2007–08 Minnesota Wild season

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2007–08 Minnesota Wild
Northwest Division champions
Division 1st Northwest
Conference 3rd Western
2007–08 record 44–28–10
Home record 25–11–5
Road record 19–17–5
Goals for 223
Goals against 218
Team information
General Manager Doug Risebrough
Coach Jacques Lemaire
Captain Rotating
Pavol Demitra (Oct)
Brian Rolston (Nov)
Mark Parrish (Dec)
Nick Schultz (Jan-Feb)
Marian Gaborik (Mar-Apr)
Alternate captains Rotating
Brian Rolston (Oct, Dec-Apr)
Wes Walz (Oct-Nov)
Mikko Koivu (Nov, Jan, Mar-Apr)
Nick Schultz (Dec)
Kim Johnsson (Jan, Feb)
Arena Xcel Energy Center
Average attendance 18,568 (102.8%)
Team leaders
Goals Marian Gaborik (42)
Assists Pierre-Marc Bouchard (50)
Points Marian Gaborik (83)
Penalties in minutes Aaron Voros (141)
Plus/minus Marian Gaborik (+17)
Wins Niklas Backstrom (33)
Goals against average Niklas Backstrom (2.31)

The 2007–08 Minnesota Wild season began October 4, 2007. It was the Wild's eighth season in the National Hockey League. They won their first Northwest Division title this season.

Key dates prior to the start of the season:

Regular season[edit]

Divisional standings[edit]

Northwest Division
GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 y – Minnesota Wild 82 44 28 10 223 218 98
2 Colorado Avalanche 82 44 31 7 231 219 95
3 Calgary Flames 82 42 30 10 229 227 94
4 Edmonton Oilers 82 41 35 6 235 251 88
5 Vancouver Canucks 82 39 33 10 213 215 88

Conference standings[edit]

Western Conference
R Div GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 p – Detroit Red Wings CE 82 54 21 7 257 184 115
2 y – San Jose Sharks PA 82 49 23 10 222 193 108
3 y – Minnesota Wild NW 82 44 28 10 223 218 98
4 Anaheim Ducks PA 82 47 27 8 205 191 102
5 Dallas Stars PA 82 45 30 7 242 207 97
6 Colorado Avalanche NW 82 44 31 7 231 219 95
7 Calgary Flames NW 82 42 30 10 229 227 94
8 Nashville Predators CE 82 41 32 9 230 229 91
8.5
9 Edmonton Oilers NW 82 41 35 6 235 251 88
10 Chicago Blackhawks CE 82 40 34 8 239 235 88
11 Vancouver Canucks NW 82 39 33 10 213 215 88
12 Phoenix Coyotes PA 82 38 37 7 214 231 83
13 Columbus Blue Jackets CE 82 34 36 12 193 218 80
14 St. Louis Blues CE 82 33 36 13 205 237 79
15 Los Angeles Kings PA 82 32 43 7 231 266 71

Divisions: PA – Pacific, CE – Central, NW – Northwest
bold – qualified for playoffs, y – division winner, pPresidents' Trophy winner


Schedule and results[edit]

2007-08 game log

Playoffs[edit]

The Wild clinched a playoff spot for the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs, but lost in the Quarter-finals to the Colorado Avalanche, four games to two.

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Series
1 April 9 Colorado 3 – 2 Minnesota 11:11 OT Backstrom 19,352 0 – 1
2 April 11 Colorado 2 – 3 Minnesota 1:14 OT Backstrom 19,360 1 – 1
3 April 14 Minnesota 3 – 2 Colorado 11:58 OT Backstrom 18,007 2 – 1
4 April 15 Minnesota 1 – 5 Colorado Backstrom 18,007 2 – 2
5 April 17 Colorado 3 – 2 Minnesota Backstrom 19,364 2 – 3
6 April 19 Minnesota 1 – 2 Colorado Backstrom 18,007 2 – 4

Player statistics[edit]

Marián Gáborík salutes Minnesota Wild fans immediately after his five-goal game against the New York Rangers (December 20, 2007)

Skaters[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty Minutes

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
Marian Gaborik 77 42 41 83 63
Pierre-Marc Bouchard 81 13 50 63 34
Brian Rolston 81 31 28 59 53
Pavol Demitra 68 15 39 54 24
Brent Burns 82 15 28 43 80
Mikko Koivu 57 11 31 42 42
Eric Belanger 75 13 24 37 30
Mark Parrish 66 16 14 30 16
Kim Johnsson 80 4 23 27 42
Kurtis Foster 56 7 12 19 37

Goaltenders[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; TOI = Time on ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/shootout losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player GP TOI W L OT GA SO SV% GAA GP TOI W L GA SO SV% GAA
Niklas Backstrom 58 3409 33 13 8 131 4 .920 2.31
Josh Harding 29 1571 11 15 2 77 1 .908 2.94

Awards and records[edit]

Records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Mikko Koivu 100th NHL PIM October 6, 2007
James Sheppard 1st NHL Game October 10, 2007
Brian Rolston 900th NHL Game October 13, 2007
Mark Parrish 600th NHL Game October 16, 2007
James Sheppard 1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
October 24, 2007
James Sheppard 1st NHL Goal October 25, 2007
Cal Clutterbuck 1st NHL Game October 28, 2007
Aaron Voros 1st NHL Game November 11, 2007
Aaron Voros 1st NHL Goal November 16, 2007
Jacques Lemaire 1000th NHL Game Coached December 18, 2007
Marian Gaborik 5 Goal Game December 20, 2007
300th Sellout Game in a row January 16, 2008
Keith Carney 1000th NHL Game February 24, 2008
Marian Gaborik 400th NHL Point March 7, 2008
Marian Gaborik 200th NHL Goal March 15, 2008
Benoit Pouliot 1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Point
March 22, 2008
Marian Gaborik 40th Goal of Season
Sets Franchise Record
March 30, 2008
Jacques Lemaire 500th Career Win April 3, 2008
1st Northwest Division Title April 3, 2008

Transactions[edit]

The Wild have been involved in the following transactions during the 2007–08 season.

Trades[edit]

June 30, 2007
To Boston Bruins
Manny Fernandez
To Minnesota Wild
Petr Kalus
4th round pick in 2008

Free agents acquired[edit]

Player Former team Contract Terms
Eric Belanger Atlanta Thrashers 3 years, $5.25 million
Nolan Schaefer Pittsburgh Penguins 2 years, $1.2 million
Sean Hill New York Islanders 1 year, $1.325 million

Free agents lost[edit]

Player New team
Todd White Atlanta Thrashers
Adam Hall Pittsburgh Penguins

Draft picks[edit]

Minnesota's picks at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft in Columbus, Ohio.[1]

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 16 Colton Gillies C  Canada Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
4 110 Justin Falk D  Canada Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
5 140 Cody Almond C  Canada Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
6 170 Harri Ilvonen D  Finland Tappara Jr. (Finland)
7 200 Carson McMillan RW  Canada Calgary Hitmen (WHL)

Farm teams[edit]

Roster[edit]

Minnesota Wild
Goaltenders


Injured Reserve Injuryicon.jpg

  • Currently vacant

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2007 NHL Entry Draft Results nhl.com[dead link]