2014–15 Minnesota Wild season

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2014–15 Minnesota Wild
Division 5th Central
Conference 10th Western
2014–15 record 16–13–4
Home record 9–4–4
Road record 7–9–0
Goals for 96
Goals against 93
Team information
General Manager Chuck Fletcher
Coach Mike Yeo
Captain Mikko Koivu
Alternate captains Zack Parise
Ryan Suter
Arena Xcel Energy Center
Average attendance 18,939 (105.5%)[1]
(17 games)
Team leaders
Goals Nino Niederreiter (14)
Assists Ryan Suter (21)
Points Zach Parise (27)
Penalties in minutes Marco Scandella (40)
Plus/minus (+): Jonas Brodin (+12)
(−): Nino Niederreiter (-13 −13)
Wins Darcy Kuemper (11)
Goals against average Niklas Bäckström (2.58)
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The 2014–15 Minnesota Wild season is the 15th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on June 25, 1997.[2]

Off-season[edit]

Following the team's 4-2 Western Conference Semifinals loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, General manager Chuck Fletcher was faced with the task of deciding how to deal with the Wild's 21 free-agents, including 13 unrestricted free agents (UFA) and 9 restricted free agents (RFA).[3] The contract situation for all players, including UFAs Dany Heatley, Cody McCormick, Matt Moulson, and Nate Prosser, needs to be decided before heading into the NHL's free agency period beginning on July 1, 2014.[4]

Standings[edit]

Divisional standings[edit]

Central Division[5]
GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 Chicago Blackhawks 36 24 10 2 20 112 74 50
2 Nashville Predators 34 23 9 2 19 99 71 48
3 St. Louis Blues 35 21 11 3 18 103 90 45
4 Winnipeg Jets 36 19 10 7 17 92 84 45
5 Minnesota Wild 33 16 13 4 14 96 93 36
6 Dallas Stars 34 15 14 5 13 99 116 35
7 Colorado Avalanche 35 13 14 8 9 92 106 34

After games of December 28, 2014.

Conference standings[edit]

Top 3 (Central Division)[6]
R GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 Chicago Blackhawks 36 24 10 2 20 112 74 50
2 Nashville Predators 34 23 9 2 19 99 71 48
3 St. Louis Blues 35 21 11 3 18 103 90 45
Top 3 (Pacific Division)[6]
R GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 Anaheim Ducks 38 24 8 6 20 107 101 54
2 Vancouver Canucks 34 20 11 3 18 100 93 43
3 Los Angeles Kings 36 18 11 7 17 100 89 43
Wild Card Teams[6]
R (Top 2 qualify for playoffs) Div GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 Winnipeg Jets CE 36 19 10 7 17 92 84 45
2 San Jose Sharks PA 36 19 12 5 17 100 93 43
3 Calgary Flames PA 37 19 15 3 16 108 99 41
4 Minnesota Wild CE 33 16 13 4 14 96 93 36
5 Dallas Stars CE 34 15 14 5 13 99 116 35
6 Colorado Avalanche CE 35 13 14 8 9 92 106 34
7 Arizona Coyotes PA 35 13 18 4 10 82 113 30
8 Edmonton Oilers PA 36 7 22 7 7 76 125 21

Divisions: CE – Central, PA – Pacific
After games of December 28, 2014.

Suspensions/fines[edit]

Player Explanation Length Salary Date issued
Marco Scandella Illegal check to the head of St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie during NHL Game No. 351 in St. Paul on Saturday, November 29, 2014, at 8:45 of the first period. $2,755.38 December 1, 2014[7]
Marco Scandella Illegal check to the head of New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson during NHL Game No. 415 in St. Paul on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at 17:32 of the third period. 2 games
(1–1 in absence)
$11,021.50 December 10, 2014[8]

