The Minnesota Wild won't be at full strength on Tuesday against the Dallas Stars, but it will have one key player remain in its the lineup.
Captain Mikko Koivu, who left the Wild's practice on Monday due to discomfort, will suit up as the Wild looks to end a five-game losing streak (0-4-1) and get out of a slide that has seen it lose 10 of its past 11 (1-9-1).
Facing one of the NHL's top offenses, Koivu and the rest of the Wild's defensive game will take center stage at Xcel Energy Center.
In the midst of a five-game losing streak (0-4-1), and having dropped 10 of its past 11 (1-9-1), Head Coach Mike Yeo said he was trying to send a message by scratching two forwards who had played in each of Minnesota's games up until that point.
With Vanek and Zucker, and as is the case with the rest of the roster, Head Coach Mike Yeo said he's looking for a response.
Already missing defenseman Jonas Brodin, the Minnesota Wild was also without Jared Spurgeon on Monday at practice and will likely be without him Tuesday when the Wild begins a three-game homestand against the Dallas Stars.
Spurgeon sustained a deep bruise during Minnesota's 4-1 loss against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday. He played two shifts in the second period totaling 1:53, and then left the game and did not return.
"Obviously he's in a lot of discomfort today, and feeling pretty sore, and consider him doubtful tomorrow, but not something long-term," Head Coach Mike Yeo said.
ST. LOUIS – Forward Tyler Graovac and defenseman Christian Folin, who each began this season with the Minnesota Wild, found themselves on extended stints in the American Hockey League and Iowa this season.
Now, both are happy to be back with the big club and in the lineup as the Wild prepares to play the St. Louis Blues on Saturday
"I knew this would be a process for me all year," Graovac said. "I'm looking forward to getting back. I've never felt better, to be honest. My legs feels great, I'm confident in my game, and I'm looking forward to tonight and bringing a spark."
ST. LOUIS – Without defenseman Jonas Brodin, and with the addition of forward Tyler Graovac, the Minnesota Wild will look to snap a four-game losing streak (0-3-1) on Saturday against the St. Louis Blues.
Brodin sustained a broken foot on Thursday against the New York Rangers, and is expected to miss 3 to 6 weeks. Graovac was recalled Saturday morning, and will draw into the lineup with Thomas Vanek and Jason Zucker scratched.
Defenseman Christian Folin, who was recalled from Iowa on Monday, will play in place of the injured Brodin.
ST. LOUIS – As the Minnesota Wild looks to snap out of a funk that has seen them slip out of the top eight in the Western Conference standings, General Manager said it's incumbent on the players and group to get back to playing better hockey.
"Every year teams go through this stuff," Fletcher said Saturday morning. "What’s disappointing to me is I think everybody’s been focused on the power play and scoring goals, and what we’re not doing now is playing the right way."
As the Wild have lost in different ways over the past month, Fletcher said the process has taken a hit, and results have been too much the principle thought.
NEW YORK – The Minnesota Wild isn’t mincing words when talking about its past 15 games.
Twelve have been losses (3-9-3), and with 31 games remaining on the schedule, and Minnesota finding itself in an unfamiliar position outside the top eight in the Western Conference, the Wild is looking for answers.
"We've been searching for answers for that for quite some time," Head Coach Mike Yeo said after the Wild's latest loss on Thursday. "We've tried some different — whether it's talks, or meetings, or whatever, we're trying a lot right now."
Last night was a historic night in the State of Hockey. Taylor DeForrest made 112 saves in a six-overtime game Wednesday for Apple Valley High School girls hockey team.
In true teammate fashion, Taylor gave stick-taps to her teammates on Twitter.
I could not be more proud to say that I come from AVHS, we have done some remarkable things! I love each & every girl that was on the ice!— Taylor DeForrest (@tayy_deforrest) February 4, 2016
NEW YORK – It's been four years since Zach Parise and two years since Ryan Carter played their home games in the tri-state area, but the luster and allure of skating in one of the world's most iconic arenas hasn't waned.
"It's a really fun building to play in," Parise said. "I've played in a lot of fun, important games here, and a lot of good memories from playing here. Whether you come here once a year or three, four times a year, it's fun to play."
Parise, Carter and the Minnesota Wild will play the New York Rangers on Thursday at Madison Square Garden, looking to snap out of a skid that has seen Minnesota go 3-8-3 in its past 14 games.
NEW YORK -- When the Wild traveled to the West Coast and played the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center, it was a rousing homecoming for a player that won two Stanley Cups for a franchise he spent seven seasons with.
Thursday will be another homecoming of sorts for Jarret Stoll, albeit in an arena he spent significantly less time in.
"It's fun playing in this arena," Stoll said after he and the Wild practiced at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. "It's fun coming in as a visitor, and it's fun playing in it as part of the Rangers."