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NHL Preview: Minnesota Wild (23-23-5) at Vegas Golden Knights (31-15-6)

MINNESOTA WILD NOTES:

SERIES NOTES – VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS

All-Time Wild Record: 12-6-4 (7-1-3 at Xcel Energy Center, 5-5- 1 at Vegas)

2022-23: Minnesota went 0-2-1 against Vegas…The Golden Knights won the series-opening game, 5-1, at Xcel Energy Center (2/9), won the second game 4-1 at T-Mobile Arena (4/1) and won the series finale with a 4-3 shootout victory in Saint Paul (4/3)…LW Matt Boldy led Minnesota with four points (2-2=4)…C Joel Eriksson Ek had three points (0-3=3)…LW Kirill Kaparizov and RW Brandon Duhaime also scored for Minnesota…G Marc-Andre Fleury was 0-2-0 with a 4.92 GAA and a .877 SV% in two starts…G Filip Gustavsson was 0-0-1 with a 2.12 GAA and a .912 SV% in two games (one start)…C Jack Eichel (1-4=5) led Vegas with five points… RW Jonathan Marchessault (0-2=2), D Alex Pietrangelo (1-1=2) and C Nicholas Roy (1-1=2) had two points each…G Laurent Brossoit was 2-0-0 with a 1.96 GAA and a .937 SV%…G Logan Thompson saved 23 of 24 shots faced before exiting the game in the third period in the first meeting…G Adin Hill stopped all four shots faced in relief.

WILD LEADERS: Eriksson Ek leads Minnesota with 13 points (5-8=13) in 20 games vs. Vegas…D Jonas Brodin has 12 points (3-9=12) in 20 games… LW Marcus Foligno (5-5=10 in 20 contests) and Kaprizov (7-3=10 in 12 games) own 10 points each.

WILD GOALIES: Fleury is 1-2-0 with a 3.43 GAA and a .906 SV% in three career starts against Vegas…Gustavsson is 0-1-1 with a 2.92 GAA and a .903 SV% in three career games (two starts) against the Golden Knights.

GOLDEN KNIGHTS LEADERS: Pietrangelo (9-16=25) leads Vegas with 25 points in 52 games vs. Minnesota…RW Mark Stone has 22 points (4- 18=22) in 20 matches…C Chandler Stephenson (4-9=13 in 17 games) and Eichel (3-10=13 in 11 games) have 13 points each…D Alec Martinez owns 12 points (3-9=12) in 35 games.

GOLDEN KNIGHTS GOALIES: Hill is 1-3-0 with a 2.51 GAA and a .901 SV in five games (three starts) vs. the Wild…Thompson is 1-1-0 with a 1.69 GAA and a .951 SV% in three games (two starts).

FAST FACTS:

Minnesota is fourth all-time in the NHL in points (28), T-3rd in wins (12) and fourth in point percentage (.636) against Vegas.

INJURIES

Connor Dewar: lower body

Pat Maroon: upper body

Jared Spurgeon: left hip/back: out for the season

2023-24 Total Man Games Lost: 148

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

February 2 – 11, 2024

2/11/24 Recalled F Adam Beckman from Iowa

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS NOTES:

AGAINST THE WILD

All-Time Series: (10-11-1); at Vegas: (6-4-1); at Minnesota: (4-7-0)

DEFENDING THE FORTRESS

The Golden Knights return to T-Mobile Arena tonight to play four of their next five contests at home. With their 19-5-2 record at The Fortress this season, the Golden Knights have recorded 40 points at home, tied with the Avalanche for the most in the NHL this season. The Golden Knights own an all-time record of 153-71-19 in 242 home games during the regular season, ranking fifth in the NHL since the 2017-18 season.

IT’S TAKEAWAY TIME

Vegas is third in the NHL with 440 takeaways through 52 games played, behind only Chicago (482) and St. Louis (452). Mark Stone is leads the NHL with 61 takeaways on the season overtaking Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl (60).

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