The Minnesota Wild may be the last remaining team in the league without a power-play goal, but they’re not having any problems scoring in other scenarios lately.
The Wild look to build on another comeback victory and make it five wins in six games Saturday night against the Dallas Stars.
Despite failing to score on any of its 27 power plays this season, Minnesota (6-3-0) ranks among the highest scoring teams in the NHL with 3.33 goals per game.
Since totaling two goals in consecutive losses, the Wild have scored 20 times – once short-handed – during a 4-1-0 stretch.
They’ve also been very adept offensively late in games.
Kyle Brodziak scored twice in the third period before Mikko Koivu and Jason Pominville converted in the shootout to secure a 4-3 win over San Jose on Thursday. That came two days after Minnesota rallied with three goals in the third for a 4-3 victory at Boston.
"It goes to show that you’ve got to play a full game to win, and we’ve been able to bounce back the last couple games. We didn’t get off to the best start, but we hung with it and found a way," Pominville said.
Thomas Vanek is finding a way to be productive while still seeking his first goal after signing a three-year, $19.5 million deal with Minnesota on the first day of free agency. The left wing leads the team with seven assists and has three in two games, including one on each of Brodziak’s goals Thursday.
"He’s an incredible passer," Brodziak said. "He’s got great vision and he sees the ice very well. I pretty much knew both of those ones were going to be on my tape."
Minnesota is expected to be without Jared Spurgeon (upper-body injury), whose six points tie him with Ryan Suter for the team lead among defensemen.
"Another test for the depth of our D-men," coach Mike Yeo told the team’s official website. "When you lose somebody, there’s always more opportunity. There ends up being opportunity for someone like Marco (Scandella), there ends up being more opportunity for someone who was playing a different role or wasn’t in the lineup.
"What you want are those guys to come in and really rise to the occasion."
Dallas (4-2-4) is looking for anyone to do that as it tries to snap a three-game slide, which continued with an uneven performance in a 2-1 overtime loss to Anaheim on Friday. The Stars managed just one shot in the second period and none on three power plays.
"I just don’t think we were playing the right way," captain Jamie Benn said. "They’re playing back-to-back. We didn’t really skate well, either."
Tyler Seguin is in search of a bounce-back effort after his seven-game point streak ended Friday. All of his team-high seven goals and eight assists on the season came during that stretch.
He’s collected six points in six career meetings with Minnesota, tallying a goal and two assists in a 4-3 home win March 8.
Benn also found the net in that matchup, but he doesn’t have a point in the past two visits to St. Paul. The left wing had five goals and six assists during a seven-game point streak of his own that ended Friday.
These teams split four meetings last season with the home team winning each. The Wild have won five of six home matchups and three straight versus the Stars.