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NHL Preview: Vegas Golden Knights (30-18-4) at Minnesota Wild (27-19-4)


Golden Knights 2022-23 Record: 30-18-4, 64 points (14-13-0 at Home, 16-5-4 on Road)

Feb. 9 at Minnesota Wild AT&T SportsNet Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM None
Feb. 12 vs. Anaheim Ducks AT&T SportsNet Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes 1460 AM
Feb. 16 vs. San Jose Sharks AT&T SportsNet Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes 1460 AM
Feb. 18 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning AT&T SportsNet Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes 1460 AM
Feb. 21 at Chicago Blackhawks AT&T SportsNet Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM None

February 7 – Vegas Golden Knights 5, Nashville Predators 1
The Vegas Golden Knights (30-18-4) snapped a four-game winless streak as they defeated the Nashville Predators (24-19-6), 5-1, on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena. After Matt Duchene got Nashville on the board five minutes into the contest, Michael Amadio answered with his eighth goal of the season just 1:23 later to tie the game. William Carrier gave the Golden Knights the lead 27 seconds later as he broke in behind the Nashville defense and fired a shot past Juuse Saros. Phil Kessel added to the lead midway through the frame and Vegas took the 3-1 edge into the first intermission. Less than three minutes into the second, Chandler Stephenson slipped a shot into the Nashville net to make it a 4-1 advantage for the VGK. Alex Pietrangelo added an empty-net goal in the final frame as the Golden Knights skated away with the 5-1 win.


  • Kessel’s two points (1-1—2) give him five points in five games
  • Stephenson’s goal and assist helped him reach 200 career points
  • Carrier adds to his career-high season with his 13th tally of the year
  • Adin Hill stopped 16 of 17 shots, good for a .941 save percentage and tacked on an assist from Pietrangelo’s empty-netter
  • With his 11th win of the season, Hill reaches a new career high in season wins with a record of 11-5-1

Against the Wild
The contest between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Minnesota Wild marks the first of three this season. Minnesota is one of three teams that Vegas has not faced yet this season (Tampa Bay, Carolina Hurricanes). The Golden Knights own a record of 7-11-1 against the Wild and are 2-7-0 when playing at Xcel Energy Arena. The last time these two teams met, Cam Talbot denied Vegas a point as Minnesota shut out the visitors 3-0.

2022-23 Season MIN Series: 0-0-0 (Home: 0-0-0, Road: 0-0-0)
Feb. 9 – at Minnesota
Apr. 1 – at Vegas
Apr. 3 – at Minnesota

2021-22 Season MIN Series: 2-1-0 (Home: 2-0-0, Road: 0-1-0)
Nov. 11 – at Vegas (Vegas 3, Minnesota 2)
Dec. 12 – at Vegas (Vegas 6, Minnesota 4)
Mar. 21 – at Minnesota (Vegas 0, Minnesota 3)


All-Time Wild Record: 12-4-3 (7-0-2 at Xcel Energy Center, 5-4-1 at Vegas)
2022-23: Minnesota went 1-2-0 against Vegas…The Wild lost 3-2 (11/11) and 6-4 (12/12) at T-Mobile Arena and earned a 3-0 win at Xcel Energy Center (3/21)… D Jared Spurgeon (1-2=3) and C Ryan Hartman (2-1=3) led Minnesota with three points each…RW Brandon Duhaime (0-2=2), D Matt Dumba (1-1=2), LW Marcus Foligno (1-1=2) and D Jon Merrill (0-2=2) tallied two points each…G Cam Talbot went 1-2-0 with a 2.75 GAA, a .918 SV% and one shutout in three starts…C Chandler Stephenson led the Golden Knights with four assists…LW Max Pacioretty (1-2=3) and RW Mark Stone (1- 2=3) tallied three points each…G Laurent Brossoit made 24 saves in the first meeting…G Robin Lehner made 23 saves in the second contest…G Logan Thompson made 33 saves in the third game.

WILD LEADERS: D Jonas Brodin leads Minnesota with 12 points (3-9=12) in 18 games against Vegas…Spurgeon owns 10 points (4-6=10) in 16 contests…Dumba (3-7=10), C Joel Eriksson Ek (5- 5=10) and Foligno (5-5=10) have 10 points each in 17 matches…LW Kirill Kaprizov owns nine points (6-3=9) in 11 games.

WILD GOALIES: G Marc-Andre Fleury is 1-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and a .968 SV% in one career start against Vegas (1/8/22)…G Filip Gustavsson is 0-1-0 with a 4.09 GAA and a .895 SV% in one career start (11/4/21).

GOLDEN KNIGHTS LEADERS: RW Phil Kessel leads Vegas with 24 points (9-15=24) in 32 games against Minnesota…D Alex Pietrangelo owns 23 points (8-15=23) in 49 games…Stone has 22 points (4-18=22) in 20 matches…Stephenson owns 11 points (3- 8=11) in 15 games.

GOLDEN KNIGHTS GOALIES: Thompson is 0-1-0 with a 1.84 GAA and a .946 SV% in two games (one start) against Minnesota…G Adin Hill is 1-3-0 with a 2.75 GAA and a .897 SV in four games (three starts).

FAST FACTS: Minnesota ranks tied for second in the NHL in points (27) and wins (12) against Vegas…The Wild’s .711 win percentage ranks second.

• Dating back to Nov. 19th, Minnesota is 13-3-0 at home for a .813 point percentage, the third-best rate in the NHL during that span.

• The Wild recorded an seven-game home win streak from Nov. 27 – Dec. 18, tied for fourth-longest home win streak in the NHL this season.

• Minnesota is tied for seventh in the NHL with 15 home victories this season and ranks tied for eighth with a .646 point percentage at home.

• In home games since Nov. 19, the Wild is recording a 2.13 goals against average (GAA) and .923 save percentage (SV%).

• Since Nov. 23, Minnesota ranks third in the NHL in home GAA (2.20) and fifth in home SV% (.922).

• The Wild have converted 30.1 percent (22 of 73) of power-play opportunities at home this season, second-best in the NHL.

• Minnesota recorded a power-play goal in a season-high six consecutive games from Nov. 23 – Dec. 4, going eight-for-19 (42.1 pct.) during that span. The streak tied for the fifth-longest in franchise history.

• Since Nov. 8, Minnesota is ninth in the NHL with a 81.5 penaltykill percentage (110 for 135).

• Minnesota is fifth in the NHL with a 82.1 penalty-kill percentage (78 of 95) on the road this season.

• Minnesota is third in the NHL with eight shorthanded goals this season.

• The total is tied for the highest in franchise history through a season’s first 50 games (eight SHG in 2001-02 and 2006-07 seasons).

• Minnesota has not eclipsed eight shorthanded goals in season since recording nine during the 2008-09 campaign.

• The Wild is playing in its seventh set of back-to-back games this season, with a total of 12 on the schedule. So far Minnesota is 2-4-1 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 4-2-0 in the second game. Since the start of the 2021-22 season, the Wild is 13-6-2 in the first game and 12-6-2 in the second game of back-to-backs.

• Minnesota is 8-1-0 when playing a team that is playing its second game in as many nights.

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