A pair of teams coming off defeats in their last contest take the ice in an interconference matchup in the Province of Quebec. The Minnesota Wild is on the road as they make the trip to face the Montreal Canadiens Thursday night. Minnesota comes in off a 4-2 road defeat to Toronto in the second game of a back to back Tuesday night. Montreal was dropped 3-1 at home by Tampa Bay in an Atlantic Division matchup Tuesday night. The Wild has won the last nine meetings, including both last season: in the most recent matchup, Minnesota took a 1-0 road win on January 7, 2019.
Minnesota Wild Close Three-Game Road TripMinnesota was knocked off in the second game of a back to back as they were unable to stop the Maple Leafs’ attack. The Wild close a three-game road swing through Eastern Canada here and they’ll close their season series with Montreal at home on Sunday. Minnesota is tied for 24th in the league in goals for as they average 2.33 goals per contest. The Wild is 29th in the league in goals against by giving up 4.17 goals per game on the year. Minnesota is 23rd in power play success as they convert 15 percent of their chances with the man advantage this season. The Wild is 20th in penalty killing as they have successfully gotten through 77.3 percent of their shorthanded situations.
Gerry. Gerry. Gerry. pic.twitter.com/6VBLi1LrCh— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) October 16, 2019
The Wild started strong but the second game of a back to back led to some heavy legs and it cost them the game. Minnesota was outshot 9-8 in the opening period but took a 1-0 lead to the dressing room. Luke Kunin scored his second of the year at 5:36 off assists from Ryan Suter and Jared Spurgeon to get the Wild on the board. In the second period, things fell apart: Minnesota was outshot 19-10 and outscored 4-0 to trail 4-1 after 40 minutes. The third period saw the Wild hold an 11-6 edge in shots and scored the period’s lone goal but that was too little, too late. Gerald Mayhew scored his first NHL goal in his debut at 16:58 of the period: Jordan Greenway and Ryan Donato drew the assists. Devan Dubnyk made 30 saves in the loss for Minnesota: the Wild was outshot 34-29 in the contest.
Montreal Canadiens Seek to Regroup at HomeMontreal lost for the third time in four games as they were unable to stop the Lightning’s momentum in a critical three-minute stretch late in the first and early in the second period that decided the contest. The Canadiens entered Wednesday tied for fifth in the Atlantic Division race, three points behind third-place Toronto and five back of division-leading Buffalo. Montreal is 11th in the league in scoring as they put up 3.50 goals a night so far this year. The Canadiens are tied for 27th in the league by giving up 3.83 goals per contest this season. Montreal is 13th in the league on the power play by converting 23.8 percent of their chances with the man advantage this season. The Canadiens are only 29th in the league in penalty killing as they successfully get through 61.1 percent of their shorthanded situations on the year.
The Canadiens opened the scoring but they were unable to come up with much in the way offensively the rest of the way to take the loss. Montreal owned a 9-7 edge in shots in the opening period but skated off tied at one by allowing a goal in the closing seconds of the opening period. Jeff Petry opened the scoring with his second of the year at 15:46 on the power play off an assist from Max Domi. The Canadiens gave up the tying goal with seven seconds to play in the period. During the second period, Montreal owned an 11-9 edge in shots and was outscored 2-0: they gave up two goals in the first 2:01 of the period, meaning the Lightning scored three times in a 2:08 span. During the final period, the Canadiens owned a 14-6 edge in shots on goal but neither team lit the lamp, leaving the Habs down two goals at the end of the game. Carey Price made 19 saves for Montreal in the loss: they owned a 34-22 edge in shots on goal in the game.
- Wild are 1-6 in their last 7 road games
- Wild are 0-4 in their last 4 in the fourth game of a four games in six days situation
- Wild are 0-6 in their last 6 games as an underdog of +110 to +150
- Canadiens are 5-0 in their last 5 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game
- Canadiens are 5-1 in their last 6 games as a home favorite
- Canadiens are 5-1 in their last 6 games as a favorite