Minnesota fell 3-2 against the New York Rangers on Thursday night in front of a sellout crowd of 19,244 at Xcel Energy Center. RW Jason Pominville and LW Thomas Vanek netted goals for the Wild while G Devan Dubnyk made 23 saves. Next up, Minnesota continues its three-game homestand hosting the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday at 6 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM.
Minnesota has sold out all 39 home games this season and 70 straight games, including last year’s playoff games. The Wild has points in 27-of-39 (69.2%) games at Xcel Energy Center this season (22-12-5), including 11 wins in the last 16 home games. Minnesota leads the NHL with a 26-7-2 record since Jan. 15 and has an NHL-best 49 points (24-6-1) in 31 games since the All-Star Break.
Minnesota killed five of the Rangers six power-play opportunities and has killed 81-of-87 opponent PP chances in 31 games since the All-Star Break, leading the NHL with a 93.1% PK rate. The Wild leads the NHL with both an 87.0% penalty kill percentage this season and an 88.9% home PK rate.
D Matt Dumba tallied two assists to register his first career two-assist game and his second career multi-point game – all from this season. He has five points (2-3=5) in his last eight games and owns 15 points (8-7=15) in 53 games this season. He leads NHL rookie defensemen with a plus-14 rating and ranks T-5th in points.
RW Jason Pominville scored the Wild’s first goal, his 17th of the season. He has three points (1-2=3) in his last six games and ranks T-1st on the team in assists (34), second in shots (235) and third in points (50) this season. His 50 points in 77 games are the eighth time in his 10 NHL seasons he has hit the 50-point marker.
LW Thomas Vanek netted the Wild’s second goal of the game. He has 12 points (8-4=12) in his last 12 games and now sits at 298 career NHL goals. He ranks second on the Wild in points (51), third in goals (21) and fourth in assists (30).
C Mikael Granlund earned the secondary assist on Pominville’s goal, registering his fifth helper in the last seven games. He has 35 points (7-28=35) in 63 games this season.
RW Justin Fontaine recorded the second assist on Vanek’s goal. He has eight points (1-7=8) in his last 11 games and a career-high 30 points (9-21=30) in 67 games this season.
C Kyle Brodziak returned to the lineup after missing the last three games with an upper-body injury. He skated 11:02, tallied two blocked shots and won eight-of-10 faceoffs (80.0%). He has 20 points (9-11=20) in 68 games this season.
G Devan Dubnyk has allowed just 60 total goals for a 26-7-1 record with a 1.74 GAA, .938 SV%, five shutouts and two assists in 35 straight starts since joining the Wild Jan. 15. He has allowed two goals or less in 26 of those 35 contests. Overall, he ranks second in the NHL in GAA (2.07) and in SV% (.930) and T-4th in shutouts (6) in his 54 games (51 starts) this season.
C Dominic Moore, LW Rick Nash and C J.T. Miller each scored for New York. G Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26-of-28 shots.