Player News - Wild

Date: Team: Pos:
Mike Yeo - C - Wild

The Minnesota Wild power play has struggled mightily this season.

The Wild went 0 for 3 on the man advantage last night to bring their season total to 6 for 62 (9.7%), which is good for 28th in the NHL. "There’s a lot of guys that are there based on what they’ve done in the past, and every coach is going to operate like that," coach Mike Yeo said. "But it comes to the point that what you’ve done also involves this season, too." Minnesota also failed to convert on a 6-on-4 power play late in the third period of their 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay and Yeo was not happy with his team passing up shots. "For a team that hasn’t scored a lot of goals on the road, we seem to be willing to pass up opportunities to shoot a puck on a scoring chance," Yeo said.
Nov 23 - 9:18 AM

Zach Parise was the only Wild player to solve Ben Bishop in the Wild’s 2-1 loss to the Lightning on Saturday night.

Parise’s goal was the first of the game, and it came at 3:11 of the second period. He also had five shots on a goal, a team-high. Parise has seven goals and 13 points in 14 games this season. The high-motor player is on pace for his sixth 30-goal season, and could eclipse the 70-point mark, too. Thomas Vanek got the assist on the goal.
Nov 22 - 10:21 PM

Darcy Kuemper gave up two goals on 28 shots in the Wild’s 2-1 loss to the Lightning on Saturday night.

Both goals came in the second period, less than five minutes apart. Kuemper hit a little rough patch a few weeks ago, but he has found his rhythm again. He hasn’t given up more than two goals since Nov. 8. Kuemper sports a 2.03 goals-against average and .919 save percentage.
Nov 22 - 10:20 PM

Stu Bickel will be a healthy scratch Saturday night against Tampa.

He was called up Thursday but only played 2:04 in the 3-2 win over Philly and will now sit in the press box. You can't get penalty minutes if you don't get on the ice. Bickel is therefore worthless from a fantasy perspective.
Nov 22 - 2:19 PM

Look for Mikael Granlund to be reunited with Zach Parise and Jason Pomminville on Minnesota's top line Saturday night against Tampa.

This could be a dangerous unit. Needless to say, make sure Granlund, Parise and Pomminville are active for Saturday night's contest.
Nov 22 - 2:14 PM

Mikko Koivu is expected to play Saturday night against the Lightning.

He seems to be over an illness that kept him out of Friday's practice. Make sure you have Koivu, who likely skate alongside Nino Niederreiter and Justin Fontaine, active for Saturday night's contest.
Nov 22 - 2:08 PM

Darcy Kuemper will get the start against Tampa Saturday night.

Not exactly a shock. Kuemper started very strong this season, had a bit of a swoon but has righted the ship in recent games. He is coming off an impressive 37-save, 3-2 win over Philly. Keep riding him.
Nov 22 - 2:05 PM

Mikko Koivu is dealing with an illness.

Koivu missed Friday's practice as a result, but he's still a possibility for Saturday's contest. He has gotten off to a slow start this season with two goals and five points in 18 games.
Nov 21 - 2:05 PM

Jason Zucker scored the game-winning goal in a 3-2 victory against Philadelphia on Thursday.

His sixth goal of the year crossed the goal line with just 45.4 seconds left in the third period. Zucker snapped a 10-game goalless drought with the marker.
Nov 21 - 11:04 AM

Darcy Kuemper backstopped the Wild to a 3-2 win over Philadelphia on Thursday night by making 37 saves on 39 shots.

Kuemper is keeping up with his phenomenal start and is a reliable option in Minnesota's net. He has a 9-5 record with a 2.03 goals against average and .918 save percentage. Kuemper let Claude Giroux tie the game on Thursday with just three and a half minutes remaining in the third period, but Jason Zucker's last-minute goal propelled the WIld to their fourth straight victory.
Nov 20 - 11:27 PM

Nino Niederreiter scored a goal and added an assist in Minnesota's 3-2 win over Philadelphia on Thursday night.

The 22-year-old Swiss standout now has nine goals and 12 points so far through 18 games this season. He has six points in his last four and seems to be a shoe-in to break the 40 point plateau for the first time.
Nov 20 - 11:21 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

Darcy Kuemper will get the start against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.

The 24-year-old has a record of 8-5-0 this season with a 2.03 goals-against-average and a 9.14 save percentage. He has collected a win in back-to-back games.
Nov 20 - 5:57 PM

Kyle Brodziak will be a healthy scratch in Minnesota's game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.

Brodziak will be replaced by Stu Bickel. The 30-year-old has scored three goals and four points in 12 games this season.
Nov 20 - 5:53 PM

Stu Bickel will enter Minnesota's lineup on Thursday night.

Bickel was called up by the Wild earlier this month and has played in one game for them this season. The 28-year-old will take Kyle Brodziak's place in the lineup.
Nov 20 - 5:47 PM

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