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Cooke says he didn't intend to knee Barrie | 04/24/2014 3:21 PM
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Matt Cooke spoke to the media Thursday about his seven-game ban for kneeing Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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He said he was "disappointed and sorry that Tyson Barrie can't play for the Colorado Avalanche tonight" and that is was "not my intent to collide with him knee-on-knee." Cooke also mentioned that he's been a changed player since March 20, 2011. He didn't say if he'll appeal the suspension, but he has until Friday night to decide.
Kyle Brodziak set to return in Game 4 | 04/24/2014 11:12 AM
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Kyle Brodziak is projected to return to Minnesota's lineup on Thursday night.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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He was a healthy scratch in Game 3 but with Matt Cooke suspended, Brodziak will return to the Wild's fourth line. It's expected that he'll center a unit between Dany Heatley and Cody McCormick.
Matt Cooke gets 7-game suspension for kneeing | 04/24/2014 10:43 AM
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Matt Cooke was assessed a seven-game suspension for his knee-on-knee hit on Colorado's Tyson Barrie on Monday night in Game 3.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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He has the right to appeal the suspension to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman within 48 hours and if that ruling is upheld then he can appeal to a neutral arbitrator within seven days. Depending on what happens during that process, it could take too long for him to be able to return before the end of the first round. If Minnesota doesn't advance into Round 2 then Cooke's suspension will carry over into the 2014-15 regular season.
Niederreiter likely to fill in for Cooke | 04/23/2014 3:04 PM
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Nino Niederreiter is projected to take Matt Cooke's spot on a line with Erik Haula and Justin Fontaine.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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Cooke is expected to be suspended for his knee-on-knee hit to Tyson Barrie. Niederreiter has an assist in three playoff games.
Matt Cooke's hearing will happen Wednesday | 04/22/2014 2:37 PM
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Matt Cooke's hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday.
Pierre LeBrun on Twitter

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The NHL offered Cooke an in-person hearing, which allows them to suspend him for five games or more. Cooke delivered a knee-on-knee hit to Colorado's Tyson Barrie, who will consequently miss four-to-six weeks with an MCL injury.
Zach Parise earns another assist Monday | 04/22/2014 9:45 AM
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Zach Parise had an assist and seven shots in Minnesota's 1-0 win over Colorado in Game 3 on Monday night.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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He hasn't scored a goal yet in the series, but he leads the team in points with four. Parise has been credited with 15 shots and he's had his chances to score, so it probably won't be long before he starts to get going.
Matt Cooke gets offered an in-person hearing | 04/22/2014 8:59 AM
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Matt Cooke has been offered the opportunity for an in-person hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety after his knee-on-knee hit on Colorado's Tyson Barrie.
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The incident occurred early in the second period and it earned Cooke a two minute penalty for kneeing. He could face a much stiffer penalty from the league for the play.
Darcy Kuemper shines in win over Avs | 04/22/2014 1:47 AM
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Darcy Kuemper registered his first career playoff win Monday as the Wild outlasted Colorado to earn a 1-0 overtime win against the Avalanche.
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Kuemper blocked all 22 shots he faced in the win, which was his first start of the series after Ilya Bryzgalov got the nod in Games 1 and 2. There's no doubt about who will be between the pipes for Game 4.
Mikael Granlund plays OT hero in Game 3 win | 04/21/2014 10:20 PM
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Mikael Granlund's goal five minutes into overtime lifted the Minnesota Wild to a 1-0 victory over Colorado in Game 3 of their opening round playoff series Monday.
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Granlund was arguably the best player on the ice on this night so it's fitting that he recorded the game-winning tally. Jason Pominville and Zach Parise drew assists on the game's lone goal, as the Wild narrowed Colorado's series lead to 2-1.
Granlund to play with Parise, Pominville | 04/21/2014 6:51 PM
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Mikael Granlund will be reunited with Zach Parise and Jason Pominville for the start of Game 3.
Michael Russo on Twitter

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The trio enjoyed some success during the regular season and they were put back together in the third period of Game 2's loss to Colorado. Granlund has no points and three shots in his first two playoff appearances.
Heatley returns from the press box on Monday | 04/21/2014 1:45 PM
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Dany Heatley will draw back into Minnesota's lineup for Game 3.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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He was a healthy scratch in the team's previous two games of their first-round series against Colorado. "[Heatley's] played well against these guys this year," coach Mike Yeo said. "Veteran presence, a guy who's got a lot of experience in the playoffs. We're adding a guy who ... has more playoff points than anybody on our team." Yeo also praised Heatley for his professionalism and he's hoping that he has a strong game.
Justin Fontaine set to make NHL playoff debut | 04/21/2014 1:38 PM
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Justin Fontaine will dress in Game 3 versus Colorado in his first career NHL playoff game.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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He'll skate alongside Matt Cooke and Erik Haula. Coach Mike Yeo basically expressed his expectations for Fontaine when he described the type of player he is: "he's positionally sound, he's surprisingly competitive, strong on the puck. As much as anything else, it's his composure, it's his ability to make plays on the wall." Fontaine had 13 goals and 21 points in 66 games during the regular season.
