Minnesota Wild Player Notes
For The Last 365 Days
 
Thomas Vanek, LW7/1/2014 8:26:00 PM
Description: Thomas Vanek has signed a three-year, $19.5 million deal with the Wild.
Insight: Minnesota will be the fourth team Vanek has played for since the start of the 2013-14 season. Vanek played for the University of Minnesota from 2002-04. He had fantasy value everywhere he went last season, producing nine points in 13 games with Buffalo, 15 points in 18 games with Montreal and 44 points in 47 games with the New York Islanders. He should challenge the 70-point mark again in 2014-15.
Matt Moulson, LW5/13/2014 5:17:00 PM
Description: Wild left wing Matt Moulson (lower body) won't play Tuesday against the Blackhawks in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals, according to Michael Russo of the Star Tribune.
Insight: Moulson skated Tuesday morning, but he'll sit out another game. The winger hasn't played since Game 3.
Matt Moulson, LW5/8/2014 1:09:00 PM
Description: Wild left wing Matt Moulson (lower body) isn't expected to play Friday against the Blackhawks in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals.
Insight: According to Michael Russo of the Star Tribune, Minnesota coach Mike Yeo said Moulson will be off the ice for a couple days.
Matt Cooke, LW4/24/2014 1:46:00 PM
Description: Minnesota winger Matt Cooke will miss the remainder of the Western Conference Quarterfinal against Colorado due to a seven-game suspension.
Insight: Cooke was suspended for a hit on Colorado's Tyson Barrie. He had 10 goals, 18 assists on 104 SOG this season.
Darcy Kuemper, G4/21/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper recorded his first career postseason shutout Monday against the Avalanche.
Insight: Kuemper made 22 saves in the Game 3 victory. Prior to Monday, Kuemper had been winless in his last six appearances.
Dany Heatley, RW4/21/2014 6:56:00 PM
Description: Minnesota right wing Dany Heatley is ready to play Monday versus Colorado. SOURCE: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Insight: Heatley was a healthy scratch for Games 1 and 2. Four of his 28 points this season have come against the Avalanche (one goal, three assists in five games).
Mikael Granlund, C4/15/2014 8:31:00 PM
Description: Wild center Mikael Granlund (head) is expected to return to the lineup in Game 1 of the postseson Thursday against the Avalanche, according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: Granlund missed all of April and finished with eight goals, 33 assists and 104 SOG in 63 contests.
Josh Harding, G4/14/2014 4:51:00 PM
Description: Wild goaltender Josh Harding had the best GAA and SV% in the NHL this season but didn't start after Dec. 31 due to complications from multiple sclerosis.
Insight: Harding finished with an 18-7-3 record, a 1.66 GAA and a .933 SV% in 29 games (26 starts). It's unclear if he'll be able to return for the postseason.
Jason Pominville, RW4/13/2014 11:05:00 PM
Description: Wild right winger Jason Pominville needed three points in the regular season finale to hit 60 for the season and he got them.
Insight: Pominville had a goal and two assists to end up with two nice round numbers -- 30 goals and 30 assists in 82 games.
Marek Zidlicky, D4/13/2014 10:48:00 PM
Description: Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky had two goals in the season finale Sunday against the Bruins.
Insight: Zidlicky finished with 12 goals, his most since 2008-09 and just one less than he had in the previous three seasons combined. He also had 30 assists.
Mikael Granlund, C4/12/2014 2:30:00 PM
Description: Wild center Mikael Granlund (upper body) isn't expected to play Sunday.
Insight: The 22-year-old has been a solid contributor for Minnesota this season and hopes to be ready for the playoff (8 G, 33 A).
Mikael Granlund, C4/10/2014 5:25:00 PM
Description: Wild center Mikael Granlund (upper body) isn't expected to play Thursday, according to nhl.com.
Insight: The 22-year-old has been a solid contributor for Minnesota this season, collecting eight goals and 33 assists in 63 games, but he hasn't played since March 31.
Mikko Koivu, CHot4/8/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: Wild center Mikko Koivu has gone off for 16 points over his last 12 games.
Insight: The 31-year-old center had two assists Tuesday, giving him 42 assists and 53 points in 63 games.
Ryan Suter, D4/8/2014 10:55:00 PM
Description: Wild defenseman Ryan Suter scored a goal Tuesday against the Bruins to tie a career high with his eighth of the season.
Insight: The 29-year-old has had another strong season, generating 43 points, 148 SOG and a +16 rating in 80 games.
Jason Pominville, RW4/8/2014 10:54:00 PM
Description: Wild right winger Jason Pominville scored two goals and assisted on another Tuesday against the Bruins.
Insight: Pominville has 29 goals and 57 points in 80 games this season. It's not his best year but still a good one.
Mikael Granlund, C4/8/2014 5:10:00 PM
Description: Wild center Mikael Granlund (upper body) will not play Tuesday against Boston, according to nhl.com.
Insight: The 22-year-old has been a solid contributor for Minnesota this season, collecting eight goals and 33 assists in 63 games, but he'll have to miss his fourth straight game Tuesday.
Keith Ballard, D4/7/2014 11:56:00 AM
Description: Minnesota defenseman Keith Ballard is unlikely to return after missing his 10th consecutive game with a groin injury.
Insight: He's not there yet, said coach Mike Yeo. He has nine points in 45 games this season so his fantasy value is near zero.
