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GAMEDAY: Wild at Carolina

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:15 AM

Ryan Stanzel - Wild Digital Content Manager

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GAMEDAY: Wild at Carolina
Minnesota Wild vs. Carolina Hurricanes
Minnesota Wild (9-4-4: 22 points, T-7th in Western Conference, 4th in Central Division) at Carolina Hurricanes (6-7-3: 15 points, 9th in Eastern Conference, 4th in Metropolitain Division)
The Wild aims to win in the one building the team has never won - PNC Arena in Raleigh (0-3-1). Minnesota hasn’t actually played a game in Raleigh since Nov. 15, 2009, a 5-4 loss that saw Robbie Earl and John Scott both score their first NHL goals.

Minnesota comes into the game 6-1-2 in its last nine games, after a well-played 3-2 loss in Washington to start off this two-game road trip Thursday. The Wild has points in its last three road games (1-0-2).

Improved special teams has played a big part in the team’s surge as of late. The Wild is 3-for-9 on the power play in the last three games, while allowing just one PPG on 10 shorthanded chances.

Clayton Stoner did not participate in today's morning skate. Matt Dumba is expected to play tonight alongside Nate Prosser on the blue line. This will be Dumba's 10th game with the Wild, so if he is in tonight the first year of his contract officially kicks in.

The Wild, which is tied for the NHL lead in home wins, returns home after this game for a three-game homestand starting Wednesday against Toronto.

Carolina has won a pair of one-goal games versus Eastern Conference foes, after a six-game losing streak that started with a 3-1 loss in Minnesota Oct. 24.
Meet the Caps If You're Going

With regular goalies Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin out with injury, Justin Peters has played seven straight games. He’s 2-5-0 with a 2.61 GAA and a .912 SV%.

Jeff Skinner was injured in that Oct. 24 game (along with Ward) and hasn’t played since, but he is still tied for the Carolina scoring lead with Eric Staal.
One word - tailgating. Make sure you walk around the PNC Arena parking lot, home of the best (only?) NHL tailgate. Try the fried turkey, trust us.

The Wild will wear its WHITE sweaters tonight.
Who's Hot Gameday Media
Mikael Granlund had his career-best five-game point streak (1-6=7) end Tuesday – the longest by a Wild player this season. But on Thursday he recorded an assist, skated a season-high 18:13 and recorded a career-best five shots. Granlund has eight points (2-6=8) in the last seven games.

Zach Parise has six points (2-4=6) in his four-game road trip. His 10 points (4-6=10) since Oct. 22 rank T-6th in the NHL. He also ranks second in the NHL with five PPG and 78 shots.


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Parise blocked a shot Thursday and was unable to participate in the shootout, but declared himself ready to go for today:

Parise-Koivu-Coyle
Niederreiter-Granlund-Pominville
Fontaine-Brodziak-Cooke
Mitchell-Konopka-Heatley

Clayton Stoner suffered an injury on the first shift Thursday and is questionable for tonight We’ll know more after morning skate:

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Scandella-Spurgeon
Dumba-Prosser



Josh Harding (5-0-1 in his last six). He leads the NHL with a 1.16 GAA and a .949 SV%, and ranks T-1st with two shutouts, while compiling an 8-2-2 record.
View From The Press Box
You could argue (Thursday) was one of our best games lately. We were relentless in our pursuit and on the forecheck.

-Yeo after playing the Caps
We'll have to wait till after morning skate for the scratched D-man.

Mike Rupp is still on Injured Reserve with a lower-body injury. Defenseman Keith Ballard suffered an upper body injury Tuesday and did not travel.
Honorary State of Hockey Resident Worthless Stat
Khudobin was selected by Minnesota in the seventh-round 206th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft and appeared in six games with the Wild (2009-11)...D Justin Faulk is a native of South St. Paul. PNC Arena is the only current NHL building in which the Wild doesn’t have at least one win (0-3-1).
Broadcast Info In Case You Missed It
Wild at Carolina will be broadcast locally in high definition on FOX Sports North with a start time at 6:00 p.m. The game can be heard on KOOL 108 FM or online at Wild.com.    
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DateScoreW. Goal
Nov 09 '13 MIN 3 at CAR 2 - SO M. Koivu
Oct 24 '13 CAR 1 at MIN 3 Z. Parise
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
Z. Parise188715+4852
J. Pominville1811314+8633
M. Granlund1821012+5801
M. Koivu1821012+31000
R. Suter1801111+21000
N. Niederreiter183710+51410
M. Cooke18369+71002
J. Fontaine18606+61001
J. Brodin15336+1420
J. Spurgeon18156+2410
K. Brodziak18235+3800
D. Heatley18224+01020
T. Mitchell18134-1600
K. Ballard9044+6900
C. Stoner16033+62000
M. Scandella15033+5800
M. Dumba10112-3210
C. Coyle6112-3410
N. Prosser7022+11900
Z. Konopka18101-23200
S. Veilleux10000-4600
C. McMillan1000+0000
J. Zucker1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
J. Harding149-2-2163021.22.947
N. Backstrom61-1-2161243.42.871
D. Kuemper10-1-0375.63.571
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
E. Staal17369-92000
J. Skinner10369+5820
A. Semin17358-41220
N. Gerbe17437-51621
A. Sekera17257-8810
J. Tlusty17336-1401
R. Murphy16246+0410
J. Faulk17066-5600
J. Staal17224-3610
R. Hainsey17224-5401
R. Dvorak14303+5802
J. Harrison16123+11700
D. Bowman17112+1200
R. Nash16112+1000
E. Lindholm10112-4000
T. Ruutu12022-71400
M. Malhotra5101+3401
P. Dwyer15011-4400
B. Bellemore13011-6900
B. Sutter12000-5900
K. Westgarth6000-1200
T. Gleason3000+0200
M. Komisarek3000-1000
C. Terry2000-1000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
J. Peters82-5-1202342.51.915
C. Ward82-2-3192162.81.912
A. Khudobin32-0-05702.00.929
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