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Continued: Scouting the Wild

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The three men that stand behind Minnesota’s bench have all won Stanley Cups — Yeo and Wilson as assistants, Darryl Sydor as a player. They’re also all in the final years of their contracts, so a quick one-and-out might not sit well with owner Craig Leipold. Still, they have done a solid job all second half, particularly managing through an erratic goalie situation thanks to an impressive defensive system.

Special teams

The Wild’s 16th-ranked power play has been up and down but is led by Parise, who finished fourth in the NHL with 14 power-play goals. The top unit of Parise-Koivu-Coyle-Suter-Pominville will be relied upon heavily because the second unit has provided little output all second half. The Wild’s 27th-ranked penalty kill, which was lousy from start to finish this season, better be good against the Avs’ formidable power play, or it can be lights out.

by the numbers

31-6-5 The Wild’s record when scoring first

27-1-4 The Wild’s record leading after two periods

21 Points gained by the Wild when trailing after two periods (second in the NHL)

projected lineup

Forward lines

Zach Parise-Mikko Koivu-Charlie Coyle

Matt Moulson-Mikael Granlund-Jason Pominville

Matt Cooke-Kyle Brodziak-Nino Niederreiter

Stephane Veilleux-Erik Haula-Cody McCormick

Defense pairings

Ryan Suter-Jared Spurgeon

Marco Scandella-Jonas Brodin

Clayton Stoner-Nate Prosser

Goaltenders

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