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Wild's Kyle Masters: Sustains long-term injury
Masters (lower body) is expected to be sidelined for three months after sustaining an injury at the Memorial Cup with WHL Kamloops, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Masters signed his entry-level contract in March and is expected to begin 2023-24 with AHL Iowa. His readiness for the start of the regular season is in doubt, as the long-term nature of his injury will limit his training over the summer. The defenseman was selected 118th overall in 2021.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Samuel Walker: Injured at World Championship
Walker suffered a shoulder injury at the IIHF World Championship in Finland on Friday and is returning back home, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Walker's tournament is over after just one game. Team doctors told him that he will be ready to go for the start of training camp in September. The rookie had a goal and an assist in nine NHL games in his first professional season. Walker also scored 27 times and added 21 helpers in 56 AHL games.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Frederick Gaudreau: Set to undergo surgery
Gaudreau will undergo surgery on an abdominal injury he dealt with for the last four months of the season, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
At this point it isn't clear if Gaudreau will be ready for training camp in September. He picked up 19 goals and 38 points through 82 regular-season contests before adding three goals through six playoff appearances this season.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Marcus Johansson: Signs two-year extension
Johansson signed a two-year, $4 million contract extension with the Wild on Tuesday.
Johansson spent most of the 2022-23 campaign with Washington, picking up 13 goals and 28 points through 60 contests before being traded to Minnesota at the deadline, where he was excellent down the stretch, racking up six goals and 18 points through 20 regular-season contests along with two goals through six playoff appearances. Johansson probably won't be able to maintain that offensive pace with the Wild in 2023-24, but he should remain a solid middle-six contributor for the team over the next two seasons.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Matt Dumba: Dealing with concussion
Dumba suffered a concussion in Game 6 against Dallas on Friday, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Dumba didn't play in the third period of Minnesota's season-ending 4-1 loss to the Stars due to the injury. He spoke to the media Monday, so his recovery appears to be moving in the right direction. Dumba produced 14 points, 81 PIM, 116 blocked shots and 104 hits across 79 regular-season games in 2022-23.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Joel Eriksson Ek: Intends to be ready for camp
Eriksson Ek plans to be ready for training camp in the fall after trying to play through a broken fibula during the postseason, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
Eriksson Ek was injured April 6 against Pittsburgh and logged only one shift in the playoffs during Minnesota's first-round series loss to Dallas. He attempted to play through the injury before opting for surgery. Eriksson Ek produced 23 goals and a career-high 61 points in 78 games during the regular season in 2022-23.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Marc-Andre Fleury: Solid in relief
Fleury stopped the six shots he faced in relief in Minnesota's 4-1 loss to Dallas in Game 6 on Friday.
Filip Gustavsson got the start, but he didn't come out for the third period after surrendering three goals on 26 shots. Fleury did his part in relief, but the Wild were unable to stage a comeback and were ultimately eliminated from the playoffs. Dallas' final goal was scored on an empty net. Fleury wasn't charged with the loss, so he'll finish the 2023 playoffs with a 0-1 record, 5.55 GAA and .811 save percentage in two outings.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Filip Gustavsson: Pulled in Game 6
Gustavsson allowed three goals on 26 shots before being pulled in a 4-1 loss to Dallas in Game 6 on Friday.
Gustavsson surrendered a goal in the first frame and two more in the second period. With the Wild down 3-0, Marc-Andre Fleury stepped in for the third frame, but Minnesota's comeback attempt failed. The Wild have been eliminated from the playoffs, and Gustavsson, who was charged with the loss Friday, finished with a 2-3 record, 2.33 GAA and a .921 save percentage in five postseason outings this year.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Frederick Gaudreau: Scores goal in loss to Dallas
Gaudreau provided a goal in Minnesota's 4-1 loss to Dallas in Game 6 on Friday.
Gaudreau found the back of the net midway through the third period, but that merely reduced Dallas' lead to 3-1. Minnesota has been eliminated from the playoffs, in large part because the Wild managed just three goals over the final three contests of the first-round series, though Gaudreau did his part, supplying two of the tallies in that span. He finished with three goals and three points in six postseason games overall this year. That's pretty solid considering Gaudreau finished the regular season with 19 markers and 38 points in 82 outings.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Matt Dumba: Suffers injury Friday
Dumba (upper body) was injured Friday against the Stars, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Dumba posted a minus-2 rating and three hits through 15:11 of ice time Friday. The Wild were eliminated from the playoffs, and Dumba is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. He tallied just 14 points in 79 games during the regular season.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Joel Eriksson Ek: Won't return Friday
Eriksson Ek (lower body) will miss Game 6 against Dallas on Friday, per Michael Russo of The Athletic.
Eriksson Ek was also unavailable for the Wild's previous two contests because of the injury. He had 23 goals and 61 points in 78 outings during the regular season. When Eriksson Ek's ready to return, he'll likely serve in a top-six capacity and see time on the power play.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Mats Zuccarello: Expected to play Friday
Zuccarello (undisclosed) is on the ice for warmups and is expected to play Friday against Dallas, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Zuccarello missed some practice sessions but he'll be in his usual top-line role for Game 6 on Friday. He has two goals and five points in five appearances this postseason.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Calen Addison: Hasn't played in postseason
Addison hasn't been used yet in the 2023 playoffs.
Addison had three goals and 29 points in 62 regular-season contests. He averaged just 16:07 of ice time, but that included 3:29 with the man advantage, which led to him accumulating 18 power-play assists. However, since the Wild acquired John Klingberg on March 3, Addison has drawn into the lineup just five times. At this point, the 23-year-old might not play at all in the postseason unless the Wild run into injury problems.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Mats Zuccarello: Questionable Friday
Zuccarello (undisclosed) is questionable for Game 6 on Friday, according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.
Zuccarello logged 18:43 of ice time Tuesday, but he hasn't skated for the last two days. Minnesota coach Dean Evason said that the lineup won't be certain until the pregame warmups. Zuccarello has two goals and five points in five playoff games this year. Losing him would be a major blow, especially as the Wild attempt to stave off elimination.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Filip Gustavsson: First goalie off ice Friday
Per Joe Smith of The Athletic, Gustavsson was the first goaltender off the ice at practice Friday, an indication he will be between the home pipes versus Dallas in Game 6.
Gustavsson has started four games in the playoffs, allowing nine goals on 125 shots. Gustavsson has given up three goals in each of his last two losses, facing 24 shots in each game. The Wild are in need of a win, as they face elimination while trailing 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Marco Rossi: Rises to top level
Rossi, along with eight other players, was recalled from AHL Iowa on Thursday.
Adam Beckman, Steven Fogarty, Nicolas Petan, Nick Swaney, Samuel Walker, Daemon Hunt, Dakota Mermis and Zane McIntyre were also promoted from the minors to serve as the Wild's black aces. Rossi, the ninth overall pick from the 2020 Entry Draft, has picked up one assist through 19 top-level appearances this year.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Adam Beckman: Recalled from AHL
Beckman was recalled from AHL Iowa on Thursday.
Beckman was held pointless in nine NHL games this season, but he managed 24 goals and 36 points in 53 AHL games. The 21-year-old was drafted in the third round -- 75th overall -- in 2019.... See More ... See Less
Team Statistical Rankings
|GF AVG||GA AVG||Power Play|
|J. Eriksson Ek C Joel Eriksson Ek C||Leg|
|M. Dumba D Matt Dumba D||Concussion|
|F. Gaudreau C Frederick Gaudreau C||Abdomen|
|M. Shaw C Mason Shaw C||Knee|