February 15, 2018 03:26 PM
Washington Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin apparently loves playing in the State of Hockey. Thursday night, the Wild hope to slow what's been an onslaught of goals by the "Great Eight" in recent games in St. Paul.
Ovechkin has hat tricks in his last two games at the Xcel Energy Center, and a total of eight goals in his last three games in St. Paul.
Click the video box on this page to hear Wild players discuss facing Alexander Ovechkin and the Metropolitan Division Washington Capitals, as well as various thoughts on playing ahead of the trade deadline, the Wild's recent dominance at home, the value of a strong backup goalie and the pressure of keeping up amid the tightly-packed Western Conference standings
With Ovechkin's dominance, it makes sense the Wild have had trouble with Washington the last several years. The Capitals have won three straight at the Xcel Energy Center, 8 of 10 games overall against the Wild and 10 of 14 overall dating back to the 2007-2008 season.
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau knows Ovechkin and the Caps well, having spent the first five seasons of his NHL coaching career in Washington. He came up as a coach in the Capitals minor league season. He went 329-201-88 (a .672 win percentage) in Washington and won division titles in each of his first four seasons there.
The Wild enter Thursday night's game 31-19-6. Their 68 points are second-most in franchise history through 56 games. That said, they still find themselves in sixth place in the ultra-competitive Western Conference, and seeded 8th
Created: February 15, 2018 03:26 PM
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