Bonino scored a power-play goal on five shots Wednesday in a 3-2 win over the Ducks. He also won 15 of 26 faceoffs (57.7 percent). Bonino won an offensive-zone faceoff in the second period and beat Ryan Miller with a wrist shot right from the dot, extending Minnesota's lead to 2-0. It was Bonino's first goal in a Wild uniform after he had been held without a point in each of his first three contests. The 32-year-old, acquired via trade from Nashville in the offseason, hasn't reached the 20-goal mark since 2013-14 with Anaheim, but he could be a useful waiver wire addition if he can continue to take advantage of his power-play time.
Bonino posted an assist and a plus-2 rating while skating in 18:18 of ice time in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win over the Kings. The 32-year-old collected his first point of the season Saturday, and first as a member of the Wild, after he was acquired from the Predators this offseason. Not only has Bonino shored up center ice in the early going on the defensive end, he's also added some offense, including averaging 3:13 of power-play ice time through the first two games. Look for Bonino to surge to at least a modest half-point per game this season if he continues to see opportunities in a top-six role and on the power play.
Bonino was traded to the Wild from the Predators on Wednesday along with two draft picks in exchange for Luke Kunin and another pick, reports the Wild's official site. The Wild needed to shore up center ice and that's where they've focused, both at the draft and in trade. Bonino drives play and is a great fit for the middle six in Minnesota.
Bonino scored a goal on two shots in Monday's 8-3 loss to the Oilers. Bonino ended a four-game mini slump with the tally Monday. He's at 18 goals, 35 points, 100 shots and a plus-17 rating in 63 appearances. He's not likely to surge to match his career high of 49 points from 2013-14, but the 31-year-old center could still reach the 40-point threshold.
Bonino (illness) was held without a point or a shot on goal in Tuesday's 3-2 win over Ottawa. Bonino was back in the lineup after missing the two previous games but had a rather uneventful night in his 15:14 of playing time. The 31-year-old is without a goal since Feb. 8, a six-game dry spell, and is stuck on 34 points through 60 games.
Last 7 Games
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