Monday, March 4, 2024

NHL Preview: Minnesota Wild (37-21-7) at Arizona Coyotes (23-32-11)

MINNESOTA WILD NOTES:

SERIES NOTES
GAME BROADCASTS
ARIZONA COYOTES
All-Time Wild Record: 47-27-8 (24-12-5 at Xcel Energy Center, 23-15-3 at Arizona)

2022-23: The Wild is 2-1-0 against Arizona this season…Minnesota earned a 4-3 victory in the series-opening game at Xcel Energy Center (11/27), Wild won the second game, 2-1, in St. Paul (1/14) and lost the third game, 3-2, at Mullett Arena… LW Kirill Kaprizov leads Minnesota with five points (2-3=5)…D Calen Addison (0-3=3) and C Joel Eriksson Ek (0-3=3) both have three points…G Marc-Andre Fleury is 2-1-0 with a 2.35 GAA and a .920 SV% in three starts for the Wild…LW Matias Maccelli leads Arizona with three points (0-3=3)… LW Lawson Crouse (2-0=2), RW Clayton Keller (0-2=2) and C Jack McBain (1- 1=2) have two points each…G Connor Ingram is 0-2-0 with a 3.07 GAA and a .893 SV% in two starts for the Coyotes…G Karel Vejmelka is 1-0-0 with a 2.00 GAA and a .943 SV% in one start.

WILD LEADERS: RW Mats Zuccarello (6-17=28 in 26 games) leads the Wild against the Coyotes…D Jared Spurgeon has 22 points (6-16=22) in 35 games…Kaprizov owns 20 points (9-11=20) in 14 contests…LW Marcus Foligno has 17 points (9-8=17) in 26 games.

WILD GOALIES: Fleury is 17-10-1 with a 2.16 GAA, a .921 SV% and three shutouts in 30 games (29 starts) against the Coyotes…G Filip Gustavsson is 0-1-0 with a 4.06 GAA and a .714 SV% in his lone start against Arizona.

COYOTES LEADERS: C Nick Schmaltz leads Arizona with 16 points (3-13=16) in 26 matches…RW Clayton Keller has 13 points (5-8=13) in 22 games…RW Zack Kassian has 10 points (4-6=10) in 25 games.

COYOTES GOALIES: Vejmelka is 2-1-0 with a 3.77 GAA and a .895 SV% in three career starts against the Wild…Ingram is 1-2-0 with a 2.72 GAA and a .912 SV% in three career starts against the Wild.

FAST FACTS: Minnesota’s 47 all-time wins against Arizona are fifth-most against an opponent…The Wild is 11-3-0 against the Coyotes since the start of the 2020 season…Minnesota is 27-7-3 in its last 37 meetings against Arizona, including a 12-game point streak (9-0-3, 1/9/14-2/8/18) – the longest point streak in franchise history vs. an opponent…Minnesota is 10-4-1 in the last 15 games at Arizona…The Wild is 11-2-2 in the last 15 games played in Saint Paul..

INJURIES
Jonas Brodin: lower body
Brandon Duhaime: upper body
Kirill Kaprizov: lower body
Gustav Nyquist: upper body

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
3/9/23 Recalled F Sammy Walker from Iowa.
3/9/23 Signed D Kyle Masters to a three-year, entry-level contract
3/6/23 Signed D David Spacek to a three-year, entry-level contract

FINDING THEIR GROOVE
• Minnesota is first in the NHL with 25 points since Feb. 11 (11-1-3) and tied for first in wins.

• The Wild’s current 12-game point streak (10-0-2) is the fifth-longest in the NHL this season and second-longest in franchise history.

• Since Feb. 11, the Wild leads the NHL with a .954 team save percentage and has allowed a league-low 1.40 goals against per game.

• Since Feb. 11, Minnesota is third in the NHL with a 92.1 penalty-kill percentage (35-for-38).

COOL UNDER PRESSURE

• Minnesota has 18 one-goal victories this season, tied for fourth in the NHL behind Vegas (21), Carolina (21) and Los Angeles (20).

• Minnesota is 33-5-5 (.826) this season when obtaining a lead at any point in the game, the fourth-best point percentage in the NHL in such
situations.

• Minnesota is 12-1-7 (.775) this season in games that were tied with five minutes left in regulation, tied for the fourth-most victories and the seventh-best point percentage in the NHL.

ON THE POWER PLAY
• The Wild has converted 27.2 percent (28 of 103) of power-play opportunities at home this season, fourth-best in the NHL.

• Since Jan. 19, Minnesota ranks tied for seventh in the NHL with 13 power-play goals.

PENALTY KILLERS
• Minnesota has allowed four opponent power-play goals in the last 20 games.

• For the season, the Wild is ninth in the NHL with a 82.2 penalty-kill percentage (171 for 208).

• Recorded a streak of 27 consecutive successful penalty kills across 14 total games snapped from 2/6 to 3/2. Did not allow a power-play goal in 12 consecutive games from 2/8 – 2/28, the longest streak in the NHL this season, tied for the longest streak in franchise history and tied for the 13th-longest streak in the NHL’s Expansion Era (since 1967-68 season)

• Since Nov. 8, Minnesota is fourth in the NHL with a 83.9 penalty-kill percentage (146 for 174).

• Minnesota is ninth in the NHL with a 82.0 penalty-kill percentage (91 of 111) on the road this season.

