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Posted On Saturday, 04.04.2015 / 7:24 PM

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

Wild captain Koivu late scratch with eye injury

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu was a late scratch for the game Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings at Xcel Energy Center.

The Minnesota captain was pulled from the lineup after participating in warm-ups. The Wild said Koivu is day-to-day with an eye injury.

It's the first game Koivu has missed the season. He has 14 goals and 33 assists in 77 games.

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Posted On Saturday, 04.04.2015 / 1:03 PM

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

At the Rink: Red Wings at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Detroit Red Wings are expected to have Pavel Datsyuk available when they play the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CITY, FS-D,+, FS-N).

The Wild can clinch a spot in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Saturday. The easiest scenario involves a Minnesota victory in regulation or overtime combined with a loss in regulation by the Calgary Flames. The Flames play at the Edmonton Oilers.

Datsyuk has missed seven of the past nine games for Detroit with a reoccurring lower-body injury.

Datsyuk participated in practice Friday in Detroit before the team flew to Minnesota. Coach Mike Babcock said then Datsyuk would be a game-time or “[Saturday] morning decision.”

The Red Wings did not skate Saturday morning, but Babcock said he expected to have Datsyuk back. Just in case, Babcock said the Red Wings will have an extra player participate in warm-ups.

“We plan on him playing,” Babcock said.

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Posted On Thursday, 04.02.2015 / 1:58 PM

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

At the Rink: Rangers at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- In their quest to win a division championship, the New York Rangers will get a crucial piece to the lineup back from injury when they play the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; MSG, FS-N, FS-WI).

A victory against the Wild would secure the Metropolitan Division title for New York, following a 4-1 loss by the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday.

Right wing Martin St. Louis, who has missed the past eight games with a lower-body injury, is set to return. St. Louis has 20 goals and 27 assists in 68 games.

"I'm not used to not being part [of the lineup]," St. Louis told the Rangers website on Wednesday. "I don't know what the amount of games I've missed in my career is, but I know it's not a lot."

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Posted On Saturday, 03.28.2015 / 2:30 PM

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

At the Rink: Kings at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild and Los Angeles Kings will play with valuable positioning for the Stanley Cup Playoffs on the line Saturday at Xcel Energy Center (8 p.m. ET; NHLN-US, SN, FS-W, FS-N).

Each team is looking to beef up its playoff credentials. With a win, the Wild can move into third place in the Central Division standings, one point ahead of the Chicago Blackhawks, although Chicago will have two games in hand.

For Los Angeles, a win would move it three points clear of the Calgary Flames in the Pacific Division, and depending on what happens in the game between the Vancouver Canucks and Dallas Stars later Saturday, potentially into a tie for second in the division with Vancouver.

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Posted On Friday, 03.27.2015 / 2:50 PM

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

At the Rink: Flames at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The ever-changing landscape of the Western Conference's wild card race for the Stanley Cup Playoffs has, at least on Friday, put the Calgary Flames on the outside looking in.

With a 3-2 win against the New York Islanders on Thursday, the Los Angeles Kings moved into third place in the Pacific Division, ahead of the Flames, who dropped out of playoff position altogether.

Calgary will have a chance to climb back in with a victory against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Friday (8 p.m. ET; SNW, FS-WI, FS-N+), a game that begins a critical five-game road trip for the Flames, one that could be make-or-break for their playoff hopes.

"That’s exactly what it is," Flames forward Joe Colborne said. "It comes down to who can stay hot down the stretch. There's a lot of good teams going at it and it's going to be a great test for us."

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Posted On Thursday, 03.19.2015 / 2:44 PM

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

At the Rink: Capitals at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Washington Capitals are getting one veteran defenseman back from injury but will be without another when they play the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Thursday.

Brooks Orpik, who has missed the past four games because of a lower-body injury, appears ready to rejoin the lineup. Orpik, who has 16 assists and is a plus-2 in 67 games this season, was injured against the Buffalo Sabres on March 7.

Tim Gleason will miss the game Thursday because of an upper-body injury. It's not expected to keep him out long, but Capitals coach Barry Trotz said he wanted to be cautious.

"We'll probably give him an extra day here," Trotz said. "We're at that point right now where I don't think we can take a chance with a guy that is questionable if we think we can keep him out."

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Posted On Friday, 03.13.2015 / 2:54 PM

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

At the Rink: Ducks at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Anaheim Ducks will get a crucial cog back in its lineup Friday when they play the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center.

Forward Matt Beleskey, who has missed the past 12 games because of a shoulder injury, will play for the first time since Feb. 15. Beleskey, third on the Ducks with 21 goals, will skate on Anaheim’s first line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

"He brings an element of a physical game and a guy that can score," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It's something we've missed from the left side. I'm not expecting it to happen overnight; he's been out a while.

"It also stabilizes our lines. We can get more into the line combinations that we want hopefully coming through the end of the month and through April."

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.10.2015 / 2:38 PM

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

At the Rink: Devils at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk will start his 200th NHL game when the Wild play the New Jersey Devils at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday.

"You look at the start of the year and the situation I was in; it's a big milestone, but you don't know when that's going to come," Dubnyk said. "To get that opportunity to get there this year has been good."

Despite ranking 21st among NHL goalies in games played this season (43), Dubnyk is ninth in victories (27) and top-three in goals-against average (2.11, second) and save percentage (.927, third). His six shutouts, five of which have come since being acquired by the Wild on Jan. 14, are fourth-best.

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Posted On Sunday, 03.08.2015 / 3:18 PM

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

At the Rink: Avalanche at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild activated defenseman Jared Spurgeon from injured reserve ahead of their game against the Colorado Avalanche at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday.

Spurgeon has missed the past eight games with an upper-body injury, believed to be concussion-like symptoms.

The Wild have gone 7-1-0 without Spurgeon in the lineup, but his return will certainly help Minnesota, which enters the day one point ahead of the Winnipeg Jets for the top wild-card spot in the Western Conference for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Wild trails the Chicago Blackhawks by four points for third place in the Central Division standings.

Spurgeon is second among Wild defensemen with seven goals this season and third with 18 points. He is a plus-1.


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Posted On Tuesday, 03.03.2015 / 2:47 PM

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

At the Rink: Senators at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Each of the Minnesota Wild’s NHL Trade Deadline acquisitions will debut Tuesday when the Wild host the Ottawa Senators at Xcel Energy Center.

Minnesota traded Justin Falk and a fifth-round pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets for defenseman Jordan Leopold, then moved a second-round pick in 2017 to the Buffalo Sabres for forward Chris Stewart.

Leopold, a native of Golden Valley, Minn., was expected to be a depth defenseman down the stretch, but with injuries to Marco Scandella and Jared Spurgeon, will get a chance to play.

“He wants to come here, he wants to contribute, and he really wants to become part of this group. That’s what you want,” Wild coach Mike Yeo said. “You want people to come here and get invested into the group and really want to play for something bigger than just money or a new contract. For him, I know that absolutely 100 percent he’s playing something bigger.”

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It's not always going to be pretty, especially against a great goalie [Lundqvist] like that. My goals are never how you draw them up. It's just a matter of grinding it out and trying to create havoc in front and good things happen.

— Capitals forward Jay Beagle on scoring in their Game 3 victory against the Rangers on Monday