The Minnesota Wild won against the New Jersey Devils in a shutout last night 4-0. Since winning just once on a four-game road trip in mid-October, the Wild are now 5-1-0, with four of those wins coming at home. They’re 8-4-3 overall and 6-1-2 at Xcel Energy Center.
Josh Harding stopped 19 shots last night. He’s currently the leagues best at making saves and has improved to 7-2-1 while lowering his goals-against average to 1.11 and increasing his save percentage to .950. This is Harding’s second shutout in his eighth start of the season.
This was also Zach Parise’s first game against his former team. The former Devil signed with a 13 year, $98 million dollar contract last year. “As a player you always hate practicing and scrimmaging against your own team. That’s what it felt like for me tonight the whole game,” said Parise, who chipped in with one assist as the Wild won for the fifth time in their past six games. “They don’t give you much offensively. They play well systematically. There’s not a lot of room out there. Fortunately we were pretty opportunistic. When we did have the chances, we put them in.”
Mikael Granlund got the scoring started in the first period and Torrey Mitchell, Dany Heatley and Jason Pominville also scored.
Pominville, who recorded a goal and an assist, took the team lead for points with 12. Nino Niederreiter had three assists and has recorded points in consecutive games for the first time in his NHL career and Sunday was his first multi-point game.
The Wild will face the Calgary Flames November 4th at 7 P.M at the Xcel Energy Center.