Kyle Brodziak will be in the press box Monday | 04/21/2014 1:31 PM
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Kyle Brodziak will be a healthy scratch in Game 3 Monday night.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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"I think it's pretty obvious," Brodziak said. "I haven't been playing the best of my capability. It's a pretty big game tonight, so that's about it." He had a goal and a minus-3 rating in Game 1 and was limited to just 10:51 of ice time in Game 2. Justin Fontaine will take his place in the lineup and skate on the third line.
Wild will start Darcy Kuemper in Game 3 | 04/21/2014 1:14 PM
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Darcy Kuemper will be between the pipes for the Wild in Game 3 against Colorado.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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It will mark his first career playoff start and his first start since Mar. 27. Kuemper had been sidelined with an upper-body injury, which was believed to be a concussion, prior to his return in Game 2. He began the game on the bench as Minnesota's backup, but he ended up coming into the contest in relief after Ilya Bryzgalov was pulled. He stopped all 14 shots he faced.
Marco Scandella scores goal in losing effort | 04/20/2014 10:27 AM
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Marco Scandella scored a goal in a 4-2 loss to Colorado on Saturday.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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Scandella has two points in two playoff games. That matches his total from the 2013 postseason, when Minnesota was eliminated in the first round by Chicago in five contests.
Mikko Koivu has 3 points in two playoff games | 04/20/2014 10:25 AM
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Mikko Koivu had two assists in Minnesota's 4-2 loss to Colorado in Game 2 of the first round.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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Koivu also had an assist in the playoff opener. He had 11 goals and 54 points in 65 games in 2013-14.
Bryzgalov pulled in second; Kuemper excellent | 04/20/2014 12:58 AM
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Ilya Bryzgalov was pulled in the second period of the Wild's 4-2 loss to Colorado in Game 2 on Saturday night.
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The Wild now trail in the first-round series 2-0. Bryzgalov had a decent run as the Wild's starter, but he hasn't been good over his last four games, posting sub-.875 save percentages in all of them. On Saturday, the Russian gave up three goals on 14 shots in 31:59. Darcy Kuemper was a perfect 14-for-14 and it wouldn't be at all shocking to see him get the start Monday in Minnesota.
Bryzgalov pulled in second; Kuemper excellent | 04/20/2014 12:43 AM
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Ilya Bryzgalov was pulled in the second period of the Wild's 4-2 loss to Colorado in Game 2 on Saturday night.
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The Wild now trail in the first-round series 2-0. Bryzgalov had a decent run as the Wild's starter, but he hasn't been good over his last four games, posting sub-.875 save percentages in all of them. On Saturday, the Russian gave up three goals on 14 shots in 31:59. Darcy Kuemper was a perfect 14-for-14 and it wouldn't be at all shocking to see him get the start Monday in Minnesota.
Charlie Coyle nets goal in Game 2 loss to Avs | 04/20/2014 12:43 AM
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Charlie Coyle netted a goal for Minnesota, which fell 4-2 in Game 2 of the first-round series with the Avalanche.
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Impact
Coyle beat Semyon Varlmov witha tip-in early in the first period via assists from Mikko Koivu and Ryan Suter. Coyle is likely not going to be a playoff-pool asset unless the Wild advance further in the postseason. He had just 12 goals and 30 points in 70 games this year. Marco Scandella notched the other goal; the defenseman had just 17 points during the regular season, so he's probably not going to be a help for fantasy leaguers right now. Koivu and Zach Parise picked up assists on the late third-period marker.
Dany Heatley a healthy scratch again for Wild | 04/19/2014 9:29 PM
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Dany Heatley is a healthy scratch for the Wild against the Avs in Game 2 of their first-round series.
Adrian Dater on Twitter

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Heatley also did not play in the first game. The 33-year-old has seen his game drop off significantly in recent years. He tallied just 12 goals and 28 points this season, with 10 of those points coming on the man advantage.
Darcy Kuemper set to return to lineup | 04/19/2014 2:10 PM
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It appears as though Darcy Kuemper (upper body) will back up Ilya Bryzgalov in Game 2 on Saturday night.
Michael Russo on Twitter

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Kuemper has been out of action since Mar. 27 with an upper-body injury. He might get a chance to start at some point in Minnesota's first-round series against Colorado.
Dany Heatley understands why he's not playing | 04/19/2014 11:28 AM
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Dany Heatley is ready to go in the playoffs when he's called upon.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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"Just the way the end of the year went, I was scratched in Phoenix and we kind of went on a tear, so it is what it is," he said of his current situation. "I'll stay ready. If I get in, I'll be ready to go." Heatley was a healthy scratch in Game 1 when the Wild dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to Colorado on Thursday night. It isn't clear yet if he'll be in the lineup for Game 2 Saturday.
Wild aim to put blown lead behind them | 04/18/2014 6:39 PM
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The Minnesota Wild are looking to put their blown lead in Game 1 of the first round behind them.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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Minnesota had a 4-2 lead over Colorado in the third period, but ended up losing 5-4 in overtime. "You're going to face adversity in the playoffs," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "We want to get on a run here and any team that's going to have any kind of success in the playoffs, you're going to face adversity." The first two games of the series are in Colorado, so if Minnesota bounces back on Saturday, then they're in great shape going forward.
Bryzgalov set to redeem himself Saturday | 04/18/2014 1:10 PM
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Ilya Bryzgalov will get a chance to redeem himself Saturday night in Game 2 of the opening round of the playoffs.
