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THURSDAY'S STORY LINE: With Clayton Stoner out with an upper-body injury for Thursday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks, defenseman Tyler Cuma will make his long-awaited NHL debut. Cuma, 22, was Minnesota's first-round pick in 2008 and has battled countless injuries and setbacks over the past few seasons, including a torn ACL last season.
The defenseman was written off by many but earned a call-up March 8. Unfortunately, he missed his flight and never met the Wild in Phoenix. On Wednesday, the defenseman got the call around 2:30 p.m. and was able to make his 5 p.m. flight out of Houston.
"I was flying down the highway making sure I didn't miss the flight this time around," he said.
Cuma will be the 46th Wild player to suit up this season and the ninth to make his NHL debut. Cuma, who has nine assists in 68 games with the AHL's Aeros, couldn't be more excited to finally get the chance to show Wild fans what he can do.
"The last couple years, the way things have gone for myself fortunately this year I have had a full season down in the AHL," he said. "I have played a lot of games in a lot of situations to get me ready for this. I have been waiting for this call for a long time, and I am glad to get this opportunity."
Minnesota coach Mike Yeo believes the adversity Cuma has faced will help him in the long run.
"When things are given to you there is a sense of entitlement," Yeo said. "The harder you have to work toward something, the harder you have to fight for it, the harder you are going to work to hang on to it as well."
Cuma will be paired with Kurtis Foster on Thursday, and he'll keep things simple against the Blackhawks.
"I like shutting down other teams' top lines and just shutting down guys in general," Cuma said. "If I can create a little bit of offense, jumping in the rush and getting my shots through to the net, it is just another bonus."
HE SAID IT: "We are not going out here and try to goon it up, but we play the game better when we play the game with emotion. We have to have a physical edge, but we are not trying to do anything except play hockey out there and play our game and play it our way. I can't imagine they'd be too interested in getting into a real grudge match out there," Yeo on if there will be carryover from Sunday's physical game in Chicago
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The Minnesota Wild have recalled defenseman Tyler Cuma from their minor league affiliate for the final days of the regular season.
They made the move on Wednesday under emergency conditions. The Wild have a long list of injured players, with two more games left. They host Chicago on Thursday and Phoenix on Saturday.
If he plays, Cuma will become the latest first-round draft pick...
ST. PAUL, Minn -- The Minnesota Wild will be without defenseman Nate Prosser for their final game of the season Saturday night against Phoenix.
Prosser was suspended one game by the NHL on Friday for his headbutt of Jamal Mayers at 18:19 of the first period during Minnesota's Thursday win against the Chicago Blackhawks. Prosser got just one game because Mayers wasn't seriously...
A CLOSE SHAVE
Taking a hockey skate to the face sucks, just ask the Minnesota Wild’s Kyle Brodziak.
During last nights 2-1shoot-out loss to the Nashville Predators, the Wild’s Kyle Brodziak got a face full of teammate Darroll Powe’s skate blade. As you would expect the blood flowed off Brodziak’s cheek, but not enough to keep him off the ice for an extended period of time. After receiving...
ST. PAUL, Minn. When a team is down to six defensemen, one making his NHL debut, the last thing a coach wants is to see one of those players getting ejected in the first period.
That's exactly what Wild coach Mike Yeo witnessed on Thursday night at the beginning of Minnesota's 2-1 shootout win over the Blackhawks, but Nate Prosser's ejection for head-butting Jamal Mayers...
Minnesota Wild defenseman Nate Prosser has been suspended for a game because he head-butted Jamal Mayers of the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.
The NHL says Prosser will forfeit more than $3,800 for the hit at 18:19 of the first period. Prosser was given a major penalty and a game misconduct.
The Wild's next game is the regular-season finale Saturday night against Phoenix...
Minnesota Wild defenseman Nate Prosser has been suspended for one game for his head-butt on Chicago Blackhawks forward Jamal Mayers in Minnesota's 2-1 shootout win on Thursday.Prosser was assessed a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct in the first period after he used his helmet to cut Mayer's lip in a scrum."I was shocked to have that happen," Mayers...
All the talk about hits to the head and from behind has been discussed at length but how about this odd one...Minnesota Wild bubble player Nate Prosser, a former player with Colorado College, got into a scrum around the Minnesota net with Chicago journeyman Jamal Mayers.... and headbutted him.WTF?Here is the link to the story which includes the incident in question (it is at the...
Minnesota Wild defenseman Nate Prosser is facing a likely suspension after giving a headbutt to the face of Chicago Blackhawks right winger Jamal Mayers during the first period of Thursday night's NHL game in Chicago.
Prosser and Mayers were caught up in a scrum on the side of the Blackhawks net when Prosser nailed Mayers in the face with the top of his helmet. Prosser...
Prosser has a meeting today with the NHL for this head-butt. He was penalized five for head-butting and a game.
via Michael Russo of the Star Tribune, The game began with a frightening incident when the skate of linemate Darroll Powe struck center Kyle Brodziak in the face. Blood fell and Brodziak rushed to the bench.
“It was scary,” Yeo said. “I think it shows you how much he’s respected by our whole team. As soon as it happened, there was a lot of concern. We’ve got Mikko yelling...
It was not the most exciting game of the season, but Nashville got the job done with a 2-1 shootout win over the Minnesota Wild in front of a very happy sellout crowd at Bridgestone Arena. The story of the night? The superb play of Anders Lindback, stopping 25 of 26 and going 3-3 in the shootout, the first of his NHL career.
The other thing to take from last nightâs win...
By Seth Lake
Heading into their final three games of the regular season in the midst of a fight for the fourth seed in the Western Conference and home-ice advantage in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs beginning next week, the Nashville Predators took to the ice at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday night facing a Minnesota Wild club that had fallen out of the playoff race, but...
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