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Wild Warmup: Minnesota at Edmonton

Dads' trip concludes Friday when Wild takes on Oilers at Rogers Place

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe /
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Who: Minnesota Wild (28-24-7) at Edmonton Oilers (32-21-7)

Puck drop: 8:08 p.m. CT

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EDMONTON -- The Wild will cap its fathers and mentors trip in style when it faces the Edmonton Oilers Friday night at Rogers Place.

Minnesota began its two-game road trip in come-from-behind fashion on Wednesday, getting a goal from Alex Galchenyuk with under five minutes to play in regulation, before securing the extra point in the shootout in a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. 

The goal was Galchenyuk's first with the Wild, and his goal in the fifth round of the skills competition was the deciding marker in the shootout.

Video: Dean Evason Edmonton practice update

"I think obviously getting the first one, it's a weight off your shoulders," Galchenyuk said. "But the win, the way we did it, was an extra special feeling, especially with the dads in the crowd. Can't be better than that."

The victory marked the first in the NHL coaching career of Wild interim head coach Dean Evason, who earned the milestone victory in front of his three children. 

Kevin Fiala and Luke Kunin also scored goals for Minnesota, which led 1-0 after one period and 2-1 after two periods. Mats Zuccarello finished with two assists and goaltender Devan Dubnyk with 31 saves.

The game Friday marks the third and final meeting of the season between the clubs. Minnesota has won each of the first two games, both played at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild won 3-0 back in October, then won 6-5 on Dec. 12.

Eric Staal leads the Wild with three goals and five points while Jordan Greenway has four points in the first two games. 

Overall, the Wild is 17-7-1 in its past 25 and 14-3-0 in its past 17 games against Edmonton.

The Oilers have been led by the dynamic duo of Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid. Draisaitl leads the club with 34 goals and 95 points while McDavid, who has been nursing a lower-body injury, has 30 goals and 81 points.

McDavid, who has missed the past five games, is officially considered a game-time decision after practicing with the team on Thursday. 

Goaltenders Mikko Koskinen and Mike Smith have split duties nearly evenly this season, with Smith playing in 33 games (31 starts) and Koskinen in 32 games (29 starts). Each has nearly identical stats as well, with Koskinen posting a 16-11-2 record with a 2.85 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage and Smith with a 16-10-5 mark, a 2.89 goals-against and a .905 save percentage.

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