Player News - Wild

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Alex Stalock stopped 38 of the 40 shots he faced as the Minnesota Wild defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-2 on Thursday night.

Stalock was the talk of social media as he tried to score in the empty-net late in the game. Luckily for the Devils, Eddie Lack hadn't quite reached the bench yet and rushed back in time to prevent the goal. Stalock was tremendous, making key saves early and holding off after allowing goals by Taylor Hall and Stefan Noesen to fall in an early 2-0 hole. The Wild bounced back however and held on for the win. Stalock improves to 9-9-2 on the season with a 2.73 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage.
Feb 22 - 10:04 PM

Eric Staal scored a late goal to earn his 900th NHL point as the Minnesota Wild defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-2 on Thursday night.

Staal's 27th goal of the year came with a little over a minute left in regulation and into an empty net to secure the win for the Wild, who came back from a 2-0 deficit with three second period goals. This may open up debate on whether or not the 900 points earn him a spot in the Hall-of-Fame. He now has 27 goals and 54 points in 60 games this season.
Feb 22 - 9:55 PM

Marcus Foligno will be a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against the New Jersey Devils.

Foligno has six goals and 18 points in 56 games this season, but he has just one point in his last six contests. Gustav Olofsson will also serve as a healthy scratch in this one.
Feb 22 - 6:46 PM

Alex Stalock will get the start in Thursday's game against the New Jersey Devils.

Stalock hasn't played since being pulled against Dallas on Feb. 3. He has an 8-9-2 record with a 2.77 goals-against-average and a .914 save percentage this season.
Feb 21 - 6:34 PM

Ryan Suter averages more ice time per game than anyone in the NHL right now.

Suter has played over 30 minutes in each of his last two outings, which brings his average ice time to 26:52 this season (three seconds more than Kings blue liner Drew Doughty). "I feel the more you play, the more you’re into the game," Suter said. "I like being out there. I think it’s hard when you’re sitting on the bench and just hard to get into a rhythm." The Wild blue liner has six goals, 38 points and a minus-4 rating in 59 games this season.
Feb 21 - 8:10 AM

Joel Eriksson Ek ended his 50-game goalless drought on Monday afternoon.

Eriksson Ek opened the scoring in a 5-3 win over the New York Islanders with his second goal of the season and his first since Oct. 5. "That was very nice, what I needed. Somebody just threw the puck at me and into the net. ... I would take anything at that point, just something."
Feb 19 - 4:22 PM

Jason Zucker scored a pair of goals in Monday's 5-3 win against the New York Islanders.

Zucker continues to add to his new career-high for goals in a season. He currently has 25 markers through 59 games and has 43 points on the year. Matt Cullen and Tyler Ennis earned a goal and an assist apiece in the contest, while Joel Eriksson Ek also found the back of the net in the win.
Feb 19 - 4:19 PM

Devan Dubnyk blocked 32 shots in a 5-3 win over the Islanders on Monday afternoon.

Dubnyk has a 3-1-1 record in his last five starts. He currently has a 24-11-5 record this season with a 2.61 goals-against average and .919 save percentage.
Feb 19 - 4:11 PM

Devan Dubnyk will start Monday's afternoon matchup against the Islanders.

Dubnyk owns a 23-11-5 record, a 2.60 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage through 41 appearances this season. He has been defeated in his last two outings, but he played well in a 3-2 shootout loss to Anaheim on Saturday.
Feb 19 - 12:35 PM

Joel Eriksson Ek hasn't scored a goal in his last 50 games.

Eriksson Ek's only goal this year came back on Oct. 5 in Minnesota's season opener. He has contributed nine points in 51 matches. "Of course it would be nice to start scoring some goals," he said. "But I'm just trying to play as good as I can every night. I know if I keep playing good, eventually it's going to go my way."
Feb 19 - 12:20 PM

Mikko Koivu scored a goal in the Wild's 3-2 shootout loss to Anaheim on Saturday.

Koivu has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last four games. While he's done relatively well lately, his offensive output has been a disappointment this season. He has nine goals and 31 points in 58 contests, which puts him on pace to finish below 45 points for the first time since the lockout shortened 2013 campaign.
Feb 18 - 8:51 AM

Devan Dubnyk allowed two goals on 31 shots in Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

The Wild trailed 1-0 in the first period, but they jumped ahead 2-1 in the second frame. After Ducks forward Ondrej Kase tied the game in the third period, the Wild went on to lose in the 11th round of the shootout (that's the longest shootout in franchise history). Dubnyk allowed three goals on 11 shots in the shootout. The Wild netminder now has a 23-11-5 record with a 2.60 goals-against-average and a .919 save percentage this season.
Feb 17 - 5:23 PM

Jason Zucker found the back of the net in Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

Zucker's goal at the 7:56 mark of the second period gave the Wild a 2-1 lead at the time. The Wild forward missed on his shootout attempt and Minnesota ended up losing in the 11th round. Zucker finished the game with a plus-2 rating, three shots on goal and two hits in 18:57 of ice time. He's up to 23 goals and 41 points in 58 games this season. Mikko Koivu also scored for the Wild in the defeat.
Feb 17 - 5:12 PM

Chris Stewart will skate on the top line in Saturday's game against Anaheim.

Stewart is taking line rushes with Jason Zucker and Eric Staal. The veteran is getting a nice opportunity after being a healthy scratch in each of Minnesota's last five games. He has eight goals and four assists in 45 games this season.
Feb 17 - 1:45 PM

Matt Cullen (undisclosed) will play in Saturday's game against the Anaheim Ducks.

Cullen missed practice on Friday and it was unclear if he was going to suit up this afternoon. The veteran has five goals and 13 points in 55 games this season. He'll skate on the fourth line with Marcus Foligno and Daniel Winnik.
Feb 17 - 1:42 PM


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