Darcy Kuemper, G4/7/2014 11:55:00 AM
Description: Minnesota goalie Darcy Kuemper is feeling better, but not ready to return to the lineup while dealing with an upper-body injury, according to the Star Tribune report.
Insight: Ilya Bryzgalov is 7-0-5 record with a 1.83 goals-against average and .931 save percentage since late January so there is no reason to rush Kuemper back before he is 100 percent.
Mikael Granlund, C4/7/2014 11:48:00 AM
Description: Wild center Mikael Granlund is doubtful for Monday's game against Winnipeg with an upper-body injury.
Insight: The 22-year-old has been a solid contributor for Minnesota this season, collecting eight goals and 33 assists in 63 games, but has missed the past two games.
Ilya Bryzgalov, GHot4/6/2014 3:26:00 PM
Description: Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov has allowed two goals or less in each of his last five starts.
Insight: Bryzgalov made 20 saves to shut out the Penguins Saturday night. He's been pushed into starting duty due to an injury to Darcy Kuemper.
Josh Harding, G4/2/2014 9:30:00 PM
Description: Wild goaltender Josh Harding (illness) practiced Wednesday for the first time since January, according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: Harding was having a Vezina-worthy season, going 18-7-3 with a 1.66 GAA and a .933 SV%, but complications from changes in his multiple sclerosis medication have kept him out since the end of December.
Mikael Granlund, C4/1/2014 5:28:00 PM
Description: Wild center Mikael Granlund left Monday's game with an upper-body injury, according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: The 22-year-old has been a solid contributor for Minnesota this season, collecting eight goals and 33 assists in 63 games.
Darcy Kuemper, G3/31/2014 11:01:00 PM
Description: Minnesota goalie Darcy Kuemper left Monday's practice with an upper-body injury, according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: Kuemper has rescued Minnesota after it lost Josh Harding and Niklas Backstrom, going 12-8-4 with a 2.43 GAA and a .915 SV%. GM Chuck Fletcher said Kuemper will "hopefully (miss) just a few days, but it's hard to know fo sure." Ilya Bryzgalov will take over in net.
Zach Parise, LW3/30/2014 9:16:00 AM
Description: Minnesota left wing Zach Parise blew up for two goals Saturday against Phoenix.
Insight: He accomplished the feat in a little under 19 minutes of ice time. Parise has scored in three of his last four games. The Wild are seventh in the Western Conference (87 points) with seven games left on the schedule.
Keith Ballard, D3/27/2014 3:40:00 PM
Description: Minnesota defenseman Keith Ballard is doubtful for Thursday's game against St. Louis due to a groin injury.
Insight: He has nine in 45 games this season. Ballard hasn't cracked the double-digit point total since 2009 so his fantasy value is still zero.
Niklas Backstrom, G3/26/2014 9:15:00 PM
Description: Wild netminder Niklas Backstrom underwent successful core surgery on Tuesday. SOURCE: Wild on Twitter
Insight: The team ruled him out for the season weeks ago so this doesn't change anything. Backstrom will finish the 2013-14 campaign with a 5-11-2 record in 21 appearances. His 3.02 GAA was the worst of his eight-year career.
Clayton Stoner, D3/23/2014 1:10:00 PM
Description: Wild defenseman Clayton Stoner (undisclosed) will not play Sunday, according to Michael Russo of the Star Tribune.
Insight: Stoner (1 G, 4 A) sat out late in the third period Saturday and did not travel to Detroit.
Justin Fontaine, RW3/18/2014 9:46:00 PM
Description: Minnesota right wing Justin Fontaine had a productive evening Tuesday against the Islanders.
Insight: Fontaine poked home his 13th goal of the season and also added an assist. As good as Fontaine was on Tuesday, he's not someone fantasy owners need to keep an eye out for.
Ilya Bryzgalov, G3/18/2014 9:40:00 PM
Description: Ilya Bryzgalov recorded his first shutout as a member of the Wild Tuesday in a win against the Islanders.
Insight: Bryzgalov finished with 36 saves, his most since February 3rd versus Buffalo. He's been splitting time between the pipes with Darcy Kuemper (12-5-4, 2.22 GAA).
Matt Moulson, LW3/18/2014 9:34:00 PM
Description: Wild left wing Matt Moulson was all over the Islanders on Tuesday night.
Insight: He scored the first and last goals of the game and assisted on a goal in between. Tuesday was Moulson's seventh game since being traded on March 5th. The 30-year-old has played for three different teams in 2013-14 (Wild, Sabres and Islanders).
Jason Pominville, RWHot3/17/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Wild right winger Jason Pominville extended his points streak to five games on Monday.
Insight: Pominville scored his fourth goal in the last five games and 26th of the season against the Bruins. The 31-year-old was a five-time 60-point scorer from 2007 through 2012 with Buffalo but he has to stay hot if he's going to get there this season. He needs 12 points in the final games.
Josh Harding, G3/12/2014 8:21:00 PM
Description: Wild goaltender Josh Harding (illness) is unlikely to return this season, according to Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Insight: Harding was having a Vezina-worthy season, going 18-7-3 with a 1.66 GAA and a .933 SV%, but complications from changes in his multiple sclerosis have kept him out since the end of December.
Marek Zidlicky, DHot3/11/2014 9:59:00 PM
Description: Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky is on a four-game points streak and has picked up seven points in his last six games.
Insight: Zidlicky had an assist Tuesday against the Flyers, giving him 36 points (10 goals), his most since 2009-10, in 65 games.
