Game 19: Wild – Golden Knights Report Cards

Photo: NHL via YouTube

Marcus Foligno

1 G 1 SOG • 15:12 TOI
5/5 Stars

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. 


Cam Talbot

23/27 SV • 59:12 TOI
4/5 stars

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.


Ian Cole

1 A • 2 PIM 4 SOG 18:37 TOI
4/5 Stars

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.


Kirill Kaprizov

5 SOG 21:08 TOI
4/5 Stars

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.


Kevin Fiala

3 SOG • 2 PIM 17:10 TOI
4/5 Stars

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.


Kyle Rau

1 SOG • 8:03 TOI
4/5 Stars

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
3/5 Stars

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. 


Jordan Greenway

2 PIM • 1 SOG • 16:58 TOI
3/5 Stars

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.


Nick Bjugstad

1 SOG 11:59 TOI
3/5 Stars

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.


Jonas Brodin

2 SOG • 22:09 TOI
3/5 Stars

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. 


Jared Spurgeon

6 SOG • 17:16 TOI
3/5 Stars

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.


Nick Bonino

1 SOG • 15:05 TOI
3/5 Stars

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.


Mats Zuccarello

2 SOG • 19:35 TOI
3/5 Stars

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.


 

Nico Sturm

1 SOG • 11:47 TOI
3/5 Stars

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. 


Matt Dumba

3 SOG 23:16 TOI
2/5 Stars

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.


Victor Rask

13:51 TOI
2/5 Stars

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. 


Carson Soucy

1 A • 16:08 TOI
2/5 Stars

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.


Gerald Mayhew

1 SOG • 9:28 TOI
2/5 Stars

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.


Ryan Suter

19:10 TOI
1/5 Stars

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.