Gameday: Wild at Phoenix

  • Updated: March 7, 2012 - 10:39 PM

Preview: The Wild has lost five in a row (0-4-1), having been outscored 19-5 during that stretch and 15-1 over the past three games. The Wild is 3-14-4 on the road since winning its seventh consecutive game on the road Dec. 10 at Phoenix.

Players to watch: RW Devin Setoguchi has scored the Wild's past two goals, scoring with 9.8 seconds left in regulation March 1 in Montreal and scoring the 14th penalty-shot goal in franchise history in the third period Tuesday at Colorado. C Matt Cullen has 22 points in 37 games against the Coyotes. RW Shane Doan has 30 points in 41 games against Minnesota. C/LW Ray Whitney has 26 points in 24 meetings.

Numbers: Over the past 21 road games, the Wild has been outscored 68-25 (excluding shootout goals). ... The Wild has been scored on first a league-high 42 times and in the first 3 minutes, 5 seconds in each of the past six games.

Injuries: Wild D Clayton Stoner (hip) might return. Wild LW Cal Clutterbuck (concussion-like symptoms) and D Kurtis Foster (back) are questionable. C Mikko Koivu (shoulder), G Niklas Backstrom (groin), D Justin Falk (leg), D Mike Lundin (hernia), LW/RW Pierre-Marc Bouchard (concussion) and LW Guillaume Latendresse (concussion) are out. Coyotes D Kurt Sauer (post-concussion syndrome), D Derek Morris (personal) and D Rostislav Klesla (upper body) are out.

MICHAEL RUSSO

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