G Josh Harding made 19 saves to earn his second shutout of the season and ninth of his career, as Minnesota earned a 4-0 victory over New Jersey in front of 17,571 fans Sunday night at Xcel Energy Center. C Mikael Granlund, RW Torrey Mitchell, LW Dany Heatley and RW Jason Pominville scored for Minnesota, which earned its largest margin of victory in a home shutout since Jan. 16, 2011 (4-0 vs. VAN). Next up, Minnesota finishes its four-game homestand as it hosts Calgary Tuesday at 7 p.m. on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM.
The Wild moved to 6-1-2 in Saint Paul this season, having won six of its last seven contests at Xcel Energy Center. Overall, Minnesota has won five of its last six games on the season.
Minnesota won 39-of-54 faceoffs, including 13-straight to start the third period. Minnesota’s 72.2% of faceoff wins was just shy of its franchise record – 73.8% winning percentage recorded Oct. 10 vs. WPG (45-of-61).
G Josh Harding made his first career start against New Jersey. He moved to 7-2-1 with an NHL-leading 1.11 GAA and .950 SV% this season, including a 6-0-0 record with a 1.06 GAA and .950 SV% at Xcel Energy Center. This season, no other goalie has amassed more than three wins on home ice without accruing a loss. He is now 28-9-2 in his career at Xcel Energy Center, including 21-4-1 since Jan. 27, 2010 and 10-1-0 in his last 11 starts in Saint Paul.
RW Jason Pominville scored his 199th career goal to extend his goal streak to four games (6), his longest since Nov. 12-19, 2008. He leads the Wild with 10 goals and 12 points this season, and is now tied with three multi-point games this season. He has nine goals in his last 10 games – topping the NHL since Oct. 14.
RW Nino Niederreiter tallied three assists to earn the first multi-point game of his career, while also earning his first career point streak with four points (1-3=4) in the last two games. He now has nine points (3-6=9) in 15 games this season.
C Mikael Granlund scored his first goal of the season to extend his point streak to five games (1-6=7) – the longest by any Wild player this season. He leads Minnesota with 10 assists and is T-2nd on the Wild with 11 points in 15 games this season.
LW Dany Heatley scored his 141st career power-play goal. Since entering the NHL in 2001-02, no player has scored more on the power play. He has four points (2-2=4) this season.
LW Zach Parise recorded an assist and is tied for the Wild lead with 11 points (6-5=11) in 15 games this season. He faced his former team for the first time, having totaled 410 points (194-216=410) in 502 games with the Devils.
D Keith Ballard tallied an assist and now has three points (0-3=3) in two games – his first point streak since Dec. 4-6, 2011.
RW Torrey Mitchell scored his first goal in 29 games, last scoring in Dallas on March 29. He now has three points (1-2=3) on the season.
D Ryan Suter skated 23:27, ending his streak of topping every opponent skater in TOI in every game this season (Andy Greene, 28:18). He added his eighth assist of the season, T-8th for most helpers amongst all NHL defensemen.
G Cory Schneider made 16 saves for New Jersey.