Matt Moulson, LW3/5/2014 3:23:00 PM
Description: The Sabres have dealt Matt Moulson to the Minnesota Wild along with Cody McCormick for Torrey Mitchell and draft picks. SOURCE: Buffalo News
Insight: Moulson will be a free agent after the season. The 30-year-old has 38 points in 55 games this season, including 29 in 44 games since joining the Sabres from the Islanders in the Thomas Vanek trade. It's unclear who Moulson will skate with, but he'll certainly be in a better fantasy situation than before.
Niklas Backstrom, G3/5/2014 12:36:00 PM
Description: Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom is done for the season with an abdominal injury, according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: Backstrom had sports hernia surgery last offseason and had a terrible year, losing his job to Josh Harding while dealing with several injuries. With Harding out indefinitely due to multiple sclerosis, Darcy Kuemper (11-3-2, 2.19 GAA, .924 SV%) is now the full-time starter, with newly acquired Ilya Bryzgalov backing him up.
Marek Zidlicky, D3/4/2014 9:46:00 PM
Description: Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky reached 10 goals for the first time since 2008-09 with a score on Tuesday.
Insight: Zidlicky has 32 points, 50 PIM and 96 SOG in 62 games, making him a very good fantasy option.
Ilya Bryzgalov, G3/4/2014 5:53:00 PM
Description: The Oilers traded Ilya Bryzgalov to the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday for a fourth-rounder.
Insight: Bryzgalov went 5-8-5 with a 3.01 GAA And a .908 SV% over 20 games in Edmonton. The Wild were in need of a backup to rookie Darcy Kuemper (11-3-2, 2.19 GAA, .924 SV%) with Niklas Backstrom dealing with injuries and ineffectiveness and Josh Harding still on injured reserve due to illness. Edmonton acquired Viktor Fasth from the Ducks Tuesday to back up Ben Scrivens.
Mikko Koivu, C3/3/2014 2:16:00 PM
Description: Wild center Mikko Koivu (ankle) is expected to be activated from injured reserve for Monday's game against Calgary.
Insight: A broken ankle forced Koivu (8 G, 27 A) to miss the Winter Olympics, and coach Mike Yeo said playing back-to-back games right off the bat may be tough for him.
Niklas Backstrom, G2/28/2014 2:00:00 PM
Description: Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom is questionable for Friday's game against Vancouver with an abdominal strain.
Insight: Previously listed as doubtful, he had a decent practice on Wednesday. Backstrom (5-11-2, 3.02 GAA, .899 SV%) should be considered day-to-day. No matter, Darcy Kuemper is starting on Friday.
Mikko Koivu, C2/27/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: Wild center Mikko Koivu (ankle) will not play Thursday, according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: A broken ankle forced Koivu (8 G, 27 A) to miss the Winter Olympics, and coach Mike Yeo said playing back-to-back games right off the bat may be tough for him. He may be able to play Friday.
Mikko Koivu, C2/27/2014 2:22:00 PM
Description: Wild center Mikko Koivu (ankle) will likely sit one of the next two games, according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: A broken ankle forced Koivu (8 G, 27 A) to miss the Winter Olympics, and coach Mike Yeo said playing back-to-back games right off the bat may be tough for him. He's more likely to play in Friday's contest.
Niklas Backstrom, G2/27/2014 2:19:00 PM
Description: Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom is questionable for Thursday's game against Edmonton with an abdominal strain.
Insight: Previously listed as doubtful, he had a decent practice on Wednesday. Backstrom (5-11-2, 3.02 GAA, .899 SV%) should be considered day-to-day. He's having an "off" season which he blames on injuries dating back to 2012-13.
Mikko Koivu, C2/26/2014 6:58:00 PM
Description: Wild center Mikko Koivu (ankle) will likely sit one of the next two games, according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: A broken ankle forced Koivu (8 G, 27 A) to miss the Winter Olympics, and coach Mike Yeo said playing back-to-back games right off the bat may be tough for him.
Mikko Koivu, C2/19/2014 11:49:00 AM
Description: Wild center Mikko Koivu has been cleared to practice for the first time since breaking his ankle on Jan. 4, according to Michael Russo of the Star Tribune.
Insight: The injury forced Koivu (8 G, 27 A) to miss the Winter Olympics, but he should be back when the NHL season resumes.
Mikko Koivu, C2/7/2014 8:58:00 PM
Description: Wild center Mikko Koivu won't compete for Finland in the Sochi Olympics. SOURCE: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Insight: His recovery from ankle surgery is taking longer than expected. Koivu's roster spot could be filled by Panthers left wing Sean Bergenheim.
Marco Scandella, D2/6/2014 3:59:00 PM
Description: Wild defenseman Marco Scandella will miss Thursday's game against Nashville due to a sprained knee.
Insight: He'll likely be ready by the time the NHL gets back to action following the Olympics. he's totaled three goals and 13 assists in 55 games with a +10 rating.
Niklas Backstrom, G2/6/2014 3:55:00 PM
Description: Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom will miss Thursday's game against Nashville with an abdominal strain.
Insight: Backstrom (5-11-2, 3.02 GAA, .899 SV%) should be considered day-to-day. He's having an "off" season which he blames on injuries dating back to 2012-13.
Justin Fontaine, RW2/6/2014 3:55:00 PM
Description: Wild winger Justin Fontaine is questionable for Thursday's game against Nashville due to illness.
