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Wild Warmup: Minnesota vs. N.Y. Rangers

Two of NHL's hottest power play units meet at Xcel Energy Center

by Tyler Savitsky /
The essentials

Who: New York Rangers (28-23-4) at Minnesota Wild (27-23-6)

Puck drop: 7:08 p.m. CT

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The Wild Warmup is presented by Bryant Heating and Cooling

ST. PAUL -- The Wild looks to build on its shutout victory over Vegas on Tuesday, as it hosts the New York Rangers at Xcel Energy Center on Thursday night.

Minnesota has won four of its past five games and is only four points behind the Arizona Coyotes for the second Wild Card spot, with three games in hand. The Wild defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 4-0 on Tuesday, with goalie Alex Stalock stopping 26 shots for his third shutout of the season.

Joel Eriksson Ek opened up scoring, recording a power play goal 5:30 into the game. Later in the period, Jared Spurgeon doubled the lead after finishing a rebound on another power play. It was his second goal in as many games.

The Wild scored three power-play goals in the win and since Dec. 14, have the highest power play percentage in the league. Following the All-Star break, the Wild have scored at a 38.1 percent clip on the man-advantage.

Kevin Fiala continued to stuff the stat sheet, scoring a goal and adding two assists against Vegas. He has recorded 10 points in his last five games. Newly acquired forward Alex Galchenyuk recorded one shot in 12:26 of ice time, skating with Mats Zuccarello and Luke Kunin for majority of the night.

The matchup with the Rangers is the second and final meeting between the two teams this season. The Wild lost 3-2 in overtime at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 25 after Chris Kreider evened the game for the Rangers with 2:50 remaining in the final period. The Wild did secure one point in the game and currently hold a five-game point streak against New York.

The Rangers are 5-2-0 since the bye week, defeating Winnipeg 4-1 on Tuesday night. It currently sits nine points behind the Flyers for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Artemi Panarin leads the team with 28 goals, 46 assists and 74 points. Those all rank in the top-10 in the league for the forward who signed an seven-year contract with New York last summer. Center Mika Zibanejad ranks second on the team with 23 goals and 49 points. Krieder and forward Ryan Strome, along with defender Tony DeAngelo have all recorded at least 40 points on the season.

Rookie Igor Shesterkin has recorded 42 saves in back-to-back games and is 6-1-0 on the year. He has a 2.18 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage. Henrik Lundqvist is 10-11-3 this season, with a 3.12 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage.

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