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Bryzgalov allowed five goals on 31 shots in the overtime loss to Colorado Thursday night, a couple of which should have been stopped. As the Wild have no other healthy choice to start in goal, Bryzgalov will get a chance to show the Wild made a good choice to acquire him in a late trade this season.
Bryzgalov not sharp in loss | 04/18/2014 3:48 AM
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Ilya Bryzgalov allowed five goals on 31 shots in Minnesota's 5-4 overtime loss to Colorado Thursday night.
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Bryzgalov allowed five goals in his last game of the regular season and he struggled again. He let in a couple of soft goals and we'll have to wait and see, if Bryzgalov will start the next game for the Wild on Saturday night.
Suter scores in loss | 04/18/2014 3:44 AM
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Ryan Suter scored a goal in Minnesota's 5-4 overtime loss to Colorado Thursday night in Game 1 of their first round playoff series.
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Wild defenseman Suter broke a 1-1 tie at 11:05 of the second period on a power-play goal when he moved in from the blue line and put a screen shot past Semyon Varlamov, but it wasn't enough for the Wild. Suter logged 31:11 of ice time in the match, which was more than anyone else in the game. Charlie Coyle, Erik Haula and Kyle Brodziak also scored for the Wild, while Zach Parise added two helpers in the loss.
Nate Prosser set to make playoff debut | 04/17/2014 5:27 PM
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Nate Prosser will play in his first NHL playoff game Thursday night.
Denver Post

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He played four years at Colorado College before starting his professional career and now he'll face the Avalanche. "I still have some buddies around the Denver area who will be coming tonight," Prosser said. "It's always fun coming back to Colorado. I enjoyed my four years down at CC. Great time, great city."
Mikael Granlund ready for playoff debut | 04/17/2014 12:39 PM
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Mikael Granlund will make his NHL playoff debut Thursday night versus Colorado.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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He missed the last six games of the regular season with a head injury, but he's ready to return for Game 1 of the postseason. Granlund had eight goals and 41 points in 63 games this year.
Ilya Bryzgalov set to open playoffs for Wild | 04/17/2014 12:34 PM
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Ilya Bryzgalov is expected to be between the pipes for Minnesota in Colorado on Thursday night.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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He has a 7-1-3 record with a 2.12 goals-against average, a .911 save percentage and three shutouts since joining the Wild. Still, you never really know what you're going to get from Bryzgalov and Colorado has some dangerous shooters.
Jacob Dowell returns to the minors | 04/16/2014 4:00 PM
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Jacob Dowell has been sent to the AHL Iowa Wild.
Michael Russo on Twitter

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Dowell has 17 points and 56 penalty minutes in 54 AHL games this season. The 29-year-old forward is also the veteran of 157 career NHL contests.
Darcy Kuemper (UBI) returned to practice | 04/16/2014 10:00 AM
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Darcy Kuemper (upper body) practiced Tuesday.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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"I felt pretty good," said Kuemper after his first practice since March 31. "I didn't feel that rusty. I think I'm definitely close right now. It's never easy to watch, especially this time of year." It's still uncertain who will serve as Ilya Bryzgalov's backup in Game 1 on Thursday night against Colorado. If Kuemper isn't ready then John Curry will dress.
Dany Heatley could be scratched Thursday | 04/16/2014 9:55 AM
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Dany Heatley appears as though he will be a healthy scratch on Thursday when the playoffs begin.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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He didn't have a spot among Minnesota's top-four lines at practice on Tuesday. Heatley leads all Wild players in playoff scoring with 57 points in 66 games. He sat a few times down the stretch as well.
Mikael Granlund slated to play on 2nd line | 04/16/2014 9:51 AM
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Mikael Granlund (head) said he "felt really good" after Tuesday's practice.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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He's expected to be available to play in Thursday's postseason opener in Colorado. Granlund will reclaim his second-line spot between Matt Moulson and Jason Pominville, which will bump Erik Haula to the fourth unit.
Wild expects Mikael Granlund for playoffs | 04/15/2014 10:58 AM
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Mikael Granlund (head) is likely to be back in the Minnesota lineup when the Wild faces the Colorado Avalanche in the teams' first round of the NHL playoffs this week.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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It would be the playoff debut for Granlund, a key Minnesota player who has been out since early April with a head injury. Granlund would center veteran Matt Moulson, who had 13 points in 20 games since being acquired from Buffalo on March 5, and another ex-Sabre, Jason Pominville, who led the Wild in points this season with 30 goals and 30 assists.
Wild counting on Jason Pominville in playoffs | 04/15/2014 10:52 AM
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Jason Pominville tied for 16th in the NHL with 30 goals, led the Wild with 60 points and recorded three points twice in Minnesota's final three regular-season games.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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So the team obviously is counting on Pominville to help out in a big way in the first round of the playoffs, when Minnesota faces the Colorado Avalanche. Pominville, 31, often is overshadowed by captain Mikko Koivu and second-leading scorer Zach Parise, but there is no doubt the Wild will be expecting production from Pominville against the Avalanche. "He can do it in so many different ways," NBC analyst Pierre McGuire said. "He's a 5-on-5 scorer, he's a power-play threat, both from the top of the circle and also up by the blue line because he's a great distributor and he can also shoot the wicked one-timer. You put it all together, and he might be the most well-rounded player on their team in terms of being a pure scorer, a really good defensive player and a special teams specialist. There are other guys that are flashier - Koivu, Parise. But Jason Pominville just does his job all the time."
