Yesterday’s rest was good for three Minnesota Wild players, who are all hoping to get back to action tomorrow when the club hosts Central Division foe, Nashville Predators, at 7 p.m. at Xcel Energy Center.
"All we want for Christmas is two toques and one set of choppers." — Mike Greenlay
Curry, 30 (2/27/84), was recalled by Minnesota yesterday and did not appear in the Wild’s 3-2 overtime loss to Boston. In 12 games with Iowa this season, he is 4-6-0 with a 3.02 goals against average (GAA) and .911 save percentage (SV%), including 3-1-0 with a 2.12 GAA and .934 SV% in his last four starts. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound native of Shorewood, Minn., is 3-2-0 with a 3.55 GAA and a .893 SV% in six career NHL games with Pittsburgh and Minnesota.
Sutter, 27 (6/2/87), was recalled by Minnesota on Monday and collected one assist and four penalty minutes (PIM) in two games with the Wild. He has tallied 14 points (5-9=14) in 26 games with Iowa this season. The 6-foot, 200-pound native of Viking, Alta., has tallied eight points (2-6=8) and 40 PIM in 56 career NHL games with the Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes and Minnesota.
"Charlie Coyle: Seriously, did he not put deodorant on today?
Jason Zucker: Nothing's going to ruin this perfect day."
— Kyle Brodziak
"Hey let's take a selfie and see how many likes we get." — Justin Fontaine
"Taking Chuckie for a walk." — Jared Spurgeon
It’s been a long time coming for Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke.
The 36-year-old returned to practice for the first time in more than a month and a half, before the team departs for Chicago facing the Blackhawks tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. at the United Center. The wing has been sidelined with a lower-body injury, missing 19 games. Last year, he skated in all 82 of the team’s regular season games.
Cooke will not be in the lineup tomorrow, or Wednesday when the Wild returns home to host the Boston Bruins. However, today’s practice was a large step in what has been a lengthy road to recovery.
“It’s been a long process. A lot longer than anybody would’ve liked, especially myself,” Cooke said. “Today it felt awesome to get back with the guys.”
Ryan Suter was named the 2nd Star Of The Week in the NHL. He led defensemen in scoring with five assists last week and averaged 30:30 in ice time/game to help the Wild go 2-1-0 in three games.
Suter leads the NHL in TOI/game at 29:27 and ranks T-4th amongst NHL defensemen in assists and T-13th in scoring.
The Wild has recalled forward Brett Sutter from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL). The team also placed defenseman Keith Ballard (upper body) and forward Ryan Carter (upper body) on Injured Reserve.
Sutter, 27 (6/2/87), has collected 14 points (5-9=14) in 26 games with Iowa this season. He ranks fourth on the team in scoring.