Columbus (3-4-0) at Minnesota (4-0-1) 8:00 p.m. EDT
ST. PAUL, Minnesota (Ticker) — Over the first five games of
this young season, the special teams of the Minnesota Wild have
been just that.
The Wild will rely on those units to bounce back from their
first loss of the season when they host the Columbus Blue
Jackets on Saturday.
Minnesota is one of two teams that has yet to allow a goal while
a man down this season, successfully killing all 17 of their
shorthanded situations. The Los Angeles Kings also are perfect
on the penalty kill.
On the other hand, the Wild have taken advantage of their
power-play chances. They are 7-for-24 with the man advantage,
which is good for third in the NHL at 29.2 percent.
In a battle of teams without a regulation loss, the Wild
surrendered a late two-goal lead to the Buffalo Sabres on
Thursday before falling, 4-3, in overtime.
The Blue Jackets have struggled to keep the puck out of their
net, ranking 27th in goals allowed with a 3.71 average.
Columbus is coming off a 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers on
Friday. Pascal Leclaire had his record drop to 3-3-0 as he was
burned by former teammate Nikolai Zherdev, who recorded a goal
and two assists.