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FRIDAY'S STORY LINE: With defenseman Jared Spurgeon out of the lineup Friday night with a lower-body injury, 19-year-old defenseman Jonas Brodin will make his much-anticipated NHL debut in Detroit.
The rookie defenseman is one of Minnesota's top defensive prospects after being a first-round pick in 2011.
"I am excited," he said Friday. "It's going to be a lot of fun to play with these guys. I'm just happy to go out there and play. I am nervous before every game. That is a good thing to be nervous before every game."
Brodin will be paired with Clayton Stoner on the blue line, and Brodin said Stoner told go him out and play the game the way he always does.
Brodin, who missed 11 weeks in Houston with a broken clavicle, will also replace Spurgeon on the second power play unit. Coach Mike Yeo says Brodin has the skills to be successful in that role.
"We are expecting him to get a chance out there for sure," Yeo said. "We ideally would like to ease him into it a little bit. A guy like Ryan (Suter) can take a good chunk of the two-minute power play, but obviously we don't want him going out tired. At the same time, we do have confidence Brods can go out and do the job. He looks very comfortable out there in practice."
HE SAID IT : "With some of the skill that we have, we should be able to generate shots, and we did a really good job of executing last game and going north and getting into the offensive zone. But we weren't particularly good in the offensive zone. That was kind of our biggest weakness -- the plays that we were forcing not having a third man, not having a middle presence in the slot. Some of these things prohibited us from getting a little bit more, but overall there are still some good things. We generated 15 scoring chances in the game, and most of those were 5-on-5. . . . We've just got to finish better." Yeo on the Wild offense
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ST. PAUL, Minn. Another of the teams heralded prospects is headed to the Minnesota Wild.
Minnesota recalled defenseman Jonas Brodin on Thursday from the Houston Aeros. Brodin, 19, was the teams 10th overall pick in the 2011 NHL draft.
Brodin had spent his time since the draft in his native Sweden but turned pro this year, playing in nine games for Houston. He suffered a broken...
Here are your current Wild forward lines:
Zach Parise-Mikko Koivu-Dany Heatley
Matt Cullen-Mikael Granlund-Devin Setoguchi
Cal Clutterbuck-Kyle Brodziak-P-M Bouchard
Darroll Powe-Zenon Konopka-Torrey Mitchell
Kassian is an extra
Here are your current defensive pairings (pre-Spurgeon injury):
Ryan Suter-Jared Spurgeon
Clayton Stoner-Tom Gilbert
Justin Falk-Nate Prosser...
DETROIT Red Wings fans may hold a grudge, but the team has moved on from its unsuccessful run at defenseman Ryan Suter and forward Zach Parise.
On Friday night at Joe Louis Arena, the fans booed both Suter and Parise when they were introduced as starters for the Minnesota Wild. They booed Suter nearly every time he touched the puck, which was a lot, considering he played a game...
As noted in the game-day update post, we're going to hear a significant amount of chatter regarding Ryan Suter and Zach Parise playing at Joe Louis Arena after having spurned the Red Wings' offers to come to Detroit this past summer, and while I don't really hold a grudge against Parise, and am...Mildly annoyed...at Suter, I didn't think that Wings fans would boo...
Minnesota Wild (2-1-0) 4pts (1st Northwest)
2.00 Goals For per Game (23rd in the NHL)
1.67 Goals Against per Game (5th in the NHL)
15.4% Power Play (22nd in the NHL)
90% Penalty Kill (5th in the NHL)
Top 5 Scorers:
1. #15 Dany Heatley ~ 3G 1A = 4pts
2. #11 Zach Parise ~ 1G 3A = 4pts
3. #96 Pierre-Marc Bouchard ~ 1G 1A = 2pts
4. #9 Mikko Koivu...
If you only watched the Minnesota Wild out-shoot the Red Wings 11-6 in the first period of what turned out to be an ugly but livable-withable 5-3 Red Wings victory, or watched the Wings take two of their eight(!) penalties within the first ten minutes of said first period, you would have been forgiven for assuming that the Wings were on their way to yet another predictable 2013 season...
Whatever was ailing Red Wings forward Todd Berutzzi to start the season didn’t seem to have any effect Saturday night as the veteran exploded for two goals in a 5-3 win over the Minnesota Wild from the Joe.
As the Wings remained scoreless in the first period thus far this season, Damien Brunner continued to impress opening the scoring for Detroit with a power play goal to give...
Minnesota Wild (2-2-0) 4pts (4th in the Northwest)
2.25 Goals For per Game (24th in the NHL)
2.50 Goals Against per Game (12th in the NHL)
23rd ranked Power Play (14.3%)
15th ranked Penalty Kill (80%)
Top 5 Scorers:
1. #11 Zach Parise ~ 3G 3A = 6pts
2. #15 Dany Heatley ~ 3G 1A = 4pts
3. #9 Mikko Koivu ~ 0G 4A = 4pts
4. #77 Tom Gilbert ~ 1G...
It's easy to get frustrated when your team can't score, cant convert on the power play, cant kill penalties and leaves your goalie out to dry like their defense consists of Brett Lebda and 5 of his cousins.
This team is good, and yes the defense isn't what it used to be, but that will change. Three games gone on an already depleted schedule. 45 games left to change...
Maybe its the side effect of a shortened season but the line between celebration and panic is incredibly thin. A poster over on the Wild.com message boards named "Geo" has a signature that is all to true amongst hockey fans. "Three wins in a row means a Stanley Cup, three losses in a row means trade everybody." Exaggerated, but more or less true. Case...