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Wild's Marcus Johansson: Picks up helper in win
Johansson registered an assist, two PIM and a plus-2 rating in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Flames.
Johansson snapped his 10-game point drought when he set up a Joel Eriksson Ek tally in the third period. During the dry spell, Johansson had 14 shots on net, 10 hits and a minus-7 rating. Johansson is a solid middle-six forward at the best of times, but he's been streaky so far in 2023-24. The 33-year-old has nine points, 36 shots on net, 15 hits and a minus-3 rating through 23 outings.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Jared Spurgeon: Grabs power-play helper
Spurgeon notched a power-play assist, seven blocked shots and a plus-3 rating in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Flames.
Spurgeon is back on track after initially struggling following his return from an upper-body injury that cost him the first month of the campaign. He's picked up an assist in each of the last four games, and three of those helpers have come on the power play, where he's seeing time on the first unit. Spurgeon has added a plus-4 rating, 13 shots on net, 18 blocked shots and six hits through 10 appearances.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Marco Rossi: Contributes assist
Rossi notched an assist and two PIM in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Flames.
Rossi has three goals and five helpers over his last nine games. The 22-year-old center rang a shot off the post early in the second period, with the rebound falling to Kirill Kaprizov for the goal. Rossi is thriving on the Wild's top line and has already set a new career high with 23 appearances, in which the 2020 first-round draft pick has racked up eight goals, seven assists, 46 shots on net, 12 PIM and a plus-6 rating.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Mats Zuccarello: Earns 600th career point
Zuccarello posted an assist and two shots on goal in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Flames.
Zuccarello helped out on Kirill Kaprizov's second-period tally. The assist was Zuccarello's 600th career point, a milestone he achieved in game No. 789. The veteran winger got there on a heater with three goals and 11 assists during his active 10-game point streak. For the season, he's produced 27 points (13 on the power play), 65 shots on net and a minus-1 rating over 23 appearances. Zuccarello and Kaprizov continue to work as a formidable top-line winger duo, with Marco Rossi currently down the middle between them.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Marcus Foligno: Buries early goal
Foligno scored a goal on two shots, levied four hits and added a fighting major in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Flames.
Foligno scored 1:26 into the game, then fought A.J. Greer in the second period as the Flames looked for a spark. The goal was Foligno's first since Oct. 26, and he had six assists during his 15-game drought. The 32-year-old winger brings more toughness than offense with 10 points, 24 shots on net, 69 hits, 23 PIM and a plus-7 rating through 23 outings overall. He remains in a third-line role.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Joel Eriksson Ek: Tallies in third period
Eriksson Ek scored a goal on five shots and went plus-2 in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Flames.
Eriksson Ek has scored four times over his last six games. His third-period marker padded the Wild's lead en route to their fourth straight win. The 26-year-old center has been reliable in a top-six role with ample power-play time this season, racking up 12 goals, seven assists, 82 shots on net, 38 hits, 22 blocked shots and a plus-3 rating through 23 appearances.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Kirill Kaprizov: One of each in win
Kaprizov scored a goal on five shots and added a power-play assist in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Flames.
Kaprizov tucked in a rebound off the post early in the second period before setting up Matt Boldy's second goal of the game later in the frame. This was Kaprizov's third multi-point effort over the last six contests, a span in which he's been held off the scoresheet only once. The winger is up to eight goals, 23 points (13 on the power play), 78 shots on net and a minus-4 rating through 23 games this season.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Matt Boldy: Best game of season
Boldy scored two goals, added an assist and went plus-3 in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Flames.
Boldy collected his first three-point effort of the year, tallying twice in the second period after setting up Marcus Foligno's opener 1:26 into the game. The 22-year-old Boldy has four goals and an assist over his last four contests. New head coach John Hynes appears to have gotten the young winger back on track after a rough opening quarter of the season that saw Boldy miss seven games with an upper-body injury. He's up to five goals, 13 points, 44 shots on net, 22 PIM and a minus-1 rating through 16 outings overall.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Filip Gustavsson: Steady in win
Gustavsson allowed two goals on 30 shots in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Flames.
