Wild coach Dean Evason thrilled with how 5-game homestand has started

The Minnesota Wild have gone 8-3 in the last three weeks and sit only four points out of first place in the West Division. They beat Vegas Monday night at the ‘X’ for a nice start to this five-game homestand.

A big reason for the success this year is rookie sensation Kirill Kaprizov. Kaprizov leads the team in points with 19. One factor head coach Dean Evason likes about the young Russian is his toughness.

"It doesn’t really matter who it is on your team, you want your guys to stick up for each other and individually you want your guys to stand and be accounted for and for the most part our guys have done a good job of that," said Evason on Tuesday.

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One of the areas the Wild has improved on is scoring in five-on-five situations. Evason wants to see that continue, along with having the power-play take a step forward.

"Getting the defense involved has allowed our team to get scoring opportunities. Games are so tight, guys are so good and sticks are so good, it’s tough to get scoring opportunities in this league. So other players have to be involved to make your team successful," Evason added.

Minnesota will face Vegas on Wednesday for the second game of a five-game homestand.