Minnesota fell 3-2 against St. Louis in a shootout Saturday night at Xcel Energy Center in front of a sellout crowd of 19,124 – the largest crowd of the season. C Mikko Koivu and LW Zach Parise each scored for the Wild. G Niklas Backstrom made 24 saves through overtime and stopped two-of-three shootout attempts. Next up, Minnesota continues its homestand with a game against Montreal on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM.
Minnesota outshot St. Louis, 38-26, and has only been outshot in two games this season. The Wild has totaled a 761-593 advantage through 23 games. The Wild’s 38 shots on goal tonight are the second-most the Blues
Minnesota moved to 6-0-1 against the Central Division and 8-3-1 against the Western Conference this season. Minnesota has earned 13 regulation and overtime wins this season – only Vancouver (14) has more in the Western Conference.
Minnesota began a four-game homestand and moved to 7-2-1 at Xcel Energy Center, where it has outscored opponents, 34-23. The Wild moved to 1-1 in shootout games this season - both shootout games have been played on home ice.
The Wild finished November with a 7-6-1 monthly record, earning points in seven of the final nine games (6-2-1).
Minnesota killed both of the Blues power-play chances and has killed 32-of-35 (91.4%) of opponent power-play opportunities combined in the last 11 games dating back to Nov. 8. Minnesota ranks second in the NHL with a 88.7% penalty kill percentage (63-for-71).
The Wild played its final contest in its third set of 13 back-to-back games this season. The Wild moved to 2-0-1 on the second night of play. Minnesota is now 4-2-1 when facing a team playing its second game of a back-to-back.
Scoring the Wild’s second goal of the game, LW Zach Parise netted his 250th career NHL goal and his 73rd PPG. He tallied three shots, three hits and one blocked shot on the night. It's his 56th goal with Minnesota and now ranks ninth on the franchise all-time goal list. He leads the Wild with 18 points (9-9=18) in 18 games this season.
Before the game, the Wild announced it has signed D Marco Scandella to a five-year contract extension, throught 2019-20. The 24-year-old Montreal native leads NHL defensemen with three GWG this season, including two in overtime. He’s recorded a plus-7 rating and eight points (5-3=8) in 21 games this season.
C Mikko Koivu scored his third goal of the season and won 15-of-23 faceoffs (65.2%). He has four points (1-3=4) in his last four games and nine points (3-6=9) in 23 games this season.
LW Jason Zucker tallied the primary assist on Koivu’s goal. He has five points in his last six games (4-1=5). He ranks T-2nd on the team with nine goals this season.
D Ryan Suter skated a game-high 32:30 and tallied his 12th assist of the season. He has led all skaters – Wild and opponents – in TOI in all but two games. He has skated 30-plus minutes in six games this season. He leads the NHL in TOI/game and he leads all defensemen on the team in scoring, totaling 12 points (1-11=12) and a plus-11 rating this season.
G Niklas Backstrom made 24 saves through overtime and stopped two-of-three shootout attempts. He is 2-0-1 in five games (two starts) since Nov. 13 with a 1.57 GAA and a .940 SV%.
RW Vladimir Tarasenko netted the game’s first goal and earned the shootout winner while C David Backes also scored for St. Louis. G Jake Allen made 36 saves through overtime and stopped all three shootout attempts.