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Wild Warmup: Minnesota at Vegas

Wild hopes luck remains on its side when it plays Golden Knights Tuesday at T-Mobile Arena

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe /
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Who: Minnesota Wild (16-13-5) at Vegas Golden Knights (18-13-5)

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LAS VEGAS -- The Wild will aim to disrupt one disturbing trend away from home while continuing another at T-Mobile Arena when it faces the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night. 

It's just two games, but Minnesota has allowed back-to-back hat tricks by opponents after Patrick Kane netted three goals in a 5-3 win for the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday night at United Center. 

Eight days earlier, it was Sebatian Aho of the Carolina Hurricanes doing the same thing in a 6-2 victory.

There's no reason to sound the panic alarm. The two regulation losses are the only ones in Minnesota's past 16 games overall. During that stretch, the Wild is 10-2-4 and leads the NHL with 24 points earned.

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Since the beginning of November, the Wild remains 12-4-5 and is tied for second with 29 points earned, just one behind League-leading Washington.

Still, Wild coach Bruce Boudreau would feel much better if his club can break with the last two games away from home.

The good news is it comes to a place that has felt like home since the Golden Knights entered the NHL in the 2017-18 season. Wild fans have travelled well here in three games at T-Mobile Arena and the team has rewarded that loyalty, going 3-0 here and outscoring the Golden Knights 11-6 in those games. 

Including games in St. Paul, the Wild has captured 11 of a possible 12 points in six all-time meetings with the NHL's newest franchise. 

"There's no special formula," Boudreau said. "We've had an awful lot of Minnesota people traveling and cheering, which has really helped us out. I think we know the atmosphere here is so great, and we've played well."

The Golden Knights are coming off a 6-3 win against the Vancouver Canucks at home on Sunday night and are winners in three of their past four games overall. 

Max Pacioretty enters the game red hot, having scored two goals and assisting on two others Sunday against the Canucks. He has at least one goal in four straight and multiple points in each of his past two, scoring five goals during that stretch.

Pacioretty leads the club with 15 goals and 34 points. Mark Stone has 30 points while Reilly Smith is second on the club with 13 goals.

Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is 13-7-2 in 22 starts this season, posting a 2.56 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage.

Vegas is 2-3-2 against Central Division foes this season.

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