How about those running Wild, anyway?

Wild 2, Sabres 1

* Wild: won 3 in row, allowing 1 goal in each game

* Sabres: winless in their 1st 7 games this season (lost tonight vs Wild), marking just the 3rd time in team history that Buffalo has gone winless in each of its 1st 7 games of a season-- other 2 are 1990-91 and 1999-2000

* Sabres: 2nd team in last 3 seasons (and 2nd in last 15 years) to go as many as 7 games into a season scoring 2 goals or fewer in every game (Blue Jackets had a 7-game streak to start 2011-12)

* Jason Pominville (MIN)): goal in 1st game back in Buffalo (scored 185 goals in 9 seasons with Sabres)

* FROM ELIAS: Pominville is the 3rd player to score the GW goal in his 1st game against Buffalo as a former Sabre (Darrin Shannon for Winnipeg in December 1991 and Alexander Mogilny for Vancouver in March 1996)

Capitals 4, Oilers 2

* Alex Ovechkin (WSH): 6th goal of season (in 6th game of season); last season, Ovechkin scored his 6th goal in the 17th game of the season

* Ovechkin (WSH): has scored in 5 of 6 games this season (5 goals in past 4 games vs Oilers)

* Capitals: 4 goals (scored 4 goals in last 3 games combined)

* Oilers: allowed 4+ goals in each road game this season

* FROM ELIAS: Nicklas Backstrom assisted on all 3 of the Capitals’ 2nd-period goals, the 6th time he’s had 3 assists in one period in his 7-season career. That’s two more than any other player since he entered the league in October 2007 (Sidney Crosby, Claude Giroux and Henrik Sedin have each done it 4 times since then)

Red Wings 3, Bruins 2

* Jonas Gustavsson (DET): 28 saves (1st start of season)

* Red Wings goals: Henrik Zetterberg (5), Stephen Weiss (2) & Dan Cleary (1)

* Red Wings: won last 2 games following a 2-game losing streak

* Bruins: lost last 2 home games