There's pressure on Wild captain Mikko Koivu | 04/15/2014 10:09 AM
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Mikko Koivu, at 31, has played in 601 regular-season games over nine seasons, but he has been to the playoffs only three times and never has made it past the first round.
Denver Post

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As the Minnesota Wild captain prepares for the franchise's fifth Western Conference playoff appearance, starting Thursday night at Colorado, there's great pressure on Koivu to avenge a 4-1 playoff series loss to Chicago last season. Koivu failed to earn a point offensively and finished a minus-6 matched against Chicago's do-it-all center, Jonathan Toews. Koivu certainly wasn't the only Wild player to struggle, but as the team's captain, his struggles were the most pronounced. "When you're not able to (produce), obviously you get frustrated and disappointed," Koivu said. "You have to learn from that individually. You want to be better, and this is my chance for that."
Erik Haula records first multi-point game | 04/14/2014 1:31 PM
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Erik Haula produced a goal and an assist in Sunday's 7-3 loss to Nashville.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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It was the first multi-point game of his NHL career. The Wild rookie ended the regular season strong with three goals and seven points in his last seven games. He has played well while filling in on Minnesota's second line, but if Mikael Granlund is able to return in the playoffs then Haula will get bumped down the depth chart.
G Ilya Bryzgalov saves 16 before being pulled | 04/13/2014 11:09 PM
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Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov saved 16 shots for the Minnesota Wild Sunday night before being pulled after two periods in a 7-3 loss to the visiting Nashville Predators.
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Bryzgalov allowed four consecutive Nashville goals in the second period. Nashville, which was down 2-0 in the first period, led 5-3 after two. Bryzgalov was replaced at the start of the third period by John Curry, who stopped 10 of the 12 Nashville shots he faced. Bryzgalov, who will be the Wild's starting goalie in the playoffs, had been playing pretty well since being dealt to Minnesota before the NHL trade deadline in March but he was shaky Sunday. He finishes the season with a GAA of 2.68, a save percentage of .909 and a win-loss record of 12-9-8. As the Western Conference's first wild card, Minnesota will face the Colorado Avalanche in the opening playoff round, beginning Thursday.
Wild's Jason Pominville gets 3 points in loss | 04/13/2014 11:01 PM
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Jason Pominville scored a goal and had two assists in the Minnesota Wild's 7-3 loss to the visiting Nashville Predators Sunday night.
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The former Sabre completes the regular season with respectable numbers -- 30 goals and 30 assists. Erik Haula (sixth) and Zach Parise (29th) also scored goals for the Wild Sunday. Minnesota entered play Sunday without a regulation loss in its past seven games. That streak came to an ugly end in its final regular-season tuneup before the Stanley Cup playoffs. As the Western Conference's first wild card, Minnesota will face the Colorado Avalanche in the opening playoff round, beginning Thursday.
Clayton Stoner (knee) will return Sunday | 04/12/2014 6:30 PM
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Clayton Stoner (knee) will get back in the lineup on Sunday against Nashville.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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He has missed 10 games with a sprained MCL. Stoner has five points and 82 penalty minutes in 62 games this season.
Mikael Granlund (head) practices Saturday | 04/12/2014 6:23 PM
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Mikael Granlund (head) returned to practice Saturday.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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"This was a good first step," coach Mike Yeo said. "The next step will be a matter of him getting into some contact drills and the battle part of our practices." That could happen as early as next week.
Banged up Brodziak hopes to play Sunday | 04/12/2014 1:31 PM
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Although he is a little banged up, Kyle Brodziak is hoping to play Sunday against Nashville in the Wild's regular season finale.
Mike Russo Twitter

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He hurt himself in Friday's game against the Blues but indicated he felt only a little discomfort and that he thinks he should be good to go Sunday against the Preds. If Brodziak does play, he will have dressed for all 82 of Minnesota's games this season.
Granlund looks good in workouts | 04/12/2014 1:28 PM
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Mikael Granlund is progressing from an upper-body injury and will accelerate his workouts with a view of being ready for the start of the playoffs.
Mike Russo Twitter

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He really impressed coach Mike Yeo and seems to be closing in on a return. Of course, he will not play Sunday against Nashville and although he is looking much healthier, Yeo did indicate they will "be smart" about Granlund's return.
NHL suspends Michael Rupp for four games | 04/11/2014 3:45 PM
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Michael Rupp has been suspended four games for hitting T.J. Oshie in the head on Thursday.
NHL.com

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That's one regular season game and three playoff contests. In addition to the hit being an illegal check to the head, Rupp was also guilty of interference. On top of that, Oshie was injured on the play.
Mikael Granlund (UBI) hasn't skated yet | 04/11/2014 10:06 AM
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Mikael Granlund (upper body) hasn't been on the ice since he was injured on Mar. 31 against Los Angeles.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
Coach Mike Yeo spoke with Granlund on Thursday and said "it's really encouraging just how good he felt," so that's a positive sign. Still, it's unclear when he'll be ready to resume skating, so his status for the start of the playoffs is questionable.
Rupp likely to be suspended for hit on Oshie | 04/11/2014 10:02 AM
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Michael Rupp was assessed a match penalty in Thursday's game against St. Louis.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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He was ejected in the second period after he delivered a high hit to Blues forward T.J. Oshie. Rupp is automatically suspended pending a review from the league and he'll face supplemental discipline. He was playing in his first game since Feb. 1.
