2006–07 Minnesota Wild season

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2006–07 Minnesota Wild
Division 2nd Northwest
Conference 7th Western
2006–07 record 48–26–8
Home record 29–7–5
Road record 19–19–3
Goals for 235
Goals against 191
Team information
General Manager Doug Risebrough
Coach Jacques Lemaire
Captain Rotating
Brian Rolston (Oct-Nov)
Keith Carney (Dec)
Brian Rolston (Jan)
Mark Parrish (Feb-Apr)
Alternate captains Rotating
Kim Johnsson (Oct-Nov)
Brian Rolston (Dec)
Keith Carney (Jan)
Brian Rolston (Feb-Apr)
Wes Walz
Arena Xcel Energy Center
Average attendance 18,543
Team leaders
Goals Brian Rolston (31)
Assists Pavol Demitra (39)
Points Pavol Demitra (64)
Brian Rolston
Penalties in minutes Derek Boogaard (120)
Plus/minus Keith Carney (+22)
Wins Niklas Backstrom (23)
Goals against average Niklas Backstrom (1.97)

This 2006–07 Minnesota Wild season began on October 5, 2006. It was the Wild's seventh season in the National Hockey League.

Regular season[edit]

Excluding seven shootout goals allowed, the Wild finished the regular season with just 184 goals allowed, the fewest in the League.[1][2]

Season standings[edit]

Here is how the Wild did in the standings in 2006–07.

Northwest Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 3 Vancouver Canucks 82 49 26 7 222 201 105
2 7 Minnesota Wild 82 48 26 8 235 191 104
3 8 Calgary Flames 82 43 29 10 258 226 96
4 9 Colorado Avalanche 82 44 31 7 272 251 95
5 12 Edmonton Oilers 82 32 43 7 195 248 71

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime/shootout loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; PIM = Penalties in minutes; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.


Schedule and results[edit]

Here is the Wild's 2006–07 schedule with game by game results.

October[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
1 October 5 Colorado 2 – 3 Minnesota OT Fernandez 18,568 1–0–0 2
2 October 7 Nashville 5 – 6 Minnesota Backstrom 18,568 2–0–0 4
3 October 10 Vancouver 1 – 2 Minnesota SO Fernandez 18,064 3–0–0 6
4 October 12 Washington 2 – 3 Minnesota SO Fernandez 18,064 4–0–0 8
5 October 14 Columbus 0 – 5 Minnesota Fernandez 18,568 5–0–0 10
6 October 18 Minnesota 2 – 1 Los Angeles OT Fernandez 14,617 6–0–0 12
7 October 20 Minnesota 1 – 2 Anaheim Fernandez 13,430 6–1–0 12
8 October 21 Minnesota 4 – 1 San Jose Fernandez 17,496 7–1–0 14
9 October 25 Los Angeles 1 – 3 Minnesota Fernandez 18,568 8–1–0 16
10 October 27 Anaheim 2 – 3 Minnesota SO Fernandez 18,568 9–1–0 18
11 October 29 Minnesota 1 – 4 Colorado Fernandez 17,615 9–2–0 18

November[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
12 November 2 Vancouver 2 – 5 Minnesota Backstrom 18,568 10–2–0 20
13 November 4 Nashville 4 – 3 Minnesota Fernandez 18,568 10–3–0 20
14 November 7 Minnesota 1 – 3 San Jose Fernandez 17,233 10–4–0 20
15 November 11 Minnesota 3 – 2 Los Angeles SO Fernandez 17,479 11–4–0 22
16 November 12 Minnesota 2 – 3 Anaheim Backstrom 16,306 11–5–0 22
17 November 14 Minnesota 3 – 4 Phoenix Fernandez 12,002 11–6–0 22
18 November 16 Minnesota 7 – 6 Nashville SO Backstrom 12,759 12–6–0 24
19 November 18 Colorado 2 – 1 Minnesota SO Backstrom 18,568 12–6–1 25
20 November 20 Minnesota 3 – 5 Ottawa Fernandez 18,094 12–7–1 25
21 November 22 Minnesota 2 – 4 Montreal Backstrom 21,273 12–8–1 25
22 November 24 Phoenix 0 – 4 Minnesota Backstrom 18,568 13–8–1 27
23 November 25 Minnesota 3 – 5 Columbus Fernandez 15,493 13–9–1 27
24 November 29 San Jose 2 – 1 Minnesota Fernandez 18,568 13–10–1 27

