STAR TRIBUNE'S THREE STARS
1. Niklas Backstrom, Wild: Made 27 saves for his 24th career shutout and second of the season.
2. Nate Prosser, Wild: Rookie defenseman was steady, stood up at the blue line, was outstanding with gap control and moved the puck well.
3. Clayton Stoner, Wild: Playing hurt, he was physical, joined the attack, transitioned the puck quickly and broke up several plays.
BY THE NUMBERS
25 Points in 19 games for the Wild -- tied for best start in team history.