Wild-New Jersey game preview

  • Updated: December 1, 2011 - 9:54 PM

Preview: The Wild is on a two-game winning streak. It entered Thursday with the most points in the NHL. The Devils have lost their past two, including 6-1 at Colorado on Wednesday.

Players to watch: C Mikko Koivu leads the Wild in points (4-16-20). He is on a seven-game points streak, the longest by a Wild player this season. Devin Setoguchi has four goals in his past eight games. G Niklas Backstrom is 0-2-1. C Patrik Elias leads New Jersey in scoring (8-12-20), followed by C Adam Henrique (5-10-15).

Numbers: The Wild's 11 victories in November was a franchise record for a month. The team is off to its best start in its history, with 33 points after 25 games. The Wild is fourth in the league in blocked shots with 392. Nick Schultz's 42 blocks leads the team.

Injuries: W Guillaume Latendresse (concussion) and D Marek Zidlicky (concussion) are out. W Cal Clutterbuck (charley horse), C Darroll Powe (charley horse) and D Justin Falk (chest) are doubtful. For the Devils, C Travis Zajac (Achilles surgery) and C Jacob Josefson (right clavicle surgery) are out. RW/C Dainius Zubrus (right ankle) is questionable.

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