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Wild's Charlie Coyle: Manages two special teams points
Coyle lit the lamp shorthanded to complement a power-play assist in Tuesday's 7-1 home rout over the Canadiens.
Coyle was among six Minnesota skaters to have recorded a multi-point effort in the thrashing over the Habs. He's now produced five goals, nine assists and a tidy-plus-6 rating on the season. There are far more exciting fantasy options out there, and it took Coyle 30 games to secure his first power-play point, but it's worth noting that he's currently situated on the second line with proven producers in Zach Parise and Nino Niederreiter.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Mikko Koivu: Misses practice
Koivu (knee) won't practice Wednesday, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Koivu skated on his own prior to Wednesday's practice, so he's definitely making progress in his recovery, but at this point he should probably be considered questionable at best for Thursday's game against the Panthers. If he's unable to go against Florida, the veteran forward will have to wait for Saturday's matchup with the Flames for his next opportunity to return to game action.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Ryan Suter: Reaching new heights offensively
Suter pitched in two power-play assists Tuesday in a 7-1 home win over the Canadiens.
The stalwart defenseman is up to 23 points (four goals, 19 assists), with the total consisting of two scores and seven helpers on the man advantage. There's still plenty of hockey left in the 2018-19 season, but Suter is well on his way to finishing with the highest point total (63) of his 14-year career. We're looking at his robust 9.3 shooting percentage as a key catalyst for the surge.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Jared Spurgeon: Bags two points in home win
Spurgeon scored a power-play goal and assisted on another one in a 7-1 win over the Canadiens on Tuesday.
Spurgeon's PP marker with three seconds remaining in the second period was the 29-year-old's first goal in over a month, with his last breakthrough coming all the way back on Nov. 6. He now has four goals and 17 points in 30 games and continues to provide a steady presence on Minnesota's blue line. It'd be nice if Spurgeon was given more time with the man advantage. In four power-play opportunities, Spurgeon logged just 40 seconds of ice time.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Mathew Dumba: Doubles up in blowout win
Dumba scored a pair of goals in Tuesday's 7-1 win over the Canadiens.
Minnesota jumped out to a huge 5-0 lead against Montreal, aided by two power-play goals from Dumba who now has 12 goals and 21 points in 2018-19. With his pair of markers, Dumba ended a seven-game goalless drought. However, despite the lack of goals, Dumba has remained an effective fantasy commodity, picking up 13 points over his last 13 games. This has been the best season of Dumba's career, but it remains just 30 games old. That said, all signs point to the 24-year-old being able to maintain his current production levels.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Mikael Granlund: Plays key role in blowout win
Granlund finished Tuesday's 7-1 win over Montreal with three assists.
The 26-year-old Finn has been a point machine so far this season, scoring 11 goals to go along with 20 assists in 30 games. Granlund continues to play at a point-per-game pace in 2018-19, notching seven assists in his last five contests. Making things even better, two of his three helpers Tuesday came with the man advantage, giving Granlund 11 power-play points on the year.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Nino Niederreiter: Picks up goal and assist in win
Niederreiter recorded a goal and an assist in a 7-1 win over the Canadiens on Tuesday.
The Swiss winger has tallied three points over his last two games, and in 30 contests this season, Niederreiter's 2018-19 production remains above historical averages. Playing his sixth season as a member of the Wild, the 26-year-old was recently moved into a top-six role and has taken full advantage of the promotion. Niederreiter led his team with four shots on goal Tuesday night.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Zach Parise: Picks up trio of points in win
Parise scored a goal and assisted on two others in a 7-1 win over the Canadiens on Tuesday.
It was Parise's first three-point performance of the season, and the American-born forward was dangerous from start to finish. He led all Wild forwards with 18:20 of ice time and Parise also managed to log 3:21 of power-play time. With 14 goals and 13 assists in 29 games, it's been a balanced season for the 34-year-old, as he's averaging nearly a point a game. For Parise, nobody doubts his talent or skill but it's always been more about staying healthy.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Devan Dubnyk: Redeems with solid outing
Dubnyk made 29 saves in Tuesday's 7-1 win over the Canadiens.
