Preview: Minnesota at Edmonton

When: 9:30 PM  ET, Sunday, December 4, 2016
Where: Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta
Matchup Edge
MIN Edge in: EDM
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Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs
Discipline
Goaltending


The Minnesota Wild aim for the first victory of their five-game road trip when they visit the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. Minnesota has suffered a one-goal loss in each of the first three contests of its trek, with shootout defeats in St. Louis and Calgary sandwiched around a regulation setback in Vancouver.

Captain Mikko Koivu scored the tying goal in Friday's 3-2 loss in Calgary, giving him at least one point in five of his last six contests. Edmonton looks to remain perfect this month after beginning it with a road triumph over Winnipeg and an overtime victory against Anaheim at home Saturday. Leon Draisaitl scored in the extra session after the Oilers had blown a pair of leads, giving them just their second win in their last seven contests at Rogers Place. The 21-year-old has tallied three times in his last two games and collected seven goals and six assists over his last 10 matches.

TV: 9:30 p.m. ET, FSN North, FSN Wisconsin (Minnesota), Sportsnet (Edmonton)

ABOUT THE WILD (11-8-4): Minnesota is hoping Chris Stewart will begin to heat up after ending his 15-game goal-scoring drought Friday. The tally was the first point for the 29-year-old right wing since Oct. 27, when he notched an assist at Buffalo. Devan Dubnyk has yet to allow more than three goals in a game this season and has yielded two or fewer in five of his last seven contests.

ABOUT THE OILERS (14-10-2): Drake Caggiula had a game he never will forget as he scored the first goal of his NHL career Saturday. The 22-year-old left wing notched an assist in each of his first two contests but was kept off the scoresheet in each of his next five contests prior to the matchup with Anaheim. Connor McDavid's seven-game point streak came to an end Saturday, but the surge during which he registered six goals and nine assists gave him the league lead with 34 points.

OVERTIME

1. The Wild have scored the first goal in each of their last five games.

2. Edmonton RW Jordan Eberle recorded three assists Saturday, matching the total from his previous 10 contests.

3. Minnesota LW Jason Zucker is riding a five-game point streak during which he has recorded a goal and five assists.

PREDICTION: Wild 3, Oilers 1

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Minnesota 11-8-2-2 L3 7-3-0-0 4-5-2-2 2-1-0-0 9-7-2-2 3-3-1-1
Edmonton 14-10-1-1 W2 6-6-0-0 8-4-1-1 2-2-0-0 12-8-1-1 4-3-0-1

Last Meeting

Minnesota Edmonton
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
3/10/16 EDM 2 MIN 1 30 23 0-4 25 29 0-2

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
MIN Z. Parise 1
EDM A. Clendening 1
Goals Player  
MIN Z. Parise 1
EDM L. Korpikoski 1
Assists Player  
MIN C. Allen 0
EDM A. Clendening 1
Saves Player  
MIN D. Kuemper 23
EDM C. Talbot 29
Season
Total Points Player  
MIN E. Staal 16
EDM C. McDavid 34
Goals Player  
MIN C. Coyle 8
EDM C. McDavid 11
Assists Player  
MIN R. Suter 12
EDM C. McDavid 23
Saves Player  
MIN D. Dubnyk 520
EDM C. Talbot 657

Quickchart Matchup

Minnesota Off vs  Edmonton Def
2.78 GF
2.58 GA
30.2 Shots
29.9 Shots
12 PP
11 PK
Edmonton Off vs  Minnesota Def
3 GF
2.09 GA
31.8 Shots
31.1 Shots
16 PP
12 PK

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Minnesota Overall Edmonton
11-8-2-2 W/L 14-10-1-1
12-11 ATS 14-12
7-12 O/U 11-14
2.78 Goals For 3.00
2.09 Goals Agnst 2.58
Minnesota A/H Edmonton
4-5-2-2 W/L 6-6-0-0
8-5 ATS 4-8
4-6 O/U 3-9
2.62 Goals For 2.75
2.38 Goals Agnst 2.50