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The Scouting Report: Minnesota Wild

Monday, 25.02.2013 / 2:14 PM / News
By Aaron Vickers  - CalgaryFlames.com (@aavickers)

FLAMES READY TO GET WILD

CALGARY, AB -- The Minnesota Wild have been given three days to fume over a 3-1 loss at the hands of the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday.

Inactive since the defeat, a rested Wild squad will return to the ice at the Xcel Energy Center in Minnesota on Tuesday to even the score against the Flames. The Wild currently hold a one-point edge over the Flames in the Western Conference race, but both teams are currently out of the West’s elite eight.

Still, both teams are just a win away from leapfrogging the logjam of teams standing in the way of a playoff position, making the points in Tuesday’s contest all the more valuable.

WHO’S HOT

Niklas Backstrom
Goalie - MIN
RECORD: 6-5-2
GAA: 2.26 | SVP: 0.917
NIKLAS BACKSTROM

Despite being tagged for the loss against the Flames on Saturday, Backstrom remains one of the league’s hottest goaltenders. The 35-year-old goaltender has a 3-1-1- record and a .944 save percentage in his last five outings, allowing just eight goals over that period of time. In all, Backstrom has a 6-5-2 record with a 2.26 goals against average and .917 save percentage in 13 games this season.

WHO’S NOT

Zach Parise
Left Wing - MIN
GOALS: 7 | ASST: 5 | PTS: 12
SOG: 74 | +/-: -2
ZACH PARISE

Struggling to find the back of the net, Parise has one goal in his last eight games for the Wild and just two in his last 12. The Flames have also held the 28-year-old off the scoreboard this season. With 12 points after signing a 13-year, $98 million contract in the offseason, Parise’s production hasn’t met expectations 17 games into his Minnesota career.

THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH

CHARLIE COYLE

Called up in time for Minnesota’s game against the Flames on Saturday, Coyle made a splash in scoring his first National Hockey League goal – and the Wild’s only marker on starter Joey MacDonald. The goal stands as the 20-year-old’s only point in six games this season.

RYAN SUTER

Averaging the most minutes of any skater in the National Hockey League, Suter has been busy earning his own 13-year, $98 million contract despite still looking for his first goal of the season. His nine assists, however, are good enough for a share of the team lead with Mikko Koivu.

DEVIN SETOGUCHI

Though he has just three goals in 17 games, Segotuchi is finding more and more ways to contribute to the Wild. Second on the team in hits with 37 this season, the Taber, AB product has been a physical force. Still, Minnesota would love the former 30-goal scorer to be a more consistent contributor offensively.

BY THE NUMBERS

Minnesota’s Record This Season: 8-7-2
Minnesota’s Record Last Season: 35-36-11 (12th in Western Conference)
Calgary’s Record This Season: 7-7-3
Calgary’s Record vs. Minnesota All-Time: 39-19-4-7
Wild Scoring Leaders: CLICK HERE
Flames Scoring Leaders: CLICK HERE