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Afternoon from the Mothership -- Air Canada Centre in the Center of the Hockey Universe Toronto.
The Wild held a very optional skate this morning which included coach Mike Yeo so you'll have to wait until after 5 p.m. ET for confirmation of the lineup. That's when we're meeting with Yeo.
BUT my guess is Darcy Kuemper makes his fourth career start for all the reasons on yesterday's blog. Plus with Niklas Backstrom working his way back from a knee injury it makes little sense to risk injury tonight to Josh Harding in the second of back-to-backs in what is bound to be a tough game to begin with.
The Eastern Conference-leading Maple Leafs are rested are fast skate hard and sometimes you have to throw in a sacrificial lamb and pray.
OK way too dramatic but Kuemper the former Canadian Hockey League Goalie of the Year seems to be getting the nod. We'll see for sure later.
Marco Scandella appears to be back in for the Wild.
Matt Dumba who had a very rough go last n...
BEST OF MAXIM
Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard took a puck to the face during Monday night's game against the Buffalo Sabres.
The puck deflected off the skate of Sabres forward Brian Flynn directly into Ballard's face. Ballard does not wear a visor, but it's not clear whether that would have helped here. Just part of the game.
GIF via @CJZero. H/T NIS.
Many of the Wild's training camp battles for positions drew extra attention because of their magnitude.
There was Charlie Coyle vs. Mikael Granlund for the second-line center spot. And Nino Niederreiter vs. Jason Zucker for a spot on the wing.
But behind those highly touted young players was nine-year veteran Zenon Konopka.
The message to him in camp was clear: Your spot as...
Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard fell victim to one of the occupational hazards of being a professional hockey player during today’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. A speeding puck deflected off of a Sabres player’s skate and ricocheted straight up and into Ballard’s face. It’s one of those freak accidents that would send most people straight to the Worker’s Comp...
I was walking into the Minnesota Wild room to speak with Jason Pominville on Tuesday night. The former Sabers captain had just scored the dramatic game-winning goal on his first trip back to the building that he had played in for the past nine years. Two steps into the doorway, I was met head-on by a couple of Minnesota Wild players. No worries, I thought. Matt Cooke was leading a convoy of...
Jason Pominvilleâs Return to Buffalo
The story of Jason Pominvilleâs return to Buffalo is a triumphant tale in which the former Sabres captain sporting a fresh 5yr/$28Mil contract extension also swooped in to net the game winner. The winless Sabres battled to make the Wild their first victim fighting out of a one goal deficit to tie the game. The second period was especially...
Almost daily Jason Pominville will get recognized around the Twin Cities. He’s always flattered although inevitably the Wild winger knows where the conversation will usually end up.
It takes mere minutes for hockey-mad Wild and Gophers fans to ask Pominville if his former Buffalo Sabres teammate Thomas Vanek will soon be reuniting with him in Minnesota.
“It’s funny” said...
Jason Pominville scored the winning goal in his return to Buffalo as the Minnesota Wild beat the winless Sabres 2-1 on Monday night.
Kyle Brodziak also scored for Minnesota (3-1-2). Josh Harding made 21 saves.
Buffalo (0-6-1) tied a franchise record for longest winless streak to start a season. The Sabres were 0-5-2 in 1999 and 0-4-3 in 1990.
Pominville, a former Sabres captain...
The Toronto Maple Leafs aren't showing signs of slowing down, but they could find things a bit more difficult against the defensive-minded Minnesota Wild.
Red-hot Joffrey Lupul hopes to extend his outstanding stretch and help Toronto continue its best start in 20 years Tuesday night against the visiting Minnesota Wild.
Although they faced four different one-goal deficits, the...
There was a 16-minute delay to start the second period Monday night as arena workers at First Niagara Center scurried about trying to figure out a way to turn the lights on again.
It was perfect symbolism for the Buffalo Sabres’ power outage to start this season.
The Sabres were winless had scored six goals … and it scared the heck out of Mike Yeo. It’s why the Wild coach...
Minnesota Wild (3-2-2) 8pts 4th in the Central
2.43 Goals For (17th)
2.29 Goals Against (5th)
29% Power Play (5th)
68% Penalty Kill (29th)
Top 5 Scorers:
1. #24 Matt Cooke ~ 3G 3A = 6pts
2. #11 Zach Parise ~ 4G 1A = 5pts
3. #25 Jonas Brodin ~ 2G 3A = 5pts
4. #9 Mikko Koivu ~ 0G 5A = 5pts
5. #46 Jared Spurgeon ~ 1G 3A = 4pts
Top 3 PIM...
Minnesota Wild (3-1-2) 8pts 3rd in the Central
2.67 Goals per Game (16th)
2.00 Goals Against per Game (6th)
30.8% Power Play (5th)
72.7% Penalty Kill (24th)
Top 5 Goals:
1. #24 Matt Cooke ~ 3G 3A = 6pts
2. #25 Jonas Brodin ~ 2G 3A = 5pts
3. #11 Zach Parise ~ 4G 0A = 4pts
4. #46 Jared Spurgeon ~ 1G 3A = 4pts
5. #9 Mikko Koivu ~ 0G 4A = 4pts
For a long time the Toronto Maple Leafs were a bit of a punchline for their futility as well as the large number of pugilists they seemed to have in their lineup. After qualifying for the playoffs for the first time in 7 years the Leafs were no longer the butt of all hockey related jokes in Canada. Although one of the biggest chokes in professional sports in the last 25 years...
The Wild wrap up their last two games of this 4-game road trip with a few games in Florida against two teams who appear to be on markedly different trajectories. Tonight's opponent is against the Tampa Bay Lightning, who seem to have found their club's answer to its goaltending problem with 6'6" giant Ben Bishop. But for Lightning fans they've heard this...
It was a chilly winter day in Buffalo. I was in the driver’s seat of my dad’s 2002 red Dodge pickup truck as it rumbled down Newhouse Road in Clarence Center. My sister was riding shotgun. We were on our way to a classy Italian restaurant called Faletta’s and were as excited as we could be.
She had gotten a call the week before telling her she won a drawing to have dinner...
The Minesota Wild played the Buffalo Sabres the other night at the First Niagara Center. It was the first game for the Sabres after the Patrick Kaleta 10 game suspension announcement.
The Wild employ former Penguin and chief vilian of the NHL Matt Cooke. Cooke has famously been the poster child for unacceptable play in the NHL and has rightly earned his poor reputation.