Game 28: Wild – Avalanche Report Cards

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Victor Rask

1 G • 2 SOG • 15:35 TOI
4/5 Stars

Rask legitimately looked like one of the only guys that decided to show up tonight. His power play goal marked the only tally for the Wild in this one. The goal itself was just a beautiful coast to coast play and top corner snipe, bringing Rask to 7 goals this season.

Cam Talbot

50/55 SV • 60:00 TOI
4/5 stars

The Wild let in 5 goals, but Cam Talbot stopped 50 shots tonight. 50. That’s a single game career high for him. Cam Talbot was not the problem in this game. Someone please get this man some goal support.

Brad Hunt

1 SOG 15:22 TOI
3/5 Stars

Hunt had to buckle down and log more minutes than usual after Matt Dumba went down with a leg injury. Hunt never plays badly when he draws into the lineup and the Wild are gonna need him to step up and fill Matt Dumba’s incoming absence.

Ryan Hartman

1 SOG • 16:54 TOI
3/5 Stars

Hartman gets a little bit of slack from me for playing the whole game after blocking a shot directly off his ankle. Those do not feel good. Hartman also provided the team with a little bit of spark when they needed it, playing fast and physical.

Kirill Kaprizov

1 SOG 19:22 TOI
3/5 Stars

Kirill did everything he could tonight to try and drive the team but it just didn’t pan out for him. This game is a prime example of why the Wild need to start looking for more dynamic forwards to put around him.

Mats Zuccarello

1 A • 2 SOG • 18:51 TOI
3/5 Stars

Zuccarello was able to pick up the lone assist on Rask’s goal, which is ok I guess, but that goal was all Victor Rask. Otherwise Zuccarello kept trying to play his game; it just wasn’t working, much like the rest of the team.

Jordan Greenway

4 PIM • 12:24 TOI
3/5 Stars

Greenway was one of the only guys on the team that was able to play with a high intensity for most of the game. He kept trying to drive the play and use his size, even down by 4 goals. Greenway also somehow managed to stay at an even plus/minus throughout the game.

Joel Eriksson Ek

1 SOG • 16:21 TOI
3/5 Stars

It’s really hard to evaluate individual play when the team overall plays so poorly. This is the case of Joel Eriksson Ek tonight as he didn’t seem to play all that bad, but obviously something wasn’t working.

Jonas Brodin

4 SOG • 22:50 TOI
3/5 Stars

Much like Eriksson Ek, Brodin didn’t seem to play all that badly tonight, but then again the defense allowed 55 shots on goal. Everyone on the blueline deserves some blame for that.

Kevin Fiala

1 SOG • 17:25 TOI
3/5 Stars

Fiala just couldn’t seem to find his game tonight. He had a few good power play looks and made a couple of nice moves but he just couldn’t find the jump he has most nights.

Nick Bonino

2 SOG • 12:11 TOI
3/5 Stars

I’m gonna cut Bonino a little bit of slack for being able to go 63% in the faceoff dot in this one. Otherwise he actually made a couple of nice plays late in the game.

Jared Spurgeon

2 PIM • 23:00 TOI
2/5 Stars

An off night for the captain as he picked up a penalty and wasn’t able to register a shot on goal. Have to be better next game.

Nico Sturm

2 SOG • 13:02 TOI
2/5 Stars

Sturm got beat like a drum on Mikko Rantanen’s beautiful backhand goal in the third period. It was pretty bad. Just a bad night overall for everyone.

Ian Cole

17:43 TOI
2/5 Stars

Cole is a defensive defenseman. The Wild allowed 55 shots on goal tonight. Yikes.

Zach Parise

12:20 TOI
2/5 Stars

This might’ve been the worst game I have ever seen Zach Parise play. Nothing was going right for him tonight. He couldn’t get any position in front of the net and he just looked lost on the ice. Not what you want out of one of your team leaders.

Ryan Suter

2 SOG • 24:17 TOI
1/5 Stars

I’ve been saying all year that Ryan Suter’s speed (or lack of) is gonna kill this team. That was proven right tonight. Suter got beat to almost every puck and just looked like he had ankle weights on. Just brutal.

Luke Johnson

11:10 TOI
1/5 Stars

There has got to be someone in Iowa or on the taxi squad that is better than this guy.

Nick Bjugstad

1 SOG 15:54 TOI
1/5 Stars

Bjugstad got bullied off of pucks all night and cost his team on power play faceoff draws, getting booted from the dot multiple times.

Matt Dumba

12:21 TOI

Dumba was playing extremely well until he went down hard into the boards in the second period. Hopefully he can avoid a major injury but we should prepare ourselves to see Brad Hunt in his place for an extended period of time.