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Wild Warmup: Minnesota vs. Edmonton

Wild held McDavid and Oilers scoreless in last meeting between teams on Oct. 22

by Tyler Savitsky / Wild.com
The essentials

Who: Edmonton Oilers (18-11-4) at Minnesota Wild (14-12-5)

Puck drop: 7:08 p.m. CT

Watch: FOX Sports North, FOX Sports App

Listen: FM 100.3 KFAN, Wild Radio NetworkWild NHL App

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The Wild Warmup is presented by Bryant Heating and Cooling
 

ST. PAUL -- The Wild continue its three-game homestand on Thursday night when it hosts the Edmonton Oilers at Xcel Energy Center.

Minnesota lost 3-2 in a shootout to Anaheim on Tuesday on a night where Mikko Koivu was honored for playing 1,000 games in a Wild sweater.

Video: Mikko 1000 Celebration

The Wild fell behind 2-0 in the first period, getting outshot 14-1 in the game's opening frame, but a Ryan Hartman goal in the second period rejuvenated the team. Ryan Donato tied the game 2:03 into the third period to force extra time. Minnesota had some chances on its overtime power play, but ultimately could not find the back of the net and fell in the shootout.

Kaapo Kahkonen made 31 saves in his first career home game.

After picking up the point, the Wild's point streak at Xcel Energy Center has officially hit double digits. The Wild are 7-0-3 in its past 10 home games. That is three games away from tying the team record of 13, which occurred during the 2017-18 season.

Edmonton currently sits tied for first in the Pacific Division with 40 points, but the Oilers are coming into the game off of a four-game home stretch where it recorded a 1-2-1 record, losing 6-3 to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

The Oilers are led by its star-studded duo of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. The pair are ranked first and second in the league in points and assists. The two have put up almost identical numbers this year, McDavid with 19 goals and 36 assists, Draisaitl with 19 goals and 35 assists. Zack Kassian and James Neal have also tallied double-digit goals for Edmonton this season.

Edmonton's power play is the most dangerous in the league this season and statistically the most efficient since the 1977-78 Montreal Canadiens. The Oilers have scored on 31.6 percent of its extra-man opportunities. McDavid and Draisaitl again rank first and second in points and assists in this category, and Neal is second in power play goals, scoring 10 with the man advantage.

Since Oct. 20, 2018, the Oilers have been shut out in only three games. But the most recent occasion was on Oct. 22 at Xcel Energy Center, when the Wild blanked them 3-0.

The Oilers have split time between the pipes this season with goalies Mikko Koskinen and Mike Smith. Koskinen is 11-4-2 with a 2.72 goals against average and a .914 save percentage. Smith is 7-7-2 with a 2.88 goals against average and a .903 save percentage. Koskinen has started four of the past games.

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