Insight: Fontaine has been held scoreless in five of his last six games, but does have 12 goals and six assists in 50 games.
Mikko Koivu, C2/5/2014 3:10:00 PM
Description: Minnesota center Mikko Koivu (ankle) will not play Thursday and his Olympic status is up in the air, according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: Monday was four weeks to the day since Koivu underwent ankle surgery and he hasn't even been cleared to practice with the team yet, much less play. He's been skating on his own but appears doubtful to play in the Olympics.
Mikko Koivu, C2/4/2014 5:52:00 PM
Description: Minnesota center Mikko Koivu (ankle) is unlikely to play this week, according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: Minnesota has two games left before the Olympic break. Monday was four weeks to the day since Koivu underwent ankle surgery and he hasn't practiced with his teammates yet, though he did skate on his own again Monday and is feeling good. His status for Sochi is still up in the air.
Jared Spurgeon, D2/4/2014 5:46:00 PM
Description: Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon (foot) will return to the lineup Tuesday, according to Michael Russo of the Star Tribune.
Insight: Spurgeon (1 G, 11 A, 64 SOG) injured his foot while blocking a shot on Jan. 2 and missed the last 14 games.
Jared Spurgeon, D1/30/2014 6:38:00 PM
Description: Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon (foot) will miss his 13th straight game Thursday against the Avalanche.
Insight: Spurgeon participated in the morning skate Thursday. It was his first time on the ice with teammates since he injured his foot while blocking a shot on Jan. 2.
Zach Parise, LW1/23/2014 1:15:00 PM
Description: Wild left wing Zach Parise (foot) is ready to return to the ice after taking part in Wednesday's practice. He even took some reps with the team's top power play unit.
Insight: Parise had missed 14 games in a row with a foot injury. With 15 goals and 12 assists in 37 games this season, he's a must-start in fantasy.
Niklas Backstrom, G1/23/2014 1:10:00 PM
Description: Minnesota netminder Niklas Backstrom has been battling abdominal stiffness and took a cortisone shot earlier in the week.
Insight: Backstrom (5-10-2, 3.02 GAA, .899 SV%) should be considered day-to-day. He's having an "off" season which he blames on injuries dating back to 2012-13. At this point, Darcy Kuemper is a better option.
Zach Parise, LW1/22/2014 4:53:00 PM
Description: Minnesota winger Zach Parise (foot) said he has a "50-50" chance of playing Thursday, according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: Parise has missed 14 straight games with a foot injury but has participated in two straight full-contact practices. Coach Mike Yeo said the team will make a decision on Parise after Thursday's morning skate. "If he feels good to go, then obviously he's in," Yeo said. "It's got to be, basically, that he knows, and he's confident, that he's up to full speed. And that he's ready to come in and play at the level we need him to."
Zach Parise, LW1/19/2014 2:22:00 PM
Description: Minnesota is hoping to get left wing Zach Parise back Thursday against the Blackhawks. Parise has been out with a foot injury. SOURCE: Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Insight: Parise should be cleared for contact drills on Monday. In 37 games, he's generated 15 goals and 12 assists to go along with a +1 rating.
Darcy Kuemper, GHot1/17/2014 7:50:00 PM
Description: Minnesota goalie Darcy Kuemper will start again Saturday, according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: Kuemper was recalled to back up Niklas Backstrom when Josh Harding went on the injured reserve list due to an illness, but he has replaced Backstrom as the fill-in starter. The 23-year-old has gone 3-1-0 over his last four starts while allowing just four goals in that span.
Jason Pominville, RW1/16/2014 10:41:00 PM
Description: Wild right winger Jason Pominville had two points (1 G, 1 A) Thursday against the Oilers.
Insight: Pominville had just three points in his previous nine games. The five-time 60-point scorer is on pace for just 54 points this season.
Mikko Koivu, C1/16/2014 6:02:00 PM
Description: Minnesota center Mikko Koivu (ankle) is already walking without crutches after undergoing surgery on Jan. 6, according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: Koivu was given a four-week timetable at the time of the surgery, but he said he expects to be back with the Wild before the team breaks for the Winter Olympics on Feb. 9. Koivu is expected to captain the Finnish team.
Josh Harding, G1/14/2014 7:52:00 PM
Description: Wild goaltender Josh Harding (illness) skated with the team prior to Tuesday's game and is expected to practice Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. He has played just one game since Dec. 17 and none since Dec. 31.
Insight: Harding is dealing with an adjustment in his medication for multiple sclerosis and hasn't been feeling well. He's still without a timetable for his return to the net.
Darcy Kuemper, G1/12/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Minnesota goalie Darcy Kuemper earned his first career shutout Sunday against Nashville.
Insight: Kuemper stopped 23 shots in the victory. Lately he's been splitting time in net with Niklas Backstrom. Josh Harding was the team's primary goaltender earlier in the year but he's been out with an illness recently.
Mikko Koivu, C1/11/2014 6:08:00 PM
Description: Minnesota center Mikko Koivu (ankle surgery) is confident he'll return to action with the Wild before the Olympics begin, according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: Koivu had ankle surgery on Jan. 6 after taking a puck to the skate two days prior and was given a four-week timetable. The Wild play on Feb. 1, 4 and 6 before breaking for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, where Koivu is expected to captain the Finnish team.
