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Wild's Louis Belpedio: Lands on IR
Belpedio (ribs) was placed on injured reserve Sunday, per Puck Pedia.
Belpedio was an emergency recall for a 4-0 loss to the Kings on Feb. 16. He was subsequently sent to the AHL after the game, but upon further evaluation, it was revealed that he suffered a rib injury during that loss to the Kings. In turn, he'll rise to the big club, where he'll remain on injured reserve until he's healthy.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Kaapo Kahkonen: Staying in NHL
Kahkonen will remain in the NHL following news that the Wild waived Alex Stalock on Sunday, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports.
Kahkonen doesn't require waivers to be sent to AHL Iowa, but the Wild are reiterating their confidence in the 24-year-old as they risk losing Stalock -- a dependable veteran -- on waivers. Cam Talbot and Kahkonen figure to form a 1A-1B tandem if Stalock is claimed on waivers. Kahkonen's recent performance earned him the job, as he recorded a .915 save percentage and an 8-4-0 record through 12 starts this year.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Alex Stalock: Placed on waivers
Stalock (upper body) was waived by the Wild on Sunday, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports.
Stalock is healthy after dealing with an upper-body injury to start the season. While he was out, Kaapo Kahkonen and Cam Talbot played well, so the Wild appear comfortable risking Stalock on waivers. Stalock will land with AHL Iowa or the taxi squad if he clears. However, there likely are a few teams interested in the veteran goalie's services, as he posted a .910 save percentage and 2.67 GAA over 38 games for the Wild last year.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Jordan Greenway: Dishes on two scores
Greenway registered two primary assists Saturday in a 4-3 overtime win over the Kings.
The top-line winger set up Joel Eriksson Ek on the game's first tally and also connected with defenseman Matt Dumba on the overtime dagger. Greenway didn't pot a goal in February, though he contributed four helpers through eight contests for the month.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Kaapo Kahkonen: Wins fifth in a row
Kahkonen stopped 25 of 28 shots Saturday in a 4-3 overtime win over the Kings.
Kahkonen survived the Kings' erasure of a 3-0 deficit when Minnesota's Matt Dumba scored with three-tenths of a second left in overtime. It was the fifth consecutive win for Kahkonen, who improved to 8-4-0 with a 2.41 GAA and .915 save percentage.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Matt Dumba: Downs Kings with buzzer-beater
Dumba scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win over the Kings. He also had three shots and two hits.
Jordan Greenway sprung Dumba in alone and Dumba deked Cal Petersen for the winner with three-tenths of a second left in extra time. It was the first goal in seven February games for Dumba, who also assisted on a Nico Sturm goal in the first period. The 26-year-old has four goals and four assists in 16 games in 2020-21.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Nico Sturm: Bulges twine in victory
Sturm scored a goal on his only shot in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win over the Kings.
Sturm tapped home a Nick Bjugstad cross-crease feed to give the Wild a 2-0 edge with 3:35 left in the opening period. It was the third goal in the last three games for Sturm, who hadn't found the net in his first 20 NHL contests prior to his current stretch. Despite his recent run, the 25-year-old isn't likely to provide significant offense as long as he remains in a fourth-line role.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Kirill Kaprizov: Enjoying five-game point streak
Kaprizov scored his sixth goal of the year and produced four shots in a 4-3 overtime win over the Kings on Saturday.
The rookie jumped on an errant shot near the slot and buried it before Los Angeles netminder Cal Petersen could get over to make the save, staking Minnesota to a 3-0 lead early in the second period. The goal extended Kaprizov's point streak to five games, a stretch in which he's piled up eight points (three goals, five assists) and a plus-7 rating. The 23-year-old has six goals and 11 assists through 18 games and owns a five-point lead in the NHL's rookie scoring race.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Joel Eriksson Ek: Scores in second straight
Eriksson Ek collected a goal on three shots in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win against the Kings.
Eriksson Ek opened the scoring 14:17 into the first period, tapping a bouncing puck past Los Angeles netminder Cal Petersen. It was Eriksson Ek's second straight game with a goal and gave him eight on the year, already tying his 2019-20 output that required 62 games. He also boasts a solid plus-10 rating and has rewarded astute fantasy managers who drafted him or grabbed him off early season waivers.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Marcus Johansson: Remains unavailable
Johansson (upper body) won't play Saturday against LA, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Johansson will miss a fifth straight game Saturday and remains without a concrete timetable for his return. The 30-year-old forward has tallied three points through 11 games this season.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Kaapo Kahkonen: Starting against LA
Kahkonen will guard the home cage during Saturday's home game versus the Kings, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Kahkonen has been red hot recently, picking up four straight wins while posting an impressive 1.51 GAA and .945 save percentage. He'll try to secure a fifth straight victory in a tough home matchup with an LA team that's won six of its last seven games.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Jonas Brodin: Provides assist
Brodin posted an assist, two shots on goal, a pair of blocked shots and a plus-2 rating in Friday's 3-1 win over the Kings.
Brodin set up Kirill Kaprizov for the opening tally at 12:33 of the first period. The 27-year-old Brodin has a goal and an assist in four games since he was activated from the NHL's COVID-19 protocols list. He's up to eight points, 29 shots on net, a plus-7 rating and 27 blocked shots through 15 appearances. A steady defender, Brodin's best path to fantasy relevance is in formats that reward non-scoring production.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Ryan Suter: Slides assist in win
Suter notched an assist, three hits and two shots on goal in Friday's 3-1 win over the Kings.
Suter set up Nick Bjugstad for the Wild's second of three goals in a span of 3:03 during the first period. The helper snapped a six-game point drought for Suter. The 36-year-old blueliner has just seven assists, 29 shots on net and 21 blocked shots through 17 contests this season.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Jared Spurgeon: Collects helper
Spurgeon posted an assist, three shots on goal and three blocked shots in Friday's 3-1 win over the Kings.
Spurgeon was fairly steady defensively and also helped out on Nick Bjugstad's first-period tally. The assist gave Spurgeon four helpers through 16 contests this year. He's added 31 shots on net, 26 blocks, 16 hits and a minus-3 rating in an unusually quiet start to the campaign for the 31-year-old blueliner. Spurgeon's struggles can likely be tied to the Wild's power play firing at just an 8.3 percent success rate -- he had 13 of his 32 points with the man advantage last year.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Jordan Greenway: Posts assist in win
Greenway notched an assist and two shots on goal in Friday's 3-1 win over the Kings.
Greenway set up Joel Eriksson Ek in the first period, closing a run of three goals in 3:03 for the Wild. The 24-year-old Greenway has collected two goals, 10 helpers, 23 shots on net, 24 hits and 24 PIM through 17 outings in 2020-21. His step forward on offense this year has earned him top-six minutes in recent games, and a rough playing style should keep him on the fantasy radar even if his scoring rate dips.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Kevin Fiala: Notches helper Friday
Fiala posted an assist and two shots on goal in Friday's 3-1 win over the Kings.
Fiala collected the secondary helper on linemate Joel Eriksson Ek's first-period tally, which gave the Wild a 3-0 lead at the time. The 24-year-old Fiala has six goals and two assists through 14 contests this season. He's added 49 shots on net, 27 PIM and a minus-2 rating in a top-six role.... See More ... See Less
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