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Wild's Filip Gustavsson: Starting Tuesday
Gustavsson will defend the road goal Tuesday against Calgary, per Dylan Loucks of The Hockey News.
Gustavsson has won his past two outings, having stopped 49 of 51 shots. He has provided a 4-6-2 record this season with a 3.46 GAA and an .891 save percentage over 13 games played. The Flames rank 21st in the league this campaign with 2.96 goals per contest.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Dakota Mermis: Called up from minors
Mermis was recalled from AHL Iowa on Monday, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Mermis will flip places with forward Vinni Lettieri, who was sent down to the minors in a corresponding move. Mermis will serve as an emergency depth option after Zach Bogosian (upper body) was out versus Chicago on Sunday. Barring another injury concern on the blue line, Mermis is unlikely to get into the lineup during the Wild's four-game road trip.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Brock Faber: Grabs two apples
Faber picked up a pair of helpers in a 4-1 win over Chicago on Sunday.
Faber brought a four-game pointless streak to a close with his first multi-point effort of the 2023-24 campaign. The defenseman remains mired in a 21-game goal drought after failing to score since Opening Night against the Panthers. With 10 points in 22 games to open his rookie campaign, Faber should be capable of challenging for the 30-point threshold.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Vinni Lettieri: Sent back to minors
Lettieri was assigned to AHL Iowa on Sunday.
Lettieri sat as a healthy scratch in Sunday's 4-1 win over Chicago prior to returning to the minors. In 13 NHL contests this campaign, he has registered two goals, one assist, 15 shots on net and 12 hits.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Mats Zuccarello: Three-point effort Sunday
Zuccarello scored an even-strength goal and added two assists, one on the power play, in Sunday's 4-1 win over Chicago.
The 36-year-old winger extended his point streak to nine games with the performance, a stretch in which Zuccarello has amassed three goals and 13 points. He's become a point-a-game player late in his career while skating alongside Kirill Kaprizov, and the addition of skilled rookie Marco Rossi to the unit under new bench boss John Hynes might even allow Zuccarello to find another gear.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Marco Rossi: Lights lamp twice in Sunday's win
Rossi scored two goals, one the game-winner on the power play, in Sunday's 4-1 victory over Chicago.
In a matchup of top rookies, Rossi got the better of Connor Bedard as he potted Minnesota's first two goals of the game in the first period. Rossi's eight tallies on the season is second among rookies to Bedard's 11, and new head coach John Hynes has the 22-year-old skating on the Wild's top line between Kirill Kaprizov and Mats Zuccarello. Rossi's 14 points in 22 contests is already solid, but he could take his production to another level if he hangs onto that assignment.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Marc-Andre Fleury: Sharp in fourth win
Fleury stopped 28 of 29 shots in Sunday's 4-1 win over Chicago.
Taylor Raddysh spoiled his shutout bid with a power-play tally midway through the third period, but Fleury's return to the win column was never in much doubt. The veteran netminder hadn't picked up a victory since Nov. 7, and he's evened his record at 4-4-2 with a 3.21 GAA and an .884 save percentage. While new bench boss John Hynes has made some lineup changes, Fleury will likely continue to back up Filip Gustavsson in the Minnesota crease.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Zach Bogosian: Considered day-to-day
Bogosian (upper body) is considered day-to-day ahead of Tuesday's game against Calgary, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Bogosian missed Sunday's tilt against Chicago after suffering an injury during Saturday's practice. If he's still unavailable Tuesday, the team is expected to send Vinni Lettieri back to AHL Iowa and recall Dakota Mermis or Daemon Hunt.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Marc-Andre Fleury: Facing Chicago
Fleury will patrol the home crease Sunday against Chicago, according to Joe Smith of The Athletic.
Fleury has surrendered 15 goals on 89 shots during his three-game winless skid. In nine games this season, he has posted a 3-4-2 record with a 3.46 GAA and an .875 save percentage. The Blackhawks rank 30th in the league this campaign with 2.50 goals per contest.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Zach Bogosian: Not warming up Sunday
Bogosian (upper body) is not warming up prior to Sunday's game against Chicago, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Bogosian left Saturday's practice early with an upper-body injury, and it appears he'll now be held out of Sunday's contest. The veteran blueliner has an assist, 14 hits and 11 blocked shots in nine games with the Wild following a trade from Tampa Bay. Jon Merrill should slot back into the lineup in Bogosian's absence.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Ryan Hartman: Eligible to return Sunday
Hartman has served his two-match ban and will be available to face Chicago on Sunday.
Prior to his suspension, Hartman was mired in a seven-game goalless streak during which he registered 17 shots and one assist. Considering the Blackhawks are allowing 3.71 goals per game (second most in the league), Sunday's contest could offer a good opportunity for Hartman to rediscover his scoring touch. With Hartman back in the lineup, Vinni Lettieri could be headed back to AHL Iowa.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Filip Gustavsson: Holds Predators to one goal
Gustavsson saved 26 of 27 shots in a 6-1 win over Nashville on Thursday.
Gustavsson's shutout bid was ended by Juuso Parssinen early in the third period, but the goaltender still earned his second straight victory. He improved to 4-6-2 with a 3.46 GAA and an .891 save percentage in 13 contests this season. While Gustavsson's overall numbers still leave plenty to be desired, Marc-Andre Fleury has struggled too this year, so the No. 1 job is still wide open in Minnesota for either goaltender to snatch if one gets hot.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Jacob Middleton: Scores game-winning goal Thursday
Middleton netted a goal in a 6-1 win over Nashville on Thursday.
Middleton's marker, which came midway through the first period, put Minnesota up 2-0 and proved to be the game-winner. That gives him four goals and 10 points in 21 contests this year. Middleton's offensive contributions have trickled in throughout the campaign -- he hasn't had a scoring streak of more than two games in 2023-24.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Patrick Maroon: Collects goal Thursday
Maroon supplied a goal in a 6-1 win over Nashville on Thursday.
Maroon found the back of the net early in the second period to extend the Wild's lead to 4-0. It was his third goal and 11th point in 21 games this season. He's already closing in on his 2022-23 total of 14 points in 80 contests with Tampa Bay last season, and that increase in production is likely thanks to him averaging 13:38 of ice time as a member of the Wild in 2023-24, up from 10:21 last year.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Connor Dewar: Leads Wild with hat trick
Dewar had a hat trick and an assist in Minnesota's 6-1 win over Nashville on Thursday.
This wasn't just Dewar's first career hat trick, it was also the first multi-goal game he's recorded at the NHL level. Going into Thursday's contest, he had just 10 goals through 136 career NHL outings, including two markers and an assist in 20 contests this year. In other words, he more than doubled his goal and point totals for the 2023-24 campaign in a single night. While it's a great story, Dewar serves primarily in a fourth-line role and rarely sees time on the power play, so unless that changes, the 24-year-old is still unlikely to be a significant offensive contributor this season.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Kirill Kaprizov: Supplies two points Thursday
Kaprizov provided a power-play goal and registered an assist in Minnesota's 6-1 win over Nashville on Thursday.
Of Kaprizov's seven goals this season, five of them have been scored with the man advantage. His lack of even-strength tallies helps explain why he's currently on pace for just 27 markers after finishing with at least 40 in each of his previous two campaigns. In those past two seasons, 31 of his 87 goals were scored on the power play. Kaprizov should eventually start to do better at even strength, but in the meantime, he also has 13 assists this year, which brings him up to a solid 20 points through 21 contests.... See More ... See Less