For the third time this season, the Minnesota Wild have a winning streak of at least five straight games.
Only three other NHL teams -- Colorado, Tampa Bay and Vegas -- have strung together three different runs of 5+ victories during the 2020-21 campaign.
The Wild’s first stretch began Feb. 18 with a 3-1 victory over Anaheim, just a couple days after returning to the ice from a COVID-19 outbreak. The Wild’s second five-game winning streak lasted from March 8-16, in which goaltenders Cam Talbot and Kaapo Kahkonen combined for three shutouts and just four goals allowed. And the latest stretch has been led by a red-hot power play and scorching offense, as the team has racked up 22 goals in five contests and have won their last three games by three goals apiece.
Minnesota has now won 13 games by 3+ goals this season, which is tied with Dallas and Tampa Bay for the fifth-most in the NHL. The Wild have 20 games with 4+ goals scored, which is the most through 45 games of a season in franchise history.
Furthermore, Minnesota has registered three streaks of 5+ victories in the same season just twice before -- 2011-12 and 2014-15. Of course, the 2014-15 season is the last time the Wild have won a playoff series.
It appears to be a sign of good things to come.
Minnesota’s standout rookie Kirill Kaprizov has been impressive all season but has picked up his game of late, scoring in each of the last three contests. It’s his second career run of three games with one goal scored, the first occurring during a road trip in San Jose and Las Vegas last month.
With one goal and one assist, Kaprizov would join a list of just four other NHL rookies who have tallied 20+ goals and 20+ assists since the 2018-19 campaign. Already the all-time Minnesota first-year scoring leader, Kaprizov would become the first Wild rookie to achieve the feat.
Minnesota will attempt to keep things rolling Friday night against the Los Angeles Kings, who are five points behind Arizona for the final playoff spot in the West Division.
Bally Sports North’s coverage of the game begins at 8:30 p.m. with “Wild Live.” The game will be televised on Bally Sports North PLUS.
Statistics courtesy Sportradar