Minnesota fell 2-0 to Winnipeg on Monday night in front of a sellout crowd of 19,010 at Xcel Energy Center. G Devan Dubnyk made 32-of-34 saves. Next up, Minnesota travels for its final regular season road trip beginning in Chicago on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Network and KFAN 100.3 FM.
With 19,010 in attendance tonight, Minnesota has sold out all 41 home games this season and 72 straight games, including last year’s playoff games. The overall attendance of 779,974 this season set team records for largest crowd during a single season and with an average attendance of 19,024 as 31 contests were 19,000.
The Wild earned points in 28-of-41 (68.3%) games at Xcel Energy Center this season (22-13-6), including 11 wins in the last 18 home games. Minnesota ranks second in the NHL with a 26-8-3 record since Jan. 15 and has an NHL second-best 50 points (24-7-2) in 33 games since the All-Star Break.
Minnesota suffered just its third shutout loss this season, last Nov. 26 vs. LA (4-0). The Wild has earned points in nine of its last 11 games against the Jets (6-2-3), including five of the last six games being decided by one goal.
Minnesota killed three of the Jets four power-play opportunities and has killed 85-of-93 opponent PP chances in 33 games since the All-Star Break, leading the NHL with a 91.4% PK rate. The Wild leads the NHL with both an 86.5% penalty kill percentage this season and an 87.8% home PK rate.
RW Nino Niederreiter registered six hits – tying his and the team’s season high. He has 37 points (24-13=37) in 78 games this season. He leads the team in GWG (5), hits (154) and is second in goals.
D Ryan Suter skated 33:19 – his fifth-highest ice time of the season. He has skated more than 30 minutes in 23 games this season and has led all skaters – Wild and opponent – in TOI in all but nine of his 75 games this season (88.0%). He owns 37 points (2-35=37) as his 35 assists ranks T-1st on the Wild and T-15th amongst NHL defensemen.
C Mikko Koivu returned to the lineup after missing Saturday’s game with a scratched cornea. He won 18-of-30 faceoffs (60.0%), tallied two shots, two hits and one blocked shot in 20:36 TOI. He has nine points (4-5=9) in his last 12 games and 47 points (14-33=47) in 78 games this season.
G Devan Dubnyk started his 38th consecutive game, the most in the NHL since Evgeni Nabokov made 43 straight starts for San Jose (10/4/07-1/12/08), according to Elias Sports Bureau. He has allowed just 64 total goals for a 26-8-2 record in 37 straight starts since joining the Wild Jan. 15 with a 1.75 GAA, a .937 SV%, five shutouts and two assists. He has allowed two goals or less in 28 of those 37 contests. Overall, he ranks second in the NHL with a 2.06 GAA (2.06), a .930 SV% and T-4th in shutouts (6).
RW Blake Wheeler and RW Drew Stafford scored for Winnipeg while G Ondrej Pavelev made all 32 saves.