NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, November 13th
(All times eastern)
Edmonton Oilers (6-7-2-0) at Minnesota Wild (7-7-2-0), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Minnesota Wild try to make it two straight wins tonight
and rise above the .500 mark for the first time this season when they welcome
the Edmonton Oilers to the Xcel Energy Center.
On Tuesday, Dwayne Roloson made 29 saves for his second shutout of the season
and Sergei Zholtok scored the only goal of the contest late in the third
period, as the Wild earned a 1-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in the
opener of a three-game homestand.
Minnesota improved to 5-1-1 in its last seven overall and reached the .500
mark for the first time since topping the New York Rangers in the second game
of the year.
Roloson stopped eight shots in the first period and 12 in the second. He then
turned aside nine in the third to preserve his 13th career shutout and second
in as many starts.
Last Friday against Calgary, Roloson made 34 saves in a 3-0 victory. He then
took over for an ineffective Manny Fernandez after the first period on
Saturday against the Canucks and stopped 18-of-19 shots.
Roloson has won four of his last five starts (4-1) and has allowed just five
goals in those contests. The 33-year-old leads the league in goals-against-
average (1.74) and is among NHL leaders in save percentage (fourth, .935%) and
shutouts (tied for second with two).
On the milestone watch, defenseman Brad Brown will be playing his 300th game
tonight, while the next goal Zholtok scores will be his 100th.
The Wild will be targeting their fourth straight win on home-ice, where they
are 4-3-1 this season. Minnesota will close its stretch at home on Saturday
against the Detroit Red Wings.
Edmonton, meanwhile, will be trying to end their six-game road trip on a high
note after posting a 2-2-1 mark through the first five games following
Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Boston Bruins.
Raffi Torres, Jarret Stoll and Shawn Horcoff each tallied for Edmonton, which
was coming off a 5-4 win over the New York Rangers on Monday. Ty Conklin,
starting again in place of the injured Tommy Salo, made 35 saves.
Salo was sent back to Edmonton on Monday to have his injured hip examined. He
was activated from the injured reserve on Wednesday, but Conklin will again
Torres has four goals on the trip and already has seven this season after
failing to score a goal in his first 31 NHL games. His seven markers have come
on just 30 shots.
Edmonton was 3-2 against the Wild last season and is 11-2-2 all-time against
Minnesota. The Oilers have also had success at the Xcel Energy Center, where
they are 5-1-1.
11/13 10:36:49 ET