February 2, 2015 • A LOOK AT THE WEEK AHEAD

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Chicago Blackhawks
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All-Time Wild Record: 30-22-3 (17-10-1 at
Xcel Energy Center, 13-12-2 at Chicago)
2014-15: The Wild is 0-3-0 after three season meetings against the Blackhawks…Minnesota lost
both contests at United Center, 5-3 (12/16) and 4-1 (1/11)
while dropping the second contest, 4-2, at Xcel Energy Center (1/8)…C Mikko Koivu (0-2=2), RW Nino Niederreiter
(1-1=2), RW Jason Pominville (1-1=2) and LW Thomas
Vanek (1-1=2) lead the Wild with two points each…G Niklas Backstrom is 0-3-0 with a 3.71 GAA and a .880 SV%
in three starts…RW Patrick Kane leads Chicago with eight
points (2-6=8) in three contests…C Jonathan Toews has
six points (1-5=6)…C Brad Richards (1-4=5) has five
points…G Antti Raanta made 26 saves in the first match…
G Corey Crawford is 2-0-0 with a 1.50 GAA and a .963 SV%
in two starts.
WILD LEADERS: D Ryan Suter leads the Wild with 29 points
(4-25=29) in 55 games vs. Chicago, his highest point total against any team...Koivu has 25 points (4-21=25) in
36 matches...LW Matt Cooke owns 18 points (9-9=18) in
41 games…Pominville has 11 points (8-3=11) in 15 contests…Vanek has nine points (4-5=9) in 13 games.
WILD GOALIES: Backstrom is 6-12-1 with a 2.96 GAA, a .908
SV% and one shutout in 19 starts (20 games) against the
Blackhawks…G Devan Dubnyk is 2-6-0 with a 4.28 GAA
and a .887 SV% in 10 games (nine starts)…G Darcy Kuemper is 1-0-0 with a 1.22 GAA and a .959 SV% in two contests
(one start).
BLACKHAWKS LEADERS: Richards has 27 points (8-19=27)
in 23 games against Minnesota…Kane has 27 points (1116=27) in 30 contests…Toews owns 25 points (7-18=25) in
25 contests…RW Marian Hossa has 25 points (13-12=25)
in 30 games.
BLACKHAWKS GOALIES: Crawford is 7-3-2 with a 2.24 GAA
and a .919 SV% in 13 games (12 starts) against Minnesota…Raanta is 1-1-0 with a 2.56 GAA and a .896 SV% in
two career starts.
CONNECTIONS: Bob Mason appeared in 41 games for Chicago in 1987-88.
FAST FACT: Minnesota is 6-6-1 in its last 13 games against
Chicago with seven of the contests being decided by one
goal and four going to a shootout.
All-Time Wild Record: 39-32-10 (21-14-5 at
Xcel Energy Center, 18-18-5 at Colorado)
2014-15: The Wild is 2-0-0 this season after winning the
home-and-home season opening series against the Avalanche with a 5-0 shutout victory at Xcel Energy Center
(10/9) and a 3-0 shutout win at Pepsi Center (10/11)…LW
Zach Parise leads Minnesota with four points (2-2=4) in
two games…D Ryan Suter has three points (1-2=3)…C
Charlie Coyle (1-1=2), C Mikael Granlund (0-2=2), RW
Jason Pominville (1-1=2) and D Jared Spurgeon (1-1=2)
have two points each…G Darcy Kuemper is 2-0-0 with
two shutouts stopping all 46 shots faced in two starts…G
Semyon Varlamov is 0-2-0 with a 4.33 GAA and a .901 SV%
in two starts…G Reto Berra entered the first game in the
third period, making 10 saves in relief.
WILD LEADERS: C Mikko Koivu has 38 points (15-23=38)
in 51 games against Colorado... Suter has 23 points (221=23) in 40 games…Parise has 21 points (7-14=21) in
18 matches...C Kyle Brodziak has 21 points (7-14=21) in
44 games.
WILD GOALIES: G Niklas Backstrom is 24-7-3 with a 2.25
GAA, a .924 SV% and four shutouts in 34 career games
against Colorado (33 starts)…G Devan Dubnyk is 8-5-1
with a 2.24 GAA, a .934 SV% and one shutout in 15 starts…
Kuemper is 2-0-0 with a 1.54 GAA, a .942 SV% and two
shutouts in three career starts.
AVALANCHE LEADERS: RW Jarome Iginla is the all-time leader against the Wild in points (67), goals (37), shots (238)
and game-winning goals (10), is second in plus-minus rating (plus-19), in games played (73) and in power-play goals
(10) and is tied for third in assists (30)…LW Alex Tanguay
has 46 points (16-30=46) in 61 games vs. Minnesota, the
fifth-highest total by a Wild opponent...C Matt Duchene has
15 points (5-10=15) in 28 games...Landeskog has 14 points
(6-8=14) in 17 matches.
AVALANCHE GOALIES: Varlamov is 7-6-1 with a 2.40 GAA, a
.924 SV% and one shutout in 14 games (13 starts)…Berra
is 1-2-0 with a 3.60 GAA and .859 SV% in four contests
(two starts).
