The Minnesota Wild has made a pair of roster moves as the team heads to Dallas to take on the Stars tomorrow night.
Minnesota has recalled goaltender Matt Hackett from the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League (AHL). The Wild also assigned forward Jake Dowell to Houston.
Hackett, is being recalled for the second time this season. The 23-year-old has not appeared in a game with Minnesota this season. He is 19-20-3 with a 2.66 goals against average and a .907 save percentage in 43 games for Houston this season. The 6-foot-2, 179-pound native of London, Ont., was Minnesota’s third-round pick (No. 77 overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Last season, Hackett set an NHL record for the longest shutout streak to start a career at 102:48 and went 3-6-0 with a 2.37 GAA and .922 SV% in 12 games with the Wild. He posted a 34-save shutout in 58:49 of relief at San Jose in his NHL debut Dec. 6, 2011. Hackett was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week on Dec. 12 after stopping 76-of-78 shots in his first two NHL games, earning both victories with a 1.01 GAA and .974 SV%.
Dowell was recalled from Houston on March 24 and did not appear in a game for the Wild. The 28-year-old has seven points (4-3=7) and 29 penalty minutes (PIM) in 26 games for the Aeros this season. The 6-foot, 202-pound native of Eau Claire, Wisc., was signed by the Wild as a free agent July 4, 2012. Dowell has skated in 154 NHL games with Chicago and Dallas, posting 33 points (11-22=33) and 133 PIM. He was originally selected by Chicago in the fifth round (No. 140 overall) of the 20204 NHL Entry Draft.
Minnesota held an optional skate today with only five players on the ice (Josh Harding, Darcy Kuemper, Mike Rupp, Brett Clark and Nate Prosser) before the team departed for the Lone Star State. The Wild looks for its eighth-straight win tomorrow against the Stars at 7:30 p.m. State of Hockey Time. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports North Plus and KFAN 100.3FM.