Don’t look now, however the Minnesota Wild have discovered methods to get the puck into the again of the web.
After reaching 5 targets simply as soon as of their first 13 video games, the Wild have scored 5, six and 6 occasions of their final three contests.
The one different NHL group to attain 5+ targets in three consecutive video games this season is Montreal, which achieved it Jan. 20-23. The three-game streak matches the second longest in Minnesota franchise historical past. The Wild had 4 video games with 5+ targets from Feb. 15-21, 2016 and in addition did it in three straight Feb. 25-28, 2020.
Minnesota has by no means had three consecutive video games with six or extra targets. It gained’t be a straightforward process to achieve that mark Friday, as Los Angeles, the Wild’s opponent this weekend, enters on a six-game successful streak. Jonathan Quick is 3-0 with a 0.65 goals-against common with two shutouts in that span whereas Cal Peterson is 3-0 with a 1.67 GAA.
If the Wild can penetrate the Kings’ latest stingy protection for 4 targets, Minnesota will tie the franchise file for many targets in a four-game span with 21. The group had 20 targets in its most up-to-date four-game span, which features a three-goal effort in opposition to Anaheim earlier than the five-goal streak started, which ties for the second-most targets in a four-game span in group historical past.
Minnesota’s 17 targets in its previous few contests is a group file over a three-game stretch.
In these final three video games, eight completely different gamers have mixed for 14 multiple-point video games, which additionally ties a group file. In a three-game run from Feb. 17-21, 2016, 10 completely different Wild gamers mixed for 14 multi-point video games.
Karill Kaprizov and Mats Zuccarello have had a number of factors in every of the three video games whereas Marcus Foligno and Ryan Hartman have two. Kevin Fiala, Victor Rask, Carson Soucy and Nico Sturm have one every.
This falls in keeping with how the Wild’s season has gone.
Sixteen completely different gamers have notched a aim for Minnesota, however nobody has greater than six (Joel Eriksson Ek and Fiala). Rask has 5 and Kaprizov and Foligno 4. Everybody else has three or much less.
Equally, 21 gamers have recorded at the very least one level for the Wild this season however simply three have 10+ — Kaprizov (15), Jordan Greenway (11) and Erickson Ek (10).
Who will tally targets in opposition to Los Angeles this weekend? The fantastic thing about this 12 months’s Wild group is you by no means know with manufacturing coming from throughout.
Catch the weekend sequence in opposition to the Kings on FOX Sports activities North, with Wild Reside kicking issues off at 6:30 p.m. on each Friday and Saturday.
Statistics courtesy Sportradar and hockey-reference.com