point streak ends with four assists in his last five games. He has 11 points (2-9=11) in 49 games this season. He leads the Wild with a plus-15 rating this year – T-14th amongst NHL defensemen.
Before the game, Minnesota Wild acquired forward Sean Bergenheim from the Florida Panthers along with a 2016 seventh-round draft pick in exchange for the Wild’s 2016 third-round selection.
LW Benoit Pouliot scored both goals for Edmonton and G Ben Scrivens made 33 saves.