CONNECTIONS: Darby Hendrickson skated in 20 games
with Colorado in 2003-04...Andrew Brunette tallied 205
points (70-135=205) in 246 games (2005-08) with the
Avalanche…D Erik Johnson hails from Bloomington...LW
Patrick Bordeleau was selected by Minnesota in the fourthround (114th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
FAST FACTS: Minnesota defeated Colorado in seven games
in the 2014 Western Conference Quarterfinal...MacKinnon
(2-8=10) and Stastny (5-5=10) led the Avalanche with 10
points in seven games while Parise led the Wild with 10
points (3-7=10) during the playoff series.
All-Time Wild Record: 33-30-14 (20-14-5 at
Xcel Energy Center, 13-16-9 at Vancouver)
2014-15: Minnesota won the first meeting of
the season against Vancouver, 4-2 at Rogers Arena (2/1)…C
Mikael Granlund led the team with two assists…LW Zach
Parise, D Jared Spurgeon, LW Thomas Vanek and LW Jason Zucker each tallied a goal…G Devan Dubnyk stopped
35-of-37 shots to earn the win…LW Daniel Sedin and LW
Ronalds Kenins netted a goal apiece for the Canucks…RW
Radim Vrbata, D Alexander Edler and C Henrik Sedin each
registered an assist…G Ryan Miller made 16 saves.
WILD LEADERS: C Mikko Koivu leads Minnesota with 30
points (10-20=30) in 47 games against Vancouver...C Kyle
Brodziak owns 16 points (7-9=16) in 38 games...D Ryan
Suter has 12 points (1-11=12) in 36 matches…Vanek owns
eight points (3-5=8) in eight contests…Parise has eight
points (6-2=8) in 13 meetings.
WILD GOALIES: G Niklas Backstrom is 13-13-6 with a 2.63
GAA, a .908 SV% and one shutout in 33 games (31 starts)
against Vancouver…Dubnyk is 7-6-3 with a 2.48 GAA, .925
SV% and three shutouts in 18 games (15 starts)…G Darcy
Kuemper is 1-2-0 with a 2.20 GAA and a .918 SV% in three
career starts.
CANUCKS LEADERS: H. Sedin owns 59 points (11-48=59) in
75 games vs. Minnesota...He ranks first all-time against the
Wild in assists and games played and second in points...D.
Sedin has 57 points (21-36=57) in 72 matches...He ranks
second in assists and third in games played and points
against Minnesota...Vrbata has 22 points (13-9=22) in 37
CANUCKS GOALIES: Miller is 4-4-0 with a 2.55 GAA, a .902
SV% and one shutout in eight starts against the Wild…G
Eddie Lack is 1-0-1 with a 1.44 GAA and a .944 SV% in
two starts.
CONNECTIONS: D Keith Ballard skated in 148 games with
Vancouver over three seasons (2010-13)...LW Matt Cooke
was selected by the Canucks in the sixth round of the 1997
NHL Entry Draft and collected 203 points (83-120=203)
in 566 games during nine seasons with Vancouver (19982008)...Darby Hendrickson skated in 27 games with the
Canucks in 1998-99...Bob Mason appeared in six games
with Vancouver in 1990-91.
FAST FACTS: Minnesota is 5-1-0 in its last six games against
Vancouver…The Wild’s 80 points versus the Canucks are its
third-most against any NHL franchise (33-30-14).
The Iowa Wild dropped three home games last
week…The Wild lost 6-0 to the Grand Rapids
Griffins on Thursday (1/29)…G Darcy Kuemper earned the loss with 23 saves in two periods while
G John Curry made nine-of-10 saves in relief during the
third...Iowa suffered a 2-1 loss against Hamilton on Friday
(1/30)…D Guillaume Gelinas scored the sole goal with assists from D Brad Richard and F Marc Hagel…Kuemper
stopped 27-of-29 shots…The Wild fell, 5-3, on Saturday
in its second match against the Bulldogs (1/31)…F Tyler
Graovac (1-1=2) and F Jordan Schroeder (0-2=2) led Iowa
with two points each…F Zach Mitchell and F Michael Keranen netted a goal apiece…Curry made 32 saves…Graovac
leads the team in scoring with 33 points (16-17=33) in 43
games…Keranen ranks second with 29 points (7-22=29)…
Schroeder ranks third with 28 points (10-18=28)…Curry is
8-10-0 with a 2.78 GAA and a .917 SV% in 21 games…
Kuemper is 0-2-0 with a 4.23 GAA and a .877 SV% in two
games…The Wild begins a four-game road trip with three
stops this week visiting Adirondack (Wed.), Hamilton (Fri.)
and Toronto (Sat.).
The first ever “Strike it Wild” Bowling Event presented by
Treasure Island Resort & Casino benefiting the American
Diabetes Association and Minnesota Wild Foundation will
take place on Thursday, Feb. 5 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at Treasure Island (5734 Sturgeon Lake Road Welch, MN 55089).
The sold out, casual, family friendly event will feature two
hours of bowling with Wild players and celebrities, knockout
appetizers and refreshments to help you keep your eyes on
the prize.
Charlie Coyle is scheduled to appear and sign autographs
at Two Stooges Bar located at 7178 University Avenue in
Fridley on Wednesday, Feb. 4 from 5 – 6 p.m.
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