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ST. PAUL, Minn. With Niklas Backstrom starting 10 straight games, the Minnesota Wild switched backup goaltenders Sunday just to get work for their promising rookies.
Minnesota assigned goaltender Matt Hackett and forward Jason Zucker to the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League and recalled goaltender Darcy Kuemper and forward Jake Dowell. Hackett, 23, and Kuemper, 22, have been the backups to Backstrom with Josh Harding on injured reserved. But Backstrom has started 14 of the past 15 games and the Wild want to make sure their promising youngsters continue to play for their development.
Hackett hadn't played since being recalled on March 8 when Kuemper went on injured reserve. Hackett was 19-19-3 with a 2.56 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in 42 games for Houston this year. Kuemper was sent back to the Aeros earlier this month after he was activated off injured reserve. Kuemper was 1-2-0 with a 2.22 goals-against average and .924 save percentage in four games for Minnesota and made his NHL debut on Feb. 12. He was 13-7-0 with a 1.78 goals-against average and .937 save percentage at Houston.
Zucker, 21, is another promising rookie who scored three goals in his first five games with the Wild after being recalled from Houston in February. He suffered an upper-body injury on March 12 when he took an illegal elbow to the head from Anaheim's Corey Perry and missed two games. Perry was suspended for four games.
Pierre-Marc Bouchard took Zucker's spot on the second line after the injury and has points in four straight games (one goal, six assists) including three straight multi-point outings. Zucker returned and skated on the fourth line before he was assigned to Houston Sunday, where he had 19 goals and 22 assists in 47 games.
Dowell, 28, had four goals, three assists and 29 penalty minutes in 26 games for Houston this season. He was signed as a free agent last summer by Minnesota.
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BEST OF MAXIM
ST. PAUL, Minn. Looking back now, Ryan Suter can see all the reasons why his first month with the Minnesota Wild wasn't what he was expecting. Changing teams, systems, coaches, defensive partners; they're all the same reasons Suter didn't want to use earlier in the season as excuses when he was a minus-7 with four points in the first nine games.
Suter, off of that 13...
MONDAY'S STORYLINES: Mike Rupp, who has missed the last 3 games with a lower body injury, will be back in the lineup and on the fourth line with Torrey Mitchell and Zenon Konopka. The Wild had recalled Jake Dowell yesterday, who has 7 points and 29 penalty minutes in 26 games with Houston this season, with intention of playing him on the fourth line if Rupp could not go tonight...
Zach Parise scored two goals and added an assist and the Minnesota Wild extended their winning streak to six games with a 7-4 win over Dallas Stars on Monday.
Both of Parise's goals came on bounces that barely made it over the goal line. Mikko Koivu and Matt Cullen each had a goal and assist for Minnesota, which won for the first time in Dallas since March 21, 2003, snapping...
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Shameless plug department. First, if you’re not listening to the College Hockey Tonight on KBUN, I highly recommend that you give them a listen. They both know the game...
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DALLAS (AP) -- Zach Parise scored two goals and added an assist and the Minnesota Wild extended their winning streak to six games with a 7-4 win over Dallas Stars on Monday.
Both of Parise's goals came on bounces that barely made it over the goal line. Mikko Koivu and Matt Cullen each had a goal and assist for Minnesota, which won for the first time in Dallas since March 21...
Minnesota Wild (17-10-2) 36pts 1st in the Northwest
2.55 Goals For (19th)
2.41 Goals Against (5th)
18.6% Power Play (16th)
86.5% Penalty Kill (5th)
Top 5 Scorers:
1. #9 Mikko Koivu ~ 7G 17A = 24pts
2. #20 Ryan Suter ~ 2G 22A = 24pts
3. #11 Zach Parise ~ 11G 12A = 23pts
4. #10 Devin Setoguchi ~ 11G 9A = 20pts
5. #7 Matt Cullen ~ 4G 16A ...
Before I say anything else, I would like to send my condolences to the family of actor Larry Hagman after losing his fight with cancer earlier this year. Hagman would have fit in with most hockey players as he was a free spirit who loved a good practical joke. It is with the memories of Hagman the fun-loving person that I write the rest of this introduction. Larry Hagman'...
Minnesota Wild (18-10-2, 38 pts) @ Dallas Stars (15-13-3, 33 pts)
8:30 PM CT
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
The Wild – 4th in the West
Goals – 19th, Goals Against – 4th, Power Play – 14th, Penalty Kill – 3rd
Much like the Stars much publicized back-to-back troubles of the past couple of seasons, the Wild also have a dubious...
PREVIEW 6:30 AM CDT
In the second match of a five-game homestand that runs through April 1, the Dallas Stars (15-13-3) will play the first of two successive games against the Minnesota Wild (18-10-2) on Monday. Tonight's game at the American Airlines Center starts at 7:30 p.m. CDT and will be televised locally on Fox Sports Southwest.
This is the second of three meetings...
The Sharks were shutout in Minnesota and suffered their third road loss on this trip with a lack of scoring as Niklas Backstrom shut-out San Jose 2-0.
The story today was Backstrom between the pipes, an unsuccessful power play for the Sharks, and an opportunistic one for the Wild.
The Wild scored two goals and although only one of them will be credited with the man advantage...
This was a tough loss for the Rangers, since they outplayed the Capitals for most of the game. The Rangers out-shot the Caps, out hit them, won more faceoffs, had a better powerplay conversion and blocked more shots. Unfortunately, they just couldn’t get that coveted third regulation goal.
In the first period, there were some crucial shifts for the Rangers following goals and penalties...