Game 31: Wild – Ducks Report Cards

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Jared Spurgeon

2 G • 4 SOG • 25:14 TOI
5/5 Stars

The floodgates seemed to have opened for Spurgeon as he picked up two goals. Both goals came off deflections on Ryan Suter wrist shots that found a way past Ryan Miller. Spurgeon was really just all over the ice and was the best blueliner for the Wild in this one.

Kevin Fiala

4 SOG • 17:20 TOI
5/5 Stars

If you only look at the box score, it would seem that Fiala had an off night. This could not be further from the truth as Kevin was rolling. He wasn’t able to find any points but he was generating chances all game for Minnesota and registered 4 shots on goal. That type of production will get rewarded soon enough.

Ryan Suter

2 A • 1 SOG • 25:47 TOI
4/5 Stars

Suter was able to pick up 2 apples thanks to Jared Spurgeon’s deflections. The two had the Kirk Cousins and Justin Jefferson connection going tonight and worked together beautifully all game. The assists brought Suter to 600 career points in the NHL. That’s pretty decent. The speed was still an issue for Suter but he contributed to 66% of the Wild offense so I’ll cut him a break this time.

Nico Sturm

1 G • 1 SOG • 14:01 TOI
4/5 Stars

They don’t ask how Nico, they ask how many. Ryan Miller giftwrapped Sturm the GWG after he failed to cover a slow rolling puck for what will probably be the easiest goal in Sturm’s career. I’ll take it, they all look the same on the scoresheet.

Cam Talbot

28/30 SV • 59:37 TOI
4/5 stars

Talbot let in a bit of a shaky first goal but locked it down after. The Ducks were very close to tying the game at 3 goals apiece multiple times and probably would’ve if not for the stellar play of Cam. Talbot and Kahkonen have been one of the best goaltending duos so far this season, and that continued today.

Kirill Kaprizov

1 A 1 SOG 15:58 TOI
4/5 Stars

Kaprizov picked up a secondary assist on Jared Spuregon’s first goal. Otherwise, Kirill was up to his usual antics of making incredible plays and using his skating ability to get to open ice. Kaprizov might already be one of the best skaters in the NHL.

Jonas Brodin

1 SOG • 21:36 TOI
4/5 Stars

Brodin made multiple stellar defensive plays that prevented some good looks from the Ducks. Brodin has been solid on the point all season and continued that trend tonight. 

Marcus Johansson

2 SOG • 16:28 TOI
3/5 Stars

Mojo has injected a little life into the Wild forward corps since returning from injury. He made a couple of crafty plays tonight and did the right thing more often than not.

Brad Hunt

14:51 TOI
3/5 Stars

Hunt logged some good minutes in place of Matt Dumba once again. I’ve never really been unhappy with Hunt whenever he gets put into the Wild lineup. He makes smart plays and offers a bit of offensive upside to his game.

Carson Soucy

1 A • 5 PIM • 18:05 TOI
3/5 Stars

Soucy laid some huge hits and got Ryan Getzlaf mad enough to draw an instigation penalty that cost him 10 minutes in the box. Good night from the former UMD Bulldog.

Ryan Hartman

16:21 TOI
3/5 Stars

Hartman played a sound defensive game per usual and frustrated the Ducks all game. This is exactly what Hartman can bring to the table for the team and he does it well.

Joseph Cramarossa

5 PIM • 10:56 TOI • 3/5 Stars

As far as taxi squad guys go I don’t hate Cramarossa. He’s not afraid to play physical and even got into a scrap with Max Jones. Better than anything Luke Johnson has done.

Nick Bjugstad

1 A • 3 SOG • 15:01 TOI
3/5 Stars

I wasn’t as happy with Bjugstad’s game as Lou Nanne seemed to be, but Nick didn’t have a bad night. He got a charity assist when he flipped the puck down on Ryan Miller, who proceeded to muff the punt and allow Nico Sturm to cash in. Bjugstad has put together a better stretch of games as of late.

Nick Bonino

2 PIM • 2 SOG • 14:51 TOI
3/5 Stars

Bonino didn’t have much impact on the game but was able to go 57% in the faceoff dot and generate 2 shots on goal. Not a bad night for the bottom six centerman.

Mats Zuccarello

1 SOG • 15:38 TOI
3/5 Stars

Zucc did a little bit of everything in this game from blocking shots to logging powerplay time. While his line has cooled off lately, Zuccarello seems to stay consistent and usually make the correct plays.

Ian Cole

1 SOG 11:56 TOI
3/5 Stars

Cole was able to keep the puck out of the defensive zone a few times and even stepped in on a couple of offensive rushes. Word on the street is that Bill Guerin could be looking to ink Cole to a new contract if the money is right.

Jordan Greenway

1 SOG • 14:20 TOI
3/5 Stars

Greenway challenged Anaheim physically tonight and was a big reason why the Ducks seemed to lose their composure early on. Greenway is really effective when he uses his size to his advantage.

Joel Eriksson Ek

4 SOG • 17:06 TOI
2/5 Stars

As much as it pains me to say it, the Yule Log had an off night. He was only able to go 19% in the faceoff dot and it killed the Wild in all 3 zones. Hopefully this is a minor blip in an otherwise stellar season so far for Joel.

Victor Rask

14:52 TOI
1/5 Stars

It just seems like this guy goes 1 step forward and then 2 steps back. He has some games where he looks really good and then has games like this where he looks like he doesn’t belong in the NHL. It’s frustrating to watch.