Skip to main content

About 20 reasons why this is the hottest the Wild have ever been

The State of Hockey has never had a team this hot.
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Never before has a Wild team been as dominant at the All-Star break as this year's team. Minnesota's 69 points leads the Western Conference and they've been the best team in the entire league since Dec. 4.

Nearly everything the Wild has done through 48 games has been impressive.

Among the stats and facts to be braggadocious about, none provides more "wow factor" than how few games they've lost by more than a goal. Hint: an owl can get to the center of a Tootsie Pop with the same number of licks.

Three.

They lost 6-3 to the Islanders in the sixth game of the season and have since lost two other games by two goals. No team in the league, not even the 72-point Capitals, can claim such consistency.

To put it simply: The Wild are kicking ass.

  • 15 road wins – 1st in the NHL
  • 160 goals – 3rd in the NHL
  • 109 goals allowed – 2nd in the NHL
  • +51 goal differential – 2nd in the NHL
  • 11 losses in regulation – 2nd in the NHL
  • 21.5 % power play – 10th in the NHL
  • 84.2 % penalty Kill – 5th in the NHL

Those are season totals. But they've obliterated the league with a 21-3-1 record since Dec. 4. In that time they rank:

  • 1st in wins (21)
  • 2nd in goals (94)
  • 4th in goals allowed (59)
  • 5th on the power play (25.4 %)
  • 3rd in penalty kill (85.9 %)
  • 1st in road wins (11)

And they're the only team in the NHL since Dec. 4 without a regulation road loss (11-0-1).

Consider this: Mikael Granlund has been playing at a ridiculous level. His 28 points in since Dec. 4 are tied second most in the league, trailing only a couple of no namers – Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, who each have 29 points.

All of that offense while Devan Dubnyk leads the NHL in save percentage (.936) and goals-against average (1.88).

The State of Hockey has never been this hot.

Next Up

valleyfair

Valleyfair opens this weekend, reveals full summer schedule of events

New fare includes walking tacos, hand-scooped ice cream and deep-fried pickles.

Gregory Ulrich

Jury selection begins in trial of Buffalo clinic shooter, Gregory Ulrich

The Buffalo health clinic shooter is accused of fatally shooting one person and injuring four others last year.

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, May 16

The latest from the state health department.

ambulance

Tow truck workers struck by hit-and-run driver on I-35

The driver was in a black 2006 Lincoln MKZ.

Governor Tim Walz

Walz, DFL, GOP reach agreement on state surplus spending

The framework deal includes spending on education, health care, human services and public safety, as well as tax cuts.

Harriet Island flooding, St. Paul

St. Paul to close road in anticipation of Mississippi River flooding

River levels are expected to rise through the week.

Michael Davis

Former Mormon church leader convicted of sexually assaulting boy, 13

It emerged that the church leader was a registered sex offender.

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 6.45.53 PM

Lost 1-year-old reunited with parents in Brooklyn Park

The girl was found by a concerned citizen around 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Screen Shot 2020-12-27 at 8.33.49 AM

For 2nd time, Minnesota farm devastated by deadly fire

Around 1,000 goats and a litter of puppies were killed when a barn caught fire on Friday.

ambulance

Fleeing suspect crashes, killing innocent driver in Brooklyn Park

The suspect fled police in Osseo and was going south on County Road 81.

1497 S Ferry St, Anoka, MN 55303, United States - August 2021

Body found tangled with debris in the Mississippi River

The individual's name has not yet been released.

Northtown Mall Carnival

Around 100 kids run from carnival fight into Northtown Mall

Police say a large fight was happening on the ferris wheel before kids fled into the mall.

Related

3 reasons why the Wild are off to a hot start

A look at just how good this Wild team has been.

Wild lead the NHL in just about every category since Dec. 4

The Wild lead the NHL in a bunch of important categories since Dec. 4, and Eric Staal is leading the charge.

Here's why the Wild are virtual locks to be the No. 1 seed in the West

The Minnesota Wild could (expletive) the bed and still make the playoffs with ease.

Wild have a chance to go where only 4 teams have before

120 points is super rare. The Wild have a chance to get there.

Can the Wild slow down Tarasenko? Will Devan Dubnyk show up?

Vladimir Tarasenko comes in red-hot while Devan Dubnyk isn't far removed from a horrible March.

Wild might have to play Mike Yeo's red-hot Blues in the playoffs

If the playoffs started today the Wild would be matched up against Mike Yeo's Blues.

Wild clinch a playoff spot despite 'embarrassing' loss to Vancouver

The Wild are literally the second-worst team in the NHL in March.