ARIZONA COYOTES NOTES:

3 HARD LAPS
• Arizona comes into tonight on a four-game point streak (2-0-2) and is 4-4-2 in its last 10 outings

• Clayton Keller is one assist shy of 200 for his career and Nick Schmaltz is one goal shy of 100 for his career. Additionally, Schmaltz needs four points to reach 200 points with the Coyotes. If he can reach that milestone within the next six games, he’d require the second-fewest games by a Coyote (since 1996-97) to tally 200 pts with the team (NHL debut or otherwise)

• A win tonight would be the first time the Coyotes beat the Wild in consecutive tries since 11/27/18 – 3/31/19

LAST GAME
Avalanche 3, Coyotes 2 (OT) – March 11, 2023 – Ball Arena
ARI Goals: McBain (11), Keller (27)
COL Goals: Malgin (8), MacKinnon (28), Makar (15)
ARI Goalie: Ingram (O) – 41 svs on 44 shots
COL Goalie: Georgiev (W) – 18 svs on 20 shots
PP: 0-1 PK: 2-3

Notes: The Coyotes fell in OT to Colorado but hold a four-game point streak (2-0-2)…ARI also now holds a 4-game point streak against the Avs (3-0-1)…Clayton Keller scored to set a new single-season career-high for points (27-39-66)…Keller is also one goal shy of matching last season’s total, currently his career-high…Keller comes into tonight on a 4-game point streak…Jack McBain scored for the second consecutive outing and third time in his last four games to push his goal total to 11 in his rookie year…Matias Maccelli added another assist to reach 30 on the campaign; Maccelli enters tonight on a 4-game point streak, posting 1-4-5 in that stretch…Lawson Crouse extended his point streak to five games, setting a new career-best…Connor Ingram stopped 41-of-44 shots for his fifth career 40+ save game…Barrett Hayton found the

Total man games lost: 124 games
Liam O’Brien – 23 (12/17 – 2/6) – Upper-Body | 2 (2/11 – 2/13) – Upper-Body
Jakob Chychrun – 16 (10/13 – 11/17) – Upper-Body
Matias Maccelli – 16 (12/27 – 1/24) – Lower-Body
Nick Schmaltz – 15 (10/15 – 11/17) – Upper-Body | 1 (12/31) – Upper-Body
Zack Kassian – 9 (11/1 – 11/21) – Lower-Body
Connor Timmins – 9 (10/15 – 11/5) – Upper-Body
Shayne Gostisbehere – 8 (1/26 – 2/18) – Upper-Body
Andrew Ladd – 6 (N/A) – Undisclosed
Josh Brown – 3 (11/23 – 11/27) – Upper-Body | 4 (2/26 – 3/3)
Ben McCartney – 3 (10/13 – 10/17) – Lower-Body
Juuso Valimaki – 1 (11/23) – Upper-Body
Lawson Crouse – 1 (12/1) – Illness | 4 (1/19 – 1/24) – Upper-Body
Christian Fischer – 1 (3/3) – Illness
Connor Ingram – 1 (1/8) – Illness

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
-3/9 – Assigned F Jean-Sebastien Dea to Tucson (AHL)
-3/9 – Recalled G Ivan Prosvetov from Tucson (AHL)
-3/8 – Assigned F Bokondji Imama to Tucson (AHL)
-3/7 – Recalled F Bokondji Imama from Tucson (AHL)
-3/4 – Assigned F Milos Kelemen, D Michael Kesselring and D Vladislav Kolyachonok to Tucson (AHL)
-3/2 – Acquired 2023 3rd round pick and D Michael Kesselring from EDM in exchange for F Nick Bjugstad and D Cam Dineen
-3/2 – Acquired 2023 6th-round draft pick from CBJ and F Jakub Voracek in exchange for G Jon Gillies
-3/1 – Recalled D Vladislav Kolyachonok from Tucson (AHL)
-3/1 – Acquired 2023 1st round pick, 2024 2nd round pick and 2026 2nd round pick from OTT in exchange for D Jakob Chychrun
-3/1 – Acquired 2026 3rd round draft pick from Carolina in exchange for D Shayne Gostisbehere

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
DATE TIME (AZ) OPPONENT VENUE TV RADIO
Tue, March 14 7pm vs CGY Mullett Arena Bally Sports Arizona Extra ESPN 620
Thur, March 16 7pm vs VAN Mullett Arena Bally Sports Arizona Extra ESPN 620
Sat, March 18 7:30pm vs CHI Mullett Arena Bally Sports Arizona Extra 98.7 FM

YOTES & WILD

  • Tonight is the fourth of four Arizona-Minnesota matchups this season and the second one in Tempe
  • The Yotes won their last game against the Wild on 2/6 at Mullett Arena. The Coyotes were behind 2-1 midway through the third period before Jakob Chychrun and Jack McBain scored to get the win for the hosts
  • The Wild captured the two meetings in MIN – 4-3 on 11/27 and the second one 2-1 on 1/14
  • McBain has scored twice over the four times he’s faced the Wild, the team that drafted him. His goal on 2/6 was the game-winning goal
  • Christian Fischer and Patrik Nemeth picked up assists on the GWG in Arizona’s win on 2/6
  • Matias Maccelli has faced the Wild twice in his career and recorded three assists over those contests
  • Coyotes franchise vs Wild
    • All-Time: 32-43-3-4
    • Home: 17-21-1-2
    • Road: 15-22-2-2
    • L10: 2-8-0
    • STRK: W1

2022-23 COYOTES RECORD ON…
1-Day Rest: 16-20-6
2-Days Rest: 3-3-2
3+ Days Rest: 2-4-2

Back-to-Backs
Coyotes record on…
First Game of Back-to-Back: 2-4-3
Second Game of Back-to-Back: 2-5-1

When ARI and opponent is completing a back-to-back: 2-1-0
When completing a back-to-back where opponent is not: 1-4-1
When ARI is not completing a back-to-back but opponent is: 3-1-2

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