The New Jersey Devils are set to host the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday, November 24. Both teams having played the Tampa Bay Lighting their last game are coming into this matchup having gotten two different results. The Devils are looking to take another win from another top contender in the league while the Wild look to recover from their prior loss.
Wild Struggling to Win Despite High Offensive OutputThe Minnesota Wild have dealt with an interesting storyline for the early parts of this season. They are a highly capable offensive side and yet as of late they have struggled defensively. Despite scoring a total of eight goals in their last two games,they have lost both of them. They are ranked fourth in the league for GF/A with 3.50 and 25 in the league for GA/G with 3.22. Giving up 10 goals in their last two games is also indicative of the team’s overall defensive and goaltending struggles.
For players to watch, It should be no surprise that Kirill Kaprizov is at the top of the list. The 24-year old Russian superstar is playing at a point per game rate and is the focal point of his team’s offensive production. His presence on the team has turned the Wild into cup contenders.
Goaltending has been the Wild’s biggest problem this season, with Cam Talbot and Kaapo Kahkonen both massively underperforming. Between the two of them, their stats this season have been pretty poor, with the team ranking as the fourth worst in the league when it comes to save percentage. For the tandem, they have a SV% of .898 and a GAA of 3.02.
New Jersey Devils Hoping to Outclass Wild With GoaltendingThe New Jersey Devils on the other hand are a team that is not necessarily in the upper escalon of quality when it comes to the rest of the league. However what they lack for quality in the lineup, they make up for in net.
The Devils are currently ranked 16 in the league for both GF/G and GA/G, both being 2.94. Though they have not had any real standout players in terms of the teams overall offense, The Devils goaltending is where their success this season has stemmed from.
The tandem of Mackenzie Blackwood and Jonathan Bernier has been very good and easily outclass the performance of Minnesota’s goaltending. Both Goaltenders for New Jersey have a SV% over .915 and have consistently been standout performers for the team. The veteran Bernier has especially been a standout, with a record of (4-2-1) and a GAA of 2.48.
- Devils are 5-1 in their last 6 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game.
- Devils are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest.