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SATURDAY'S STORY LINES: The Minnesota Wild's season winds down tonight at Xcel Energy Center, against Phoenix. While the Wild will miss the playoffs this season the team and fans have a lot to look forward to. The team has shown promise since Mikko Koivu has returned going, 5-3-1.
Fans also have a lot to look forward to with up-and-coming prospects.
One of those prospects fans have been able to see up close is Jason Zucker. The forward signed an entry-level contract on March 27 out of the University of Denver. The 20-year-old will play in his sixth NHL game tonight, and the forward feels the time he has spent in Minnesota will give him confidence coming into training camp next season.
"That is huge for me," Zucker noted. "I will have the confidence that I know some of the guys in the locker room and those details (of the Wild system) that they are making me learn right now are going to help a lot. Not having to worry about that is big."
It's always a big adjustment jumping from the college to pro level. Zucker feels the experience this season helped him identify parts of his game that he needs to improve on going forward to be successful in the NHL.
"I've had to work on a lot of different things," Zucker explained. "Try to find parts of my game that I could get away with in college that you can't quite get away with here."
"Away from the puck, overall, I think I can be better," he added. "In the defensive zone getting pucks out,things like that. Sometimes you can get away with a turnover in college that you can't get away with here."
The rookie may need to make some adjustments on the ice, but in the locker room his teammates made him feel at home right away.
"All the guys have been great to me," Zucker said, "messing around with me and having a lot of fun. That's been good.The guys are great guys and easy to get along with, and they are all great hockey players."
TWO MORE CALL-UPS: Defensemen Kris Fredheim and Chay Genoway were recalled from Houston Saturday. Genoway, a University of North Dakota alum,will make his NHL debut tonight.He will be the 47th Wild player to suit up this season.
HE SAID IT: "They are going to be a motivated group and they have been playing really well. And I think that there's a real significant difference between having home ice and not for them, and I think they recognize that. So,I expect them to be ready to go for that." --- Wild coach Mike Yeo on Phoenix, which can claim home ice in the first round of the playoffs with a win tonight.
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ST. PAUL, Minn. Left to talk about missing the playoffs for the fourth straight season, Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu summarized the disappointment the only way he could.
"Obviously we have to face it, we're not where we want to be and that has to change," Koivu said. "Personally I think everybody knows that it's been too long that we've finished...
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Wild has recalled a pair of defensemen for tonight's season finale against Phoenix.
Minnesota has recalled Kris Fredheim and Chay Genoway from the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League under emergency conditions. Genoway, 25, leads Houston's defensemen in scoring, with 32 points, including five power-play goals. The University of North Dakota...
ST. PAUL, Minn -- The Minnesota Wild will be without defenseman Nate Prosser for their final game of the season Saturday night against Phoenix.
Prosser was suspended one game by the NHL on Friday for his headbutt of Jamal Mayers at 18:19 of the first period during Minnesota's Thursday win against the Chicago Blackhawks. Prosser got just one game because Mayers wasn't seriously...
Minnesota Wild defenseman Nate Prosser has been suspended for a game because he head-butted Jamal Mayers of the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.
The NHL says Prosser will forfeit more than $3,800 for the hit at 18:19 of the first period. Prosser was given a major penalty and a game misconduct.
The Wild's next game is the regular-season finale Saturday night against Phoenix...
SAINT PAUL, Minn. Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher announced today the reassignment of defensemen Kris Fredheim, Chay Genoway, Nate Prosser and Marco Scandella to the Houston Aeros.
Minnesota Wild defenseman Nate Prosser has been suspended for one game for his head-butt on Chicago Blackhawks forward Jamal Mayers in Minnesota's 2-1 shootout win on Thursday.Prosser was assessed a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct in the first period after he used his helmet to cut Mayer's lip in a scrum."I was shocked to have that happen," Mayers...
All the talk about hits to the head and from behind has been discussed at length but how about this odd one...Minnesota Wild bubble player Nate Prosser, a former player with Colorado College, got into a scrum around the Minnesota net with Chicago journeyman Jamal Mayers.... and headbutted him.WTF?Here is the link to the story which includes the incident in question (it is at the...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Coyotes woke up Friday morning one point behind Los Angeles and San Jose in the division. They beat the St. Louis Blues 4-1 on Friday night then took care of the Wild on Saturday night to close out an historic season for the franchise.
Phoenix is the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference and will face Chicago in the first round of the playoffs. The Coyotes...
The Coyotes woke up Friday morning one point behind Los Angeles and San Jose in the division. They beat the St. Louis Blues 4-1 on Friday night then took care of the Wild on Saturday night to close out an historic season for the franchise.
Phoenix is the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference and will face Chicago in the first round of the playoffs. The Coyotes won three of the four...
Prosser has a meeting today with the NHL for this head-butt. He was penalized five for head-butting and a game.
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