Game Day Stats & Discussion Thread: Minnesota Wild @ Los Angeles Kings

So, about Ilya Kovalchuk.......

Just the Facts

Los Angeles KingsStatsMinnesota Wild
5-11-1 (11 pts, 8th in Pacific)Record6-10-1 (13 pts, 7th in Central)
11.1% (29th)Power Play %18.9% (17th)
70.5% (30th)Penalty Kill %81.5% (T-15th)
2.53 (28th)Goals For/Game2.71 (23rd)
3.88 (31st)Goals Against/Game3.53 (T-26th)
35.6 (1st)Shots For/Game28.4 (29th)
29.9 (T-6th)Shots Against/Game30.8 (14th)
Kopitar (16)Points LeaderStaal (14)
Kopitar (5)Goals LeaderStaal (6)
Kopitar (11)Assists LeaderTatar, 2 more (8)

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The Opposition: Hockey Wilderness

Discussion Questions

  1. Both the Wild and Kings are led in all scoring categories by a veteran player (Anze Kopitar, Eric Staal). This isn’t a question, just a fact, but I’ll leave it here for you anyway.
  2. I’m sure we’ve discussed this before, but what exactly is the Wild’s mascot supposed to be, anyway?
  3. Now that Blake Lizotte’s freed me from asking daily if he was going to get his first NHL goal, maybe now we can turn our attention to players on the roster who have yet to score this season: Alec Martinez (!!!), Carl Grundstrom, Joakim Ryan, Nikolai Prokhorkin, and the newly added Matt Luff.