Here are the game scores for the Minnesota Wild contests for the week of 1/15/17. As always, these scores are courtesy of Derek, @Stateofstats, who pulls the data from Corsica.hockey.
Mickey Granlund tops the game score for the Hawks matchup with two points and a nifty +9 corsi differential. Also, 7 SOG for Granny, more than twice as many as anyone else…credit him for shedding his “overpasser” label. Dubnyk turned aside 31 of 33 shots for the second-highest score. Coyle finds himself at the bottom of the chart with no points, no shots, no blocks, and a -12 corsi diff.
Dubnyk had an uncharacteristically bad game, letting in four goals and receiving a -0.80 score. Spurgeon and Nino both had great games, with scores over 2.0–Spurge through contributing two points, and Niederreiter with a great +11 corsi diff and 7 SOG. Minnesota let this one get away from them against a bad team, which in previous years might have been cause for concern, but considering their great record over the last two months, we can let this one slide.
The Wild had a 3-1 lead against the Coyotes, and things looked to be going well, until they responded with two quick goals to suddenly tie the game. Nino was the hero of this game, scoring a beautiful PPG game winner. He posted a hefty 2.60 game score, followed by Pominville (1.73) and Granlund (1.20). Dubnyk gets a negative score for allowing 3 goals on 20 shots. Ryan Suter had an uncommonly bad game, though he did register 4 blocks. According to Russo, Dubnyk did not allow more than 3 goals in his first 27 starts, and has now given up 23 goals in his past 8 starts. Might start to become problematic down the stretch.
For most of this game, the Wild looked outclassed, and the Ducks were playing the type of physical game that we new Minnesota could not respond to. They were denying controlled zone entries all night, knocking the Wild around, and generally playing their own game. But lo, the hockey gods did smile upon us, and Erik Haula tied up the game late in the third, with a Suter goal coming just a minute later. This is the type of game the Wild have not been able to win over the last few years…the sudden outburst of scoring after generally getting beaten up all game. I suppose we should chalk it up to coaching, but whatever the reason, it’s got a lot of folks gaining confidence in this team making a deep playoff run. Three skaters had 2+ game scores last night, including Suter, who had a monster game on his 32nd birthday.
Mikael Granlund had a great week, with a 1.54 avg game score. Dude is just killing it right now, being aggressive, putting the puck on net, and driving possession. I’ve been meaning to do a study on his underlying numbers this year, so I will try to get that out next week. Minnesota are right back at it on Sunday evening in an important tilt against the Preds, so we’ll see if they can continue their momentum.