December[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
25 December 1 Detroit 3 – 0 Minnesota Fernandez 18,568 13–11–1 27
26 December 2 Minnesota 3 – 4 Dallas SO Backstrom 17,027 13–11–2 28
27 December 5 Chicago 2 – 3 Minnesota SO Fernandez 18,568 14–11–2 30
28 December 7 Calgary 2 – 3 Minnesota SO Fernandez 18,568 15–11–2 32
29 December 9 Chicago 4 – 5 Minnesota OT Fernandez 18,568 16–11–2 34
30 December 12 Minnesota 2 – 5 Calgary Fernandez 19,289 16–12–2 34
31 December 14 Minnesota 1 – 3 Edmonton Fernandez 16,839 16–13–2 34
32 December 16 Minnesota 1 – 2 Vancouver Backstrom 18,630 16–14–2 34
33 December 19 Vancouver 2 – 5 Minnesota Fernandez 18,568 17–14–2 36
34 December 22 Minnesota 1 – 3 Detroit Fernandez 20,066 17–15–2 36
35 December 23 Detroit 2 – 3 Minnesota OT Fernandez 18,568 18–15–2 38
36 December 26 Minnesota 3 – 4 Toronto Fernandez 19,355 18–16–2 38
37 December 27 Minnesota 1 – 3 Detroit Backstrom 20,066 18–17–2 38
38 December 29 Columbus 3 – 4 Minnesota OT Fernandez 18,568 19–17–2 40
39 December 31 Anaheim 3 – 4 Minnesota Fernandez 18,568 20–17–2 42

January[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
40 January 2 Atlanta 1 – 5 Minnesota Fernandez 18,568 21–17–2 44
41 January 4 Tampa Bay 3 – 2 Minnesota Fernandez 18,568 21–18–2 44
42 January 6 Colorado 2 – 1 Minnesota SO Fernandez 18,568 21–18–3 45
43 January 9 Minnesota 0 – 3 Calgary Backstrom 19,289 21–19–3 45
44 January 11 Minnesota 5 – 2 Vancouver Fernandez 18,630 22–19–3 47
45 January 12 Minnesota 4 – 2 Edmonton Fernandez 16,839 23–19–3 49
46 January 14 Minnesota 4 – 3 Chicago SO Fernandez 11,091 24–19–3 51
47 January 16 Edmonton 2 – 1 Minnesota Fernandez 18,568 24–20–3 51
48 January 19 Minnesota 3 – 0 Chicago Fernandez 12,333 25–20–3 53
49 January 20 Dallas 2 – 1 Minnesota SO Backstrom 18,568 25–20–4 54
50 January 26 Calgary 1 – 2 Minnesota SO Backstrom 18,568 26–20–4 56
51 January 27 Minnesota 2 – 3 Columbus Fernandez 18,136 26–21–4 56
52 January 30 Minnesota 5 – 2 St. Louis Fernandez 10,445 27–21–4 58

