Minnesota extends its point streak to a nine games with a 2-1 victory over Florida on Thursday night in front of a sellout crowd of 19,055 at Xcel Energy Center. RW Jason Pominville and LW Zach Parise each scored for the Wild as G Devan Dubnyk made 26 saves. Next up, Minnesota hosts its second consecutive game against the Eastern Conference against Carolina on Saturday at 7 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM.
The Wild has a nine-game point streak (7-0-2), its longest point streak since the franchise-record 10-game streak, March 8-27, 2007 (9-0-1). Minnesota has also earned points in 11 of its last 12 games (9-1-2).
Minnesota has scored first in seven of its last eight games and nine in its last 12 games, moving to a 22-5-3 record when scoring first. Since Jan. 15, the Wild has totaled 14 first-period goal which rank T-1st in the NHL. Minnesota moved to a 6-0-2 all-time record against the Panthers at Xcel Energy Center. Florida is one of two NHL teams that has not earned a regulation win in Saint Paul.
Minnesota has not allowed a power-play goal since before the All-Star Break, posting a perfect 22-for-22 penalty kill over its last eight games. The Wild has also scored four power-play goals in its last six games.
C Mikko Koivu used two assists to tally his 113th career NHL multi-point game – his third in the last five games. He is just one shy from tying Marian Gaborik for most multi-point games in franchise history. He won 15-of-24 faceoffs tonight (62.5%) and ranks fourth in the NHL in faceoff wins. He has seven points (1-6=7) in his last five games, 12 points (2-10=12) in his last 12 and 33 points (8-25=33) in 53 games this season.
G Devan Dubnyk earned his ninth regulation win with Minnesota. He is 9-1-1 with a 1.48 GAA, a .943 SV%, four shutouts and one assist in his 12 games with Minnesota.
RW Jason Pominville opened the game’s scoring with his third goal in as many games. It’s the first time he has netted a goal in three consecutive games since scoring in four straight from Oct. 26-Nov. 11, 2013. He ranks T-5th in the NHL since Jan. 17 in shots (44). He leads the team this season in points (41), assists (29) and in shots (176).
LW Zach Parise scored the Wild’s second goal of the game – his eighth power-play goal of the season. He has points in nine of the last 12 games, totaling 11 points (8-3=11) in that span. He leads the Wild in goals (22), power-play goals, is T-1st in points (41) and ranks second in shots (168) in 47 games this year.
D Ryan Suter earned the secondary assist on Pominville’s goal. He has seven points (1-6=7) in his last 11 contests and has led all skaters – Wild and opponent – in TOI in all but five of his 50 games this season (90.0%). His 27 assists this season rank second on Minnesota and 10th in the NHL amongst defensemen.
LW Thomas Vanek tallied the primary assist on Parise’s goal. He has eight points (3-5=8) in his last 12 games, 19 points (8-11=19) in his last 28 and ranks T-3rd with 33 points (10-23=33) in his first season with the Wild.
LW Stephane Veilleux skated in his 500th career NHL game – his 422nd with Minnesota. He skated 7:55 and recorded a hit and one blocked shot.
C Nick Bjugstad scored Florida’s lone goal. G Roberto Luongo made 21 saves to earn the loss, moving to a 3-10-3 with a 3.33 GAA, a .880 SV% and one shutout in 16 starts at Xcel Energy Center.