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Wild Warmup: Minnesota vs. Edmonton

Wild conclude two-game homestand on Tuesday against Pacific Division-leading Oilers

by Tyler Savitsky / Wild.com
The essentials

Who: Edmonton Oilers (7-1-1) at Minnesota Wild (2-6-0)

Puck drop: 7:08 p.m. CT

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The Wild Warmup is presented by Bryant Heating and Cooling


ST. PAUL -- Following a comeback win over Montreal, the Wild face an unfamiliar feeling -- not traveling.

After a hectic two-and-a-half weeks playing six of its first seven games on the road, the Wild will finally play back-to-back home games when it hosts the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.

Brad Hunt and Zach Parise scored third-period goals on Sunday to give the Wild its first win on home ice this season, a 4-3 victory over the Canadiens.

Although the Wild are off to a 2-6-0 start, the team is by no means giving up on this young season.

"One win is great." Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. "But until we start putting two, three or four together, then all of a sudden you start climbing a little bit in the standings."

"It's all about confidence," forward Mats Zuccarello said. "I can sense it after the game yesterday and today. A win does a lot to your body, to your mind and just get good feelings."

Video: Zuccarello skates with team at upbeat practice

In its two home games this season, the Wild have had much more success scoring than on the road, scoring four goals in both games on Xcel Energy Center ice. In its six road games, the Wild average 1.67 goals per game, failing to score more than two goals in any game.

Its offense may have to continue its high scoring at home, as it will have to go against one of the most potent offenses in the league in the Oilers.

Edmonton has gotten off to a 7-1-1 start, and has outscored its oppenent 31-21 year. It's offense is led by a trio of players who are currently on a historic scoring pace.

Connor McDavid is ranked second in the league with 17 points, while his linemate Leon Draisaitl is ranked third with 16 points. On top of that, James Neal is tied for the league lead in goals with nine. 

It would be the first time since the 1985-86 Edmonton Oilers that a team would have two players ranked in the top three of points and a third player leading the league in goals (Wayne Gretzky, Paul Coffey; Jari Kurri).

Edmonton has also been phenomenal on special teams. It is ranked first in the league on the power play, scoring on 38.5 percent of its power plays. On the flip side, it is fourth in the league while shorthanded, killing opponents power plays at a 90.3 percent clip.

Mike Smith and Mikko Koskinen have been splitting time between the pipes, starting five and four games respectively. Koskinen is 4-0-0 this season, giving up 2.20 goals per game and has recorded a .934 save percentage. Smith is 3-1-1, giving up 1.97 goals per game with a .930 save percentage.

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