The Beginning of the Wild Season - Minnesota Wild
By Aaron Heckmann
Start of season
The Minnesota Wild had one of the best starts of the season in franchise history. Although, the Wild have been struggling lately and lost nine out of the last fifteen games. The Wild have 36 points in the 32 games played. The Wild are currently not in a playoff spot; they are fourth in the central division and are fighting for a playoff spot. The Wild have the eighth best power play and the second best penalty kill in the NHL. Hopefully, they can get back on track, as they have some tough games ahead, before the Christmas break. They play the San Jose Sharks, Pittsburgh Penguins and Dallas Stars before the quick three day break. After the break it doesn’t get any easier. The Wild will play the Winnipeg Jets, Chicago Blackhawks and the Pittsburgh Penguins all within a week.
Mikael Granlund leads the Wild in points with 33.
Zach Parise is not far behind Granlund with 29.
Zach Parise leads the Wild in goals with 15.
Eric Staal and Matt Dumba have 12 each.
Matt Dumba leads the NHL in goals by defenseman with 12.
Mikael Granlund has 11 goals and is almost halfway to his career high in the goal department.
Charlie Coyle leads the Wild with a plus 9.
Mikko Koivu has the 10th best faceoff win percentage in the NHL so far this season with 56.03%. Mikko Koivu has 21 points and was on a roll before Mark Giordano stuck his leg out and injured him. He has been out for the last 4 games and will hopefully be back Tuesday when the Wild play against the San Jose Sharks.
Foligno leads the Wild in hits with 89 and has been Minnesota’s most physical player.
After an amazing start to the season, Devan Dubnyk‘ numbers have been declining. Dubnyk has a 2.63 goals against average and a .913 save percentage.