• Wild's Kuemper Relieves Dubnyk On Wednesday

    News: Darcy Kuemper played the final 23:10 of Wednesday's 6-1 loss to the Blues. He stopped all nine shots he faced.
    Analysis: Darcy Kuemper has been the forgotten since returning from a lower-body injury in late January, logging only three appearances since that time in the wake of Devan Dubnyk's dominance. While Wednesday's game represented a rare poor showing from Dubnyk, who surrendered all six goals on just 17 shots, Kuemper isn't in any position to make a push for the No. 1 gig. Expect Mike Yeo to continue to start Dubnyk for every game of the Wild's postseason run.
  • Wild's Kuemper A Scratch For Thursday

    News: Darcy Kuemper (illness) will not be available for Thursday's playoff opener against the Blues, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
    Analysis: Darcy Kuemper missed Wednesday's practice and Thursday's morning skate due to the illness, which will allow Niklas Backstrom to serve as the understudy to starter Devan Dubnyk for Game 1. Though Kuemper didn't travel with the Wild to St. Louis, he seems to be feeling better and should join the team Friday for practice. If he checks out well during the session, he'd likely be cleared to back up Dubnyk for Saturday's Game 2.
  • Wild's Kuemper Feeling Ill

    News: Darcy Kuemper missed Wednesday's practice with an illness.
    Analysis: Coach Mike Yeo said the illness could prevent Darcy Kuemper from being available to back up Game 1 starter Devan Dubnyk for Thursday's playoff opener against the Blues. If that's the case, Niklas Backstrom would step in to serve as Dubnyk's understudy.
  • Wild's Kuemper Sees Relief Duty Saturday

    News: Darcy Kuemper played the final 20 minutes of Saturday's loss to the Blues, stopping eight of nine shots.
    Analysis: Darcy Kuemper ended the regular season with appearances in each of the Wild's last two games, but that was preceded by nearly a three-month absence in the net. During that time in between, Devan Dubnyk firmly cemented himself as not only the Wild's top goalie, but as one of the league's best netminders, as he finished the season second in the NHL in both GAA and save percentage. Even if the Wild makes a deep run through the postseason, it wouldn't be surprising if Kuemper never left the bench.
  • Wild's Kuemper Makes Triumphant Return

    News: Darcy Kuemper was terrific in his return to the net Thursday, stopping 32 of 34 in a 4-2 win over Nashville.
    Analysis: All he did in his first start since way back on Jan. 20 was outduel Pekka Rinne. A nice regular-season ending for Darcy Kuemper, but it remains to be seen what his role will be in the Minnesota organization going forward with the way the Wild have ridden Devan Dubnyk since acquiring him.
  • Wild's Kuemper Draws Thursday Start

    News: Darcy Kuemper is slated to start Thursday's game against the Predators, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
    Analysis: Darcy Kuemper, who will be making his first start since Jan. 6, will give Devan Dubnyk -- who has made 38 straight starts for the Wild -- a well-deserved breather in the team's next-to-last regular season game. Per the report, Dubnyk is expected to start Saturday's contest against St. Louis, but Kuemper merits consideration Thursday by those looking for an affordable goalie option in daily formats.
  • Wild's Kuemper Could Start Season Finale

    News: Darcy Kuemper could start Minnesota's final regular-season game against St. Louis with the Wild having clinched a playoff spot, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
    Analysis: Darcy Kuemper hasn't played since Jan. 20, with Devan Dubnyk having played every minute in net since then. Kuemper has been inactive most nights as the third goalie, but it looks like he'll finally see the light of day again before the regular season ends.
  • Wild's Kuemper Officially Recalled

    News: Darcy Kuemper was officially recalled from AHL Iowa on Sunday and could start Tuesday, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
    Analysis: Darcy Kuemper had to be recalled at some point before his conditioning stint ended Monday. It appears the team has decided to do so Sunday, and with back-to-back games on tap Monday and Tuesday, Kuemper may receive the start on the back end.
  • Wild's Kuemper Back In NHL By Monday

    News: The Wild plan to recall Darcy Kuemper from his conditioning stint in AHL Iowa by Monday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
    Analysis: It's not clear how the Wild plan to use three goalies, but Darcy Kuemper and Niklas Backstrom will likely be limited to small backup roles with Devan Dubnyk taking over the starting role since coming to the Wild in a trade.
  • Kuemper Ready To Rejoin Wild

    News: Darcy Kuemper is feeling good and is ready to rejoin the Wild in the near future, Chad Groff of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports.
    Analysis: Darcy Kuemper was sent on a conditioning assignment last week, but appears to be ready to finally rejoin the club after missing nearly a month due to a lower-body injury. Players are allowed a maximum of two weeks on a conditioning stint, meaning Kuemper would be need to be added back to the roster by next Monday.