February[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
53 February 1 Minnesota 5 – 3 Colorado Backstrom 17,286 28–21–4 60
54 February 3 Minnesota 1 – 0 Phoenix Backstrom 17,115 29–21–4 62
55 February 6 Minnesota 2 – 4 Dallas Backstrom 17,660 29–22–4 62
56 February 8 Florida 2 – 4 Minnesota Backstrom 18,568 30–22–4 64
57 February 10 Carolina 4 – 5 Minnesota Backstrom 18,568 31–22–4 66
58 February 14 Vancouver 3 – 2 Minnesota OT Backstrom 18,568 31–22–5 67
59 February 17 Minnesota 4 – 1 Nashville Backstrom 17,113 32–22–5 69
60 February 18 Minnesota 3 – 5 St. Louis Backstrom 13,721 32–23–5 69
61 February 20 Dallas 1 – 2 Minnesota SO Backstrom 18,568 33–23–5 71
62 February 22 Minnesota 4 – 3 Colorado Backstrom 18,007 34–23–5 73
63 February 25 Edmonton 1 – 4 Minnesota Backstrom 18,568 35–23–5 75
64 February 28 Minnesota 1 – 2 Calgary OT Harding 19,289 35–23–6 76

March[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
65 March 1 Minnesota 5 – 0 Edmonton Harding 16,839 36–23–6 78
66 March 4 Minnesota 3 – 4 Vancouver OT Backstrom 18,630 36–23–7 79
67 March 6 San Jose 3 – 0 Minnesota Backstrom 18,568 36–24–7 79
68 March 8 Minnesota 2 – 1 Boston Backstrom 13,709 37–24–7 81
69 March 9 Minnesota 5 – 1 Buffalo Harding 18,690 38–24–7 83
70 March 11 Colorado 2 – 3 Minnesota OT Backstrom 18,568 39–24–7 85
71 March 13 Minnesota 3 – 2 Vancouver OT Backstrom 18,630 40–24–7 87
72 March 15 Minnesota 2 – 1 Edmonton Backstrom 16,839 41–24–7 89
73 March 17 Minnesota 4 – 2 Calgary Backstrom 19,289 42–24–7 91
74 March 20 Phoenix 2 – 3 Minnesota Backstrom 18,568 43–24–7 93
75 March 22 St. Louis 1 – 5 Minnesota Backstrom 18,568 44–24–7 95
76 March 24 Los Angeles 1 – 4 Minnesota Harding 18,568 45–24–7 97
77 March 27 Calgary 1 – 0 Minnesota SO Backstrom 18,568 45–24–8 98
78 March 29 Calgary 4 – 2 Minnesota Harding 18,568 45–25–8 98
79 March 31 Minnesota 1 – 2 Colorado Harding 17,192 45–26–8 98

April[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
80 April 3 Edmonton 0 – 3 Minnesota Backstrom 18,568 46–26–8 100
81 April 4 Edmonton 0 – 3 Minnesota Backstrom 18,568 47–26–8 102
82 April 6 St. Louis 1 – 5 Minnesota Backstrom 18,568 48–26–8 104
  • Green background indicates win.
  • Red background indicates regulation loss.
  • White background indicates overtime/shootout loss.

Playoffs[edit]

The Minnesota Wild ended the 2006–07 regular season as the Western Conference's seventh seed.

Western Conference Quarter-finals: vs. (2) Anaheim Ducks[edit]

Anaheim wins series 4–1

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Series
1 April 11 Minnesota 1 – 2 Anaheim Backstrom 17,180 0 – 1
2 April 13 Minnesota 2 – 3 Anaheim Backstrom 17,324 0 – 2
3 April 15 Anaheim 2 – 1 Minnesota Backstrom 19,224 0 – 3
4 April 17 Anaheim 1 – 4 Minnesota Backstrom 19,174 1 – 3
5 April 19 Minnesota 1 – 4 Anaheim Backstrom 17,318 1 – 4

