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Matt Cullen admitted that the Minnesota Wild could have given more during their first-round series against the Winnipeg Jets.

The Wild were bounced in five games. This is the third year in a row that they have bowed out in the opening round. "Obviously with our backs against the wall, I think we all expected more and hoped for more," Cullen said. "I think if we could do it all over again, every guy would like to give more." Game 5 could have been the final one of Cullen's lengthy career.
Apr 21 - 10:30 AM

Devan Dubnyk was pulled in Game 5 against Winnipeg after he surrendered four goals on just 10 shots in the first period.

Dubnyk certainly didn't have the performance he was looking for and now Minnesota's season is over. Still, he was great for parts of the series and had a solid regular season with a 35-16-7 record, 2.52 goals-against average and .918 save percentage. Alex Stalock stopped 15 of 16 shots in relief.
Apr 20 - 10:28 PM

Tyler Ennis will be a healthy scratch in Game 5 against the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night.

Ennis has played in just one of the five games this postseason. He had eight goals and 22 points in 73 games during the regular season. Cal O'Reilly, Kurtis Gabriel and Louie Belpedio, Justin Kloos and Nikolas Svedberg will also watch the game from the press box.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 20 - 7:21 PM

Devan Dubnyk will get the start in Game 5 against Winnipeg on Friday night.

This is a do-or-die game for the Wild, as one more loss will eliminate them from the playoffs. Dubnyk has a 1-3 record with a 2.54 goals-against-average and a .930 save percentage this postseason.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 20 - 6:10 PM

Ryan Murphy will make his NHL playoff debut in Game 5 on Friday night versus Winnipeg.

Murphy will take Carson Soucy's spot alongside Nate Prosser on Minnesota's third defense pairing. "There's just more experience in (Murphy)," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "He's an offensive player, and we can use him on the power play."
Apr 20 - 10:44 AM

Jason Zucker scored 33 goals during the regular season, but he has not lit the lamp through four playoff games.

Zucker does not even have a point in Minnesota's first-round series versus Winnipeg. "All that means nothing if I'm not performing in the playoffs," he said. "And right now I'm not. ... I haven't been doing that so far (in the postseason). That's what it comes down to. I need to be better. I know I can be better."
Apr 20 - 10:38 AM

Nino Niederreiter is looking for his first point of Minnesota's first-round series versus Winnipeg.

Niederreiter has six shots and nine hits in four games during the series. He registered 18 goals and 32 points in 63 contests during the regular season. Minnesota needs him to start producing, as they are one loss away from being eliminated in the opening round.
Apr 19 - 10:06 AM

Charlie Coyle has not generated a point in Minnesota's first-round series against Winnipeg.

Coyle has been credited with five hits and seven shots through four 2018 postseason games. He had 11 goals and 37 points in 66 appearances during the regular season. The Wild need more from him if they are going to extend their series against the Jets to a sixth game.
Apr 19 - 10:02 AM

Devan Dubnyk allowed one goal on 27 shots in Tuesday's 2-0 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.

Dubnyk can't be blamed on Mark Scheifele's first-period goal, as it was a great shot from the slot. Unfortunately for the Wild, they couldn't muster any offense in Game 4. Dubnyk now has a 1-3 record with a 2.54 goals-against-average and a .930 save percentage this season. The Wild have now backed themselves into a corner. They can no longer afford to lose any more games in this series, or they'll be packing their bags for the summer. They now trail the best-of-seven series 3-1. Game 5 will be played in Winnipeg on Friday night.
Apr 17 - 11:14 PM

Eric Staal and the Minnesota Wild were blanked 2-0 in Tuesday's loss to the Winnipeg Jets.

The Wild were able to keep the game close, but they were never able to solve Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck. To make matters worse for Staal, he also took a nasty cross-check to the head from Josh Morrissey that went uncalled by the officials. The veteran finished the night with a minus-1 rating and three shots on goal in 20:12 of ice time. The 33-year-old has one goal and one assist in four postseason games. The Wild now find themselves down 3-1 in this best-of-seven series. A loss in Winnipeg on Friday night would end Minnesota's season.
Apr 17 - 11:02 PM

Ryan Murphy will be a healthy scratch in Game 4 against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.

Murphy had two goals and three assists in 21 games during the regular season. He hasn't dressed for any of the playoff games this year. Louie Belpedio, Kyle Rau, Kurtis Gabriel, Justin Kloos and Niklas Svedberg will also serve as healthy scratches.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 17 - 7:49 PM

Tyler Ennis will be in the lineup for Game 4 on Tuesday night.

Ennis will get to play in his first game of the series because Zach Parise is out with a fractured sternum. He contributed eight goals and 22 points in 73 matches during the regular season.
Apr 17 - 4:39 PM

Zach Parise will reportedly be sidelined for six-to-eight weeks with a broken sternum.

Parise was hurt late in Game 3 versus Winnipeg on Sunday night. He was limited to just 42 games during the regular season because of a back injury. Parise was red hot going into the playoffs and he was playing well in the postseason prior to getting hurt. He just can't seem to catch a break.
Apr 17 - 4:21 PM

Zach Parise is considered to be week-to-week due to a fractured sternum.

Parise was injured in Game 3 on Sunday against Winnipeg and won't play in Tuesday's contest. This is a significant blow to the Wild. Parise had scored a goal in each of the first three games of the series.
Apr 17 - 4:14 PM

Devan Dubnyk will be in goal for Tuesday's Game 4 matchup versus Winnipeg.

Dubnyk got his first win of the series on Sunday when he stopped 29 of the 31 shots he faced. He posted a 3.03 goals-against average against the Jets in the postseason, but he has an impressive .922 save percentage.
Apr 17 - 3:35 PM


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