Minnesota hosts Vegas after Fiala’s 2-goal game
St. Paul, Minnesota; Thursday, 8 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: The Vegas Golden Knights visit Minnesota after Kevin Fiala scored two goals in the Wild’s 5-4 overtime victory over the Ducks.
The Wild are 22-17-3 in Western Conference games. Minnesota ranks sixth in the NHL shooting 10.5% and averaging 3.2 goals on 30.1 shots per game.
The Golden Knights are 15-6-2 against opponents from the Pacific Division. Vegas has given up 50 power-play goals, killing 76.6% of opponent chances.
In their last meeting on Feb. 11, Minnesota won 4-0.
TOP PERFORMERS: Fiala leads the Wild with 54 points, scoring 23 goals and registering 31 assists. Zach Parise has totaled 10 points over the last 10 games for Minnesota.
LAST 10 GAMES: Golden Knights: 8-2-0, averaging 3.5 goals, 5.8 assists, 2.3 penalties and 4.6 penalty minutes while allowing 2.6 goals per game with a .903 save percentage.
Wild: 7-3-0, averaging four goals, 6.6 assists, 3.4 penalties and 7.4 penalty minutes while giving up 2.9 goals per game with a .903 save percentage.
INJURIES: Wild: Eric Staal: day to day (personal).