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A numerical look at the Wild in the first half

Posted by: Michael Russo under On the road, Wild pregame skate Updated: December 31, 2013 - 11:40 AM

UPDATED

The Wild had a team meeting this morning prior to its 5 p.m. game against the St. Louis Blues. A few guys took the ice, including backup Niklas Backstrom, healthy scratch Zenon Konopka and injured Clayton Stoner. Zach Parise is still not allowed on the ice with his broken foot.

Jared Spurgeon was also on the ice testing his injury and coach Mike Yeo expects him to play. Jon Blum was called up but will be scratched as long as Spurgeon can play, Yeo said.

Josh Harding vs. Brian Elliott tonight. I'd expect David Backes will play in his hometown, but I'll check with him after the Blues' skate. He missed the last Dallas game with an upper-body injury. David Backes is indeed out tonight.

The Blues are 4-0-2 in their past six on the road, 7-1-2 in their past 10 overall and 12-0-1 against the Central this year (unbeaten against the Central since an Oct. 18 shootout loss to Winnipeg).

I'll be on Fox Sports North during the pregame show and first intermission.

If you didn't catch today's story here, I talked to GM Chuck Fletcher about the state of the sinking Wild yesterday. He talked about the team, his attempt to make a trade and also Yeo's job security. While he says his inclination is not to overreact and to give this group a chance to fix things, Fletcher declined to give Yeo a vote of confidence.

The entire coaching staff is in the final year of its contract. The rest of this homestand is huge. There is no doubt Yeo is on the hot seat.

Here's some numbers I threw together:

Wild at the midway point

Record: 20-16-5 (10th in the West)

Home: 14-4-2

Road: 6-12-3

1-Goal Games: 12-3-5

2-goal Games: 5-5

3+-goal Games: 3-8

Scoring First: 14-4-2

Opponent Scoring First: 6-12-3

Leading after 1: 8-1-1

Trailing after 1: 1-11-2

Tied after 1: 11-4-2

Leading after 2: 14-1-3

Trailing after 2: 4-14-2

Tied after 2: 2-1

OT record: 0-1

Shootout record: 5-4

Outshooting opponent: 9-7-5

Outshot: 9-9

Vs. East: 9-8-2

Vs. West: 11-8-3

Goals per game overall: 2.22 (29th in the NHL)

Goals per game at home: 2.7 (17th in the NHL)

Goals per game on road: 1.85 (29th in the NHL)

Goals against per game overall: 2.51 (12th in the NHL

Goals against per game at home: 1.95 (7th in the NHL)

Goals against per game on road: 3.05 (24th in the NHL)

Shots per game: 27.7 (27th in the NHL)

Shots against per game: 27.3 (tied for 4th in the NHL)

Power play overall: 19.4% (11th in the NHL)

Power play at home: 20.6% (11th in the NHL)

Power play on road: 18.2% (11th in the NHL)

Shorthanded goals allowed: 3 (tied for 13th in the NHL)

Power play opportunities: 129 (tied for 21st in the NHL)

Penalty kill overall: 78.8% (26th in the NHL)

Penalty kill at home: 82.8% (tied for 14th in the NHL)

Penalty kill on road: 75.7% (27th in the NHL)

Shorthanded goals: 1 (tied for 26th in the NHL)

Times shorthanded: 132 (18th in the NHL)

Penalty minutes: 19.7 a game (tied for 6th in the NHL)

5-on-5 goals for: 61 (tied for 25th in the NHL)

5-on-5 goals against: 62 (tied for 5th in the NHL)

Team leaders

Goals: Jason Pominville 17, Zach Parise 15, Mikko Koivu 8, Dany Heatley 8, Justin Fontaine 8

Assists: Koivu 22, Ryan Suter 22, Parise 12, Nino Niederreiter 12, Mikael Granlund 12

Points: Koivu 30, Pominville 28, Parise 27

Plus-Minus: Niederreiter +6, Matt Cooke +5, Fontaine +5, Marco Scandella +5

Penalty minutes: Zenon Konopka 55, Clayton Stoner 35, Keith Ballard 31

Power-play goals: Parise 8, Pominville 5, Jonas Brodin 3, Heatley 3

Power-play assists: Koivu 10, Suter 9, Pominville 4, Granlund 4

Power-play points: Koivu 11, Parise 11, Pominville 9, Suter 9

Shorthanded goals: Parise 1

Even-strength points: Pominville 19, Koivu 18, Parise 15, Niederreiter 15

Game-winning goals: Pominville 4, Koivu 3

Shots: Parise 144, Pominville 111, Koivu 96

Faceoff winning pct.: Konopka .657, Koivu .555, Kyle Brodziak .513

Shooting pct.: Brodin .206, Fontaine .190, Pominville .153

Time on ice per game: Suter 29:40, Brodin 24:42, Koivu 21:35

  

Goaltending stats

Games: Josh Harding 28, Niklas Backstrom 16, Darcy Kuemper 2

Wins: Harding 18, Backstrom 2

Shots against: Harding 667, Backstrom 430, Kuemper 16

Goals allowed: Backstrom 46, Harding 44, Kuemper 6

Goals against average: Harding 1.64, Backstrom 3.32, Kuemper 6.10

Save percentage: Harding .934, Backstrom .893, Kuemper .625

Shutouts: Harding 3

Unique stat team leaders

Hits: Cooke 96, Niederreiter 95, Jared Spurgeon 50

Missed net w/ shot: Koivu 52, Pominville 45, Spurgeon 39

Blocked shots: Spurgeon 66, Suter 57, Scandella 55

Points at home: Parise 18, Koivu 17, Pominville 13

Points on road: Pominville 15, Koivu 13, Suter 13 

Shootout goals: Koivu 3, Parise 3, Pominville 3

Shifts per game: Suter 32.2, Brodin 30.2, Spurgeon 28.3

Fights: Konopka 7, Stoner 3, Ballard 3

Minor penalties: Niederreiter 12, Brodziak 10, Cooke 10, Stoner 10

Goals to tie games: Parise 4, Koivu 4, Fontaine 3, Pominville 2, Brodin 2

Goals to put Wild up by one: Pominville 6, Parise 5, Fontaine 3, Brodin 3, Heatley 2

Goals to put Wild up by two: Parise 3, Pominville 3, Koivu 3

Goals to cut deficit to one: Pominville 3, Heatley 2

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