This week's schedule:
Four home games this week, the Wild get another look at the Kings and then start a stretch of four in a row against the Avalanche.
Both of these teams are currently at .500 (Kings are 2-2-2, Avs are 3-3-0). That's surprising in both cases, although for different reasons.
Last week's results:
MIN 0 - ANA 1 - Highlights
The power play is bad (0 for 5 on this night, 0 for the season through three games). The Wild actually had the better control of play, but couldn't solve Gibson. Cam Talbot played a pretty good game in goal. Losing 1-0 is just so annoying. The team shooting percentage went from 11% (highest in the West) before the game to 7.7% (middle of the pack) after.
MIN 3 - ANA 2 - Highlights
The Wild were cruising, up 2-0, outshooting Anaheim 24-7 and then they just kind of lost it at the end of the second period and allowed the Ducks to tie the game. Then Kaprizov to Greenway to Eriksson Ek about 90 seconds into the third period and the Wild had their third win of the season. And they got a power play goal! Their power play was now 1 for 20 (5%) on the season. Infinitely better than 0%, but still not great. On the other side the penalty kill was 12 for 13 on the year and added a short handed goal in this one.
MIN 4 - SJ 1 - Highlights
Hey! A game with a goal differential greater than one! Thanks to two empty net goals by the Wild, but at least Parise and Fiala got their first goals of the year here.
MIN 3 - SJ 5 - Highlights
Two splits with two not great teams is not ideal, and this week will be a bit more of a test. We're over 10% of the way through the season, and now the Wild get to play some more of the top end of the division. Series splits with Colorado / Vegas will feel a lot better.
Overall stats look OK - CORSI and Fenwick are above 50%, so the Wild are carrying the play at 5 on 5 versus their opponents. Their shooting percentage is a little low, and their save percentage is high.
Special teams is going to be the thing, I think. If the power play starts going well and they keep this up at 5 on 5, they'll do very well.
The Kirill Kaprizov Corner
Is he more of a playmaker than a goal-scorer? That could be interesting.
Players not Named Kirill
- Eriksson Ek and Greenway are having a really good start to the season paired together on the third line. I really hope both of them continue to be productive
- Cam Talbot - great game against Anaheim (the 1-0 loss) and then an injury.
- Kappo Kahkonen - Seen more minutes right away in the season, seems to be OK as far as I can tell. Metrics through 2+ games seem to say he's a tick above average, so ... that's something.
|Shots Against||Goals Against||Fenwick Against||SV%||FenwickSV%||Reb per 100SV|
- Fiala and Parise both scored goals last week - empty net goals totally count - and it's nice to see them get some points. The Wild will need both of them to score as the competition gets better.
|9 players tied||1||Pateryn||2||Parise / Dumba||3|