Christian Folin makes impressive NHL debut | 04/11/2014 9:55 AM
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Christian Folin logged 19:26 of ice time and did very well for himself in his NHL debut Thursday.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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He posted an assist and a plus-3 rating in Minnesota's 4-2 win against St. Louis. Frolin also saw 2:00 of power-play time and 2:38 of shorthanded time in the contest.
Matt Cooke earns 2 assists Thursday night | 04/11/2014 9:52 AM
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Matt Cooke registered two assists and a plus-3 rating in Thursday's 4-2 win over St. Louis.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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He had gone 10 games without a point going into the match and he has recorded 28 points in 81 games this year.
Nino Niederreiter earns 2 points vs. Blues | 04/11/2014 9:49 AM
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Nino Niederreiter had a goal and an assist in Minnesota's 4-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
He had a goal and an assist in his previous 13 contests. Niederreiter has 14 goals, 36 points and 172 hits in 80 games this season.
Kyle Brodziak ends lengthy slumps Thursday | 04/11/2014 9:44 AM
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Kyle Brodziak scored two goals Thursday night in Minnesota's 4-2 win over St. Louis.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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He snapped a 17-game goalless drought and an 11-game pointless slump. Brodziak has eight goals and 24 points in 81 games this campaign.
John Curry peppered in win over St. Louis | 04/11/2014 1:23 AM
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John Curry faced a lot of rubber, but he emerged victorious after Minnesota's 4-2 defeat of the Blues.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Curry is the fifth different netminder the Wild has started for a game this season, but he fared exceptionally well in his chance. He stopped 43 of 45 shots to earn a victory and improve his record to 1-0-0. Prior to tonight, he had not played in the NHL since 2009 so his fantasy prospects are somewhat limited.
Michael Rupp will draw back against Blues | 04/10/2014 4:46 PM
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Michael Rupp will suit up in his first game since Feb. 1 on Thursday night.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
He has one assist in 12 games this season. This will mark just his fifth appearance in the lineup since Dec. 31. Coach Mike Yeo wants to get his seldom-used players some game action before the end of the year in case they are called upon in the playoffs. Just an FYI as he doesn't have any fantasy value.
Christian Folin to play in 1st NHL game | 04/10/2014 1:09 PM
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Christian Folin will dress in his first NHL game on Thursday against St. Louis.
Michael Russo on Twitter

Impact
He has been skating with the Wild for just over a week after signing with the team last Monday as a college free agent. Frolin had 20 points in 41 games with UMass-Lowell this past season. He will be paired with Marco Scandella in his NHL debut.
G John Curry makes his Wild debut Thursday | 04/10/2014 12:20 PM
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John Curry will be between the pipes for Minnesota on Thursday night.
Minnesota Wild on Twitter

Impact
It will mark his first appearance in goal for the Wild and he will be the fifth different Minnesota netminder to face the St. Louis Blues this season. Adjust your lineup accordingly.
Ryan Suter pots tying goal in comeback win | 04/09/2014 10:29 AM
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Ryan Suter potted the game-tying goal with 65 seconds remaining in regulation to help the Wild earn a 3-2 shootout win against Boston.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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His eighth goal of the season gave Minnesota the opportunity to clinch a playoff spot and they took advantage of it. Suter logged 31:14 of ice time in the match and he was assessed four minutes in penalties. He has 43 points and a plus-16 rating in 80 matches.
Mikko Koivu helps Wild secure playoff berth | 04/09/2014 10:24 AM
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Mikko Koivu did a bit of everything in Tuesday's shootout win over Boston.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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He recorded two assists and three takeaways, while winning 18 of 27 faceoffs. Koivu also scored the only goal in the shootout to give Minnesota the win and a playoff spot. The Wild captain has 53 points in 63 games this campaign.
Ilya Bryzgalov wins again, Wild top Bruins | 04/09/2014 1:34 AM
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Ilya Bryzgalov remains undefeated in regulation as a member of the Wild after pulling out a 21 save shootout victory over the Bruins on Tuesday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Bryz is 7-0-6 in Minnesota with a 1.78 goals against average and .923 save percentage, certainly a surprising figure in light of his recent struggles with Edmonton and Philadelphia. Three of the goaltender's four shutouts this year have come since his trade to Minnesota.
Jason Pominville helps Wild topple Bruins | 04/09/2014 1:24 AM
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Jason Pominville notched two goals and an assist in Minnesota's big 4-3 shootout win over the league-leading Bruins, clinching the Wild the top Wildcard berth in the West.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The 31 year old now has 29 goals and 57 points through 80 games in what has been a pretty consistent season for the veteran. Pominville also has six points in his past six games.
Zach Parise, Koivu clicking with Coyle | 04/08/2014 9:55 AM
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Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu picked up assists on Charlie Coyle's goal in a 1-0 win over Winnipeg on Monday night.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
The trio has been together for five games and one period, while combining to score eight goals and 21 points over that span. Parise has pulled into a tie with Jason Pominville for the team scoring lead with 54 points in 64 matches this season.
Ilya Bryzgalov will start again on Tuesday | 04/08/2014 9:49 AM
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Ilya Bryzgalov will get the nod for Minnesota again on Tuesday against Boston.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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He blanked the Winnipeg Jets on Monday, with 24 saves, and will carry a shutout streak of 142:15 into Tuesday night's contest.
