Fiala has no points and 13 shots while averaging 20:01 of ice time through two games this season. Coming off a career-highs in goals (23), assists (31) and points (54) last season, it's a bit concerning to see Fiala get off to a slow start this campaign. Coach Dean Evason clearly has confidence in the 24-year-old, as Fiala as averaged 5:41 of power-play time this season. Expect the points to start flowing as Fiala continues to see time in a top-six role and on the team's top power-play unit.
Fiala (undisclosed), as expected, practiced with the team Tuesday, Jessi Pierce of The Athletic reports. While the Wild were bounced in the opening round of the 2020 postseason, Fiala ended the campaign on a hot streak with 17 goals and 13 helpers in his final 22 games of the year (including the playoffs). The Swiss winger will look to carry that into the upcoming season and will no doubt be tasked with increased responsibilities on the power play with Mats Zuccarello (arm) sidelined.
Fiala (undisclosed) didn't practice with his teammates in camp Monday but did some individual work afterwards, Jessi Pierce of Minnesota Hockey Journal reports. Per Pierce, coach Dean Evason labeled Fiala's absence from the main session as precautionary. With 10 days to go before the Wild's season opener, Fiala has plenty of time to recover from whatever's bothering him, and his ability to participate in some capacity at the end suggests he could be close to a return.
Fiala notched an assist, four shots on goal and two PIM in Friday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Canucks in Game 4. Fiala finished the series with three tallies and a helper, as well as 19 shots and 10 PIM. The 24-year-old winger has thrived under head coach Dean Evason, with a career-high 54 points (23 goals, 31 assists) in 64 outings in the 2019-20 regular season.
Fiala scored two goals on six shots and went plus-2 in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Canucks in Game 2. Fiala scored twice in the final 2:29 of the contest, cutting the deficit to one goal, but the Wild still took the loss. The Swiss winger has been in fine form to start the series, with three goals and 11 shots in two games.
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