WILD vs. VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS, 7PM
All-Time Wild Record: 10-2-2 (5-0-1 at Xcel Energy Center, 5-2-1 at Vegas)
2020-21: Minnesota is 4-1-1 in six meetings against Vegas…The Wild went 2-1-1 in four games at T-Mobile Arena with a 5-4 overtime loss (3/1), a 5-1 loss (3/3), a 3-2 shootout victory (4/1) and a 2-1 win (4/3)…Minnesota is 2-0-0 at Xcel Energy Center with a 2-0 shutout victory (3/8) and a 4-3 win (3/10)…LW Marcus Foligno leads the Wild with six points (3-3=6)…C Joel Eriksson Ek has five points (3-2=5)…D Jonas Brodin (1-2=3), LW Jordan Greenway (1-3=4) and LW Kirill Kaprizov (3-1=4) have four points each…G Cam Talbot is 2-1-1 with a 2.93 GAA and a .908 SV% in four starts…G Kaapo Kahkonen is 2-0-0 with a 1.51 GAA, a .943 SV% and one shutout in two starts…RW Mark Stone leads the Golden Knights with eight points (1-7=8)…LW Max Pacioretty (2-2=4), C Chandler Stephenson (1-3=4) and RW Alex Tuch (2-2=4) each have four points…D Dylan Coghlan has scored three goals…G Marc-Andre Fleury is 2-3-0 with a 2.52 GAA and a .917 SV% in five starts…G Logan Thompson made two saves in relief in the fourth meeting…G Robin Lehner stopped 35-of-37 shots in the fifth meeting.
EVANSON ASKED ABOUT MINNESOTA’S DOMINANCE IN THE SERIES:
WILD LEADERS: LW Kevin Fiala leads the Wild with 13 points (5-8=13) in 15 contests against Vegas…Brodin has 10 points (2-8=10) in 14 contests…D Matt Dumba has seven points (2-5=7) in 12 matches.
WILD GOALIES: Talbot is 5-4-1 with a 3.46 GAA and a .891 SV% in 10 career starts vs. the Golden Knights…Kahkonen is 2-0-0 with a 1.51 GAA, a .943 SV% and one shutout in two career starts.
GOLDEN KNIGHTS LEADERS: D Alex Pietrangelo leads the Golden Knights with 21 points (6-15=21) in 44 games against Minnesota…Stone has 17 points (2-15=17) in 17 matches…Pacioretty owns 17 points (10-7=17) in 22 contests.
GOLDEN KNIGHTS GOALIES: Fleury is 6-13-0 with a 3.11 GAA and a .894 SV% in 19 starts vs. the Wild…Lehner is 3-2-2 with a 2.47 GAA, a .913 SV% and one shutout in seven games (six starts).
CONNECTIONS: D Brad Hunt collected 25 points (5-20=25) in 58 games with the Golden Knights in parts of two seasons (2017-19)…Tuch was drafted 18th overall by the Wild in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and made his NHL debut with Minnesota, skating in six games during the 2016-17 season.
FAST FACTS: Minnesota is tied for the most wins against Vegas in the NHL (LA)…Its 22 team points lead the NHL and its .786 win percentage ranks third.
(info courtesy of Wild)