The Minnesota Wild stayed in Calgary last night after a 6-0 thumping of the Flames and used today as a travel day to San Jose. The club won’t practice until tomorrow at HP Pavilion, in preparation for another big game against the 10th place San Jose Sharks. I bet there haven’t been many times that the Sharks have been looking up at the Wild at this point in the season.
One player who did not accompany the team was Anton Khudobin. The goaltender was sent to Houston today after posting a 2-1-0 record in three starts and four appearances. He posted a 1.59 goals against average (GAA) and a .942 save percentage (SV%). In his NHL career, Khudobin is now 4-1-0 with a 1.40 GAA and a .955%.
We won’t know until later if this move was made because 1) Jose Theodore is with the team and ready to return to the lineup, or 2) with two days off, the Wild can take Khudobin off the roster until Saturday. I would have to think Theodore is ready to return by Saturday and we won’t see Khudobin unless we see another goaltending injury.
Let’s hope not, although I will miss Khudobin’s angel mask, his acrobatics and most of all, his postgame interviews.
As for last night, there were a slew of interesting team notes like:
13 road wins equals the Wild’s total for all of last season.
Wild penalty kill is 32 for 34 last 11 games overall, and 33 for 35 last 11 in Calgary.
Wild 5-1-0 last 6 games at CGY (all under Richards) after going 3-18-4 first 25 games here
After not winning more than three games against the Flames in any of first eight seasons, the Wild finish the last two seasons 9-2-1 against Calgary.
The 6-0 win tied for the franchise record for largest margin of victory (4th 6-0 win in team history) and largest margin of victory since a 6-0 win vs. Vancouver (10/12/05).
And here are some individual player notes from the game:
Clayton Stoner established a career-high +3 rating.
Greg Zanon set a season-high with a +3 rating which also ties a career-high set two other times.
Matt Cullen is on a three-game point streak (2-3=5), his longest since Oct. 14-21 (four games).
John Madden tied a season-high with two points and a +2 rating.
Chuck Kobasew tied season-highs with two points and a +2 rating.
Andrew Brunette is on a four-game point streak (3-2=5), which ties a season-high.
Kyle Brodziak set new career-highs with three assists and tied a season best with a +3 rating.
Cal Clutterbuck set a career-high with a +3 rating in his 200th NHL game.
Martin Havlat tied season-highs with three points (2-1=3) and a +3 rating.
Jared Spurgeon logged a career-high 17:38 of ice time.
Niklas Backstrom’s 37 saves are his highest total in any of his 21 career shutouts.