Preview: Minnesota at Toronto

When: 7:30 PM  ET, Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Matchup Edge
MIN Edge in: TOR
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Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs
Discipline
Goaltending


The Minnesota Wild look to conclude their five-game, 12-day road trip on a high note as they finish the lengthy trek against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday. The Wild have won six straight games versus the Maple Leafs, although they are singing a much different tune at Air Canada Centre where they have dropped six of nine.

Minnesota coach and Toronto native Bruce Boudreau has endured his fair share of struggles in his hometown with four straight losses and eight setbacks in 12 outings, so much so that he's wary of stumbling out of the blocks on Wednesday. "I hope it doesn't happen in this city,” Boudreau told the Minneapolis Star Tribune of a potential slow start. "I have enough trouble winning in Toronto when I come, so I hope we're ready to play." Top overall pick Auston Matthews has been ready to play with five goals and two assists in his last seven games for the Maple Leafs, who lost five of those contests and are hoping that a return home will do them good. Toronto has won four of its last five and eight of 11 at Air Canada Centre.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, FSN North (Minnesota), Sportsnet

ABOUT THE WILD (12-8-4): Captain Mikko Koivu scored 3:11 into overtime in Sunday's 2-1 win over Edmonton to cap a memorable game in which he won 21 of 23 draws in the faceoff circle. The 33-year-old Finn has collected four goals and three assists in his last seven while fellow forward Charlie Coyle has added five tallies and two assists in his last eight. The 24-year-old Coyle has enjoyed facing Toronto in his young career, collecting six points (one goal, five assists) in as many meetings.

ABOUT THE MAPLE LEAFS (10-9-5): Frederik Andersen has started 20 of his team's 24 games this season and is well on his way to surpassing his previous high of 53, accomplished during the 2014-15 season under Boudreau's watch. "That was a good learning curve about playing every night and getting used to that workload both mentally and physically," Andersen told TSN on Tuesday. The 27-year-old Dane owns a 4-2-1 mark with 1.85 goals-against average and .938 save percentage in his last seven outings.

OVERTIME

1. Minnesota veteran C Eric Staal scored twice in a 3-2 win over Toronto on Oct. 20 and has 46 points (22 goals, 24 assists) in 42 career encounters.

2. Toronto C Nazem Kadri was absent from Tuesday's practice due to illness, leaving his availability for Wednesday's tilt in question.

3. Wild G Devan Dubnyk, who made 31 saves in the first meeting, owns a 4-1-1 mark with one shutout in his career versus the Maple Leafs.

PREDICTION: Maple Leafs 5, Wild 3

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Minnesota 12-8-2-2 W1 7-3-0-0 5-5-2-2 2-1-0-0 10-7-2-2 3-3-1-1
Toronto 10-9-2-3 L2 8-3-0-0 2-6-2-3 0-0-0-1 10-9-2-2 4-3-1-0

Last Meeting

Minnesota Toronto
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
10/20/16 TOR 2 MIN 3 27 31 0-3 33 24 1-3

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
MIN E. Staal 2
TOR J. Gardiner 1
Goals Player  
MIN E. Staal 2
TOR A. Matthews 1
Assists Player  
MIN J. Brodin 1
TOR J. Gardiner 1
Saves Player  
MIN D. Dubnyk 31
TOR J. Enroth 24
Season
Total Points Player  
MIN C. Coyle 17
TOR J. Van Riemsdyk 20
Goals Player  
MIN C. Coyle 9
TOR A. Matthews 11
Assists Player  
MIN E. Staal 12
TOR T. Bozak 12
Saves Player  
MIN D. Dubnyk 548
TOR F. Andersen 585

Quickchart Matchup

Minnesota Off vs  Toronto Def
2.75 GF
3.08 GA
30.3 Shots
32.6 Shots
12 PP
11 PK
Toronto Off vs  Minnesota Def
3 GF
2.04 GA
32.6 Shots
31 Shots
13 PP
12 PK

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Minnesota Overall Toronto
12-8-2-2 W/L 10-9-2-3
12-12 ATS 15-9
7-13 O/U 13-11
2.75 Goals For 3.00
2.04 Goals Agnst 3.08
Minnesota A/H Toronto
5-5-2-2 W/L 8-3-0-0
8-6 ATS 7-4
4-7 O/U 7-4
2.57 Goals For 3.82
2.29 Goals Agnst 2.91