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Wild's Jon Merrill: Hurt at Worlds
Merrill suffered an apparent arm injury in Thursday's matchup between the United States and Great Britain, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
There was no immediate update on Merrill following Thursday's tilt but he didn't return to the game after logging just 1:11 of ice time. If there is even the hint of something serious, the Wild will almost certainly pull the 30-year-old defenseman out of the tournament. It was a fantastic regular season for Merrill who managed to reach the 20-point threshold for the first time in his nine-year NHL career.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Jesper Wallstedt: Pens entry-level deal
Wallstedt signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Minnesota on Monday.
Wallstedt -- who was selected by the organization with the 20th overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft -- spent the season playing for Lulea HF in the Swedish league for which he went 12-10-0 with a .917 save percentage. If he makes the jump to North America, Wallstedt will likely be hard-pressed to secure a spot on the Opening Night roster and figures to play the majority of his games with AHL Iowa.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Matthew Boldy: Will play for Team USA
Boldy will join Team USA at the IIHF World Championship.
Boldy will be joined in Finland by teammates Ryan Hartman and Jon Merrill after the Wild were eliminated 4-2 by St. Louis in Round 1. The 21-year-old most recently donned the red, white and blue at the 2021 World Juniors, where he recorded seven points in seven games en route to a gold medal.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Ryan Hartman: Headed to World Championship
Hartman will join Team USA at the IIHF World Championship.
Hartman will be joined in Finland by teammates Matthew Boldy and Jon Merrill after the Wild were bounced in six games by St. Louis in Round 1. Team USA is 1-0 after beating Latvia on Friday and has six more games scheduled during round-robin play, allowing Hartman to represent his country for the first time since 2013-14 at the World Juniors.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Dmitry Kulikov: Picks up assist in loss
Kulikov notched an assist, three hits, two PIM and a minus-2 rating in Thursday's 5-1 loss to the Blues in Game 6.
Kulikov had sat out the last four games as a healthy scratch before replacing Alex Goligoski in the lineup Thursday. The switch didn't pay off, though Kulikov was able to get on the scoresheet. The 31-year-old blueliner had 24 points in 80 regular-season outings in his best season since 2011-12, and he'll likely contend for a third-pairing role again in 2022-23.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Jon Merrill: Garners helper
Merrill recorded an assist in Thursday's 5-1 loss to the Blues in Game 6.
Merrill set up Matt Dumba's third-period tally. The helper was Merrill's lone point in six playoff outings this season. The 30-year-old blueliner added seven shots on net, 12 blocked shots and a minus-6 rating in a third-pairing role, one that he's likely to continue in for 2022-23.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Matt Dumba: Tallies lone goal in Game 6 loss
Dumba scored a goal on three shots and added four hits in Thursday's 5-1 loss to the Blues in Game 6.
This was Dumba's only point in the six-game series, which ended with the Wild getting eliminated in a 4-2 series loss. The 27-year-old added 14 hits, nine blocked shots and a plus-4 rating in a top-four role. He posted 27 points in 57 regular-season contests, providing solid play in all zones.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Cam Talbot: Can't extend season
Talbot allowed four goals on 26 shots in Thursday's 5-1 loss to the Blues in Game 6. The fifth goal was an empty-netter.
Talbot's playoff debut was ultimately the Wild's last game, as they couldn't keep pace with the Blues. The deficit was 4-0 after two periods, leaving the 34-year-old on the hook for the season-ending loss. He had a solid 32-12-4 record with a 2.76 GAA and a .911 save percentage in 49 regular-season outings. Talbot is under contract for one more year, so he could go into 2022-23 as the Wild's presumptive starter in net.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Nicolas Deslauriers: Not expected to play
Deslauriers (undisclosed) is not expected to play in Thursday's Game 6 versus the Blues, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
It's unclear what's keeping Deslauriers out of the lineup as the Wild face elimination. Connor Dewar will enter in a fourth-line capacity to replace him.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Cam Talbot: First goalie off Thursday
Talbot was the first goalie to exit the ice at Thursday's game-day skate, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports, indicating he'll get the starting nod on the road versus St. Louis for Game 6.
Talbot will make his first start this postseason, having last gotten into the crease April 28 versus the Flames. The Ontario native is still riding a 17-game stretch in which he was undefeated in regulation, going 13-0-3 with a 2.35 GAA. Even with Talbot getting the nod over Marc-Andre Fleury, neither netminder should be considered a lock to start the rest of the way.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Jared Spurgeon: Mixed results Tuesday
Spurgeon logged a power-play assist and went minus-3 in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Blues in Game 5.
Spurgeon picked up an assist for the third straight game, but his minus-3 rating was the worst on the Wild. The 32-year-old defenseman has three helpers, seven shots on net, five blocked shots, a plus-2 rating and four PIM in five playoff outings. He'll continue to play a key role as the team's top defenseman.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Mats Zuccarello: Posts power-play helper
Zuccarello provided a power-play assist and two shots on goal in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Blues in Game 5.
Zuccarello has earned two of his four points on the power play through five playoff contests. The winger has added seven shots on net and a plus-1 rating, though his linemate Kirill Kaprizov has stolen the show a bit more on offense. Zuccarello remains a solid scoring winger, but he'll need to be at his best with the Wild's season on the line in Thursday's Game 6.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Kevin Fiala: Collects pair of assists
Fiala recorded two power-play assist and a minus-2 rating in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Blues in Game 5.
Fiala helped out on both of Kirill Kaprizov's first-period tallies. After a quiet start to the playoffs, Fiala's earned three assists in his last two games. The winger has added 12 shots on net, 14 PIM and a minus-4 rating in five outings overall while continuing to see top-six usage. Considering he posted 24 points in the last 16 games of the regular season, it's a little disappointing to see his scoring touch fade.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Kirill Kaprizov: Deposits two power-play goals
Kaprizov scored a pair of power-play goal on five shots, blocked two shots and added two PIM in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Blues in Game 5.
Kaprizov's tallies came 3:52 apart in the first period to give the Wild a 2-1 lead, but that's where their offense ended. The 25-year-old winger has been nothing short of excellent with seven tallies, one assist, 25 shots and a plus-3 rating through five playoff contests, but the Wild's depth hasn't been consistent. Kaprizov will look to keep things rolling in Thursday's must-win Game 6.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Marc-Andre Fleury: Yields four goals again
Fleury surrendered four goals on 31 shots in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Blues in Game 5. The fifth goal was an empty-netter.
Fleury and the Wild led 2-1 after the first period, but the Blues took over to close out the game. This is the third time in five contests Fleury's allowed four goals, including in each of the last two games. The Wild are now in must-win mode beginning with Thursday's Game 6, and it's unclear if Fleury will get another start or if Cam Talbot will get his first start of the playoffs for a chance of pace.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Marc-Andre Fleury: Gets starting nod
Fleury will guard the home goal during Tuesday's Game 5 versus the Blues, Kevin Falness of the Minnesota Wild Radio Network reports.
Fleury was a little shaky in Sunday's Game 4 against St. Louis, surrendering four goals on 33 shots en route to a 5-2 defeat, but coach Dean Evason will nonetheless stick with the veteran netminder for a pivotal Game 5 matchup. The Blues put up six goals through Games 1 and 2 in Minnesota to open the series.... See More ... See Less