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Rolston, BrianBrian Rolston C/RW 78 31 33 64 46 6 13 1 6
Demitra, PavolPavol Demitra LW 71 25 39 64 28 0 9 1 4
Gaborik, MarianMarian Gaborik RW 48 30 27 57 40 12 12 1 7
Bouchard, Pierre-MarcPierre-Marc Bouchard C 82 20 37 57 14 13 5 0 3
Koivu, MikkoMikko Koivu C 82 20 34 54 58 6 9 2 2
White, ToddTodd White C 77 13 31 44 24 8 6 1 1
Parrish, MarkMark Parrish RW 76 19 20 39 18 9 5 0 4
Burns, BrentBrent Burns D 77 7 18 25 26 16 3 0 3
Radivojevic, BrankoBranko Radivojevic RW 82 11 13 24 21 -9 4 0 3
Walz, WesWes Walz C 62 9 15 24 30 3 0 1 1
Foster, KurtisKurtis Foster D 57 3 20 23 52 -3 0 0 0
Johnsson, KimKim Johnsson D 76 3 19 22 64 -4 3 0 0
Nummelin, PetteriPetteri Nummelin D 51 3 17 20 22 -15 0 0 0
Veilleux, StephaneStephane Veilleux LW 75 7 11 18 47 3 0 0 1
Carney, KeithKeith Carney D 80 4 13 17 58 22 0 0 1
Skoula, MartinMartin Skoula D 81 0 15 15 36 9 0 0 0
Dupuis, PascalPascal Dupuis LW 48 10 3 13 38 -7 2 2 0
Schultz, NickNick Schultz D 82 2 10 12 42 0 0 0 1
Smith, WyattWyatt Smith C 61 3 3 6 16 -8 1 0 0
Hall, AdamAdam Hall RW 23 2 3 5 8 2 0 0 0
Moore, DominicDominic Moore C 10 2 0 2 10 3 0 0 1
Weinhandl, MattiasMattias Weinhandl RW 12 1 1 2 10 -2 0 0 0
Backstrom, NiklasNiklas Backstrom G 41 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Belle, ShawnShawn Belle D 9 0 1 1 0 4 0 0 0
Boogaard, DerekDerek Boogaard LW 48 0 1 1 120 0 0 0 0
Ward, JoelJoel Ward RW 11 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Fernandez, MannyManny Fernandez G 44 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 0
Foy, MattMatt Foy RW 9 0 0 0 4 -1 0 0 0
Harding, JoshJosh Harding G 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Morgan, JasonJason Morgan C 4 0 0 0 4 -1 0 0 0
Pouliot, BenoitBenoit Pouliot LW 3 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Reitz, ErikErik Reitz D 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T/OT GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Backstrom, NiklasNiklas Backstrom 2227 41 23 8 6 73 1.97 5 1028 955 .929
Fernandez, MannyManny Fernandez 2422 44 22 16 1 103 2.55 2 1158 1055 .911
Harding, JoshJosh Harding 361 7 3 2 1 7 1.16 1 174 167 .960
Team: 5010 82 48 26 8 183 2.19 8 2360 2177 .922
Playoffs
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Gaborik, MarianMarian Gaborik RW 5 3 1 4 8 3 1 1 1
Demitra, PavolPavol Demitra LW 5 1 3 4 0 -1 0 0 0
Bouchard, Pierre-MarcPierre-Marc Bouchard C 5 1 1 2 0 -3 0 0 0
Nummelin, PetteriPetteri Nummelin D 3 1 1 2 0 1 1 0 0
Rolston, BrianBrian Rolston C/RW 5 1 1 2 4 -2 0 0 0
Foster, KurtisKurtis Foster D 3 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
Koivu, MikkoMikko Koivu C 5 1 0 1 4 -1 0 0 0
Parrish, MarkMark Parrish RW 5 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
Backstrom, NiklasNiklas Backstrom G 5 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Boogaard, DerekDerek Boogaard LW 4 0 1 1 20 0 0 0 0
Burns, BrentBrent Burns D 5 0 1 1 14 1 0 0 0
Schultz, NickNick Schultz D 5 0 1 1 0 -3 0 0 0
Walz, WesWes Walz C 5 0 1 1 4 1 0 0 0
Carney, KeithKeith Carney D 5 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 0
Hall, AdamAdam Hall RW 3 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0
Johnsson, KimKim Johnsson D 4 0 0 0 2 -1 0 0 0
Radivojevic, BrankoBranko Radivojevic RW 5 0 0 0 2 -1 0 0 0
Skoula, MartinMartin Skoula D 5 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 0
Smith, WyattWyatt Smith C 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Veilleux, StephaneStephane Veilleux LW 5 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
White, ToddTodd White C 4 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Backstrom, NiklasNiklas Backstrom 297 5 1 4 11 2.22 0 145 134 .924
Team: 297 5 1 4 11 2.22 0 145 134 .924

