Vegas travels to face Kaprizov and the Wild
Vegas Golden Knights (34-26-4, fourth in the Pacific) vs. Minnesota Wild (36-20-4, third in the Central)
St. Paul, Minnesota; Monday, 8 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Kirill Kaprizov leads Minnesota into a matchup with Vegas. He ranks sixth in the league with 76 points, scoring 32 goals and totaling 44 assists.
The Wild are 18-15-1 in conference games. Minnesota ranks third in the league averaging 3.7 goals per game, led by Kaprizov with 32.
The Golden Knights are 12-5-1 against opponents from the Pacific. Vegas leads the Western Conference with nine shorthanded goals, led by Mattias Janmark with two.
In their last meeting on Dec. 12, Vegas won 6-4. Zach Whitecloud scored a team-high two goals for the Golden Knights in the victory.
TOP PERFORMERS: Kaprizov leads the Wild with 76 points, scoring 32 goals and collecting 44 assists. Kevin Fiala has three goals and eight assists over the last 10 games for Minnesota.
Whitecloud leads the Golden Knights with a plus-17 in 44 games this season. Evgenii Dadonov has five goals and one assist over the last 10 games for Vegas.
LAST 10 GAMES: Wild: 5-4-1, averaging 3.4 goals, 5.6 assists, 4.1 penalties and 9.6 penalty minutes while giving up 3.2 goals per game with an .884 save percentage.
Golden Knights: 4-6-0, averaging three goals, 4.2 assists, 3.5 penalties and 8.7 penalty minutes while allowing 3.3 goals per game with an .894 save percentage.
INJURIES: Wild: None listed.
Golden Knights: Jack Eichel: day to day (upper body), Ben Hutton: out (covid-19), Reilly Smith: day to day (undisclosed).