Dubnyk was rarely tested despite what shot totals may suggest. Most of Montreal's chances came from the perimeter and presented little danger to Minnesota's goaltender. Early in the third period, it was Jeff Petry who broke Dubnyk's bid for his first shutout of the season. With the result, the 32-year-old's record improves to 11-9-2 with a 2.73 GAA and .910 save percentage.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Mikko Koivu: Won't play Tuesday
Koivu will sit out Tuesday's game versus the Canadiens, Jessi Pierce of NHL.com reports.
The prognosis on Koivu is far better than initially thought, with the forward expected to miss only a few games as opposed to multiple weeks. Minnesota's captain won't go versus the Canadiens but could return Thursday against Florida, or possibly Saturday versus the Flames. The team is hoping he isn't out for long.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Devan Dubnyk: Faces Canadiens on Tuesday
Dubnyk will be between the pipes Tuesday at home against Montreal, Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
The Wild netminder was pulled in his last start after giving up three goals on six shots in under 10 minutes of action. It was a forgettable performance by Dubnyk against his former club, but coach Boudreau is showing confidence in his starting netminder by going right back to him against the Canadiens. Montreal has won three straight and sit second in the league with 74 even-strength goals. Dubnyk has posted a 10-9-2 record with a 2.81 GAA and .907 save percentage in 22 games.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Mikko Koivu: Could return sooner than expected
Koivu is considered day-to-day with a left knee injury, Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Initial reports suggested Koivu would be out three weeks, but those estimations were incorrect and it's now being reported that the 35-year-old is day-to-day. While it's unlikely he plays against Montreal on Tuesday, the veteran center could return Thursday or Saturday. This is very good news for Koivu's owners who had been preparing for him to miss an extended period. Be sure to monitor his on-ice participation over the coming days, as that will tell us how close he is to returning to game action.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Mikko Koivu: In danger of missing three weeks
Koivu could be held out for three weeks with a sprained MCL and hamstring injury, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
The Wild have yet to corroborate the extensive return timeline for Koivu, but it seems like only a matter of time before an official announcement is made since The Athletic has the inside scoop on the situation and Luke Kunin was summoned from AHL Iowa. Koivu, who sustained a knee-on-knee hit from Mark Giordano of the Flames in Thursday's road game, traveled back to Minnesota Friday to be examined further.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Luke Kunin: Joins parent club
Kunin was recalled from AHL Iowa on Sunday.
Kunin ascends to the top level following news that captain Mikko Koivu has sustained a lower-body injury. The former has compiled eight goals, seven assists and a plus-5 rating over 21 games for the AHL's Wild, with Kunin's production made all the more impressive by the fact that he had to overcome a serious knee injury and missed training camp.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Zach Parise: Manages helper in lopsided affair
Parise, who was playing in his 900th NHL contest, had an assist working against a minus-3 rating in Friday's 7-2 road loss to the Oilers.
The milestone night obviously could have gone a lot better for Parise, but he does have nine goals and three helpers since Minnesota's first tilt in November -- a span of 16 games. The top-six winger is producing quietly, which makes sense given that his team has earned only three wins over its past 10 outings.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Devan Dubnyk: Chased early by Oilers
Dubnyk lasted less than nine minutes in Friday's 7-2 loss to the Oilers, giving up three goals on six shots before being replaced by Alex Stalock.
It seemed like the 32-year-old might be coming out of his funk when he allowed only two goals to beat the Canucks in his last start, but Dubnyk instead looked absolutely dreadful before getting the hook Friday. He now has a 3-6-0 record and .867 save percentage over his last 10 games, and the Wild may have no choice but to turn the No. 1 job over to Stalock until Dubnyk can get his head straight.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Nino Niederreiter: Ascends to top six
Niederreiter will work in the top six during Friday's game versus the Oilers, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Niederreiter receives a promotion from the bottom six since Mikko Koivu (lower body) will sit out. The 26-year-old has 13 points and a minus-10 rating in 28 games, but he'll be working with Eric Staal and Jason Zucker now, making him a worthy fantasy commodity.... See More ... See Less