Wild’s power play at the X on pace for historic finish

Minnesota Wild forward Nino Niederreiter (22) leads his team with six power-play goals at home this season.
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It’s not breaking news that the Minnesota Wild have one of the best home records in the NHL. Their 19 wins on home ice rank third in the league, just behind the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Minnesota, which hasn’t lost a home game in regulation since Jan. 22, is having a historic year at the Xcel Energy Center on the power play. The Wild’s three power-play goals in a 6-3 win over Detroit on Feb. 12 bumped them up to a 30.1 percentage with a man advantage at home – the best success rate seen in the NHL in the last 25 years.

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Forward Nino Niederreiter leads the team with six power-play goals at the X, while Charlie Coyle and Mikael Granlund both have three and assistant captains Zach Parise and Ryan Suter have tallied a pair of home goals apiece.

Highest Single-Season Home Power-Play Pct. – Since 1990-91

2016-17 Minnesota Wild 30.1% (22/73)
2008-09 Washington Capitals 28.2%
2014-15 Philadelphia Flyers 28%
2008-09 Boston Bruins 28%
2012-13 Philadelphia Flyers 27.8%

Parise scored two goals in the game against Detroit, including one on the power play, to boost his season total to 13 goals. Parise is playing his best hockey as of late, scoring four goals in the Wild’s last five games and recording 12 of his 27 total points since January. As one of the team’s leaders and highest-paid players, it’s no surprise that Parise has a great influence over the Wild’s performance.

In the 22 games that Parise has tallied a point, the Wild have only lost one in regulation.

NHL Teams, Best Records When Player has 1+ Point in 2016-17

Capitals when T.J. Oshie has 1+ point 21-0-1 .977
Capitals when John Carlson has 1+ point 19-0-3 .932
Rangers when Kevin Hayes has 1+ point 26-2-0 .929
Capitals when Jay Beagle has 1+ point 18-1-1 .925
Wild when Zach Parise has 1+ point 19-1-2 .909

The Wild finished 38-33-11 last year and snuck into the playoffs as the Western Conference’s eighth seed. Minnesota picked up its 38th win of the 2015-16 season on March 29 in a 4-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

With a win over the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night, the Wild will earn their 38th win this season to match their total from a year ago with over two months to play in the regular season.

Statistics courtesy STATS