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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 was when the secondary scoring would chip in.
The last two games, against Columbus and Chicago, the reinforcements have arrived. The last four Wild goals have been scored by players not named Parise, Koivu or Heatley. Cal Clutterbuck, who scored his first goal of the season Wednesday against the Blackhawks, said it helps relieve some pressure.
"You want to help your teammates win games as much as you can," Clutterbuck said. "And when you have those a couple of tough games in a row and you haven't scored yet, as the second and third line, it sort of wears on you and it gets tough."
Matt Cullen also netted his first goal against Chicago.
"It is nice to get it now, but the important thing is you focus on playing a complete game and not getting too carried away with just focusing on scoring goals," he said. "If you take care of everything else, it will just happen."
Yeo was happy with both Clutterbuck and Cullen Wednesday and believes the two can build confidence from their efforts.
"What I really liked about Cully and Clutter the last game is I know that these guys have been pressing and squeezing the stick a little bit, but the fact of the matter they didn't deviate from their game at all," Yeo said. "You know they played really well without the puck. They were playing the right way with the puck. Quite often when people are having trouble scoring goals they start to drift to the outside and make it harder on themselves, but the two goals those guys scored one is a rebound and one is a deflection. I think that is a really good sign, and hopefully it opens the floodgates."
HE SAID IT: "It is fair we have high expectations, and it is understandable. We haven't had those for a while, so it is exciting to come into the season with expectations." -- Cullen on the high expectations for Minnesota this season
BEST OF MAXIM
ST. PAUL, Minn. Ever since star forward Zach Parise signed his mega-contract last summer with the Minnesota Wild, coach Mike Yeo had dreamed of putting Parise with center Mikko Koivu and wing Dany Heatley.
Yeo felt the three could complement each other well and become the top scoring line Minnesota has sought for years, while also being responsible defensively. Yeo had time to change...
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...
After a three-game losing streak negated their quick start to the season, a pair of victories have the Minnesota Wild feeling good again.
A third straight win Friday night against Anaheim would further boost their confidence, as they'll be facing a Ducks team that's coming off a shootout loss but off to a good start to 2013.
The Wild (4-2-1) couldn't maintain their...
Minnesota Wild (4-2-1) 9pts 2nd in the Northwest
2.57 Goals For per Game (17th in the NHL)
2.71 Goals Against per Game (15th in the NHL)
19th ranked Power Play (16.7%)
8th ranked Penalty Kill (84.6%)
Top 5 Scorers:
1. #11 Zach Parise ~ 5G 4A = 9pts
2. #9 Mikko Koivu ~ 2G 6A = 8pts
3. #15 Dany Heatley ~ 4G 2A = 6pts
4. #77 Tom Gilbert ~ 2G 4A...
ST. PAUL, Minn. When the Minnesota Wild went on their summer shopping spree to land big-name free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, fans of the team envisioned long playoff runs, Stanley Cups and parades down the streets of St. Paul.
All of the hype surrounding Parise and Suter overshadowed one important fact. The first step for Minnesota is getting back into the playoffs, after...
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"Today Zach Parise leads the Pittsburgh Penguins into battle against his former team, the New Jersey Devils" - Headlines according to Hockey Insiderrrrrrrrrr.
In reality, Zach Boychuk will make his Penguins debut alongside...
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Zach Parise and Matt Cullen scored in a shootout Wednesday as the Minnesota Wild won 3-2, handing the Chicago Blackhawks their first setback of the season. Cullen also scored in regulation for Minnesota (4-2-1). Andrew Shaw and Jonathan Toews got goals for the Blackhawks, who fell to 6-0-1. They got a shootout goal from Toews but lost when Patrick Sharp'...
The WCHA was well represented tonight. Here is the video of the shootout. Shooting is former Fighting Sioux forwards Zach Parise and Jonathan Toews. Also, Mikko Koivu, Patrick. Kane, former Saint Cloud State Husky Matt Cullen and Patrick Sharp shootout attempts.
Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews has a 50 percent success rate in the shootouts. That's incredible in my opinion.