Player News - Wild

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Devan Dubnyk allowed four goals on 27 shots in Saturday’s 4-3 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues.

The loss officially puts an end to Minnesota’s season, as they lost the series in five games. The Wild overcame 2-0 and 3-1 deficits in regulation only to lose on a Magnus Paajarvi goal in overtime. It’s a disappointing way for the Wild’s season to end. They led the Central Division for most of the regular season, but they collapsed over the final few weeks. Dubnyk ends the postseason with a 1-4 record, a 1.86 goals-against-average and a .925 save percentage.
Apr 22 - 8:23 PM

Jason Zucker scored a goal in Saturday’s 4-3 OT loss to the St. Louis Blues.

Zucker gave the Wild some hope, as he was able to tie the game with 5:01 remaining in regulation to force overtime. Unfortunately for the Wild, Blues forward Magnus Paajarvi scored the game-winning goal in overtime to eliminate the Wild in five games. It’s a disappointing ending for Minnesota. The Wild were a great team for most of the season, but they collapsed after the trade deadline. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of changes they make to their roster and/or front office during the off-season. Ryan Suter and Mikko Koivu also scored in the loss.
Apr 22 - 8:22 PM

Eric Staal was taken to hospital after crashing into the boards awkwardly on Saturday afternoon.

It was a scary incident. Staal came into the Blues zone with speed before firing a puck on goal. As he was skating towards the Blues net, his skate caught Jake Allen's pad, which caused him to crash into the boards awkwardly. Staal was down for a while, and he needed help getting off the ice. It's nice to hear he's in stable condition.
Apr 22 - 5:40 PM

Joel Eriksson Ek will be a healthy scratch in Game 5 against St. Louis on Saturday afternoon.

Eriksson Ek has played in three of his team's four playoff games, but he hasn't registered a point during that span. Jordan Schroeder, Christian Folin and Darcy Kuemper will also watch from the press box.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 22 - 3:12 PM

Look for Devan Dubnyk to get the start in Saturday's game against St. Louis.

The Wild will face elimination for the second consecutive game. He has a 1.42 goals-against-average and a .943 save percentage this postseason.
Apr 22 - 11:06 AM

Charlie Coyle believes the Minnesota Wild can push the Blues in their best-of-seven series.

Minnesota was able to cut their deficit to 3-1 in the series thanks to a big win in Game 4. Even though the odds aren't in their favor, Coyle believes his team can make a comeback. "I think it's huge," Coyle said of Minnesota's Game 4 win. "We get that win, and all of a sudden, they're second-guessing. They're still in the driver's seat, but they're second-guessing. The pressure's on, and now they're thinking, 'We're going back home, Game 6; if we lose this one, it's Game 7 back in their barn.' And they're starting to doubt themselves. It's such a mental thing here. That's what you learn as it goes along."
Apr 22 - 10:35 AM

Erik Haula (undisclosed) is ready to return for Game 5 on Saturday.

Haula sustained the injury in Game 2 and then aggravated it by playing in Game 3. He was unable to participate in Wednesday's contest as a result. Haula had 15 goals and 26 points in 72 regular season contests.
Apr 21 - 4:00 PM

Darcy Kuemper (illness) took part in Friday's practice.

Kuemper was scratched in Game 4 because he was battling the disease. Given that he's resumed practicing, he's probably fine to serve as the Wild's backup goaltender in Game 5.
Apr 21 - 2:45 PM

Erik Haula (undisclosed) is questionable for Game 5 on Saturday afternoon.

"I'm hoping he's available," said coach Bruce Boudreau. Haula wasn't able to play Wednesday after he sat out practices before Games 3 and 4 due to an undisclosed injury.
Apr 21 - 10:22 AM

Mike Reilly has joined the Minnesota Wild as part of the team's "Black Aces" squad.

Gustav Olofsson, Alex Tuch, Tyler Graovac, Ryan Carter, Christoph Bertschy, Kurtis Gabriel, Pat Cannone, Zack Mitchell, Sam Anas, Zach Palmquist, Nick Seeler, Hunter Warner, Mike Weber and Steve Michalek were also recalled. Luke Kunin and Carson Soucy are with the big club as well, but they can't play because their contracts do not start until next season. Minnesota also summoned Gustav Bouramman from Sault Ste. Marie of the OHL. They will practice separately from the main group.
Apr 21 - 10:18 AM

Mikko Koivu has earned a nomination for the Selke Trophy.

Surprisingly, he is a first-time finalist. Koivu finished fourth in Selke voting in 2009. He set career-highs in 2016-17 with plus-27 rating and 65 blocked shots, while recording 58 points in 80 games. Koivu will face stiff competition for the award from fellow finalists Boston's Patrice Bergeron and Anaheim's Ryan Kesler.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 20 - 2:50 PM

Martin Hanzal found the back of the net in Wednesday's 2-0 win over St. Louis in Game 4.

He gave the Wild a 2-0 lead late in the second period. It was Hanzal's first point of the series and his first playoff goal since May 7, 2012. He qualified for the postseason just three times with the Coyotes.
Apr 20 - 11:51 AM

Devan Dubnyk blocked 28 shots in a 2-0 win against St. Louis Wednesday night.

Dubnyk returned to his regular season performance when he defeated St Louis in a shutout victory. Dubnyk blanked opponents five times in the regular season. This was his second career playoff shutout. His win forced a game five that will be played in Minnesota on Friday.
Apr 20 - 12:56 AM

Charlie Coyle scored the game-winning goal in a 2-0 victory over the Blues in Game 4.

Both teams had a calculated approach to the game and both goalies were stingy. Coyle’s goal came unassisted at the 16:50 mark of the first. Martin Hanzal added an insurance goal almost a full period later. With the win, the Wild forced a Game 5 back home on Saturday.
Apr 20 - 12:42 AM

Jordan Schroeder will be scratched in Game 4 Wednesday night, as the Wild face elimination, down 3-0 in the series against the Blues.

The undersized winger hasn't dressed yet in the postseason, so this shouldn't come as a big surprise. Joining him in the press box will be defenseman Christian Folin.
Apr 19 - 9:26 PM


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