Game 19: Wild – Golden Knights Report Cards

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Marcus Foligno

2 G • 1 A • 2 SOG • 14:40 TOI
5/5 Stars

Good night to have Marcus Foligno in fantasy. Moose collected 3 points in this one on 2 goals and 1 assist. The second goal was just a beauty of a shot that found the corner above Marc-Andre Fleury’s left shoulder. Foligno just continues to be one of the best middle six forward options in the league, holding 11 points in 17 games played.

Kirill Kaprizov

3 SOG 23:19 TOI
4/5 Stars

Kaprizov was flying in all three zones per usual and he had multiple scoring looks, but his biggest impact came in the matchups that Pete DeBoer was forced to use against him. Anytime Kaprizov hit the ice, he was immediately matched by Vegas’ top D pairing in Alex Pietrangelo and Shea Theodore. That allowed every other line for the Wild to play against lower quality defensemen all game. Kaprizov’s impact on this team cannot be overstated. Bill Guerin should be finding a way to get him to sign here long term ASAP.

Jonas Brodin

2 A • 2 SOG • 24:27 TOI
4/5 Stars

Jonas picked up 2 apples for the boys in this one on both of Marcus Foligno’s goals. Brodin was easily the best defender for the Wild tonight per usual and was smooth in all three zones. Brodin just continues to be on another level this year.

Cam Talbot

34/39 SV • 62:00 TOI
4/5 stars

Talbot was playing exceptional all game. The Wild rewarded him for that by hanging him out to dry with 5 minutes remaining in the third period. Talbot did everything he could against multiple high danger chances but was ultimately beaten by Alex Tuch for the tying goal. I don’t understand what caused the team to just stop playing good defense in front of him in the last 5 minutes of the game, but that’s just some poor luck for Cam. You really can’t fault him for any of the goals given up either. 

Jordan Greenway

1 G • 4 SOG • 16:48 TOI
3/5 Stars

Greenway tallied an incredible solo effort in which he picked up his own rebound in front of Fleury and hammered it home. Greenway was also unfortunately beaten to a loose puck on Vegas’ overtime goal as well. The effort is great, but that is a play that needs to be made in that situation.

Nick Bonino

1 G • 1 SOG • 13:28 TOI
3/5 Stars

Bonino cleaned up the garbage in front of the net for the Wild’s third goal. Although he scored, Bonino was not great in the dot tonight, especially on the penalty kill. He even admitted as much during a second intermission interview with Kevin Gorg. That’s something that needs to be cleaned up before the Wild square off against Vegas again on Wednesday. 

Ryan Hartman

1 SOG • 11:00 TOI
3/5 Stars

Hartman has been one of the best players for the Wild the past few games and tonight he brought more of the same. The guy just plays with an incredible motor and creates turnovers with hard forechecking. Hartman was close on a few plays tonight but just couldn’t find the scoresheet. 

Nico Sturm

1 A • 2 SOG • 11:52 TOI
3/5 Stars

Much like Ryan Hartman, Sturm continues to be a beast on the forecheck for the Minnesota Wild. He has been instrumental in the bottom six so far. Sturm picked up an assist on Nick Bonino’s goal that he actually did most of the dirty work on, attempting a wrap around on Fleury that kicked out to Bonino. Sturm has been a pleasant surprise for the team this season.

Kevin Fiala

2 SOG • 16:34 TOI
3/5 Stars

Fiala was so close on multiple chances tonight. He just couldn’t solve Marc-Andre Fleury. Otherwise Kevin was solid in all aspects of the game. He had some good defensive zone break ups and was creating space for his linemates all night. 

Victor Rask

14:32 TOI
3/5 Stars

Rask couldn’t do much tonight even with Kaprizov driving plays right next to him. While Kaprizov was good enough to draw Pietrangelo and Theodore all game, the pair seemed to stymie all the momentum that Rask and Mats Zuccarello had coming into this game. Look for the entire line to bounce back Wednesday. 

Mats Zuccarello

2 PIM • 18:02 TOI
3/5 Stars

Zuccarello couldn’t keep his hot streak alive tonight. He made some good plays but just wasn’t able to find anything offensively. Mats took a stick up high to the face right before the OT frame began. Hopefully it’s nothing major and he gets another crack at William Karlsson and company next game.

Joel Eriksson Ek

16:49 TOI
3/5 Stars

Eriksson Ek was throwing bodies around all game and created a lot of space for his linemates with his physical play. The Yule Log couldn’t find the scoresheet in this one, but it was an encouraging performance from the Swede.

Zach Parise

1 A • 1 SOG • 13:44 TOI
3/5 Stars

Zach wasn’t bad in this game. He picked up an assist on Foligno’s second goal and was making smart defensive decisions all game. I’m still just waiting on a breakout game from him.

Matt Dumba

2 PIM • 4 SOG 23:50 TOI
3/5 Stars

Dumba wasn’t terrible in this one, but he just didn’t seem to have the jump that he’s had the past couple of games. Perhaps the Vegas flu got to him, but hopefully he comes back with a better performance on Wednesday.

Jared Spurgeon

1 SOG • 21:07 TOI
3/5 Stars

Spurgeon is still chasing his first goal of the season. He was taking shots all night and it felt like he might finally break through but it just wasn’t in the cards for him. Jared got left alone on the OT 2 on 1 goal and did his best to prevent the cross crease pass but just couldn’t stop it.

Ian Cole

3 SOG 16:38 TOI
3/5 Stars

Cole did what was asked of him tonight. Solid defensively and even chipping in 3 shots on goal from the point. Can’t ask for much more from your bottom pairing defenseman.

Nick Bjugstad

1 SOG 9:16 TOI
2/5 Stars

Bjugstad just doesn’t pose a threat on the ice. He uses his body well sometimes but he’s prone to boneheaded plays with the puck a lot. That was what we saw from him for most of the game tonight.

Carson Soucy

2 SOG • 15:03 TOI
2/5 Stars

Why is Carson Soucy on the penalty kill? I just really don’t understand what he brings to the table with Calen Addison killing it in Iowa right now. Soucy couldn’t hit anyone with a pass tonight and just looked lost.

Ryan Suter

1 SOG • 21:02 TOI
1/5 Stars

Suter got beat a lot in this game. Every loose puck seemed to be a chore for him to dig out and it was frustrating to watch. Suter also allowed Alex Tuch to walk into the slot unchallenged for the tying goal. Just a bad night for Suter all around.