Wild aren't allowing many shots | 04/08/2014 9:46 AM
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Minnesota has allowed 26 shots or fewer for eight straight games.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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The Wild rank fifth in the league with 2.35 goals against this season, which has helped make life easier on their goaltenders. "I'm not painting any pictures in front of myself," said Ilya Bryzgalov, who will start again on Tuesday against the Boston Bruins. "I just go on the ice and play hard and try to give the team a chance to win. The guys are playing in front of me unbelievable. That's the formula of success right now."
Charlie Coyle scores lone goal in W vs. Jets | 04/07/2014 10:47 PM
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Charlie Coyle was the only goal scorer in Minnesota's 1-0 victory over the Jets on Monday night.
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Impact
Coyle's 12th tally of the season was the only goal either team could muster in a hard-fought defensive battle. Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu picked up helpers on the marker.
Ilya Bryzgalov shuts out Jets Monday | 04/07/2014 10:41 PM
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Ilya Bryzgalov was perfect on Monday night as Minnesota earned a 1-0 victory over the Jets.
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Impact
Many wondered why the Wild acquired Bryzgalov earlier in the season, but the additional depth looks to be genius now. The former member of the Coyotes, Flyers and Oilers has posted a 6-0-3 record since joining Minnesota to go along with a 1.67 GAA and a .929 save percentage.
Ilya Bryzgalov to start vs. Winnipeg Monday | 04/07/2014 12:47 PM
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Ilya Bryzgalov will be in goal for Minnesota on Monday against Winnipeg.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
He has a 5-0-3 record with a 1.87 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage in nine appearances with the Wild. Coach Mike Yeo hasn't decided who will start in Tuesday's contest versus Boston, but going with Bryzgalov again is a "possibility."
Bryzgalov is white hot at the moment | 04/06/2014 1:02 PM
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Ilya Bryzgalov is white hot at the moment.
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Impact
Since January 27th he has not lost a game in regulation time and he sports a 7-0-5 record with a 1.83 goals-against average and .931 save percentage over that span. Those are pretty impressive numbers. Even if Darcy Kuemper returns from injury before the end of the regular season, we see no reason why Wild coach Mike Yeo would bench Bryzgalov in favor of him.
Granlund still considered day-to-day | 04/06/2014 12:57 PM
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There is no further update on the status of Mikael Granlund.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
He is still dealing with an upper-body injury that kept him out of Saturday night's game against the Penguins and Thursday's contest against the Blackhawks. Consider him day-to-day.
Kuemper feeling better but not ready to play | 04/06/2014 12:54 PM
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Darcy Kuemper, who has missed Minnesota's last three games due to an upper-body injury, is feeling better but is not ready to return to action.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
Consider him day-to-day for now. With Ilya Bryzgalov playing so well, there is no need to rush Kuemper back.
Nino Niederreiter back in Wild uniform Satur. | 04/06/2014 2:35 AM
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Nino Niederreiter (upper body) returned to action on Saturday.
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Impact
Niederreiter suffered the upper body injury on Monday against the Kings and missed only one game before his return Saturday. He had a couple of hits but otherwise was held off the scoresheet in a 4-0 win over Pittsburgh. He has had a good first season with the Wild as he has 13 goals and 34 points in 77 games with a plus-10 rating. Look for more of the same next season for the native of Switzerland.
Charlie Coyle enjoying his best stretch | 04/04/2014 9:52 AM
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Charlie Coyle scored his fourth goal in his last seven games on Thursday night.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
He has been held off the scoresheet just one time over that span. Coyle has been very well on a line with Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu. Coyle has 11 goals and 27 points in 65 outings.
Erik Haula's pots 4th goal, Wild lose in SO | 04/03/2014 11:19 PM
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Erik Haula sniped a goal for the Wild, but they came up short in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Blackhawks on Thursday night.
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Impact
Haula's goal essentially gave the Wild a point, as he netted it with 1:54 left in the game. It was his fourth of the season, and he now has 10 points in 41 games this season. Charlie Coyle picked up his 11th goal in the loss. Jared Spurgeon, Ryan Suter and Justin Fontaine had the helpers.
Ilya Bryzgalov kicks away 24 shots in SO loss | 04/03/2014 11:18 PM
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Ilya Bryzgalov yielded two goals on 26 shots in the Wild's 3-2 shootout loss to the Blackhawks on Thursday night.
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Impact
Bryzgalov has been very good lately for Minnesota at a very important time. He's helped the Wild earn at least a point in all three. He has a 2.76 goals-against average and .909 save percentage this season.
Nino Niederreiter skates, won't play Thursday | 04/03/2014 6:14 PM
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Nino Niederreiter (upper body) skated Thursday morning, but he won't play in Chicago.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
"It'd be silly on our part to rush him back. This time of year, let's make sure we give him a chance to fully heal and get ready for the next one," coach Mike Yeo said. "We don't want him to come back for one period and then lose him for three weeks here. Let's just make sure we approach this with a bit of caution toward making sure we have him back and healthy for good." Niederreiter got his bell rung on a hit against Los Angeles on Monday, but he hasn't experienced any ill effects since then. Still, the Wild are being cautious with his recovery.
