Player News - Wild

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Chris Stewart picked up two assists in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings.

The 27-year-old has been criticized for his lack of consistency in the last few years but he has been effective since being acquired by Minnesota. Stewart has nine points in 14 games since joining the Wild and he has found chemistry with linemates Nino Niederreiter and Mikko Koivu. Stewart finished the game with a plus-3 rating, five penalty minutes, two hits and a takeaway.
Mar 29 - 10:07 AM

Nino Niederreiter scored two goals in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings.

The line of Niederreiter, Mikko Koivu and Chris Stewart was excellent on Saturday. Each player finished with a plus-3 rating and the group combined for four goals and three assists in the game. Niederreiter opened the scoring early in the first period and his second goal gave Minnesota a two-goal lead late in the third period. The 22-year-old has 24 goals and 37 points in 75 games this season.
Mar 29 - 10:01 AM
Mike Yeo - C - Wild

With Saturday's 4-1 win over Los Angeles, the Minnesota Wild now find themselves in third place in the NHL's Central Division.

Minnesota is just one point ahead of the Chicago Blackhawks in the division, but the ground they have made up is incredible. On January 27th, the Hawks had a 16-point lead over the Wild, who were in 12th position in the Western Conference at the time. Mike Yeo and his group of players have really turned things around and a big reason for that has been goaltending. Devan Dubnyk has been outstanding since being acquired from Arizona. "You look at what we’ve done lately, there’s no reason why our group should not feel good and be confident," Yeo said. "It’s ongoing. You can lose it as quickly as you can gain it, but we have it right now. Our guys are doing the job."
Mar 29 - 9:56 AM

Mikko Koivu scored twice and added an assist as the Wild took down the Kings 4-1 on Saturday night.

Koivu is not the same offensive player he once was, but he’s on a bit of a hot streak right now with four goals and six points over his past five games. On the year, he has 14 goals and 47 points in 76 games. Nino Niederreiter netted two goals in the win, to give him 24 on the year. Chris Stewart picked up two helpers.
Mar 28 - 10:58 PM

Devan Dubnyk stopped 31 of 32 shots in the Wild’s 4-1 win over the Kings on Saturday night.

Dubnyk was making his 35th consecutive start (34th in a row with the Wild), and he does not appear to be wearing down. He is 26-6-1 with Minnesota now, boasting a 2.05 goals-against average and .930 save percentage on the season. He has transformed Minnesota into a contender in the West, though they will certainly have to improve their slipping possession numbers to make a deep run.
Mar 28 - 10:57 PM

Center Kyle Brodziak will miss another game Saturday night when the Minnesota Wild entertain the Los Angeles Kings.

Brodziak will miss his third game with upper-body tightness. Minnesota coach Mike Yeo, however, says Brodziak likely will be returning to practice next week. Broziak has nine goals and 20 points in 67 games this season.
Mar 28 - 5:44 PM

Ryan Carter will be back in the Minnesota lineup against Los Angeles Saturday night.

He has been out for 22 games with a shoulder injury but is ready to go. Despite the fact this will help the Wild, Carter has no fantasy value.
Mar 28 - 1:40 PM

Mikael Granlund, who has struggled in the faceoff circle all season, finally had a good game in the dot.

He won 10 of 14 draws against the Flames Friday night. Minnesota Mike Yeo loves Granlund's skill and overall game and the young center could be a star in this league if he just improves his sub-par faceoff skills. Perhaps all the work Granlund is putting in at practice against faceoff guru Mikko Koivu is finally beginning to pay off.
Mar 28 - 1:31 PM

Jason Zucker continues to progress in his recovery from surgery to repair a broken collarbone.

He's now skating and shooting pucks with the other injured Wild players and has looked good doing it. That said, Zucker is not expected back in action until May 7th at the earliest. The Wild would have to advance a few rounds in the playoffs for Zucker to play again this season.
Mar 28 - 1:28 PM

It should come as no surprise that Devan Dubnyk will get the start in the Minnesota net against the Kings Saturday night.

We've run out of things to say about Dubnyk. Just start him.
Mar 28 - 1:25 PM

The Minnesota Wild are sitting Sean Bergenheim in favor of Ryan Carter on Saturday.

The Wild's trade acquisition has just one point in 15 games since joining the Minnesota, so it's no stunner that he's sitting during Saturday's game.
Mar 28 - 12:38 PM

Devan Dubnyk stopped 23 of 25 shots in Friday's 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames.

Dubnyk has been incredible since being acquired from Arizona and this latest stretch has been no different. The 28-year-old has now won six of his last seven games. Dubnyk has now surrendered two goals or less in three consecutive games. His record improves to 34-11-3 on the season and he has just six regulation losses as a member of the Wild.
Mar 27 - 10:55 PM

Zach Parise scored a goal in Friday's 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames.

Parise's goal at the 11:46 mark of the third period extended Minnesota's lead to 4-1. The 30-year-old has now hit the 30-goal mark for the sixth time in his career. Parise continues to be the offensive leader for the Wild and they will need him to be at his best if they want to make a run in the playoffs. Matt Dumba, Thomas Vanek and Mikko Koivu also scored for Minnesota. Parise now has 58 points in 68 games this season.
Mar 27 - 10:42 PM

Ryan Carter was activated from the injury reserve on Friday and took part of warm-ups, but will officially be a healthy scratch against the Flames.

Carter hasn't played since Feb. 9th, a span of 22 games, due to a shoulder injury. He's had a nice season as a bottom-line forward, posting 13 points, 53 PIMs, and 70 blocks through 48 games.
Mar 27 - 7:42 PM

Christian Folin, Niklas Backstrom, and Ryan Carter will each sit out Friday night's contest with the Calgary Flames.

This will be Folin's fourth straight game in the stands, he's posted just 10 points, 39 blocks, and 46 hits over 39 games from the blue line. Carter however is nearing a return from his shoulder injury. He's accumulated 13 points, 53 PIMs, and 70 hits over 48 games this season. Unfortunately, none of these three players possess much fantasy value.
Source: Dan Myers
Mar 27 - 6:53 PM


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