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Note:

Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Transactions[edit]

The Wild were involved in the following transactions during the 2006–07 season.[4][5]

Trades[edit]

June 24, 2006 To Minnesota Wild
Pavol Demitra
To Los Angeles Kings
Patrick O'Sullivan
1st round pick in 2006
February 9, 2007 To Minnesota Wild
Adam Hall
To New York Rangers
Pascal Dupuis
February 27, 2007 To Minnesota Wild
Dominic Moore
To Pittsburgh Penguins
3rd round pick in 2007

Free agents acquired[edit]

Player Former team
G Niklas Backstrom Kärpät
D Kim Johnsson Philadelphia Flyers
D Keith Carney Vancouver Canucks
F Mark Parrish Los Angeles Kings
F Branko Radivojevic Philadelphia Flyers
F Wyatt Smith New York Islanders

Free agents lost[edit]

Player New team
D Andrei Zyuzin Calgary Flames
D Filip Kuba Tampa Bay Lightning
F Randy Robitaille Philadelphia Flyers
D Daniel Tjarnqvist Edmonton Oilers
F Erik Westrum Toronto Maple Leafs
D Scott Ferguson San Jose Sharks
F Marc Chouinard Vancouver Canucks
D Alex Henry Nashville Predators

Draft picks[edit]

Minnesota's picks at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver, British Columbia.[6] The Wild had the 9th overall pick in the draft. They also had the Edmonton Oilers first round pick, 17th overall, which they used to trade for Pavol Demitra from the Los Angeles Kings on draft day.

Round # Player Nationality NHL Team College/junior/club team (League)
1 9 James Sheppard (C/LW)  Canada Minnesota Wild Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)
2 40 Ondrej Fiala (C)  Czech Republic Minnesota Wild Everett Silvertips (WHL)
3 72 Cal Clutterbuck (RW)  Canada Minnesota Wild Oshawa Generals (OHL)
4 102 Kyle Medvec (D)  United States Minnesota Wild Apple Valley High School (USHS-MN)
5 132 Niko Hovinen (G)  Finland Minnesota Wild Jokerit (SM-liiga)
6 162 Julian Walker (W)   Switzerland Minnesota Wild EHC Basel (Nationalliga A)
7 192 Chris Hickey (C)  United States Minnesota Wild Cretin-Derham Hall (USHS-MN)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/MIN/2007.html
  2. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_2007.html
  3. ^ "2006-07 Minnesota Wild Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-07-10. 
  4. ^ NHL Insider - Offseason Trades, nhl.com, accessed December 2, 2006
  5. ^ NHL Insider - Free Agent Signings, nhl.com, accessed December 2, 2006,
  6. ^ 2006 NHL Entry Draft Results nhl.com - accessed November 20, 2006

External links[edit]

2006–07 Minnesota Wild Roster

Goaltenders:

29 – Harding 32 – Backstrom 35 – Fernandez 

Defensemen

3 – Carney 4 – Belle 5 – Johnsson 8 – Burns 26 – Foster 33 – Nummelin 41 – Skoula 55 – Schultz 

Forwards

9 – Koivu 10 – Gaborik 12 – Rolston 17 – Smith 18 – Hall 19 – Veilleux 21 – Parrish 22 – Moore 24 – Boogaard 28 – White 37 – Walz 38 – Demitra 83 – Foy 92 – Radivojevic 96 – Bouchard 

General ManagerDoug Risebrough •  CoachJacques Lemaire