Game 23: Wild – Golden Knights Report Cards

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Kaapo Kahkonen

26/26 SV • 59:48 TOI • 5/5 stars

Easily the performance of the night. Kahkonen stopped 26 shots en route to his first NHL shutout. Outdueling Marc-Andre Fleury is a super impressive feat for any goaltender, especially a 24 year old rookie. Kaapo looked comfortable all night, even against a few dangerous flurries from the Golden Knights. Kahkonen has now won 10 of his 14 starts this season. The future looks bright for the kid from Finland.

Mats Zuccarello

3 SOG • 17:48 TOI
5/5 Stars

He didn’t find the scoresheet in this one, but Zucc was all over the ice. He had multiple takeaways in the offensive zone that could have easily found their way into the net had Fleury not been sharp. MZ was also dishing out a healthy amount of sauce all game, finding multiple teammates across the ice for beautiful scoring looks.

Kevin Fiala

1 G • 5 SOG • 15:01 TOI
5/5 Stars

Fiala was buzzing tonight, finding the game winning goal in the first period off a beautiful cut to the slot. Kevin seems to score in bunches, so look for him to continue to stay hot on Wednesday once again.

Jonas Brodin

1 G • 2 SOG • 23:35 TOI
5/5 Stars

Jonas Brodin just continues to be a force in the NHL. He added to his goal total tonight on an empty net drawn penalty. Otherwise Brodes controlled every aspect of the game tonight, something he seems to be able to do in the clutch consistently for this team.

Kirill Kaprizov

2 SOG 17:01 TOI
4/5 Stars

What’s so encouraging about Kaprizov’s play is his ability to take over games even when he doesn’t appear in the boxscore. That was the case tonight as Kap was buzzing and getting great shots on net without cashing in.

Zach Parise

3 SOG • 15:48 TOI
4/5 Stars

This was a vintage Zach Parise game. He must’ve hit the smelling salts before hitting the ice. Zach was battling in front of Marc-Andre Fleury all night and forechecked relentlessly. This is what the Wild need out of Parise in every game, hopefully he can build on this one.

Marcus Foligno

1 A • 1 SOG • 16:28 TOI
4/5 Stars

Foligno was throwing his body around well tonight and made a couple of really nice plays on the puck. Moose also picked up a secondary assist on the Brodin empty netter. His biggest play however, was a key shot block late in the game with the Vegas net empty. 

Joel Eriksson Ek

1 A • 18:56 TOI
4/5 Stars

The Yule Log was doing everything possible to score in this one and just couldn’t hit paydirt. He did manage to grab an assist on Brodin’s empty netter. Eriksson Ek is on pace for his best season yet, points wise.

Kyle Rau

1 SOG • 11:11 TOI
4/5 Stars

Kyle Rau flies under the radar as a member of the Taxi Squad, but whenever he gets into the lineup he does nothing but compete. It was another hard working game for the former Gopher, and ideally it’d be nice to see more of him as the first man in for injuries going forward.

Matt Dumba

23:31 TOI
4/5 Stars

Dumba was flying tonight and looked super confident with the puck on his stick all game. When Dumba is playing at the top of his game, him and Brodin are one of the best D pairings in the league.

Victor Rask

1 A • 13:14 TOI
3/5 Stars

A much better game from Rask tonight after Dean Evason switched up the lines before the game, putting Rask between Zach Parise and Kevin Fiala. Rask picked up the lone apple on Kevin Fiala’s opening goal. The faceoff percentage still needs work, but again this is a game Rask can build upon.

Jordan Greenway

17:39 TOI
3/5 Stars

Greenway continues to use his massive size to his advantage and tonight showcased that well. He beat multiple Golden Knights to pucks and created more takeaways using his large frame. Luckily he was able to use his own stick for the entire game.

Jared Spurgeon

1 SOG • 20:35 TOI
3/5 Stars

Once again Spurgeon was just snakebitten beyond all reason. My guy just cannot buy one. He’s playing so well and just hasn’t gotten rewarded for it yet.

Nico Sturm

9:20 TOI
3/5 Stars

More of the same tonight from Sturm, which is exactly what the Wild need out of him. He has been instrumental in the bottom six for Minnesota this season.

Nick Bonino

11:41 TOI
3/5 Stars

All you need to know about Bonino tonight was that he went 5 for 9 in the faceoff dot and 2 of 3 on draws in the D zone. Good stuff.

Carson Soucy

14:11 TOI
3/5 Stars

I’m going to give Soucy 3 stars just for not backing down from a scrum against Ryan Reaves. That guy is terrifying. Otherwise Soucy still didn’t look all that great but had a better night overall.

Ryan Suter

2 PIM • 1 SOG • 19:23 TOI
3/5 Stars

Suter held the blueline pretty well in the offensive zone tonight and wasn’t a complete liability in the transition game like he has been recently. Hopefully Suter can keep bringing more of these games.

Nick Bjugstad

2 SOG 12:52 TOI
3/5 Stars

Bjugstad participated in this game and didn’t account for a goal against which is a step up compared to his last few games.

Ian Cole

15:58 TOI
3/5 Stars

Not a lot to report for Cole tonight, which is good. As long as he’s defensively responsible he’s doing his job for the team.