Rexall Place may arguably be the worst arena in the NHL. The team that calls it home is equally as bad. The Minnesota Wild were able to defeat the Edmonton Oilers 4-0 by hardly breaking a sweat. Devan Dubnyk backstopped the Wild in his fifth shutout in the 16 games he's started for Minnesota this season. He's also improved to 5-0 against the team that drafted him.
But as the final horn sounded, we saw Justin Fontaine score two goals, and Nino Niederreiter and Jordan Schroeder score for the Wild in a game that was controlled in the most part by Minnesota.
In the first period, the Oilers and Wild traded low quality shots and it didn't look all that great in the first 10 minutes. Marco Scandella looked to suffer a leg injury early in the first He was quite hobbled and limped back to the bench and eventually the locker room. Just after the midway point of the period, Justin Fontaine deflected a Christian Folin snap-shot past the Oilers' starting goaltender Ben Scrivens. Five minutes later, Mikko Koivu passed the Oiler blue line with numbers on his side. He took a low percentage, bad-angle shot that went off Scrivens' left pad right back out into the slot to a crashing Niederreiter for the 2-0 lead. The Wild finished the period with a 2-0 lead on the scoreboard and a 8-5 shot advantage.
Marco Scandella didn't enter the second period with the team, but just a few minutes later he did return to action and collective exhale could be heard throughout the Wild covenant. Minnesota dominated puck possession in the second period by holding the Oilers to just five shots and getting 13 of their own. Jordan Schroeder, whose been red hot since getting regular time after Jason Zucker went down with a clavicle injury, scored his third of the season on a pretty feed from Thomas Vanek.
The Wild looked to continue much of the same kind of game by trying to suppress the Oilers' chances and continue to pressure in the offensive zone. Justin Fontaine would get his second of the game on a great feed from Zach Parise. That would bring the jerseys to the ice as an Oiler fan tossed his jersey to the playing surface. Ben Scrivens threw it back and then a skirmish broke out in the stands which resulted in the fans getting tossed from the game.
It's good to keep the winning going. It's huge to get another two points and inch ever-so closer to the playoff picture. It's even better to have done is in a controlling manor as they've usually been out-shot in each of the past few wins. However, this win is against a bottom dwelling team and something that a team in the Wild's situation should do.