Josh Harding, G1/11/2014 6:04:00 PM
Description: Wild goaltender Josh Harding (illness) skated with goalie coach Bob Mason before Saturday's practice, according to the Star Tribune. Minnesota coach Mike Yeo said it was a good sign to see Harding on the ice but didn't have a timetable for his return.
Insight: Harding spent nearly two weeks on injured reserve in December to deal with an adjustment in his medication for multiple sclerosis, and his newest illness is likely related. He's played just two games since Dec. 17 and none since Dec. 31.
Zach Parise, LW1/11/2014 5:59:00 PM
Description: According to the Star Tribune, Wild coach Mike Yeo said there is no specific timetable for Zach Parise (foot) to return to practice but hopes he'll at least be skating on his own by next week.
Insight: Parise suffered a foot injury in late November and worsened his condition by sitting out just one game. A stress fracture has kept him out since Dec. 22.
Niklas Backstrom, G1/7/2014 6:17:00 PM
Description: Minnesota netminder Niklas Backstrom has been battling abdominal stiffness. SOURCE: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
Insight: He'll be backing up Darcy Kuemper Tuesday night in Los Angeles. The injury doesn't appear serious. Consider Backstrom (4-9-2, 3.15 GAA, .896 SV%) day-to-day.
Darcy Kuemper, G1/7/2014 6:10:00 PM
Description: Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper will start Tuesday at Los Angeles.
Insight: Josh Harding is on injured reserve with an illness and Niklas Backstrom is dealing with abdominal stiffness. Kuemper allowed six goals on just 16 shots in his two games this season.
Josh Harding, G1/6/2014 4:28:00 PM
Description: The Wild have placed goalie Josh Harding (illness) on injured reserve.
Insight: Harding spent nearly two weeks on injured reserve in December to deal with an adjustment in his medication for multiple sclerosis, and his newest illness is likely related. Niklas Backstrom will fill in until Harding is healthy.
Mikko Koivu, C1/6/2014 3:48:00 PM
Description: Minnesota center Mikko Koivu had ankle surgery and will miss about a month, according to Wild beat reporter Michael Russo.
Insight: The 30-year-old has been very productive this season with eight goals and 27 assists in 44 games playing on the team's first line with Dany Heatley and Jason Pominville. Charlie Coyle could center the two wingers and be a viable short-term option.
Josh Harding, G1/2/2014 4:52:00 PM
Description: Wild goalie Josh Harding will miss Thursday's game due to an illness.
Insight: Harding just spent nearly two weeks on injured reserve to deal with an adjustment in his medication for multiple sclerosis. It's unclear if his illness is related.
Zach Parise, LW12/28/2013 2:32:00 PM
Description: Zach Parise's lower body injury may keep him out a while. SOURCE: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Insight: Parise bruised his foot about a month ago and probably should have waited before coming back. Now he's aggravated the injury and it's worse than before. Fantasy owners should expect a lengthy absence.
Zach Parise, LW12/27/2013 7:27:00 PM
Description: As expected, Minnesota left wing Zach Parise won't be available for Friday's game against the Jets. SOURCE: Michael Russo, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Insight: Parise didn't even make the trip to Winnipeg with his teammates. He's day-to-day with a lower body injury.
Josh Harding, G12/27/2013 7:20:00 PM
Description: Wild goalie Josh Harding has been activated from injured reserve. SOURCE: Michael Russo, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Insight: Harding needed some time off to adjust his multiple sclerosis medication. He's been excellent this season, compiling a 1.51 GAA in 27 games. It's unknown if he'll start Friday's game against Winnipeg.
Zach Parise, LW12/27/2013 11:47:00 AM
Description: Wild winger Zach Parise (lower body) is not expected to travel with the team to Winnipeg for Friday's game, according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: Parise is dealing with a lower-body injury that is believed to be related to the foot contusion that he suffered in late November. He was supposed to be out 2-3 weeks when it first happened but only missed one game.
Zach Parise, LW12/24/2013 12:35:00 PM
Description: Minnesota Wild winger Zach Parise did not play Monday at Philadelphia and is questionable for Friday's game against Winnipeg.
Insight: Parise is dealing with a lower-body injury. It is believed to be related to the foot contusion that he suffered in late November. He was supposed to be out 2-3 weeks when it first happened but only missed one game. The offensively-challenged Wild can't afford to be without his offense - 15 goals, 12 assists in 37 games.
Zach Parise, LW12/23/2013 7:34:00 PM
Description: Wild left wing Zach Parise will not play Monday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Parise is dealing with a lower-body injury, according to Michael Russo of the Star Tribune. It is believed to be related to the foot contusion that he suffered in late November. The injury reportedly never healed and has had Parise limping the last few weeks. He was supposed to be out 2-3 weeks when it first happened but only missed one game.
Mikael Granlund, C12/22/2013 10:00:00 AM
Description: Wild center Mikael Granlund, on injured reserve with a head injury, is questionable to return on Sunday.
Insight: The 21-year-old has two goals and 12 points in 24 games this season. He was expected to miss a week, but its close to two weeks and 11 games.
Marek Zidlicky, D12/21/2013 9:59:00 PM
Description: Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky scored a pair of goals Saturday against the Capitals.
Insight: In 36 games Zidlicky has five goals, his most since 2010-11, and 17 points, just two off from last season.
Dany Heatley, RW12/19/2013 9:49:00 PM
Description: Wild right wing Dany Heatley scored one of Minnesota's two goals in a loss to Pittsburgh Thursday.
