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National Hockey League
Preview
Minnesota at Arizona
When: 9:00 PM ET, Saturday, April 8, 2017
Where: Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona

Having already matched franchise records for wins and points, the Minnesota Wild will wind up the regular season with a visit to the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night. Minnesota has locked up second place in the Central Division and will play either St. Louis or Nashville in the opening round of the postseason.

The Wild earned their 48th win and 104th point with a 4-3 victory at Colorado on Thursday night -- their highest total in each category since the 2006-07 season. Minnesota also notched its third straight victory following an ugly tailspin in which its dropped 13 of 17 games (4-11-2). "We're doing something right this season. We keep winning games," forward Mikael Granlund said. "But we want something more from this season." The Coyotes are riding a four-game point streak (3-0-1) following a 4-3 victory over Vancouver that allowed them to leapfrog the Canucks and escape the Pacific Division basement.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, FSN North (Minnesota), FSN Arizona-Plus

ABOUT THE WILD (48-25-8): While netminder Devan Dubnyk earned his franchise-best 40th victory, Saturday's game looms as an important test for Darcy Kuemper, who will be looking to secure the backup netminder role for the playoffs. With Kuemper and Dubnyk both struggling, Alex Stalock was summoned from the minors for a two-start audition. “(Stalock) came up and played great and it makes it a little more stressful because Darcy’s a great goalie and obviously feels he could do the job, too," Dubnyk said.

ABOUT THE COYOTES (30-41-10): Captain Shane Doan, who missed two weeks in late March and was back in the lineup Thursday after a one-game absence, could be playing his final game -- both overall and with the club. Doan, 40, has spent all 21 seasons with the franchise, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent but has yet to decide on his future. "I'm really not thinking about it," Doan said prior to Thursday's contest. "I'm looking forward to the last few games and being able to contribute and help out."

OVERTIME

1. Coyotes F Radim Vrbata, who reached 20 goals for the sixth time Thursday, has 15 tallies and 25 points in 44 games versus Minnesota.

2. Kuemper is 2-0-1 with a 1.00 goals-against average and .960 save percentage against the Coyotes.

3. Arizona's power play has converted on 50 percent of its chances (6-for-12) over the past five games.

PREDICTION: Coyotes 3, Wild 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Minnesota 48-25-6-2 W3 27-12-2-0 21-13-4-2 8-6-2-0 40-19-4-2 17-9-2-1
Arizona 30-41-8-2 W1 18-17-3-2 12-24-5-0 1-1-0-0 29-40-8-2 12-12-5-0
Last Meeting
Minnesota Arizona
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
1/19/17 ARI 3 MIN 4 25 20 2-4 23 21 0-2
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Minnesota N. Niederreiter 3
Arizona S. Doan 2
Goals Player  
Minnesota N. Niederreiter 2
Arizona J. Chychrun 1
Assists Player  
Minnesota J. Pominville 3
Arizona S. Doan 2
Saves Player  
Minnesota D. Dubnyk 20
Arizona L. Domingue 21
Season
Total Points Player  
Minnesota M. Granlund 69
Arizona R. Vrbata 57
Goals Player  
Minnesota E. Staal 28
Arizona R. Vrbata 21
Assists Player  
Minnesota M. Granlund 43
Arizona R. Vrbata 36
Saves Player  
Minnesota D. Dubnyk 1760
Arizona M. Smith 1735
Quickchart Matchup
Minnesota Off vs  Arizona Def
3.21 GF
3.15 GA
30.6 Shots
34 Shots
45 PP
57 PK
Arizona Off vs  Minnesota Def
2.35 GF
2.53 GA
27.9 Shots
30.2 Shots
38 PP
37 PK