Schedule and results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

2014–15 Game Log
December: 3–4–3 (Home: 2–2–3 ; Road: 1–2–0)
# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts Recap
24 December 3 Montreal 1–2 Minnesota Kuemper 19,034 14–9–1 29 [30]
25 December 5 Anaheim 5–4 Minnesota Kuemper 19,044 14–10–1 29 [31]
26 December 9 NY Islanders 4–5 Minnesota Backstrom 18,904 15–10–1 31 [32]
27 December 11 Minnesota 1–2 San Jose Kuemper 17,097 15–11–1 31 [33]
28 December 13 Minnesota 4–3 Arizona SO Backstrom 13,975 16–11–1 33 [34]
29 December 16 Minnesota 3–5 Chicago Backstrom 21,472 16–12–1 33 [35]
30 December 17 Boston 3–2 Minnesota OT Backstrom 18,841 16–12–2 34 [36]
31 December 20 Nashville 6–5 Minnesota OT Backstrom 19,017 16–12–3 35 [37]
32 December 23 Philadelphia 5–2 Minnesota Kuemper 19,020 16–13–3 35 [38]
33 December 27 Winnipeg 4–3 Minnesota OT Curry 19,177 16–13–4 36 [39]
34 December 29 Minnesota Winnipeg
35 December 31 Minnesota Columbus

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Player statistics[edit]

As of December 14, 2014[9]

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Kuemper, DarcyDarcy Kuemper 21 20 1104 11 9 0 45 2.45 481 .906 3 0 0 0
Backstrom, NiklasNiklas Backstrom 11 8 583 5 2 1 22 2.26 229 .904 0 0 0 2

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Wild. Stats reflect time with the Wild only.
Traded mid-season
Bold/italics denotes franchise record

Roster[edit]

Updated October 6, 2014.[10]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
32 Finland Backstrom, NiklasNiklas Backstrom G L 36 2006 Helsinki, Finland
2 United States Ballard, KeithKeith Ballard Injured Reserve D L 32 2013 Baudette, Minnesota
4 United States Bickel, StuStu Bickel D/W R 28 2014 Chanhassen, Minnesota
25 Sweden Brodin, JonasJonas Brodin D L 21 2011 Karlstad, Sweden
21 Canada Brodziak, KyleKyle Brodziak C R 30 2009 St. Paul, Alberta
18 United States Carter, RyanRyan Carter Injured Reserve C L 31 2014 White Bear Lake, Minnesota
24 Canada Cooke, MattMatt Cooke Injured Reserve LW L 36 2013 Belleville, Ontario
3 United States Coyle, CharlieCharlie Coyle C R 22 2011 Weymouth, Massachusetts
55 Canada Dumba, MatMat Dumba D R 20 2012 Regina, Saskatchewan
5 Sweden Folin, ChristianChristian Folin D R 23 2014 Kungsbacka, Sweden
14 Canada Fontaine, JustinJustin Fontaine RW R 27 2011 Bonnyville, Alberta
64 Finland Granlund, MikaelMikael Granlund C L 22 2010 Oulu, Finland
56 Finland Haula, ErikErik Haula C L 23 2009 Pori, Finland
9 Finland Koivu, MikkoMikko Koivu (C) C L 31 2001 Turku, Finland
35 Canada Kuemper, DarcyDarcy Kuemper G L 24 2009 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
22 Switzerland Niederreiter, NinoNino Niederreiter RW L 22 2013 Chur, Switzerland
11 United States Parise, ZachZach Parise (A) LW L 30 2012 Minneapolis, Minnesota
29 United States Pominville, JasonJason Pominville RW R 32 2013 Repentigny, Quebec
39 United States Prosser, NateNate Prosser D R 28 2010 Elk River, Minnesota
6 Canada Scandella, MarcoMarco Scandella D L 24 2008 Montreal, Quebec
46 Canada Spurgeon, JaredJared Spurgeon D R 25 2010 Edmonton, Alberta
20 United States Suter, RyanRyan Suter (A) D L 29 2012 Madison, Wisconsin
26 Austria Vanek, ThomasThomas Vanek LW R 30 2014 Baden bei Wien, Austria
16 United States Zucker, JasonJason Zucker LW L 22 2010 Newport Beach, California


Notable achievements[edit]

Awards[edit]


Milestones[edit]


Transactions[edit]

The Wild have been involved in the following transactions during the 2014–15 season.