Ilya Bryzgalov will play in Chicago Thursday | 04/03/2014 6:07 PM
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Ilya Bryzgalov will tend to Minnesota's crease in Thursday's game against Chicago.
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Impact
He will be the fourth different starter for the Wild in five games to play the Blackhawks this season. Bryzgalov will continue to serve as the team's number one keeper until Darcy Kuemper is able to return from injury.
Dany Heatley will draw back in Thursday | 04/03/2014 2:34 PM
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Dany Heatley will be back in uniform for the Wild on Thursday night.
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Impact
He has been a healthy scratch for the past two games. Heatley has no goals and two assists in his last 14 matches. He will get back in because Nino Niederreiter is dealing with an upper-body injury.
Wild promote Erik Haula to second line | 04/03/2014 12:21 PM
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Erik Haula is projected to move up the depth chart because of Mikael Granlund's upper-body injury.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
He'll start Thursday's game in Chicago between Matt Moulson and Jason Pominville. "It's nice to play more," Haula said. "It's unfortunate what happened to Granny. I hope he has a speedy recovery. He's an important player for our team, but it's all about winning. I got a chance to step up. It's a confidence booster for myself."
Mikael Granlund out Thursday with UBI | 04/03/2014 12:17 PM
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Mikael Granlund (upper body) won't play Thursday and his status for the rest of the season is uncertain.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
Coach Mike Yeo would only say that there's no timetable until Granlund gets assessed fully by the team doctors. His head appeared to make contact with the shoulder of Los Angeles Kings' Jarret Stoll on Monday night and Granlund's past history with concussions makes the injury a concern. He has already missed a chunk of games this season with concussion issues.
Josh Harding returns to practice Wednesday | 04/02/2014 6:30 PM
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Josh Harding practiced with the Wild on Wednesday for the first time since January.
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Impact
He hopes to be back with his teammates soon if everything goes well. However, he is still listed as day-to-day and it's unclear when or if he'll be available to play before the season is over. He has been sidelined since Dec. 31 due to complications with his multiple sclerosis.
Jacob Dowell is back up with the Wild | 04/02/2014 12:37 PM
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Jacob Dowell has been summoned from the minors.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
Mikael Granlund suffered an upper-body injury on Monday, so Dowell or Cody McCormick could play in Chicago on Thursday depending on some other injury concerns that the Wild are dealing with. Dowell played just two NHL games last year and he hasn't played for Minnesota yet this season.
Minnesota recalls goaltender John Curry | 04/02/2014 12:31 PM
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John Curry has been brought up by the Minnesota Wild.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
Darcy Kuemper has an upper-body injury, so Curry will back up Ilya Bryzgalov.
Keith Ballard 'very close' to returning | 04/01/2014 9:46 AM
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Keith Ballard (groin) is "very close" to returning, according to coach Mike Yeo.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
He sat out his eighth consecutive game on Monday because of a groin injury.
Dany Heatley was scratched again on Monday | 04/01/2014 9:44 AM
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Dany Heatley was scratched for a second straight game on Monday night.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
Coach Mike Yeo has liked the way Heatley has handled himself, which suggests that he could get back into the lineup soon. "The pregame skate in Phoenix, the assistant coaches really complimented him in how hard he worked in all the extra work he was doing," Yeo ssaid. "[Sunday], real good practice. So he's doing everything that he can right now. That's the key for me, use these practices to build the confidence back up, to get feeling good about yourself, and then that way when you get back in there, you'll be ready to take advantage in it." Heatley has 12 goals and 27 points in 74 games this campaign.
Matt Moulson helps build team chemistry | 04/01/2014 9:39 AM
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Matt Moulson had a goal and four penalty minutes in Monday's game versus Los Angeles.
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Impact
He picked four minutes for roughing after he came to the defense of teammate Jason Pominville, who was victimized on a hit by Jake Muzzin. "That stuff builds team chemistry," coach Mike Yeo said. "Whenever you see somebody who goes outside what's normal for them and they're doing it for the team, the way I saw our [penalty] killers go out on that kill and then for [Moulson] to get that goal, I thought it was great." Moulson has five goals and nine points in 14 games with the Wild.
Zach Parise records 2 points vs. Kings | 04/01/2014 9:32 AM
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Zach Parise notched a goal and an assist in Monday's 3-2 victory against Los Angeles.
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Impact
He has five goals and one assist in his past five matches. Parise leads the Wild with 28 goals this season and he's second on the club in points, with 51, in 61 contests.
Niederreiter exits game Monday due to UBI | 04/01/2014 9:28 AM
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Nino Niederreiter left Monday's 3-2 victory over Los Angeles with an upper-body injury.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
He lasted just three shifts for 2:17 of ice time after he was hit hard by Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin. Consider him day-to-day for the time being.
Mikael Granlund suffers UBI Monday night | 04/01/2014 9:23 AM
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Mikael Granlund sustained an upper-body injury in Monday's win over Los Angeles.
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Impact
He left late in the second period after checking Kings center Jarret Stoll. Granlund had one assist in 10:54 of ice time before he was forced to exit. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Bryzgalov and Minnesota win | 04/01/2014 3:15 AM
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Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 18 of 20 shots in Minnesota's 3-2 win over Los Angeles Monday evening.
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Impact
He won his second straight game for the Wild and he has allowed only three goals in those games. He now has a 4-0-2 record with a .909 save percentage and a 2.16 goals-against average with Minnesota this season.
