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Wild finish road trip against Flyers

Sunday, 12.22.2013 / 11:53 PM

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

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Wild finish road trip against Flyers
Minnesota Wild vs. Philadelphia Flyers

WILD (20-13-5) at FLYERS (16-16-4)


Last 10: Minnesota 5-5-0; Philadelphia 4-4-2.

Season series: This is the second and final game between the Minnesota Wild and Philadelphia Flyers. The Wild beat the Flyers 2-0 on Dec. 2 at Xcel Energy Center. Josh Harding made 21 saves for the shutout.

Big story: Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren announced Sunday that defenseman Erik Gustafsson will miss the next two weeks with a sprained left knee.

Gustafsson sustained the injury in the third period of a 6-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. He has two goals and five assists in 20 games this season while averaging 16:55 of ice time per game.

Team Scope:

Wild: Minnesota hopes to salvage the final game of its three-game road trip after falling short against the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers. Jason Pominville gave the Wild an early 1-0 lead Sunday night, but the Rangers responded with four unanswered goals in a 4-1 loss at Madison Square Garden.

"I think once they scored that first one, and then especially when they got that second one, I think we became a little demoralized and kind of changed the way we were playing the game," Wild wing Zach Parise said. "That was for the most part I thought the big difference. Once they got that second goal, we became a little flustered and just were never able to regain any momentum."

Flyers: Philadelphia appeared to be in decent shape after 40 minutes Saturday night, when it found itself in a 2-2 tie after 40 minutes at Nationwide Arena. But David Savard and Boone Jenner scored in the first 5:39 of the third period and the Flyers ultimately suffered a 6-3 loss to the Blue Jackets and had to settle for a split in the home-and-home series.

"We were sitting back too much, maybe asleep in the third period," Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn told CSNPhilly.com. "We had a pretty good end to the second period. I don't know if we thought they would just give up. I don't know what it was, but it was unacceptable to come out in the third period like that."

Who's hot: Pominville has goals in back-to-back games for the Wild. … Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds has three goals and one assist in the past three games.

Injury report: Wild goalie Josh Harding (multiple sclerosis treatment) is expected back after the holiday break.

2013-2014 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Dec 23 '13 MIN 1 at PHI 4 W. Simmonds
Dec 02 '13 PHI 0 at MIN 2 J. Pominville
Z. Parise37151227+11882
M. Koivu3972027-21803
J. Pominville3917926+2854
R. Suter3902222-11800
N. Niederreiter3961117+72410
M. Granlund2631114+21011
J. Brodin366612-11230
M. Cooke395712+52002
D. Heatley397411-111430
J. Spurgeon3911011+21010
J. Fontaine33639+51401
C. Coyle27459-82111
K. Brodziak39279+11800
M. Scandella36189+51601
T. Mitchell36156-5800
K. Ballard23055-32900
C. Stoner36033-13500
Z. Konopka35112-55500
M. Dumba13112-5210
N. Prosser13022-12100
E. Haula10022+3000
S. Veilleux11000-5600
J. Zucker7000-2000
M. Rupp6000+0500
B. Bulmer4000+0200
C. McMillan1000+0000
J. Harding2718-5-3396361.51.939
N. Backstrom152-8-2413933.18.896
D. Kuemper20-1-06166.10.625
C. Giroux37102333+02434
J. Voracek3791625+1640
W. Simmonds37101222-66541
B. Schenn3771320+13732
S. Downie3131619+76731
M. Read3610818-7802
S. Couturier3771017+02902
M. Streit3731316-22211
V. Lecavalier249615-71951
S. Hartnell336915-13120
K. Timonen372911+32001
M. Raffl25279+21400
B. Coburn37347-24002
E. Gustafsson20257+4200
N. Grossmann36077-32100
L. Schenn34314-52700
T. McGinn6303+1400
A. Meszaros17123+02400
A. Hall35112-71100
M. Talbot11112+1200
J. Rosehill22101-45900
Z. Rinaldo37011-99000
C. VandeVelde6011-1200
K. Newbury4011+0700
H. Gill4000-2200
S. Mason2814-9-4638232.35.923
R. Emery123-7-0332863.23.885
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