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SATURDAY'S STORY LINES: Forward Matt Cullen, who left Saturday's game in Anaheim after taking an awkward hit into the boards by Anaheim forward Kyle Palmieri, did not skate with the team Saturday in Arizona. Head coach Mike Yeo said Cullen is "sore still today so we left him off, but it's nothing serious."
Yeo said he expects Cullen back on the ice when the team practices Sunday afternoon.
With Cullen out, there were not a lot of options to mix up lines in practice. However, Yeo said it is something they are strongly considering after last night's 3-1 loss to Anaheim. Even the top line of Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu and Dany Heatley cooled off in the past few games. The line has generated zero points in the last two games. They didn't generate any shots Friday night until 4:14 of the third period.
"We spent a great deal of time talking about it last night and even this morning," said Yeo. "So there are some things we have to think about there from top to bottom as far as what we need, what the right mix is and how we can be at our best," added Yeo.
SPURGEON UPDATE: Defenseman Jared Spurgeon (lower body) skated on his own Saturday. He isn't likely to be ready by Monday's game.
HE SAID IT: "The other thing is, I had a chance to take a deep breath after the game and that was our fourth game in six nights. Before that we had five points in three games coming into that. I am not going to sit here and say it is okay because I thought we had some below our standard effort last night and that is unacceptable. It is one thing if you sometimes have a bad game and sometimes the puck doesn't boune your way, but you can never have below-average effort. That is something we have to improve on. We can't accept that ever, but having said that before last night a lot of people would have said things are going pretty good. We have to take a deep breath and make sure that we are analyzing this all correctly and not just doing it off emotion." Yeo on Friday night's game
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ST. PAUL, Minn. The Minnesota Wild recalled forward Charlie Coyle and placed defenseman Jared Spurgeon on injured reserve, the team announced Sunday.
If Coyle plays Monday against Phoenix, it will be the 20-year-old's NHL debut. He has played with the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League this season, scoring 14 goals and adding 10 assists in 44 games.
Coyle played his...
FRIDAY'S STORY LINE: Where is the depth? Where is the secondary scoring? In the first five games of the season, those questions were constantly fired at coach Mike Yeo. The top line of Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu and Dany Heatley has been as advertised. The three were dominant from the get-go and combined for 10 of Minnesota's 13 goals in the first five games. Still the question...
Now that the Minnesota Wild's top line has failed to produce over consecutive games, the lack of production from players such as Kyle Brodziak looks more like a glaring weakness.
Brodziak hopes to get untracked when the Wild seek their first road victory Monday night against the Phoenix Coyotes.
The top line of Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu and Dany Heatley has combined for 23 points...
Here is the press release from the Wild:
SAINT PAUL, Minn. â Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled forward Charlie Coyle from the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League (AHL) and placed defenseman Jared Spurgeon on Injured Reserve.
Coyle, 20 (3/2/92), has collected 24 points (14-10=24...
Show of hands. Anyone watching the game today?
Indiana beat Michigan and will probably be the #1 team in the country again.
Greg Oden is still alive, so that’s good to hear.
The Wild are calling up top prospect Charlie Coyle with Matt Cullen nicked up.
Northwestern 75, Purdue 60 – Just when we thought the Boilermakers were improving, they throw out back to back...