Skip to main content

Wild finish road trip against Flyers

by Brian Compton

WILD (20-13-5) at FLYERS (16-16-4)


Last 10: Minnesota 5-5-0; Philadelphia 4-4-2.

Season series: This is the second and final game between the Minnesota Wild and Philadelphia Flyers. The Wild beat the Flyers 2-0 on Dec. 2 at Xcel Energy Center. Josh Harding made 21 saves for the shutout.

Big story: Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren announced Sunday that defenseman Erik Gustafsson will miss the next two weeks with a sprained left knee.

Gustafsson sustained the injury in the third period of a 6-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. He has two goals and five assists in 20 games this season while averaging 16:55 of ice time per game.

Team Scope:

Wild: Minnesota hopes to salvage the final game of its three-game road trip after falling short against the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers. Jason Pominville gave the Wild an early 1-0 lead Sunday night, but the Rangers responded with four unanswered goals in a 4-1 loss at Madison Square Garden.

"I think once they scored that first one, and then especially when they got that second one, I think we became a little demoralized and kind of changed the way we were playing the game," Wild wing Zach Parise said. "That was for the most part I thought the big difference. Once they got that second goal, we became a little flustered and just were never able to regain any momentum."

Flyers: Philadelphia appeared to be in decent shape after 40 minutes Saturday night, when it found itself in a 2-2 tie after 40 minutes at Nationwide Arena. But David Savard and Boone Jenner scored in the first 5:39 of the third period and the Flyers ultimately suffered a 6-3 loss to the Blue Jackets and had to settle for a split in the home-and-home series.

"We were sitting back too much, maybe asleep in the third period," Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn told "We had a pretty good end to the second period. I don't know if we thought they would just give up. I don't know what it was, but it was unacceptable to come out in the third period like that."

Who's hot: Pominville has goals in back-to-back games for the Wild. … Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds has three goals and one assist in the past three games.

Injury report: Wild defenseman Clayton Stoner (lower body) is out. Harding (multiple sclerosis treatment) is expected back after the holiday break.

View More

The NHL uses cookies, web beacons, and other similar technologies. By using NHL websites or other online services, you consent to the practices described in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service, including our Cookie Policy.