Ryan Suter

‘Miracle on Ice’ team will reunite for 35th anniversary


The members of the 1980 United States “Miracle on Ice” Olympic team will reunite in Lake Placid, N.Y. on Saturday in celebration of the 35th anniversary of their defeat over the Soviet Union.

Fans can go to the Herb Brooks Arena, which will open its doors at 7:30 p.m. ET, to join the gold medal-winning team in reliving the historic event.

“To be able to share our story with fans has always been a pleasure, and given the 35th Anniversary is in 2015, this seems like a great time to reach as many people as possible,” retired NHL forward and 1980 Olympian Dave Christian said. “Honestly, sharing the stories never gets old, because it always ends with a smile on someone’s face.”

Bob Suter’s No. 20 will be raised to the rafters in his honor. Suter, the father of Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter, passed away at the age of 57 on Sept. 9, 2014.

For more details, you can go here.

The following day is NBC’s Hockey Day in America, which will feature a contest between the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers at 12:30 p.m. ET followed by a 2013 Stanley Cup Final rematch between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks at 3:00 p.m. ET. NBCSN will air the Stadium Series game between the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks at 10:00 p.m. ET on Saturday and then the Dallas Stars’ contest versus the Minnesota Wild at 8:00 p.m. ET on Sunday.

NHL on NBCSN: Wild test turnaround against Blackhawks


NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign when the Minnesota Wild host the Chicago Blackhawks at the Xcel Energy Center at 8:00 p.m. ET today. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.

The Minnesota Wild have been showing serious promise lately, but that progress will be tested on Tuesday as they face the Chicago Blackhawks.

A challenge amid a promising start

Assuming he gets the nod, the Blackhawks will test Devan Dubnyk, who is 5-1-0 as a member of the Wild since being traded from the Arizona Coyotes. For all the impressive work the 28-year-old goalie has done in his short stay with Minnesota, it’s worth noting that his wins have come against borderline playoff teams (Calgary, Vancouver) and squads that have often been downright dismal (Edmonton, Arizona).

What happens when Dubnyk and the Wild face one of the best teams (not to mention scoring attacks) in the NHL?

Blackhawks may not be at their best

Chicago is in the middle of a six-game road trip (seven if you count the game before the All-Star break) and (uh oh) just spent two days “bonding” in Las Vegas, so perhaps the Blackhawks are a little more vulnerable than usual. Going 6-7-0 in January argues that they’re not at their absolute best.

That’s good news for Minnesota, as Chicago has handled the season series so far, winning the first three games between these teams by a combined score of 13-6. Niklas Backstrom was in net for all those defeats, so the ‘Hawks will probably get a different look assuming Dubnyk starts this time around.

Daniel Carcillo is eligible to return from his latest suspension in this game. Ultimately, one would assume that the contest is more likely to come down to what stars like Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter can accomplish.

Suter, for one, has been pretty banged up lately.


After some tough times, the Wild have at least a glimpse of optimism, but the Blackhawks serve as a useful measuring stick for how realistic their ambitions might be. It should be an intriguing game to watch on NBCSN tonight, then.

Suter keeps ironman streak alive with Wild


It looked like Ryan Suter might miss his first game (at least because of an injury) with the Minnesota Wild on Sunday, but he opted to fight through it against the Vancouver Canucks, instead.

Not missing a game due to an ailment since joining Minnesota before the 2012-13 season would be an accomplishment out of context. When you consider the fact that the 30-year-old blueliner sees unparalleled ice time – his 29:29 TOI average once again tops all skaters – his durability is that much more remarkable.

Of course, sometimes ironman streaks come down to being willing to grit your teeth through pain, and it looks like Suter is one of those guys.

Let’s face it … the Wild need Suter, too, so one wonders if he feels like he has to play hurt (and possibly borderline injured).

Wild’s Suter reportedly questionable to play against Canucks


It’s the Minnesota Wild against the Vancouver Canucks in a match-up prior to kickoff on Super Bowl Sunday, however the Wild could be without one of its top defensemen in Ryan Suter.

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

Ryan Suter, who got banged up Tuesday in Edmonton, missed his second practice this week Saturday and coach Mike Yeo indicated that he’s questionable to play against the Canucks. Suter, who has been visibly limping ever since the Oilers game and didn’t take part in the Wild’s off-ice workout at its hotel Friday, may not be the one to decide if he plays.

Yeo said if the Wild feels this is an injury that is going to nag him for three weeks, the team will be careful with him and hold him out against the Canucks. It would be a big loss as he’s been one of the team’s best defensemen the past three games.

If Suter doesn’t play (would be his first non-mumps related Wild absence), Christian Folin will draw back into the lineup and be paired with Jonas Brodin.

Suter played more than 29 minutes against the Oilers, and was in the lineup two nights later against the Calgary Flames. That evening, he played just under 24 minutes, which is well below his average per game on the season.

Meanwhile, the Canucks are coming off a 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres, now losers of 14 straight, on Friday. They finally snapped a scoring slump on home ice, having been shut out in their previous two games at Rogers Arena.

Starting Sunday, the Canucks and Wild will face each other three times in the next 16 days.

Video: Wild’s Parise takes a puck to the mouth


Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise is going to need some dental work following tonight’s game in Edmonton.

Parise took a clearing attempt from teammate Ryan Suter in the mouth and lost a tooth in the process.

Parise got some work done to stop the bleeding and remained in the game.

It’s not the first time this season Parise has needed repairs around his mouth.

During an October game in New York Parise was cut just below his nose by a Marc Staal high stick.