Insight: Heatley said in the offseason he'd be disappointed if he didn't get at least 30 goals after picking up 11 in 36 games last season. The 32-year-old has just seven goals and 11 points in 37 games so far. He's also a -9 and is not worth owning.
Josh Harding, G12/19/2013 10:18:00 AM
Description: Minnesota goalie Josh Harding has been placed on injured reserve. SOURCE: Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Insight: Harding needs an adjustment in his medication for multiple sclerosis. He'll be eligible to return December 27th at Winnipeg. Niklas Backstrom is expected to start in net Thursday versus Pittsburgh.
Marek Zidlicky, D12/10/2013 12:15:00 PM
Description: Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky is questionable for Tuesday's game against Columbus while dealing with an upper body injury
Insight: Zidlicky has 14 points in 30 games along with 47 SOG and 32 PIM so he's certainly got fantasy value when on the ice.
Mikael Granlund, C12/8/2013 10:43:00 AM
Description: Wild center Mikael Granlund is on injured reserve with a head injury and has yet to show much progress toward a return.
Insight: The 21-year-old has two goals and 12 points in 24 games this season. He was expected to miss a week, but its close to two weeks and we haven't heard any good news.
Niklas Backstrom, G12/6/2013 7:01:00 PM
Description: Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom is starting at Columbus on Friday.
Insight: Josh Harding started Thursday against the Blackhawks and will get a break. Backstrom is making his first start since Nov. 27 and just his 10th start of the season Friday.
Josh Harding, G12/2/2013 10:44:00 PM
Description: Wild netminder Josh Harding earned a shutout Monday against Philadelphia.
Insight: He was 21-for-21 on save opportunities. It's already Harding's third shutout of the season. Harding had just one shutout during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign.
Zenon Konopka, C12/2/2013 11:45:00 AM
Description: Wild center Zenon Konopka is doubtful for Monday's game against Philadelphia due to facial lacerations after getting hit with a puck in Friday's game.
Insight: Konopka provides just one asset for fantasy owners - penalty minutes. He's scored just once in 27 games, but has amassed 37 penalty minutes.
Zach Parise, LW11/29/2013 7:16:00 PM
Description: Somehow, Wild left wing Zach Parise (foot contusion) was able to return Friday against Colorado after being given a 2-to-3 week recovery timetable earlier in the week. SOURCE: Michael Russo, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Insight: Parise only ended up missing one game. Employ the talented 29-year-old as you normally would.
Mikael Granlund, C11/29/2013 10:43:00 AM
Description: Wild center Mikael Granlund is on injured reserve with a head injury.
Insight: The 21-year-old has two goals and 12 points in 24 games this season. He's expected to miss a week.
Zach Parise, LW11/27/2013 5:07:00 PM
Description: Minnesota left wing Zach Parise (foot) surprisingly participated in Tuesday's morning skate, one day after being given a 2-3 week timetable due to a foot contusion. SOURCE: startribune.com
Insight: Parise, who suffered the injury while blocking an Alex Steen slap shot Monday night, won't play Wednesday night but should be back sooner than initially expected. "I was stunned to be honest with you," Wild coach Mike Yeo said about Parise participating Tuesday. "I shouldn’t say that because that’s the way he is talking to him even yesterday. It’s very encouraging. It’s a great example to everybody just how bad he wants to compete and help the team."
Zach Parise, LW11/26/2013 6:48:00 PM
Description: Minnesota left wing Zach Parise will miss 2-3 weeks with a foot contusion, according to Wild.com.
Insight: Parise suffered the injury while blocking an Alex Steen slap shot Monday night. He has 11 goals, 22 points, 16 PIM and 107 SOG in 25 games this season.
Josh Harding, G11/25/2013 3:25:00 PM
Description: Minnesota goalie Josh Harding slipped on a puck during pre-game warmups Saturday will miss Monday's game against St. Louis.
Insight: He appeared to suffer a lower-body injury. Niklas Backstrom will start with Darcy Kuemper as his backup.
Josh Harding, GHot11/23/2013 4:04:00 PM
Description: Minnesota goalie Josh Harding slipped on a puck during pre-game warmups Saturday and could not make the start, according to cbssports.com.
Insight: He appeared to suffer a lower-body injury. Niklas Backstrom (concussion) was activated from injured reserve and plugged into the lineup.
Niklas Backstrom, G11/17/2013 11:05:00 AM
Description: Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom suffered a concussion Wednesday night against Toronto and will miss Sunday's game against Winnipeg.
Insight: Josh Harding has been playing great with a 11-2-2 record, 1.26 GAA and .945 SV% so there is no need to rush Backstrom into the lineup. Given the unknown nature of a concussion, there is no timetable for his return. Johan Gustafsson will backup Harding.
Niklas Backstrom, G11/15/2013 1:49:00 PM
Description: Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom suffered a concussion Wednesday night against Toronto and will miss Friday's game against Florida.
Insight: Josh Harding has been playing great with a 10-2-2 record, 1.21 GAA and .947 SV%.
Niklas Backstrom, G11/13/2013 10:19:00 PM
Description: Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom suffered a head injury Wednesday night against Toronto. SOURCE: Michael Russo, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Insight: He left in the first period. Josh Harding was called into duty even though he's been dealing with an illness. Backstrom saved three shots before exiting.
Niklas Backstrom, G11/13/2013 3:44:00 PM
Description: Minnesota goalie Josh Harding is under the weather, so Niklas Backstrom will make his first start since Oct. 28 Wednesday night against Toronto.
