Game 16: Wild – Avalanche Report Cards

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Kirill Kaprizov

2 A 1 SOG 15:18 TOI • 5/5 Stars

Kaprizov was the best player on either side of the ice. Playing against a team that featured Nathan MacKinnon. You’ve probably seen the tweet where Kaprizov showcased his speed by skating around the ENTIRE Avalanche zone. Oh and he had a disgusting 360 spin assist to Ryan Hartman and assisted on one of the craziest goals Mats Zuccarello will ever score. We have seen a TON of things from Kaprizov already this season, and yet he just keeps finding ways to surprise us.

Jonas Brodin

1 SOG • 24:00 TOI
5/5 Stars

At this point what can you say that hasn’t already been said about Brodin? He is just on a different planet than most other players on the ice. A lot of what he does goes unnoticed without taking a closer look, but when you really look deep Brodin does so many amazing things on a nightly basis. The Avalanche have so much offensive talent, and the defense shut them down with Brodin leading the way.

Kaapo Kahkonen

30/32 SV • 59:56 TOI
4/5 stars

Another very strong performance from Kaapo on the road. He faced a very aggressive Avalanche squad that had several Power Play chances and sustained pressure in the Wild zone. Kaapo’s confidence is starting to become really apparent, but he has had some absolutely unreal saves on this roadtrip. Including a pad save where he stuck his right leg out to block would should have been a goal for Colorado. The Wild were playing with fire with the amount of time they spent in the box, and it did lead to an Avalanche Power Play goal, but Kahkonen definitely held his own and then some yet again.

Nico Sturm

2 G • 4 SOG • 11:18 TOI
4/5 Stars

It felt really good to see Sturm finally rewarded for his just sneaky good play so far this year. Sturm has done a lot for this team that doesn’t show up on the box score, and has had some good opportunities over the last few games. He finally got his first regular season goal of his career, and then sniped in an empty netter to seal the win. As the Wild said themselves, it looks like there’s a Sturm brewing!

Mats Zuccarello

1 G • 1 A • 2 PIM • 1 SOG 12:41 TOI
4/5 Stars

9 points in the 4 games Zuccarello has played this season. He scored the first goal of the game for the Wild and was literally parallel to the net when he did. I’m still trying to figure out how that was even possible. Mats is playing with a ton of confidence every single game. Let’s ride this wave as long as it lasts, with a few more of those insane goals along the way!

Ryan Suter

2 PIM • 2 SOG • 20:21 TOI
4/5 Stars

Suter gets high marks tonight solely for frustrating MacKinnon. When you can get an elite superstar stuck in his own head, you’re doing a lot right. Suter is at the point now where he may not have as many standout plays, but has settled into his role among the rest of this elite Wild defense and has been playing really well.

Ryan Hartman

1 G • 1 A • 4 SOG • 14:23 TOI
4/5 Stars

Because of how solidly, and how under the radar Hartman plays almost every single game, when he does add production on the stat sheet, you appreciate it that much more. Hartman got a goal thanks to a nifty helper from Kirill Kaprizov, and assisted on Marcus Foligno’s shorthanded goal. He just does so many things well, plays with grit, and absolutely excels at his role with this team.

Marcus Foligno

1 G • 1 A • 2 SOG • 15:55 TOI
4/5 Stars

After recording his third Gordie Howe Hat Trick against the Sharks, Foligno came a fight short of doing it again against Colorado. Foligno tapped in a brilliant feed from Ryan Hartman with the Wild on the Penalty Kill, and ripped one toward net that Parise was able to guide in a few minutes earlier. So many elite performances against the Avs, and Moose clocked in another quality night on the ice himself.

Ian Cole

2 PIM 15:24 TOI
4/5 Stars

Cole helped keep Nathan MacKinnon quiet, and that in and of itself is an achievement. This defense as a whole has been on their game since Brodin came back and everybody slotted into their normal spots.

Matt Dumba

1 A • 1 SOG 24:42 TOI
4/5 Stars

A good game for Dumba against the Avs. The entire defense stepped up to slow the Avs down, and Dumba definitely helped on the Penalty Kill. He did chip in an assist on Zach Parise’s goal. I’m not sure what exactly sprung Dumba other than the COVID break, but he has been playing much better since the Wild returned.

Jared Spurgeon

2 SOG • 21:05 TOI
4/5 Stars

Elite work again from Spurgeon. He, like Brodin, does a ton of things that you don’t see unless you really look, and they all end up factoring in to the final outcome of the game. MacKinnon looked flustered all night long, thanks to some elite chirping by the Wild D.

Zach Parise

1 G • 2 SOG • 14:44 TOI
4/5 Stars

Parise finally broke through with a goal. Foligno had the initial shot, and Parise just tapped it past Grubauer for his 800th career point. It’s been a rough stretch for Parise, who has been visibly frustrated by his lack of production. Maybe this will get him rolling again?

Kevin Fiala

1 SOG • 16:09 TOI
3/5 Stars

How crazy is it that with all of the goals the Wild have scored the last 2 games, Kevin Fiala has not been involved in any of them in any way? Even if he isn’t scoring, Fiala is still as high motor as anyone on the ice. These types of games for him have been way less frequent recently, so we can just chalk it up to everybody else having all the fun on offense.

Joel Eriksson Ek

3 SOG • 17:22 TOI
3/5 Stars

2 games in a row of relative quiet for JEEK after finally getting another goal against the Ducks. The top line has all been pretty quiet, but that is understandable against better competition. On a team with more scoring depth, they are all probably better suited as a 2nd line, but we will just keep an eye on this and see Eriksson Ek and others can start to pick it up again soon.

Jordan Greenway

2 PIM • 16:09 TOI
3/5 Stars

A quiet game for Greenway as well. As long as the rest of the team is picking up the pace offensively (as they have been) it hasn’t hurt the team at all. But you’d like to see a little bit of production from the top line. Maybe the comforts of home will help spark Greenway for a much needed goal?

Victor Rask

1 A • 1 SOG • 11:07 TOI
3/5 Stars

A quiet night for Rask, but he was involved in that crazy 3 on 1 goal by Zuccarello to start the scoring. With how Kaprizov and Zuccarello have been playing, Rask can certainly just blend in and still enjoy success. Plus with how he has played recently it’s ok if he doesn’t make the scoresheet every single night. Just keep feeding those other two on your line Victor and enjoy the rest.

Nick Bonino

1 A • 14:29 TOI
2.5/5 Stars

A rather quiet night for Bonino. He won some faceoffs, assisted Nico Sturm on his first career regular season goal. Basically the Larry David GIF, didn’t hurt the team, but didn’t have anything happen that was super noticable.

Nick Bjugstad

1 A 11:43 TOI
2.5/5 Stars

I mean yes Bjugstad assisted on the Soucy goal (hence the half star), but every game into the season it just seems more and more obvious that Bjugstad is a step slower than the rest of the team. He didn’t do anything that specifically hurt the team, but he really isn’t adding anything at this point. It’s gonna be interesting to see who sees a reduction in ice time when Johansson returns.

Carson Soucy

15:19 TOI
2/5 Stars

I just have one question: