Forward Jason Zucker will be back in the lineup when the Minnesota Wild attempts to complete a season-series sweep of the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday at Xcel Energy Center.
Zucker, who has been a healthy scratch the past two games, will play in place of David Jones, who is out with an illness.
"He gives us a lot of speed, and outside speed, and can push the pace," interim Head Coach John Torchetti said. "He can get their [defense] sitting back a little bit. Hopefully they lose a little bit of their gap, and that's what we want; to create that speed with him."
When the Minnesota Wild defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 6-1 in the 2016 NHL Coors Light Stadium Series, a trend was beginning to form.
The Wild had improved to 4-0-0 under interim Head Coach John Torchetti, scoring 21 goals in doing so. Minnesota set a franchise record with four consecutive regulation games of five goals-for, or more.
So as questions were being posed to the Wild regarding what had led to the offensive outburst, it was more to rationalize a blip on the radar than a trend.
Zach Parise was named the NHL's First Star for the week of March 21.
In the Wild's three games last week, Parise had five goals and two assists, tied for the most points in the NHL over that span.
Parise scored a first-period hat trick against the Calgary Flames, and now leads the NHL with three three-goal games this season. He completed the feat over a span of 11:12, the quickest hat trick ever in Wild history. Parise also became the first Wild player to score three goals in a period. His third goal proved to be the game-winner.
Boston College 3, Minnesota Duluth 2
Forward Adam Gilmour (2013, fourth round) had an assist, and he, forward Alex Tuch (2014, first round), and Boston College defeated defenseman Carson Soucy (2013, fifth round) and Minnesota Duluth, 3-2, to advance to the 2016 Frozen Four.
Boston College 4, Harvard 1
Forward Alex Tuch (2014, first round pick) scored twice, and Boston College advanced in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Hockey Tournament on Friday. Tuch opened the scoring for the Eagles when he jammed home a loose puck in the crease 7:59 into the first period. It was his 16th goal of the season.
DENVER – The Minnesota Wild has been talking in clichés lately. Amid a four-game winning streak, its third such stretch in the past six weeks, it's hard to argue with changing the formula.
Now with its Thursday game behind it, a 6-2 win against the Calgary Flames in Saint Paul, the Wild can shift its attention to a Saturday showdown against the Colorado Avalanche.
And the Wild would be darned not to be cliché when it comes to how it's approaching what essentially amounts to a playoff game.
With all the talk about Niklas Backstrom facing his former team in the Minnesota Wild, the other piece of the trade deadline move that came back to the Wild is getting less press.
Forward David Jones did not spend 10 years in Calgary like Backstrom did in Minnesota (Jones played three season for the Flames), nor does he hold franchise records like Backstrom.
But in the three-plus weeks and 10 games Jones has worn a Wild sweater, he has impressed his teammates and coaches with his versatility and consistent performances, which they talked about prior to the Minnesota Wild hosting the Calgary Flames on Thursday.
The saying goes, keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.
On Thursday, an old friend will be turned into a foe when the Minnesota Wild hosts the Calgary Flames, looking for its fourth consecutive victory and a big two points heading into the weekend.
Former Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom is expected to start for Calgary. A Wild win in any fashion would see it maintain the second wild card spot into the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Minnesota sits one point ahead of the Colorado Avalanche, who has played one fewer game than the Wild. Colorado plays the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.
With the field announced, 16 of college hockey's top teams will compete for the right to travel to Tampa Bay and the 2016 Frozen Four, beginning this weekend.
There are four regional tournaments taking place across the country — including one at Xcel Energy Center — and seven Minnesota Wild prospects represented on five schools.
Forward Jason Pominville practiced in full with the Wild on Wednesday, and could possibly return on Thursday when it hosts the Calgary Flames in Saint Paul.
Pominville, who has missed the past seven games with a lower-body injury, took morning skate on Tuesday prior to the Wild's 2-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings. Wednesday was his first full practice with his teammates, the next step in drawing back into the lineup.
"It was nice to get an actual skate in, and a full practice, and not a morning skate," Pominville said. "I felt fine, and I guess we'll go from there."