Tonight the Minnesota Wild conclude their Canadian road trip looking to make it three straight wins. Last night the Wild scored five goals for the second straight night after scoring just eleven goals in their previous five games with Mike Yeo. Last night was another perfect example of John Torchetti rolling out all four lines. Heck, the Wild's fourth line played more minutes than the two lines above them. Anytime the Mikko Koivu line was out there, Jarret Stoll and company would be next guys out. Erik Haula (and linemates) have been on one hell of a tear recently. Haula said this is the best he's felt since the 2014 playoffs. Even Jason Pominville had a multi point game last night. His first such game since Thanksgiving...
It's all about the match-ups with Torch, take (the enigma) Thomas Vanek for example who had just eight minutes of even strength ice time last night. But he spent more time than any of the forwards on the power play 2:50, just one second less than Ryan Suter WHO NEVER gets off for the power play. Sure he has just one shot two games during the Torch era, but he's playing the match-ups. Get used to it.
The Edmonton Oilers are having another Edmonton-esque season. They sit in last place in their division, have less-than-stellar goaltending and have another young talent that can move like none other. Every year there is a collective some that asks if this is the year the Oilers turn it around? Welp, it looks like it could be another last place finish for the Oilers. But hey, Connor McDavid is pretty good, so that's fun! Just like the Wild, Edmonton is riding the heels of a back to back. The Oilers own a 2-4-0 record in their second game of back-to-back sets this season.
The Oilers have a 13-3-2 record this season when leading after the first period.
Minnesota makes its final trip to Rexall Place with a 10-1-0 record in its last 11 games in Edmonton, including five straight wins.
The Wild set a franchise record Wednesday by scoring a PPG in its seventh straight road game (7-for-26, 26.9%). Overall,Minnesota has scored a PPG in nine of its last 11 games (9-for-41, 22%).