D Marco Scandella netted his first career overtime goal as Minnesota earned a 4-3 victory over Winnipeg on Sunday afternoon in front of a sellout crowd of 18,808 at Xcel Energy Center. LW Zach Parise scored twice and RW Nino Niederreiter also tallied a goal for the Wild. G Niklas Backstrom stopped 19-of-22 shots in 50:34 while G Darcy Kuemper made all three saves in relief to earn the win. Minnesota will travel for a three-game road trip out East with its first stop in Philadelphia on Thursday Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. CT on FOX Sport North and KFAN 100.3 FM (locally) and NHL Network (Nationally).
Minnesota outshot Winnipeg, 27-25, and has only been outshot in one game this season. The Wild has totaled a 562-403 advantage through 16 games.
The Wild has outscored its opponents 32-16 to earn its 7-1-0 record in Saint Paul. Minnesota has scored first in nine of its 16 games this season, posting a 6-2-0 record when scoring first. The Wild is 3-5-0 when the opposing team scores first.
Minnesota killed all eight of Winnipeg’s power-play chances and has killed off 18-of-19 power-play opportunities combined in the last four games. Minnesota ranks second in the NHL with an 89.3 penalty kill percentage (50-for-56).
In his return to the lineup, LW Zach Parise netted two goals to record his 35th career multi-goal game. He leads the team with 12 points (6-6=12) in 12 games this season and has five points (3-2=5) in his last five games. He missed five games after suffering a concussion on Nov. 4.
RW Nino Niederreiter opened the game’s scoring with his eighth goal of the season and third power-play goal. He has scored three of Minnesota’s five power-play goals this season. He leads the team in goals and ranks T-3rd in scoring with 10 points (8-2=10).
RW Justin Fontaine tallied the secondary assist on Niederreiter’s goal and has three assists in his last three games. He now has eight points (1-7=8) in 15 games this season.
RW Jason Pominville earned his 128th career multi-point game with two assists on the day. He now has 27 points (11-16=27) in 33 contests against the Jets. He ranks second on the team with 11 points in 17 games (4-7=11).
D Jared Spurgeon tallied the primary assist on Parise’s second goal and recorded eight blocked shots – his second highest career total. He has six points (2-4=6) in his last eight games and eight (3-5=8) in 12 games this season. He leads the team with 41 blocked shots.
C Mikko Koivu earned his third assist of the season, tallied four shots and won 18-of-28 faceoffs (64.3%). Since Oct. 30, he has earned a 62.4 faceoff percentage (131-of-210) which ranks second in the NHL amongst all players with at least 50 total faceoffs. His 218 faceoff wins this season rank T-4th in the NHL. He tallied 16 shots in his first eight games of the season while recording 40 shots in his last nine contests. His 40 shots since Oct. 30 rank T-1st in the NHL.
G Darcy Kuemper made three saves in his first career action against Winnipeg. He improves to 8-5-0 on the season.
RW Michael Frolik, LW Evander Kane and LW Andrew Ladd each scored for Winnipeg. G Ondrej Pavelec started the game allowing three goal on 11 shots while G Michael Hutchinson made 15 saves through overtime.