1 G • 3 SOG • 13:12 TOI
Someone find out what Hartman ate before the game. He was just all over the ice in this one and could not be contained. Hartman scored an unassisted beauty on a play where he stole the puck from Jacob Larsson and picked a corner above John Gibson’s shoulder. Dean Evason rewarded Hartman by playing him with Zach Parise and Kirill Kaprizov later in the game. Just an all around spectacular night for the former Blackhawks first round pick.
4 SOG • 22:21 TOI
Captain Spurgeon returned to the lineup with a vengeance tonight. It was a breath of fresh air to watch Jared play after we had to see Matt Bartkowski in the Minnesota defensive corps last game. Spurgeon almost single handedly killed a 5 on 3 early in the game by clearing the puck from the D zone three times. Welcome back Cap.
16/17 SV • 58:55 TOI
Although the Ducks had only a few good scoring looks tonight, Kaapo was solid. He saw 17 shots and was able to stop all but one, which was an absolute snipe by Sam Steel that Kahkonen had no chance on. The save percentage won’t look all that good after this one, but Kaapo played great and earned the W.
1 SOG • 9:47 TOI
Have you seen the Mighty Ducks 2? Sturm and Hartman were the Bash Brothers in this game. They seemed to feed off each other after being placed on the 4th line together to start the game. Nico was doing everything right in this one and was relentless on the forecheck all game. Although Hartman was rewarded for his play by being moved up in the lineup, hopefully Evason will keep him and Sturm together moving forward. You can’t split up Fulton Reed and Dean Portman.
2 SOG • 14:39 TOI
The speed and creativity of Kaprizov continue to impress. He was held scoreless tonight, but was buzzing all game and looks more and more confident in his abilities as the season moves on. Kirill probably would’ve scored on a mini breakaway if not for a slash from Ryan Getzlaf.
1 G • 5 SOG • 4 PIM • 17:34 TOI
Fiala took a page out of Zach Parise’s book in this one when he pounded in a greasy goal in John Gibson’s crease. Otherwise Kevin was flying per usual and the hands were silky as always. Fiala now has 4 goals in his last 6 games played.
1 G • 2 PIM • 2 SOG • 15:58 TOI
Moose shook off the rust tonight and was hammering Ducks into the boards all game. It was nice to see this bounceback effort from him after Tuesday night’s loss in LA. Foligno also put the late game dagger in Anaheim off a pretty passing play.
I really liked how Addison played in this one. As a prospect, he was highly touted for his offensive capabilities and smooth skating, but it was Addison’s defensive play tonight that was super encouraging. He broke up multiple shots and pass attempts by the Ducks and had solid positioning all night. Addison has earned the chance to be an every day player in this lineup.
2 SOG • 22:25 • TOI
The COVID break seems to have worked out tremendously for Matt Dumba. In both games since the break, Dumba has played solid in all three zones. These are two good games for Dumba to build upon as the Wild ramp up again after the COVID outbreak.
1 SOG • 15:54 TOI
Mermis looked way more comfortable and sure of himself in this game. He was able to break up a few plays in the D zone and played physical all night. This is what the Wild needed out of an AHL callup.
1 A • 1 SOG • 16:31 TOI
A much better showing from Zuccarello tonight after Tuesdays debacle. He picked up an apple on Kevin Fiala’s goal and looked much more confident with the puck on his stick. Much like Matt Dumba, this was a game that Zuccarello can build upon moving forward.
1 A • 12:02 TOI
Bonino pretty much rode shotgun on a line with Sturm and Hartman tonight. All he needed to do was win draws and let the other two do their thing. He did that pretty well. After some line juggling in the third period, Bonino picked up a secondary assist on Marcus Foligno’s late game dagger.
1 A • 14:06 TOI
I was just getting ready to write about how Zach looked pretty invisible in this game again when he found Marcus Foligno on a beautiful cross crease pass for the dagger. Go figure. Parise was close on a couple of loose pucks in the paint early, but was otherwise in the background for most of the game until the assist.
Joel Eriksson Ek
2 SOG • 20:59 TOI
Not a whole lot to report from the Yule Log tonight, but he did his job the faceoff dot and had a couple of decent scoring looks. The COVID break seems to have cooled off Eriksson Ek as he was red hot before the team got sick.
This was the first game in which Greenway didn’t totally stand out. He made some good plays in the offensive zone and was playing physical, he just didn’t come out with much to show for it.
1 SOG • 15:03 TOI
Mojo had the speed tonight and created a few good looks but was otherwise pretty quiet. It will be interesting to see if Johansson stays at the center position once the team gets completely healthy.
Cole played calm and poised all game and that was exactly what the Wild needed after what we saw from the blueline on Tuesday.
1 SOG • 24:20 TOI
Usually when a rookie is paired with a veteran like Ryan Suter, we worry about the rookie holding the veteran back. Ryan Suter might be holding Calen Addison back. Suter can still shut down offensive rushes, but the speed is still not where it needs to be, and Calen Addison got hung out to dry a couple of times as a result.
2 SOG • 9:55 TOI
Bjugstad got beat like a drum to almost every puck in this one. He found himself demoted in the lineup in favor of Ryan Hartman late in the game. It might be time for Nick to watch one in the press box soon.