Insight: Backstrom opened the season as the starter but suffered an injury early in October and has struggled in two starts since returning. Harding, meanwhile, has been dominant, going 9-2-2 with a 1.22 GAA and a .947 SV% in 14 games.
Zach Parise, LWHot11/9/2013 2:30:00 PM
Description: Wild winger Zach Parise will start Saturday against Carolina.
Insight: Parise missed the shootout Thursday against Washington after blocking a shot, but he's fine. He has two goals and six points in four games this month.
Mikael Granlund, C11/7/2013 10:00:00 PM
Description: Wild center Mikael Granlund has scored a goal in two of the last three games after failing to get one in the first 14.
Insight: The 21-year-old has two goals and 12 points in 17 games this season. He's currently centering Minnesota's second line with Jason Pominville and Nino Niederreiter on the wings, so he should be able to maintain this level of production.
Zach Parise, LW11/5/2013 10:56:00 PM
Description: Wild winger Zach Parise scored goals on two of his five shots Tuesday against the Flames.
Insight: He also had one assist, giving him eight goals and 14 points in 16 games. He's averaging 4.7 SOG per game, which puts him on pace for 384 SOG this season.
Mikko Koivu, C11/5/2013 10:54:00 PM
Description: Minnesota center Mikko Koivu had three points (1 G, 2 A), three SOG and a +2 Tuesday against Calgary.
Insight: The 30-year-old entered play with just one goal and eight points in the first 15 games this season, but 11 points in 16 games is around his expected level of production.
Josh Harding, GHot11/5/2013 6:23:00 PM
Description: Minnesota goalie Josh Harding will man the crease Tuesday against the Flames.
Insight: Harding blanked New Jersey Sunday to lower his GAA to 1.10. He's 7-2-1 with a .950 SV% and should hold onto Minnesota's starting job until he cools off.
Charlie Coyle, C11/5/2013 12:42:00 PM
Description: Wild center Charlie Coyle is doubtful for Tuesday's game against Calgary.
Insight: Coyle didn't score in the three games he played this season. He's expected to play with Zach Parise and Dany Heatley and could produce decent fantasy results if the trio has success. Take a wait-and-see attitude.
Jason Pominville, RWHot11/3/2013 11:08:00 AM
Description: Wild right winger Jason Pominville has five goals over his last three games.
Insight: He's now tied for fourth in the NHL with nine goals, though he didn't notch his first assist of the season until Friday night.
Mike Rupp, LW11/3/2013 10:45:00 AM
Description: Minnesota center Mike Rupp has been practicing and could return soon.
Insight: Rupp, who has yet to play this season, has no offensive game, but three times in his career has racked up 100-plus penalty minutes.
Charlie Coyle, C11/1/2013 11:15:00 AM
Description: Wild center Charlie Coyle is expected to be activated from injured reserve for Friday's game against Montreal after missing 11 games with a sprained knee.
Insight: Coyle didn't score in the two games he played this season. he's expected to play with Zach Parise and Dany Heatley and could produce decent fantasy results if the trio have success.
Jonas Brodin, D11/1/2013 11:13:00 AM
Description: Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin, who suffered a broken cheekbone, practiced Wednesday and he's questionable for Friday's game.
Insight: The second-year defenseman was off to a great start with three goals and three assists in his first ten contests, before being sidelined.
Josh Harding, GHot10/28/2013 2:05:00 PM
Description: Minnesota goalie Josh Harding will miss Monday's game against Chicago after he suffered a lower-body injury Thursday night.
Insight: Harding has been nearly impenetrable so far, allowing just eight goals on 171 shots in 479 minutes (1.00 GAA, .953 SV%) while filling in for Niklas Backstrom (knee). Backstrom is back so the Wild can get through with Johan Gustafsson as his backup.
Jason Pominville, RW10/27/2013 10:06:00 AM
Description: Wild right wing Jason Pominville potted a pair of goals Saturday in a win over Chicago.
Insight: Minnesota is off to a solid 6-3-3 start and Pominville's play has been a big reason why. He now has six goals in his first 12 games of the season. Pominville only had ten scores in 37 games last season.
Niklas Backstrom, G10/26/2013 12:27:00 PM
Description: Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom (knee) will make his first start since Oct. 8 Saturday against the Blackhawks.
Insight: The team actually activated Backstrom more than a week ago, but he's been stuck on the bench behind Josh Harding, who is 5-2-1 with a 1.00 GAA and a .953 SV%. Harding's lower-body injury gives Backstrom a window to get his starting job back.
Josh Harding, GHot10/25/2013 4:57:00 PM
Description: Minnesota goalie Josh Harding suffered a lower-body injury Thursday night. The 29-year-old will miss Saturday's game.
Insight: Harding has been nearly impenetrable so far, allowing just eight goals on 171 shots in 479 minutes (1.00 GAA, .953 SV%) while filling in for Niklas Backstrom (knee). Backstrom is back and could use Harding's injury to regain his starting job.
Jonas Brodin, D10/23/2013 1:24:00 PM
Description: Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin suffered a broken cheekbone Tuesday against the Predators. He's out indefinitely. SOURCE: Wild on Twitter
Insight: Brodin was struck in the face by a puck. The second-year defenseman had been off to a great start with three goals and three assists in his first ten contests.