Gustavsson earned his third straight win, and he's now gone eight games without allowing more than three goals. The 25-year-old started the year with one shutout and then a five-game stretch of allowing four-plus goals, so this turnaround is a big positive. Gustavsson is at 5-6-2 with a 3.35 GAA and an .894 save percentage through 14 starts. The Wild's next two games are in a back-to-back -- they face the Canucks on Thursday and the Oilers on Friday. Expect Gustavsson and Marc-Andre Fleury to split those starts.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Zach Bogosian: Won't play Tuesday
Bogosian (upper body) won't play Tuesday against Calgary, per Michael Russo of The Athletic.
Bogosian, who is still day-to-day, will miss his second straight contest. He has registered one assist, 11 shots on goal, 11 blocked shots and 14 hits in nine games with the Wild since being acquired from Tampa Bay on Nov. 8. Jon Merrill will play again in Bogosian's absence.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Filip Gustavsson: Starting Tuesday
Gustavsson will defend the road goal Tuesday against Calgary, per Dylan Loucks of The Hockey News.
Gustavsson has won his past two outings, having stopped 49 of 51 shots. He has provided a 4-6-2 record this season with a 3.46 GAA and an .891 save percentage over 13 games played. The Flames rank 21st in the league this campaign with 2.96 goals per contest.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Dakota Mermis: Called up from minors
Mermis was recalled from AHL Iowa on Monday, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Mermis will flip places with forward Vinni Lettieri, who was sent down to the minors in a corresponding move. Mermis will serve as an emergency depth option after Zach Bogosian (upper body) was out versus Chicago on Sunday. Barring another injury concern on the blue line, Mermis is unlikely to get into the lineup during the Wild's four-game road trip.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Brock Faber: Grabs two apples
Faber picked up a pair of helpers in a 4-1 win over Chicago on Sunday.
Faber brought a four-game pointless streak to a close with his first multi-point effort of the 2023-24 campaign. The defenseman remains mired in a 21-game goal drought after failing to score since Opening Night against the Panthers. With 10 points in 22 games to open his rookie campaign, Faber should be capable of challenging for the 30-point threshold.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Vinni Lettieri: Sent back to minors
Lettieri was assigned to AHL Iowa on Sunday.
Lettieri sat as a healthy scratch in Sunday's 4-1 win over Chicago prior to returning to the minors. In 13 NHL contests this campaign, he has registered two goals, one assist, 15 shots on net and 12 hits.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Mats Zuccarello: Three-point effort Sunday
Zuccarello scored an even-strength goal and added two assists, one on the power play, in Sunday's 4-1 win over Chicago.
The 36-year-old winger extended his point streak to nine games with the performance, a stretch in which Zuccarello has amassed three goals and 13 points. He's become a point-a-game player late in his career while skating alongside Kirill Kaprizov, and the addition of skilled rookie Marco Rossi to the unit under new bench boss John Hynes might even allow Zuccarello to find another gear.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Marco Rossi: Lights lamp twice in Sunday's win
Rossi scored two goals, one the game-winner on the power play, in Sunday's 4-1 victory over Chicago.
In a matchup of top rookies, Rossi got the better of Connor Bedard as he potted Minnesota's first two goals of the game in the first period. Rossi's eight tallies on the season is second among rookies to Bedard's 11, and new head coach John Hynes has the 22-year-old skating on the Wild's top line between Kirill Kaprizov and Mats Zuccarello. Rossi's 14 points in 22 contests is already solid, but he could take his production to another level if he hangs onto that assignment.... See More ... See Less
Wild's Marc-Andre Fleury: Sharp in fourth win
Fleury stopped 28 of 29 shots in Sunday's 4-1 win over Chicago.
Taylor Raddysh spoiled his shutout bid with a power-play tally midway through the third period, but Fleury's return to the win column was never in much doubt. The veteran netminder hadn't picked up a victory since Nov. 7, and he's evened his record at 4-4-2 with a 3.21 GAA and an .884 save percentage. While new bench boss John Hynes has made some lineup changes, Fleury will likely continue to back up Filip Gustavsson in the Minnesota crease.... See More ... See Less