The Minnesota Wild did some goaltending shuffling in preparation for their Wednesday matchup with the Columbus Blue Jackets, although the plan seemingly remains to go with Darcy Kuemper in net regardless.
The team announced that Niklas Backstrom was activated from injured reserve while John Curry was demoted to the AHL.
As the Pioneer Press reports, the Wild are hoping that Kuemper’s Monday win is a sign that their issues in net might be clearing up. It’s been a struggle, though.
“It’s tough to even comment on it,” Jason Pominville said. “For me, it’s something in the past that I had never really seen before. Since I’ve been here, it’s been that way where there’s been unfortunate injuries and guys sick. It’s really been unfortunate that we can’t have somebody that just takes the lead and takes the net for a while.”
If Kuemper can’t step up, maybe Backstrom can grab hold of the net instead.
Yesterday, we noted how frustrated the Minnesota Wild must be, what with all the games they’ve lost despite outshooting their opponents.
Turns out we were on to something. The Wild are indeed pretty frustrated.
“It’s extremely frustrating,” Jason Pominville said, per the Pioneer Press.
“There’s frustration for us right now,” Zach Parise concurred.
The Wild are trying to stay positive despite not having won back-to-back games in a month. Saturday they host a tough opponent in the Predators. Tuesday, it’s the Flyers paying a visit, followed by the holiday break.
After Christmas, Minnesota has back-to-back games against the Jets, a team that 1) will be without its four best defensemen until the New Year and 2) currently occupies one of the wild-card spots the Wild would love to have for themselves.
So yeah, two big games right there.
“We’ve got to stop losing,” Parise said. “Stringing a couple wins together is the only way to get out of it.”
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Loui Eriksson’s overtime winner helped the Boston Bruins snap a three-game skid with a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild Wednesday night.
With the goal, Eriksson joined some exclusive company.
Carl Soderberg and Kyle Brodziak exchanged first period goals 27 seconds apart.
Patrice Bergeron had the Bruins’ other goal while Jason Pominville tied the game 2-2 at 11:39 of the third.
Minnesota has now lost two straight and three of four.
Niklas Svedberg made 35 saves in the win while Niklas Backstrom stopped 22 shots in a losing cause.