1 G • 1 SOG • 15:12 TOI
Moose did it all once again for the Wild tonight. He killed penalties, logged power play time, and scored the lone goal for Minnesota. He also drew a penalty in the third period. It honestly felt like Foligno was out there every other shift, and he was making the most of it. Foligno wore the A tonight in place of Zach Parise, who was health bombed for freelancing in Monday’s game.
23/27 SV • 59:12 TOI
I’ll probably get yelled at in the comments for this rating considering Talbot let up 4 goals. I feel bad for Cam though, the guy battled all night between the pipes and made some incredible saves, he just got outdueled by a red hot Marc-Andre Fleury. 2 of the 4 goals Talbot allowed were on odd man rushes with the Wild pushing for the tying goal late in the third. Really have a hard time pinning this loss on him.
1 A • 2 PIM • 4 SOG • 18:37 TOI
Ian Cole was phenomenal tonight. He broke up multiple scoring looks from Vegas and continued to try his best to chip into the offensive game. Cole is an experienced veteran in this league, and he’s looked more and more comfortable on this roster with each game he’s played.
5 SOG • 21:08 TOI
Kirill was buzzing tonight, he just could not solve Fleury. Kaprizov unloaded multiple one timers that Fleury denied from close range, and he got physical with Chandler Stephenson after being pushed around a bit earlier in the game. Russian Jesus continues to be the brightest spot in the Minnesota offense.
3 SOG • 2 PIM • 17:10 TOI
Fiala just could not buy a goal tonight despite multiple good looks on both the power play and even strength opportunities. He also might be the first player in the NHL to receive a roughing minor for getting punched in the back of the head repeatedly. Kevin did however find the scoresheet in this one, picking up the primary assist on Marcus Foligno’s goal.
1 SOG • 8:03 TOI
Kyle Rau quietly had a really good game. He was battling in the corners and had multiple takeaways off the sticks of the Golden Knights. The former Gopher is a key member of the Minnesota taxi squad, but with performances like that, he could be looking at a little bit more playing time for the NHL squad in the coming weeks.
Joel Eriksson Ek
5 SOG • 19:56 TOI
Poor Joel got kicked in the face by a skate tonight. Luckily, he was okay and didn’t seem to be too fazed by it. Eriksson Ek was another member of the “couldn’t buy a goal” club in this one as he had multiple looks on deflections and rushes that just would not find their way past Fleury.
2 PIM • 1 SOG • 16:58 TOI
Greenway has cooled off a bit after a hot start to the season. He’s still using his size very well and finding open teammates, the scoring production just hasn’t been consistent yet.
1 SOG • 11:59 TOI
I dog Bjugstad a lot in these report cards, and usually it’s for good reason, but tonight he actually played a bit better. Bjugstad seemed to play with a little more confidence and poise than usual and did some good things on the forecheck. Perhaps being reunited with his former college linemate in Kyle Rau had something to do with it. Either way, hopefully Nick can build off this game.
2 SOG • 22:09 TOI
Brodes had a bit of an uncharacteristically slow game by his standards. He still made a bunch of good plays, but he overcommitted on Vegas’ first goal of the night and left his man wide open in front of Cam Talbot. Hopefully this is just a minor bump in the road for Jonas and he can get back to his usual dominance Friday in Arizona.
6 SOG • 17:16 TOI
Jared has got to switch up the tape color or something. It’s actually getting ridiculous that he hasn’t found a goal yet this season. He’s still playing really good every game! It just hasn’t produced any goals yet, which is something Spurgeon has been known for since becoming a full time player in this league.
1 SOG • 15:05 TOI
All I can really say about Bonino is that he killed penalties pretty well for the boys tonight. Otherwise Bonino hasn’t had the most impressive stretch of games recently. He hasn’t been bad, but not as good as he was out of the gates this season.
2 SOG • 19:35 TOI
Zuccarello was doing everything he could to let Kaprizov do his thing tonight, it just didn’t pay off on the scoresheet. Mats will probably be very happy to be out of Vegas and away from this horrendous officiating that he’s obviously been aggravated by the past 2 games.
1 SOG • 11:47 TOI
Sturm once again was a beast on the forecheck and even created a mini breakaway for himself that he missed on. Gotta capitalize on that Nico.
3 SOG • 23:16 TOI
Look, I get the fact that the Wild needed to push late to try and create offense, but you gotta win those battles when that starts happening. Dumba got beat on almost every attempt to hold the blueline for the Wild, and it created way too many odd man rushes for Vegas. Dumba did get a bit banged up earlier in the game so I’ll cut him a little bit of slack, but he needs to pick it up Friday.
The spark that Rask brought when he was moved to a line with Kirill Kaprizov and Mats Zuccarello seems to have gone out. He was back to looking unsure of himself at times and was getting destroyed in the faceoff dot. Might be time for some more line juggling from Dean Evason.
1 A • 16:08 TOI
Soucy did pick up a secondary assist tonight, but he still just looks bad overall. He seems to either make the wrong play with the puck or the right play too late and gets his passes picked off. At this point either free Brad Hunt or get Calen Addison back up here.
1 SOG • 9:28 TOI
Mayhew is just a classic example of a really good AHL player who can’t seem to bring that to the NHL level. He’s not horrible, he just doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence when he draws into the Wild lineup.
I can’t give Suter better ratings in these until he actually starts playing better. He just looked incredibly disinterested tonight and it’s hard to watch him throw weak wrist shots that get blocked in front of the net on the number 1 powerplay unit. As Joe Mauer once said, it’s very frustrating.