2014–15 Minnesota Wild season

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2014–15 Minnesota Wild
Division 4th Central
Conference 6th Western
2014–15 record 46–28–8
Home record 22–13–6
Road record 24–15–2
Goals for 231
Goals against 201
Team information
General Manager Chuck Fletcher
Coach Mike Yeo
Captain Mikko Koivu
Alternate captains Zack Parise
Ryan Suter
Arena Xcel Energy Center
Average attendance 19,023 (106.0%)[1]
(41 games)
Team leaders
Goals Zach Parise (33)
Assists Jason Pominville
Ryan Suter (36)
Points Zach Parise (62)
Penalties in minutes Marco Scandella (56)
Plus/minus (+): Jonas Brodin
Zach Parise (+21)
(−): Jason Zucker (−9)
Wins Devan Dubnyk (27)
Goals against average Devan Dubnyk (1.78)
<2013–14 2015–16>

The 2014–15 Minnesota Wild season was the 15th season for the National Hockey League (NHL) 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 tasked with deciding how to deal with the Wild's 21 free-agents, including 13 unrestricted and nine restricted free agents.[3] The contract situation for all players, including UFAs Dany Heatley, Cody McCormick, Matt Moulson and Nate Prosser, needed to be decided before heading into the NHL's free agency period beginning on July 1, 2014.[4]


Playoffs[edit]

The Minnesota Wild entered the playoffs as the Western Conference's first wild-card. After defeating the St. Louis Blues 4–2 in the first round, they advanced to the second round, where they were defeated by the Chicago Blackhawks for the third-straight season.

Standings[edit]

Divisional standings[edit]

Central Division
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – St. Louis Blues 82 51 24 7 42 248 201 +47 109
2 x – Nashville Predators 82 47 25 10 41 232 208 +24 104
3 x – Chicago Blackhawks 82 48 28 6 39 229 189 +40 102
4 x – Minnesota Wild 82 46 28 8 42 231 201 +30 100
5 x – Winnipeg Jets 82 43 26 13 36 230 210 +20 99
6 Dallas Stars 82 41 31 10 37 261 260 +1 92
7 Colorado Avalanche 82 39 31 12 29 219 227 −8 90
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.

Conference standings[edit]

Top 3 (Central Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – St. Louis Blues 82 51 24 7 42 248 201 +47 109
2 x – Nashville Predators 82 47 25 10 41 232 208 +24 104
3 x – Chicago Blackhawks 82 48 28 6 39 229 189 +40 102
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.
Top 3 (Pacific Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 z – Anaheim Ducks 82 51 24 7 43 236 226 +10 109
2 x – Vancouver Canucks 82 48 29 5 42 242 222 +20 101
3 x – Calgary Flames 82 45 30 7 41 241 216 +25 97
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; z – Clinched conference.
Western Conference Wild Card
Pos Div Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 CE x – Minnesota Wild 82 46 28 8 42 231 201 +30 100
2 CE x – Winnipeg Jets 82 43 26 13 36 230 210 +20 99
3 PA Los Angeles Kings 82 40 27 15 38 220 205 +15 95
4 CE Dallas Stars 82 41 31 10 37 261 260 +1 92
5 CE Colorado Avalanche 82 39 31 12 29 219 227 −8 90
6 PA San Jose Sharks 82 40 33 9 36 228 232 −4 89
7 PA Edmonton Oilers 82 24 44 14 19 198 283 −85 62
8 PA Arizona Coyotes 82 24 50 8 19 170 272 −102 56
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot.

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[5]
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[6]
Ryan Suter Elbowing Pittsburgh Penguins forward Steve Downie during NHL Game No. 633 in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at 4:22 of the second period. 2 games
(2–0 in absence)
$81,058.72 January 14, 2015[7]

Schedule and results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

2014–15 Game Log

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

Playoffs[edit]

2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Legend:       Win       Loss

Player statistics[edit]

Final stats[8]

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Dubnyk, DevanDevan Dubnyk 39 39 2293 27 9 2 68 1.78 1064 .936 5 0 2 2
Kuemper, DarcyDarcy Kuemper 31 28 1569 14 12 2 68 2.60 718 .905 3 0 0 0
Backstrom, NiklasNiklas Backstrom 19 14 1005 5 7 3 51 3.04 452 .887 0 0 0 2
Curry, JohnJohn Curry 2 1 72 0 0 1 5 4.17 25 .800 0 0 0 0
Playoffs
Player GP GS TOI W L GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Dubnyk, DevanDevan Dubnyk 10 10 570 4 6 24 2.53 260 .908 1 0 1 0
Kuemper, DarcyDarcy Kuemper 1 0 23 0 0 0 0.00 9 1.000 0 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Wild. Stats reflect time with the Wild only.
Traded mid-season

Roster[edit]

Updated July 1, 2015.[9] [10]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
32 Finland Backstrom, NiklasNiklas Backstrom G L 37 2006 Helsinki, Finland
2 United States Ballard, KeithKeith Ballard (UFA) D L 33 2013 Baudette, Minnesota
23 Finland Bergenheim, SeanSean Bergenheim (UFA) LW L 31 2015 Helsinki, Finland
25 Sweden Brodin, JonasJonas Brodin D L 22 2011 Karlstad, Sweden
18 United States Carter, RyanRyan Carter C L 32 2014 White Bear Lake, Minnesota
3 United States Coyle, CharlieCharlie Coyle C R 23 2011 Weymouth, Massachusetts
40 Canada Dubnyk, DevanDevan Dubnyk G L 29 2015 Regina, Saskatchewan
55 Canada Dumba, MattMatt Dumba D R 21 2012 Regina, Saskatchewan
5 Sweden Folin, ChristianChristian Folin D R 24 2014 Kungsbacka, Sweden
14 Canada Fontaine, JustinJustin Fontaine RW R 27 2011 Bonnyville, Alberta
64 Finland Granlund, MikaelMikael Granlund C L 23 2010 Oulu, Finland
56 Finland Haula, ErikErik Haula C L 24 2009 Pori, Finland
9 Finland Koivu, MikkoMikko Koivu (C) C L 32 2001 Turku, Finland
35 Canada Kuemper, DarcyDarcy Kuemper G L 25 2009 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
33 United States Leopold, JordanJordan Leopold (UFA) D L 35 2015 Golden Valley, Minnesota
22 Switzerland Niederreiter, NinoNino Niederreiter RW L 22 2013 Chur, Switzerland
11 United States Parise, ZachZach Parise (A) LW L 31 2012 Minneapolis, Minnesota
29 United States Pominville, JasonJason Pominville RW R 32 2013 Repentigny, Quebec
39 United States Prosser, NateNate Prosser D R 29 2010 Elk River, Minnesota
6 Canada Scandella, MarcoMarco Scandella D L 25 2008 Montreal, Quebec
10 United States Schroeder, JordanJordan Schroeder C R 24 2014 Prior Lake, Minnesota
46 Canada Spurgeon, JaredJared Spurgeon D R 25 2010 Edmonton, Alberta
20 United States Suter, RyanRyan Suter (A) D L 30 2012 Madison, Wisconsin
26 Austria Vanek, ThomasThomas Vanek LW R 31 2014 Baden bei Wien, Austria
16 United States Zucker, JasonJason Zucker LW L 23 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.