Player News - Wild

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Joel Eriksson Ek ended his 50-game goalless drought on Monday afternoon.

Eriksson Ek opened the scoring in a 5-3 win over the New York Islanders with his second goal of the season and his first since Oct. 5. "That was very nice, what I needed. Somebody just threw the puck at me and into the net. ... I would take anything at that point, just something."
Feb 19 - 4:22 PM

Jason Zucker scored a pair of goals in Monday's 5-3 win against the New York Islanders.

Zucker continues to add to his new career-high for goals in a season. He currently has 25 markers through 59 games and has 43 points on the year. Matt Cullen and Tyler Ennis earned a goal and an assist apiece in the contest, while Joel Eriksson Ek also found the back of the net in the win.
Feb 19 - 4:19 PM

Devan Dubnyk blocked 32 shots in a 5-3 win over the Islanders on Monday afternoon.

Dubnyk has a 3-1-1 record in his last five starts. He currently has a 24-11-5 record this season with a 2.61 goals-against average and .919 save percentage.
Feb 19 - 4:11 PM

Devan Dubnyk will start Monday's afternoon matchup against the Islanders.

Dubnyk owns a 23-11-5 record, a 2.60 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage through 41 appearances this season. He has been defeated in his last two outings, but he played well in a 3-2 shootout loss to Anaheim on Saturday.
Feb 19 - 12:35 PM

Joel Eriksson Ek hasn't scored a goal in his last 50 games.

Eriksson Ek's only goal this year came back on Oct. 5 in Minnesota's season opener. He has contributed nine points in 51 matches. "Of course it would be nice to start scoring some goals," he said. "But I'm just trying to play as good as I can every night. I know if I keep playing good, eventually it's going to go my way."
Feb 19 - 12:20 PM

Mikko Koivu scored a goal in the Wild's 3-2 shootout loss to Anaheim on Saturday.

Koivu has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last four games. While he's done relatively well lately, his offensive output has been a disappointment this season. He has nine goals and 31 points in 58 contests, which puts him on pace to finish below 45 points for the first time since the lockout shortened 2013 campaign.
Feb 18 - 8:51 AM

Devan Dubnyk allowed two goals on 31 shots in Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

The Wild trailed 1-0 in the first period, but they jumped ahead 2-1 in the second frame. After Ducks forward Ondrej Kase tied the game in the third period, the Wild went on to lose in the 11th round of the shootout (that's the longest shootout in franchise history). Dubnyk allowed three goals on 11 shots in the shootout. The Wild netminder now has a 23-11-5 record with a 2.60 goals-against-average and a .919 save percentage this season.
Feb 17 - 5:23 PM

Jason Zucker found the back of the net in Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

Zucker's goal at the 7:56 mark of the second period gave the Wild a 2-1 lead at the time. The Wild forward missed on his shootout attempt and Minnesota ended up losing in the 11th round. Zucker finished the game with a plus-2 rating, three shots on goal and two hits in 18:57 of ice time. He's up to 23 goals and 41 points in 58 games this season. Mikko Koivu also scored for the Wild in the defeat.
Feb 17 - 5:12 PM

Chris Stewart will skate on the top line in Saturday's game against Anaheim.

Stewart is taking line rushes with Jason Zucker and Eric Staal. The veteran is getting a nice opportunity after being a healthy scratch in each of Minnesota's last five games. He has eight goals and four assists in 45 games this season.
Feb 17 - 1:45 PM

Matt Cullen (undisclosed) will play in Saturday's game against the Anaheim Ducks.

Cullen missed practice on Friday and it was unclear if he was going to suit up this afternoon. The veteran has five goals and 13 points in 55 games this season. He'll skate on the fourth line with Marcus Foligno and Daniel Winnik.
Feb 17 - 1:42 PM

Devan Dubnyk will get the start in Saturday's game against the Anaheim Ducks.

Dubnyk has just one regulation loss in his last seven decisions (5-1-1). He has a 23-11-4 record with a 2.62 goals-against-average and a .918 save percentage this season.
Feb 17 - 12:03 PM

Matt Cullen didn't take part in the Wild's practice on Friday morning.

Cullen had to take a maintenance day and it's unclear if he'll be available for Saturday's matinee against the Anaheim Ducks. Chris Stewart will take his spot in the lineup if he can't go. Cullen has five goals and 13 points in 55 games this season.
Feb 17 - 9:44 AM

Nino Niederreiter scored a goal in Thursday's 5-2 loss to Washington.

Niederreiter got Minnesota on the board in the third period after the Capitals established a 3-0 lead. He has two goals in seven games since returning from injury this month.
Feb 16 - 11:17 AM

Devan Dubnyk allowed four goals on 26 shots in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Washington Capitals.

Dubnyk managed to keep the Capitals off the scoreboard in the first period, but he allowed two in the middle frame and two more in the third. The Wild netminder now has a 23-11-4 record with a 2.62 goals-against-average and a .918 save percentage this season. This was his first regulation loss since Jan. 25 (six games).
Feb 16 - 12:11 AM

Eric Staal found the back of the net in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals.

Staal's power play tally at the 16:48 mark of the third period cut Minnesota's deficit to 4-2, but that's as close as they'd come to tying the game. The veteran finished the night with a minus-1 rating, two penalty minutes and two shots on goal in 15:37 of ice time. Staal is now riding a five-game point streak. He has 26 goals and 52 points in 57 games this season. Nino Niederreiter also scored a goal for the Wild in the loss.
Feb 16 - 12:05 AM


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