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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
Wild's Mikko Koivu: Heads home for evaluation
Koivu will return to Minnesota from Calgary to be evaluated by the Wild's doctors, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Koivu was the victim of a knee-on-knee hit from the Flames' Mark Giordano, who has been suspended two games for his actions. No timeline for Koivu's return has been laid out, though Nino Niederreiter will likely bump up to the top six for the time being.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Devan Dubnyk: Blue-paint bound Friday
Dubnyk will tend twine in Friday's road game versus the Oilers, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Dubnyk's coming off a solid performance where he kept the Canucks to just two goals on 31 shots. The Oilers have won four of their last five games but averaged just two goals per game during that stretch. Dubnyk stands a good chance to limit the Oilers on the scoreboard, but his fantasy value will suffer if Minnesota can't get back on track after the Flames shut them down completely in Thursday's game.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Mikko Koivu: Unavailable Friday
Koivu (lower body) won't play Friday against Edmonton, NHL.com's Derek Van Diest reports.
Minnesota hasn't released any details regarding a potential timetable for Koivu's recovery, but the veteran forward could be facing a long-term absence after taking a nasty knee-on-knee hit from Calgary's Mark Giordano during Thursday's 2-0 loss to the Flames. With Koivu out of action, Nino Niederreiter is expected to slide into a top-six role against the Oilers.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Eric Staal: Held off scoresheet in loss
Staal, along with the rest of his teammates, finished Thursday's 2-0 loss to Calgary without a point.
The individual result wasn't for a lack of trying as Staal was able to fire four shots on goal, but Mike Smith was simply unbeatable Thursday. The 34-year-old center continues to enjoy another quality season, with 10 goals and 20 points in 27 games, and Staal should continue to produce on a somewhat consistent basis as long as he stays healthy.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Joel Eriksson Ek: Plays sparingly in loss
Eriksson Ek saw just 10:20 of ice time Thursday night, failing to find the scoresheet in a 2-0 loss to Calgary.
Eriksson Ek continues to struggle on the offensive side of things with just a goal and four points in 21 games this season. Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau has gone on record praising the young Swedish forward for his defensive work, but the 21-year-old offers very little at the other end, which makes him an extremely risky option in fantasy.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Jonas Brodin: Drought reaches six games
Brodin failed to record a point in Thursday's 2-0 loss to the Flames.
The 25-year-old's current pace has him recording a point every fourth game, making him a high-risk fantasy play by most standards. However, Brodin was able to make a minor dent in the box score with his efforts, tallying a shot on goal and blocking three more. The Swede also dished out a hit and picked up a minor penalty in the loss. On the season, he has three goals and seven points in 28 games.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Mikko Koivu: Fails to find scoresheet in loss
Koivu was held without a point in a 2-0 shutout loss to the Flames on Thursday. The 35-year-old left in the third period with what is being called a lower-body injury.
It was a forgettable night for Koivu, who failed to record even a shot on goal in the loss. Despite the unfortunate result, his 2018-19 season has been fine on the whole, highlighted by his assist production. The 35-year-old has only four goals, but he has more than made up for it by tallying a team-high 17 helpers. Minnesota's captain has now failed to find the scoresheet in three straight and could miss Friday's contest after suffering a lower-body injury against the Flames.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Alex Stalock: Suffers loss in 100th career game
Stalock made 18 saves in a 2-0 loss to the Flames on Thursday.
The Minnesota native wasn't able to win this milestone start and will see his record fall to 5-3-0 with a 2.41 GAA and .911 save percentage. Stalock was solid Thursday night, but his teammates weren't able to solve Mike Smith down the other end of the ice, ultimately resulting in the 31-year-old taking the loss. With no more back-to-backs the rest of December, it could be a while before we see Stalock back between the pipes.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Mikko Koivu: Sustains injury during loss
Koivu left Thursday's 2-0 loss to the Flames in the third period with an apparent lower-body injury, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Koivu appeared to suffer the injury when he took a knee-on-knee hit from Calgary's Mark Giordano. Another update on the veteran forward's condition should be released soon, but he should be considered questionable at best for Friday's matchup with Edmonton at this juncture.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Alex Stalock: Tasked with slowing Calgary
Stalock will field shots from the Flames as a road starter Thursday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Stalock will draw his first start since taking down a high-powered Jets team Nov. 23. It wouldn't be a total surprise if most fantasy owners end up fading Stalock after seeing the Flames drop nine goals on the Blue Jackets in Tuesday's affair, but just know that Minnesota's primary backup goalie owns a respectable 5-2-0 record, 2.45 GAA and .913 save percentage through six starts and seven total games this season.... See More ... See Less