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Wild Warmup: Minnesota at Toronto

First of back-to-back games on the docket for Wednesday against Maple Leafs

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com
The essentials

Who: Minnesota Wild (5-6-2) at Toronto Maple Leafs (9-7-0) 

Puck drop: 6:08 p.m. CT

Watch: FOX Sports North Plus, FOX Sports GO

Listen: KFAN 100.3 FM, Wild Radio NetworkWild NHL App

Follow: @mnwild; GameCenter


The opponent

After starting the season with wins in six of their first seven games, the Toronto Maple Leafs have come back to the pack a bit, having won just three of their past nine contests. 

Toronto is coming off a win on Monday night, however, as it scored a 4-3 shootout win against the Vegas Golden Knights, a game that began a three-game homestand. The Maple Leafs are 4-3 against Western Conference foes this season, and 2-1 against clubs from the Central Division. 

Auston Matthews leads Toronto offensively with 19 points, a total that ranked fifth in the NHL at the start of the day on Tuesday. He is one of five players in the League to have reached double digits in goals scored (10) and one of six Leafs players to have double-digit points. Three others have nine points while two more follow with eight. 

Toronto's 60 goals scored entering Tuesday leads the NHL, but its' 58 goals against is third most.

The offensive support has been big for goaltender Frederik Andersen, who has a 3.42 goals-against average and an .895 save percentage but has a record of 8-6-0 this season. 


Connections

• Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau was drafted in the third round (42nd overall) by Toronto in the 1975 NHL Entry Draft and skated in 134 games with the Maple Leafs, collecting 69 points (27- 42=69) over six seasons (1976-82).

• Minnesota assistant coach John Anderson was selected in the first round (11th overall) by the Maple Leafs in the 1977 NHL Entry Draft and played in 534 contests with Toronto, recording 393 points (189-204=393) in eight seasons (1977-85).

• Wild assistant coach Darby Hendrickson was selected by Toronto in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft and skated in 233 games with the Maple Leafs (1994- 99).

• Wild forward Chris Stewart is a Toronto native.

• Wild forward Daniel Winnik is a Toronto native and collected 39 points (11-28=39) and a plus-12 rating in 114 games in parts of two seasons (2014-16) with the Maple Leafs. 

• Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner is from Minnetonka.

• Maple Leafs forward Dominic Moore recorded five points (3-2=5) in 40 games in parts of two seasons with Minnesota (2006-08).


Raking the Leafs

The Wild has won seven consecutive games against Toronto since Nov. 13, 2013 -- its longest active win streak against any team. Six of those seven games have been decided by one goal, but only the first of those meetings, a Wild shootout win in Saint Paul, went past regulation. 

In its 10 all-time wins against the Maple Leafs, the Wild has outscored Toronto 32-14, including a Wild shootout goal. Minnesota has scored one goal or less in seven of its eight all-time losses to the Maple Leafs.

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