Arizona Coyotes (22-50-7, eighth in the middle) vs. Minnesota Wild (51-21-7, second in the middle)
St. Paul, Minnesota; Tuesday, 8 p.m. EDT
Bottom line: Joel Eriksson Eck scored two goals in Wilde’s 5-4 overtime win against the Predators as the Arizona Coyotes toured Minnesota.
Wilds are 12-9-3 against division opponents. Minnesota is the top team in the Western Conference with 6.3 assists per game, led by Joseph Cramarosa averaging 1.0.
The Coyotes are 7-12-4 against the central teams. Arizona averages 10.3 penalty minutes per game, the third-highest in the Western Conference. Liam O’Brien led the team serving a total of 106 minutes.
In the last meeting between these teams on November 30, Minnesota defeated Arizona 5-2.
Top Performer: Kirill Kaprizov has a total of 103 points for Wilde, 45 goals and 58 assists. Kevin Fiala has made 13 assists in the last 10 games for Minnesota.
Clayton Keller has a total of 63 points, while scoring 28 goals and making 35 total assists for the Coyotes. Nick Schmaltz has scored three goals and four assists in his last 10 appearances for Arizona.
Last 10 games: Wild: 8-0-2, averaging 4.6 goals, 7.2 assists, 3.8 penalties and 9.7 penalty minutes while dropping three goals per game with .896 saving percentage.
Coyotes: 0-8-2, averaging 1.7 goals, 3.2 assists, 3.5 penalties and 7.3 penalty minutes while conceding 5.3 goals per game with .852 saving percentage.
Injuries: Wild: Jordan Greenway: Day-to-Day (upper body), Matt Dumba: Out (upper body), Marcus Foligno: Out (Covid-19), Matt Zucarello: Day-to-Day (lower body).
Coyotes: Nick Ritchie: Day-to-Day (upper body), Jay Beagle: Day-to-Day (lower-body), Christian Fischer: Out (lower-body), Dysin Mayo: Out (upper body), Jacob Chichran: Out (ankle) , Lawson Crouse: out (arms), Andrew Ladd: day-to-day (lower-body), Clayton Keller: out for the season (lower-body).