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Wild Warmup: Minnesota at New Jersey

Wild looks to finish East Coast trip on a high note Tuesday night in Newark

by Tyler Savitsky /
The essentials

Who: Minnesota Wild (9-11-4) at New Jersey Devils (8-10-4)

Puck drop: 6:08 p.m. CT

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For the second time in as many games, the Wild were leading with under three minutes left in regulation, yet came out of the game with just one point. After a late two-goal collapse in Boston, this time the New York Rangers evened the game with 2:50 left in the third period when Chris Kreider scored a power-play goal Monday night at Madison Square Garden.

Tuesday, it will get yet another chance at redemption when it takes on the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center, a contest which will conclude a three-game road trip to the East Coast.

Goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen is expected to make his NHL debut for the Wild on Tuesday. With Devan Dubnyk attending to family matters back in Minnesota, Alex Stalock has started each of the past four games. But with the team playing on back-to-back nights, Tuesday's game in New Jersey marks a good opportunity for Kahkonen to see his first NHL action.

A native of Helsinki, Finland, Kahkonen was a fourth-round selection of the Wild in the 2014 NHL Draft (109th overall). He came over to North America for the first time last season, earning a spot in the American Hockey League All-Star Game and playing in 39 games with the Iowa Wild, posting a 2.78 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage.

He was 7-2-2 with a .909 save percentage and 2.47 goals against in 11 starts with Iowa this season before he was recalled last week to serve as Stalock's backup while Dubnyk is away from the team.

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On Monday, Brady Skjei opened up the scoring to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead 14:50 into the first period. The majority of the second period was played in the Wild zone, but Kevin Fiala made a phenomenal play skating around the top of the zone and then past Pavel Buchnevich before finding Zach Parise in front of the goal to tie the score at one with 2:49 left in the middle frame.

The line of Fiala-Koivu-Parise has had a lot of success as of late. The goal, Parise's team-leading ninth of the season, was his fifth goal in the last six games. Fiala has now recorded points in eight of his last 11 games after recording just one point in his first eight games of the season.

Ryan Donato gave the Wild the lead halfway thru the final period after Ryan Hartman stole the puck near the Rangers zone and found Donato to give the Wild a 2v2 close to the net. Donato faked a shot as Brady Skjei went to the ground and beat Henrik Lundqvist glove-side. It was Donato's second goal of the year.

Video: Locker room postgame at NY Rangers

But just like in Boston, the Wild could not hold onto its late advantage when Kreider tied the game for the Rangers on a power play with 170 seconds in regulation.

Just 32 ticks into overtime, defenseman Tony D'Angelo scored the game winner. The overtime loss extended the Wild's overtime record to 0-4 record this season, and the team has lost seven straight dating back to last season.

Video: Boudreau postgame at NY Rangers

New Jersey is coming off a 5-1 home win over Detroit on Saturday, thanks to a four-goal third period, but this Devils team has been struggling for much of the year. It has the second worst goal differential in the league this season, ranks 29th in goals per game, scoring only 2.55 per game and is ranked 28th in goals against per game, averaging 3.45 goals against per night.

Taylor Hall leads the Devils with 20 points, incuding a team-high 16 assists. Kyle Palmieri is the team's top goal-scorer, scoring eight goals in 22 games. Nico Hischier, Blake Coleman and the 2019 first pick, Jack Hughes, have all topped double-digit points.

Goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood has a 3.07 goals-against average with a .898 save percentage in 16 starts.


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