Koivu leads Minnesota past Los Angeles | 04/01/2014 3:11 AM
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Mikko Koivu scored a goal and registered an assist in Minnesota's 3-2 win over Los Angeles Monday night.
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Impact
Koivu is riding a six-game point streak and he has two goals with seven assists in those games. He now has 10 goals and 39 assists in 59 games this season. Zach Parise also had a strong game with a goal and an assist, while Matt Moulson also scored for the Wild.
Darcy Kuemper sustains UBI Monday at practice | 03/31/2014 6:27 PM
News
Darcy Kuemper exited Monday's skate with an upper-body injury.
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Impact
He's listed as day-to-day for now. Ilya Bryzgalov will be making his second straight start on Monday night against Los Angeles.
Ilya Bryzgalov will face the Kings Monday | 03/31/2014 2:55 PM
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Ilya Bryzgalov will be Minnesota's crease Monday night in Los Angeles.
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Impact
He helped backstop the Wild to a 3-1 win over Phoenix on Saturday. He has a 3-0-2 record with a .910 save percentage and a 2.19 goals-against average with Minnesota this season.
Jared Spurgeon nets a goal Saturday | 03/30/2014 10:32 AM
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Jared Spurgeon scored a goal in Minnesota's 3-1 victory against Phoenix on Saturday.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
Spurgeon has only been held off the scoresheet twice in his last seven games. He has five goals and a career-high 24 points in 61 contests this season.
Mikko Koivu picks up two points Saturday | 03/30/2014 10:30 AM
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Mikko Koivu recorded two assists in Minnesota's 3-1 win on Saturday.
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Impact
Koivu is riding a five-game point streak. He has nine goals and 47 points in 58 games this season. With the Wild in a heated battle for a Wild Card spot, Koivu should finish the regular season on a high note.
Zach Parise surpasses his father's goal total | 03/30/2014 10:27 AM
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Zach Parise surpassed his father in goals scored on Saturday.
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Impact
Parise netted his 238th and 239th career goals, which puts him ahead of J.P. Parise, who had 238 goals and 594 points in 890 career games. The younger Parise's first marker on Saturday was the game-winner against Phoenix. It was a key two points for Minnesota as they work to secure a postseason spot.
Zach Parise pots two to lead Wild to win | 03/29/2014 11:48 PM
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Zach Parise potted two goals to lead the Wild over the Coyotes 3-1 on Saturday night.
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Impact
Parise hasn't put up the big numbers the Wild (and fantasy owners) were hoping for, but he's been productive this season when he's been healthy. In 60 games, he has 27 goals and 49 points. Jared Spurgeon scored the other goal for the Wild. Mikko Koivu picked up two helpers.
Ilyz Bryzgalov seizes starting opportunity | 03/29/2014 11:47 PM
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Ilyz Bryzgalov kicked away 22 shots in Minnesota's 3-1 victory against the Coyotes on Saturday night.
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Impact
Bryzgalov got the start in a very important game, with Darcy Kuemper struggling, and gave the Wild his best performance since being shipped to Minnesota. He has a 2.91 goals-against average and .907 save percentage this season. The Wild now hold a three-point lead on the Coyotes for the top wild-card spot in the West.
Ilya Bryzgalov will start against Phoenix | 03/29/2014 1:51 PM
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Updating a previous item, Ilya Bryzgalov will start in goal for the Wild on Saturday against Phoenix.
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Impact
Darcy Kuemper has been struggling of late and Bryzgalov has played well against the Coyotes in his career.
Heatley could be healthy scratch v Yotes | 03/29/2014 1:12 PM
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Don't be surprised if Dany Heatley is a healthy scratch against Phoenix Saturday night.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
He has not scored in 14 games and has registered only two assists over that span while posting a terrible minus seven rating. Justin Fontaine will dress against the Coyotes Saturday night and Heatley could very well be the odd man out.
McCormick day-to-day with facial injury | 03/29/2014 1:08 PM
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Cody McCormick is listed as day-to-day due to a cut near his eye.
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Impact
He will be a game-time decision for Saturday night's game agsainst Phoenix.
Justin Fontaine will dress against the Yotes | 03/29/2014 1:06 PM
News
Justin Fontaine, who is often a healthy scratch, will get the chance to play against Phoenix Saturday night.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
That said, you don't want him in your lineup as he has absolutely no fantasy value. Dany Heatley stands a really good chance of being scratched in favour of Fontaine.
Bryzgalov could start against former team | 03/29/2014 1:03 PM
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Don't be surprised if Ilya Bryzgalov gets the start Saturday night against his former team, the Coyotes.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
There are three reasons why we are speculating this will be the case. First, Bryzgalov would like the chance to show the Coyotes they made a mistake by not retaining him. Second, Darcy Kuemper is going through a cold streak and is coming off a bad loss to the Blues. Third, Bryzgalov has a lifetime 9-3-1 record with a 2.20 goals against average against Phoenix.
Dany Heatley has been struggling mightily | 03/28/2014 10:28 AM
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Dany Heatley has no goals and two assists in his last 14 games.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
He has picked up a minus-7 rating in his past five outings and he currently has a team-worst minus-18 rating on the year. Heatley has received over 14 minutes of ice time just one time in his last 12 appearances. He has a mere 12 goals and 27 points in 74 matches.
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