Josh Harding, GHot10/22/2013 10:52:00 PM
Description: Minnesota goalie Josh Harding saw just 16 shots Tuesday against Nashville and stopped all of them for his first shutout of the season.
Insight: The 29-year-old is playing out of his mind right now, allowing just seven goals on 150 shots (.953 SV%) and posting a 0.96 GAA in eight games. Even though Niklas Backstrom returned from his injury last week, the team won't remove Harding from net while he is playing like this.
Josh Harding, GHot10/22/2013 5:40:00 PM
Description: Josh Harding will start in the Wild net Tuesday against the Predators.
Insight: Harding is 3-2-1 with a 1.11 GAA and a .948 SV% in seven games this season. Niklas Backstrom (knee) was activated last Thursday but has been serving as a backup while Harding is hot.
Niklas Backstrom, G10/17/2013 1:54:00 PM
Description: Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom (knee) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice and will serve as backup for Thursday's game against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Backstrom suffered a right knee strain and hasn't played since Oct. 8, but could start on Saturday.
Jason Pominville, RW10/15/2013 9:49:00 PM
Description: Minnesota right winger Jason Pominville scored his team's only goal Tuesday at Toronto.
Insight: Pominville has three goals and no assists in seven games this season and has scored goals in each of the last two games.
Darcy Kuemper, G10/15/2013 5:07:00 PM
Description: Darcy Kuemper will start in net for the Wild Tuesday at Toronto.
Insight: Kuemper was called up to serve as Josh Harding's backup following Niklas Backstrom's injury. Kuemper played six games last season and went 1-2-0 with a 2.08 GAA and a .916 SV%. Backstrom skated Monday and could return this week, so fantasy owners can ignore Kuemper and Harding.
Niklas Backstrom, G10/15/2013 11:28:00 AM
Description: Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom (knee) was a full participant in Monday's pre-game practice, but is still questionable for Tuesday's game with Toronto.
Insight: Backstrom suffered a right knee strain Tuesday. The Wild started a four-game road trip Monday and Backstrom (0-0, 3.40 GAA, .849 SV%) hopes to play in one of them. Josh Harding played well on Monday in a 2-1 victory and should get the assignment on Tuesday.
Niklas Backstrom, G10/14/2013 11:18:00 AM
Description: Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom (knee) is doubtful for Monday's game against Buffalo.
Insight: Backstrom suffered a right knee strain Tuesday and while he practiced Friday says his knee is "not normal yet," according to the Star Tribune. The Wild start a four-game road trip and Backstrom (0-0, 3.40 GAA, .849 SV%) hopes to play in one of them.
Niklas Backstrom, G10/12/2013 2:57:00 PM
Description: Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom (knee) practiced Friday during the team's optional skate, but says his knee is "not normal yet," according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: Backstrom suffered a right knee strain Tuesday. "I’m glad it’s not serious. It felt pretty bad (Tuesday) But the MRI said everything wasn’t as bad as thought first. Now it’s just rehab and work and get back out there as soon as I can." Josh Harding will start until Backstrom is ready to return.
Josh Harding, G10/10/2013 5:02:00 PM
Description: With starter Niklas Backstrom sidelined with a lower-body injury, the Wild will go with Josh Harding in net Thursday against the Jets.
Insight: Harding played just five games in 2012-13 due to continued complications from multiple sclerosis and had a 3.24 GAA. He also started all five games in Minnesota's first-round playoff series loss to the Blackhawks last season after Backstrom suffered an injury in pre-game warmups prior to Game 1 and had a 2.94 GAA. Fantasy owners can avoid him.
Niklas Backstrom, G10/8/2013 9:21:00 PM
Description: Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom left Tuesday's game against Nashville with a lower-body injury.
Insight: Backstrom crashed into the goal post following a collision. He'll be reevaluated Wednesday.
Zach Parise, LW10/8/2013 4:06:00 PM
Description: Wild winger Zach Parise left Monday's skate session due to illness, but is expected to be ready for Tuesday's game.
Insight: Parise had 18 goals and 38 points in 48 games during his first season in Minnesota. However, he has kept his fantasy value up by taking more than 3.5 SOG per game.
Zach Parise, LW10/6/2013 10:20:00 AM
Description: Wild winger Zach Parise scored two goals on six shots Saturday night against the Ducks and has 14 SOG through two games.
Insight: Parise averaged 1.08 ppg from 2008-2010 but since then has averaged 0.79 ppg. He had 18 goals and 38 points in 48 games during his first season in Minnesota. However, he has kept his fantasy value up by taking more than 3.5 SOG per game.
Jason Pominville, RW10/3/2013 12:24:00 PM
Description: Right wing Jason Pominville has agreed to a five-year, $28 million contract extension with Minnesota. SOURCE: Pierre LeBrun, ESPN
Insight: Pominville was dealt to the Wild last April after spending his first eight and a half seasons with Buffalo. His numbers (14 goals, 20 assists in 47 games last season) would suggest that he's in the prime of his career.
Dany Heatley, RW9/13/2013 11:54:00 AM
Description: Minnesota Wild right wing Dany Heatley, who underwent successful for a torn labrum on April 8, has said he's expecting at least 30 goals this season.
Insight: "I'd be very disappointed if I didn't get 30 at least," he told the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune. It's been since 2009-10 that Heatley cracked the 30-goal mark, so this would be a nice target to shoot for. Back in 2005-06 and 2006-07, Heatley posted 50 goals and put up more than 100 points with Ottawa so we know he has the talent to achieve the number.

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