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Posted On Tuesday, 02.24.2015 / 3:12 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Oilers at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Edmonton Oilers will get defenseman Jeff Petry back from injury but will be without forward Nail Yakupov against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday.

Petry has missed the past two games after being hit in the ribs by a puck against the Boston Bruins last Wednesday.

"There's nothing broken, just bruised," Petry said. "It [hurt] to flex my core and to rotate, but it feels a lot better now. I'm back to normal."

Petry is second among Oilers defensemen with 15 points and will jump back into his normal spot in the lineup on the right side of Andrew Ference.

But not all the injury news from the Edmonton room was good Tuesday, as coach Todd Nelson said the Oilers will be without Yakupov, who tweaked his groin against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday and was unable to finish practice Monday before the team departed for the Twin Cities.

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Posted On Sunday, 02.22.2015 / 2:39 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Stars at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon will miss his second consecutive game with an upper-body injury when the Wild play the Dallas Stars at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday (8 p.m. EST, NBCSN).

Spurgeon was hit in the face with a puck during the first period in a game Wednesday against the Calgary Flames. He did not return to the game and did not play Friday against the Edmonton Oilers.

It is believed Spurgeon has concussion-like symptoms. Wild coach Mike Yeo said Spurgeon is feeling better but said he remains day-to-day.

“It’s a difficult player to replace in your lineup,” Yeo said. “We’re losing a valuable player and a guy that provides a lot to our group in many different roles. But when that happens, guys have to find a way to step up and certain players have to find a way to elevate their game and we’ve seen that.”

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Posted On Saturday, 02.14.2015 / 2:32 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Hurricanes at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- In three months with the Arizona Coyotes, goaltender Devan Dubnyk saw action in 19 games. Dubnyk will celebrate his one month anniversary with the Minnesota Wild by starting his 13th consecutive game when the Wild play the Carolina Hurricanes at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday.

Dubnyk started 42 games for the Edmonton Oilers in 2011-12 and 37 of 48 in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, but hasn’t seen this kind of consistent action since his junior hockey days.

"It has been a lot of games but I feel good physically," Dubnyk said. "I didn’t play as much the first half of the year, so maybe that gives me a little bit of an advantage to play this many games in a row now.

"A lot of nights, these guys work so hard in front of me that it makes it a little more realistic to be playing this many games in a row."

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Posted On Thursday, 02.12.2015 / 2:16 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Panthers at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Forward Brandon Pirri did not make the trip north with the Florida Panthers as they prepare to play the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Thursday. He will miss the second game of a back-to-back Friday against the Dallas Stars and could be out up to two weeks.

Pirri sustained an upper-body injury on the first shift Tuesday in a 6-2 win against the Anaheim Ducks. He stayed behind in Florida to get treatment for the injury, believed to be a shoulder ailment.

Florida coach Gerard Galant said defenseman Willie Mitchell is close to returning from an upper-body injury after missing the past three games. He too did not make the trip, but could return Sunday when the Panthers return home against the St. Louis Blues.

The Wild recalled forward Stephane Veilleux from Iowa of the American Hockey League Wednesday and he will skate on the fourth line. For Veilleux, this will mark his 500th NHL game.

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Posted On Monday, 02.09.2015 / 2:47 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Canucks at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Back from his conditioning assignment with Iowa of the American Hockey League, goaltender Darcy Kuemper was at the Minnesota Wild's morning skate Monday ahead of their game against the Vancouver Canucks.

How coach Mike Yeo manages three goaltenders the rest of the season will be an interesting storyline.

Though Devan Dubnyk will likely receive the vast majority of the starts for the foreseeable future, who will back him up is expected to be fluid.

Monday against Vancouver, it will be Niklas Backstrom. Minnesota is at the Winnipeg Jets Tuesday and it's possible Kuemper could get the start.

"My focus is on this game tonight," Yeo said. "How it plays out after that, it will be what it will be."

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Posted On Saturday, 02.07.2015 / 2:40 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Avalanche at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie will not play against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday.

Barrie, who has a sore hip, did not play Thursday in a 3-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings and missed practice Friday. He did make the trip here, and though he didn't skate with teammates Saturday morning, he did on his own afterward.

Coach Patrick Roy said he would be surprised if Barrie played Sunday against the Winnipeg Jets, but did not rule it out.

"Still day-to-day. He won't play [Saturday] but we'll see about tomorrow," Roy said. "Tomorrow is another day and I'll know more [after his skate Saturday]. We'll see how he feels out there on the ice."

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Posted On Monday, 01.19.2015 / 2:22 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blue Jackets at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter will return to the lineup against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Xcel Energy Center on Monday.

Suter missed the past two games after being suspended by the NHL's Department of Player Safety for elbowing Steve Downie of the Pittsburgh Penguins in a game last Tuesday at Consol Energy Center.

The Wild ended a six-game losing streak and won each game Suter was out of the lineup.

"They played really well," Suter said. "[Goaltender Devan Dubnyk] played great, came in and made the saves he had to make and the team responded. Now we just have to keep this thing going."

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Posted On Saturday, 01.17.2015 / 2:36 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Coyotes at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk will see plenty of familiar faces Saturday when his new team plays the Arizona Coyotes at Xcel Energy Center.

Dubnyk was traded by Arizona to Minnesota on Wednesday for a third-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

"It's been a whirlwind," Dubnyk said. "It's a little crazy. I've tried not to think about it as much as I could. I've just been trying to think about coming to the rink and playing hockey, and that's about it. It's weird when I think about it."

Dubnyk made 18 saves in a 7-0 win Thursday against the Buffalo Sabres in his debut with the Wild on Thursday, but the game against Arizona will mark his home debut with Minnesota.

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Posted On Saturday, 01.10.2015 / 7:05 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game blog

Wild's Suter excited to be an All-Star again

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Defenseman Ryan Suter was named Saturday as the the lone representative of the Minnesota Wild to the NHL All-Star Game in Columbus on Jan. 25.

It's been an up-and-down year for Suter, who has battled through some of the most trying times of his career away from the rink to be named to his second All-Star Game.

In September, Suter's father, 1980 U.S. Olympian Bob Suter, passed away suddenly after a heart attack. After a good start to the season, the Wild's play of late has been subpar; Minnesota has lost 10 of its past 12 games, including a 3-1 home loss to the Nashville Predators on Saturday, and is in last place in the Central Division.


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Posted On Thursday, 01.08.2015 / 2:28 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blackhawks at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Defeating the Chicago Blackhawks when your team is at full strength is difficult enough. The Minnesota Wild will try to do it Thursday while playing without a number of critical pieces.

Minnesota trails the Winnipeg Jets and Los Angeles Kings by six points for the two wild-card spots for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Western Conference. The Wild have two games in hand, but must snap out of a stretch where they have lost eight of their past 10 games in order to make a second-half charge.

"[We can't] get caught up in the big-picture stuff," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "We need to be ready to handle adversity over the course of the game. I thought we played a good game last time, but we have to find a way to be better tonight. I know as good as we can be tonight, there are going to be times where they pressure us and we're going to be in our own zone, whether there's a bad call or a bad bounce or a goal against, we're going to have to respond in those situations."

Among the players out for Minnesota are goaltender Darcy Kuemper and defenseman Marco Scandella. Forward Zach Parise is also not expected to play as he spends time with his family following the passing of his father, former NHL player J.P. Parise, Wednesday evening.

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