Wild Continue To Struggle On The RoadSo far this season, the Minnesota Wild have been absolutely terrible. Specifically, the Wild have won less than a third of their games which has placed the organization in last place in the Central Division. The main reason why they have struggled has been their terrible play on the road this season. Specifically, the Wild have one of the worst road records in the entire NHL as they are just 2-9-0 away from home. If Minnesota plans on turning its season around, it will need to start playing a lot better on the road. Perhaps Saturday will be the day that the Wild start playing better when they are on the highway.
Leading the Wild offensively will be center Eric Staal who has looked okay so far this season. Specifically, he has six goals and eight assists in just 16 games played. However, he has a Plus/Minus rating of -9 so the Wild have struggled keeping their opposition from scoring whenever he is on the ice. Staal has had a fantastic NHL career and he has shown no signs of slowing down at the age of 34.
The starting goalie for the Wild in this game will be Devan Dubnyk who has been awful so far this season. Specifically, he has a 2-7-1, 3.64 GAA along with a .883 save percentage. Last season, Dubnyk went 1-2-0 with a 2.39 GAA and a .896 save percentage against the Coyotes so he will look for much better results against them on Saturday night.
Coyotes Look To Move Up In Division StandingsSo far this season, the Arizona Coyotes have looked pretty good in the Western Conference. Specifically, they enter this game with a 7-4-1 record which is impressive up to this point. However, that record has not been good enough to separate them from the pack in the Pacific Division. Specifically, the Coyotes are still in possession of sixth place despite having a winning record. As a result, one can expect Arizona to be in a serious fight for a playoff spot all season long. Therefore, a win in this game would help move the Coyotes up in the division standings which would bring them closer to a playoff spot.
Leading the Coyotes offensively is centerNick Schmaltz who has been solid so far this season. Specifically, he already has four goals and ten assists in 16 games played. In addition, he has recorded at least one point in three of his last four games so he will look to continue his recent success on Saturday night.
The starting goalie for the Coyotes in this game will be Darcy Kuemper who has been great so far this season. Specifically, he has a 7-4-0 record and a 1.82 GAA along with a .937 save percentage. Last season, Kuemper had a 1-1-0 record and a 1.01 GAA along with a .970 save percentage. Now, he will look to play just as well against Minnesota on Saturday night.
Trends found on Covers.com, are:
- Wild are 18-42 in their last 60 overall.
- Coyotes are 4-1 in their last 5 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Coyotes are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference.