Minnesota earned its third consecutive victory in Saint Paul with a 4-1 win over Los Angeles on Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd of 19,204 at Xcel Energy Center. RW Nino Niederreiter and C Mikko Koivu each scored twice for the Wild. G Devan Dubnyk made 31 saves. Next up, Minnesota continues its five-game homestand hosting the New York Rangers on Thursday April 2 at 7 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM.
Minnesota has sold out all 38 home games this season and 69 straight games, including last year’s playoff games. The Wild has points in 27-of-38 (71.1%) games at Xcel Energy Center this season (22-11-5), including 11 wins in the last 15 home games. Minnesota leads the NHL with a 26-6-2 record since Jan. 15 and has an NHL-best 49 points (24-5-1) in 30 games since the All-Star Break. The Wild also leads the NHL with 104 goals since Jan. 15 and with 28 third-period goals since Feb. 22.
The Wild finished its 12th of 13 sets of back-to-back games this season, earning its fourth sweep of the year. Minnesota moves to an 8-2-2 record in its home games on consecutive nights (six sets). The Wild is 7-5-0 on the first night of consecutive games this season and 6-2-4 on the second night of play.
Minnesota killed all three of the Kings power-play opportunities and has killed 76-of-81 opponent PP chances in 30 games since the All-Star Break, leading the NHL with a 93.8% PK rate. The Wild leads the NHL with both an 87.1% penalty kill percentage this season and an 89.2% home PK rate.
C Mikko Koivu registered three points (2-1=3), including an empty-net goal to earn his 25th career three-point game. He also became the franchise leader in career multi-point games with 115 – previously set by Marian Gaborik (114). He has nine points (4-5=9) in the last 10 games and 21 points (7-14=21) in his last 28 games. He has 47 points (14-33=47) in 76 games this season, ranking fourth on the team.
RW Nino Niederreiter netted two goals, recording his fourth career multi-goal game – third this season. He extends his career high in goals to 24. He leads the team in hits (139), second in goals and fifth in points (37) this season. The Wild is 16-3-0 when he scores.
RW Chris Stewart tallied two assists to earn his 63rd career multi-point game, his second with the Wild. He has nine points (3-6=9) in 14 games with Minnesota and 34 points (14-20=34) in 75 contests this year.
D Jared Spurgeon tallied an assist on Niedereiter’s second goal, registering his 100th career NHL point (26-74=100). He has an assist in back-to-back games and owns 24 points (9-15=24) in 61 games this season. He ranks T-2nd on the Wild with 117 blocked shots.
After being activated from injured reserve Friday, C Ryan Carter skated in his first game since Feb. 9. He missed 22 games with an upper-body injury. He skated 12:12, totaling a shot, a hit and two blocked shots. He has 13 points (3-10=13) in 49 games this season.
G Devan Dubnyk has allowed just 57 total goal for a 26-6-1 record with a 1.70 GAA, .939 SV%, five shutouts and two assists in 34 straight starts since joining the Wild Jan. 15. He has allowed two goals or less in 26 of those 34 contests. Overall, he ranks second in the NHL in GAA (2.05) and in SV% (.930) and T-4th in shutouts (6) in his 53 games (50 starts) this season.
LW Dwight King scored the lone goal for Los Angeles. G Jonathan Quick allowed two goals on nine shots through the first period. G Martin Jones entered in the second, making nine saves in relief.