The Minnesota Wild (27-17-4) travel to face the Arizona Coyotes (16-28-6) at Mullett Arena on Monday. Minnesota is coming off a 3-2 shootout win over the Sabres on January 28. The Wild committed only one penalty in the game, holding Buffalo without a power play goal. Jared Spurgeon and Joel Eriksson Ek each scored once for the Wild.
Marc-Andre Fleury had a great performance with 29 saves (.935%) in the win. Arizona fell 2-1 (OT) to the Ducks on January 28. Nick Ritchie netted the only goal for the Coyotes. Connor Ingram had a great performance with 43 saves (.955%) in the loss.
HEAD TO HEAD
The Wild have won both games between the teams this season, including a 2-1 victory in their most recent meeting in January. Mats Zuccarello and Frederick Gaudreau were on the scoresheet for Minnesota. Lawson Crouse scored Arizona’s only goal. Fleury got the win, saving 27 of 28 shots (.964%).
Minnesota is averaging 3.06 goals per game for the season, 19th in the NHL, and they are taking on a Coyotes team that is allowing 3.50 goals a game (24th). Meanwhile, Arizona has found the net 2.58 times a game on average, 28th in the league, and the Wild are allowing opponents to score 2.83 goals per game (11th).
Arizona averages fewer shots a game (25.6) than any other team in the league, though the team’s 10.2% shooting percentage ranks 12th. With an average of 31.2 attempts, Minnesota ranks 19th. Don’t be surprised to see a few power play opportunities for the Coyotes, as the Wild are averaging 4.58 penalties per game, third-most in the NHL.
The visitors’ 12.19 penalty minutes a game also ranks third-highest. The home team has been penalized 4.52 times a game (6th) for an average of 11.02 minutes (7th).
The Wild’s 24.34% power play percentage ranks ninth in the league, while the Coyotes are 26th with a conversion rate of 18.30%. When it comes to penalty killing, Minnesota has the league’s 16th-ranked PK% at 79.63%, while Arizona is 27th at 74.19%.
With 59 points this season, Kirill Kaprizov is the top skater for the Wild. He has 27 goals and 32 assists in 48 games. In the net, Filip Gustavsson (11-7-1) is Minnesota’s top goaltender by goals against average.
He has a 2.26 GAA, third-best in the league, and a .922% save percentage, fifth-best. Fleury (16-10-3) leads the Wild in games played in goal. He has a GAA of 2.87 and a save percentage of .905%.
Clayton Keller leads the Coyotes in scoring with 41 points. He has 18 goals and 23 assists. Karel Vejmelka (13-17-4) has the best goals against average for Arizona at 3.19. He has a save percentage of .907%.
HOME AND AWAY
Minnesota has lost three straight away from home this season. Arizona is 10-8-2 at Mullett Arena this season.
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