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Matt Cooke | Winger

Team: Minnesota Wild
Age / DOB:  (36) / 9/7/1978
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 216
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It appears as if Matt Cooke has recovered enough from his hip injury to play for the Minnesota Wild against the Nashville Predators on Saturday.
Cooke has been sidelined since Oct. 28. He enjoyed an unusually strong start to the 2014-15 season from an offensive perspective, scoring six points in eight games despite an average of just 11:13 TOI. He's only hit 40+ points once in his career, so the pest is unlikely to replicate those results over a full season. Dec 20 - 12:47 PM

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Matt Cooke (hip) may be back in the lineup on Saturday.

His second practice in seven and a half weeks will take place on Friday, but coach Mike Yeo doesn't see that as much of a problem. "In a perfect world, we'd probably have a little bit more time and a little bit more practice," said Minnesota's bench boss. "But it's not like he hasn't been skating. He's been skating for a long time. At some point, we've got to throw him right into the fire and work out some of the kinks." Cooke hasn't played since Oct. 28 because of a hip flexor problem.
Dec 19 - 10:32 AM

Matt Cooke (hip) took part in the Wild's practice on Monday.

Cooke hasn't played since Oct. 28. "It's been a lot longer process than anyone would have liked, including myself," he said. His return isn't imminent and it's too early to say with any confidence where he will fit into the lineup when he is able to play. It wouldn't be shocking though if he ends up on the fourth line.
Dec 15 - 1:30 PM

Don't expect Matt Cooke to return to the Minnesota lineup anytime soon.

Despite the fact that he is skating, Cooke is still weeks away from returning to action as he still needs more rehab and conditioning following a hip injury. Cooke has been sidelined since October 28th.
Dec 6 - 1:45 PM

Matt Cooke (hip) skated on his own Tuesday because he was feeling under the weather.

He might be back with his teammates on Wednesday morning. "He's starting to step it up a little bit," coach Mike Yeo said. "We'll see where this goes. I think we'll have a little better idea in the next couple days as far as how much he pushes and how much it responds." Cooke has been sidelined since Oct. 28 due to a hip flexor.
Dec 3 - 10:01 AM

Matt Cooke (lower body) is projected to skate Tuesday in Minnesota.

He will sit out for a 12th consecutive game on Monday because of a reported a hip flexor injury. Coach Mike Yeo will be happy when Cooke is back. "We can feel the loss of him in our lineup, just as far as his board work, his controlling pucks in the offensive zone, his penalty killing, his physicality and his speed," the Wild coach said. "We've definitely felt his absence."
Nov 24 - 6:49 PM

Matt Cooke (lower body) hopes to resume skating after Minnesota's road trip is over.

The last game of the trip is at Florida on Monday night. Cooke is with his teammates, but he's been unable to play Oct. 28 due to a lower-body injury.
Nov 20 - 6:03 PM

Matt Cooke will sit out Thursday's game because of a lower-body injury.

Coach Mike Yeo said that Cooke has been dealing with the the issue for a few games. Cooke has two goals, three assists and a plus-4 rating in his past five contests, so his lingering ailment wasn't bothering his work on the scoresheet. Consider him day-to-day.
Oct 30 - 3:34 PM

Matt Cooke scored a goal and an assist for the Minnesota Wild Monday night in the team's 5-4 loss to the Rangers in New York.

The Wild was up 3-0 entering the third period before the Rangers scored all five of their goals. Cooke's goal was his second of the season. Also scoring for Minnesota were Nate Prosser, his first of the season, Jason Pominville (third) and Jason Zucker (fifth). Justin Fontaine picked up two points for the Wild with two assists, giving him three on the season.
Oct 27 - 10:16 PM

Ryan Suter registered an assist and played a game-high 32:50 in Minnesota’s 2-1 loss to Los Angeles on Sunday.

32:50 is a season-high for Suter. The 29-year-old got an assist on Matt Cooke’s third period goal. Even though Minnesota has struggled to score of late, Suter is having himself a very good season. He has one goal and three assists in four games this year. The Wild outshot the Kings 41-16, but Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick got the better of Minnesota.
Oct 19 - 6:04 PM

While Matt Cooke avoided retribution for his hit on Tyson Barrie in the Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild opener, it's plausible that Saturday could bring about such "justice."

That might actually make Cooke a potential source of solid PIM and hits, although it's virtually certain that you'll have better options on a Saturday in which every NHL team plays.
Oct 11 - 5:22 PM

Look for Matt Cooke to get a rough ride in Denver Saturday night.

The Wild play the Avalanche in Denver for the first time since Cooke injured Tyson Barrie with a knee-on-knee collision which sidelined the talented defenseman for the rest of the playoffs and crippled the Avs' chances of advancing. We expect the Colorado faithful to be out in fine form and boo Cooke mercilessly. It should be interesting to watch how Cooke responds now that he is playing on Minnesota's second line.
Oct 11 - 1:05 PM

Matt Cooke collected an assist in Minnesota's 2-1 overtime loss to Chicago in Game 6 on Tuesday night.

He also posted three hits and earned two minutes in the sin bin for a boarding play on Johnny Oduya. Cooke was also a step or two behind Patrick Kane, who ended up scoring the game winner on a strange bounce in overtime.
May 14 - 8:24 AM

Matt Cooke, who returned from a seven-game suspension Friday, played very well against the Blackhawks.

In fact, an argument can be made that he was one of the better Minnesota players in the 4-2 win. Cooke was all over the ice registering five hits, blocking thee shots and separating the Hawks from the puck time and time again. He also registered an assist as he stole the puck from Michal Roszival that led to Justin Fontaine's first-period goal. Overall, a very strong game for Cooke.
May 10 - 12:19 PM

Matt Cooke is looking forward to returning from his seven-game suspension on Friday.

Cooke is projected to play alongside Erik Haula and Justin Fontaine. "I've been ready to go since I haven't been able to play, so the time is finally here and I just want to go out and battle with my teammates," Cooke said. "I've got a lot of praise for the guys in this room. They've done a great job, battling with adversity, up in games, down in games, tough travel. They've done a great job and I’m just thankful that I get a chance to go out and play with them again." Not surprisingly, Cooke plans to maintain his physical game despite the suspension.
May 9 - 4:26 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Mikko Koivu
2Mikael Granlund
3Erik Haula
4Kyle Brodziak
5Ryan Carter
LW1Zach Parise
2Jason Zucker
3Matt Cooke
4Justin Fontaine
RW1Jason Pominville
2Thomas Vanek
3Nino Niederreiter
4Charlie Coyle
D1Ryan Suter
2Jonas Brodin
3Jared Spurgeon
4Marco Scandella
5Keith Ballard
6Christian Folin
7Justin Falk
8Stu Bickel
9Nate Prosser
G1Darcy Kuemper
2Niklas Backstrom