Tag: Ryan Suter


Crosby, Ovechkin headline 2015 All-Star Game roster


We already know that Zemgus Girgensons was voted into the 2015 All-Star Game alongside Chicago Blackhawks players Corey Crawford, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews. The NHL trotted out the rest of the best today:

36 Additional All-Stars

Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins
Nick Foligno, Columbus Blue Jackets
Ryan Johansen, Columbus Blue Jackets
Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton Oilers
Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
Patrik Elias, New Jersey Devils
John Tavares, New York Islanders
Rick Nash, New York Rangers
Bobby Ryan, Ottawa Senators
Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers
Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia Flyers
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning
Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs
Radim Vrbata, Vancouver Canucks
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Arizona Coyotes
Mark Giordano, Calgary Flames
Justin Faulk, Carolina Hurricanes
Erik Johnson, Colorado Avalanche
Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild
Shea Weber, Nashville Predators
Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks
Kevin Shattenkirk, St. Louis Blues
Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets

Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets
Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings
Roberto Luongo, Florida Panthers
Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators

6 Rookies

Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames
Aaron Ekblad, Florida Panthers
Tanner Pearson, Los Angeles Kings
Filip Forsberg, Nashville Predators
Mike Hoffman, Ottawa Senators
Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning

The “fantasy draft” will take place on Jan. 23, with the captains for each team being announced sometime next week.

What’s wrong with Wild? Yeo says ‘everything’

Mike Yeo

When losses really start to blur together, it probably gets pretty tough to find different ways to spin things.

Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo seemed to have trouble finding a specific explanation following Saturday’s 3-1 loss to the Nashville Predators, as the Pioneer Press’ Chad Graff reports.

“When you’re losing games the way we are, everything is an issue,” Yeo said. “It’s been something different every game … We’re spinning our tires (looking for a solution).”

Even the red-hot Predators seemed to take notice of the Wild’s issues, as they told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo that they noticed how “low energy” Minnesota was after playing well in the first period.

Ryan Suter’s out there as much as any skater in the NHL, yet he doesn’t know what to make of this crisis, noting that he’s never been through anything like this.

If there’s one trend through this wide variety of defeats (Minnesota only has two wins since Dec. 16), it’s been poor goaltending, something that really stood out as Pekka Rinne won his fifth game in a row and stopped 36 out of 37 shots for Nashville. Niklas Backstrom hasn’t really had any more luck than Darcy Kuemper when it comes to winning games for the Wild, as his record dropped to 5-5-3 on the season with a putrid .893 save percentage.

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that goaltending can make one coach look like a genius or a dunce, but either way, things are getting awfully uncomfortable for Yeo and the Wild.

Heck, they’re not even looking good during their fights.

Get your game notes: Sharks at Wild

Nate Prosser, Tomas Hertl

Today on NBC, it’s the Minnesota Wild hosting the San Jose Sharks at 8 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• Despite the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul being located more than 2,000 miles away from the SAP Center in San Jose, the Sharks were essentially born from the Minnesota North Stars franchise. Original owners George and Gordon Gund sold the North Stars in exchange for rights to an NHL expansion team in the Bay Area.

• San Jose is in the middle of a 3-game road trip, having played last night at WPG (3-2 win) and closing out the stretch at St. Louis on Thursday.

• Last night, Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored the game winner with 4.5 seconds left in the 3rd.

• This goal at 19:55 was the 2nd-latest regulation game-winning goal in Sharks history. (Jonathan Cheechoo scored at 19:56 in a 5-4 win vs. LA in 2005).

• SJ has gone 3-3-0 in the 2nd half of back-to-back games this season but has never swept both games of its back-to-backs.

• SJ has won 2 of its last 3 since dropping 3 straight before that.

• Minnesota is also a team in search of collecting wins. The Wild, despite splitting their last 4 games (2-2-0), have lost 7 of their last 9 (2-4-3), giving up an average of 4.00 goals per game during this stretch.

• MIN is coming off a 7-1 defeat in Dallas against the Stars on Saturday, by most accounts their worst loss all season:

• The 7 goals was the most given up by MIN all season.

• The 6-goal loss was the largest margin of defeat for MIN all season and the biggest lost since Mar. 6, 2012 at Colorado (also a 7-1 loss).

• Darcy Kuemper gave up 4 goals on 21 shots before being pulled in the middle of the 2nd…Niklas Backstrom allowed 3 goals on 14 shots the rest of the way.


• Sharks captain Joe Thornton will miss his 3rd straight game tonight with an upper-body injury. Thornton was placed on IR on Sunday after he was injured on a hit at ANA on Wednesday. His status is day-to-day.

• Since joining the Sharks in the middle of the 2005-06 season, Thornton has missed only 7 games, having played in SJ’s other 713 regular-season games since then and also all of the Sharks’ 97 playoff games since 2005-06.

• Thornton’s streak of 319 consecutive GP was snapped when he missed Saturday’s game vs. STL.

• Thornton is t-2nd on the team with 33 points (Joe Pavelski – 35) and leads the team with 24 assists… Thornton had played well lately, boasting 5 points (1G-4A) during a personal 5-game point streak and 11 points (2G-9A) in his last 9 games.

• Thornton has fared well against MIN in his career: 36 points (11G-25A) in 38 GP – more points than any other player on the Sharks roster – including 34 points in 33 GP against MIN as a member of the SJ.


• Teams have split thus far, with the home team winning each game…

• Oct. 30 at MIN: MIN def. SJ 4-3 (SO).

• Kyle Brodziak scored twice for the Wild

• MIN outshot SJ 46-28

• Jason Pominville netted the shootout winner in the 3rd roun

• Dec. 11 at SJ: SJ def. MIN 2-1.

• Christian Folin scored 1:03 into the 3rd to tie the game at 1 for MIN…but Joe Pavelski scored the game-winner 45 seconds later to give SJ the win.

• MIN Home Winning Streak vs. SJ: MIN is riding a 7-game home win streak vs. SJ dating back to the 2010-11 season.

• MIN last lost at home to SJ on Apr. 2, 2010, a 3-2 win by the Sharks.


• Joe Pavelski leads the team in goals (20 – 5th in NHL) and points (35). He tallied 2 assists last night and has 3G-2A during a 3-game point streak. He also has 15 points (10G-5A) in his last 14 games.

• Pavelski’s 10 power-play goals lead the NHL.

• The 9-year vet, who has spent his entire career with SJ, is coming off a career year in which he set personal highs in goals (41) and points (79).

• Patrick Marleau, despite being one of 6 Shark skaters with 20+ points this season (28), has been in a 12-game goal slump and has just 4 assists during this stretch – although he did record a helper last night.

• Marleau ranks 2nd on the team in assists with 21.

• Marleau has faced MIN 52 times in his career, tallying 35 points (18G-17A) in those games.

• Defenseman Brent Burns is one of 3 Sharks with 10+ goals this season and leads all Shark d-men in goals (11 – 3rd on team) and assists (20 – 3rd on team).

• Burns totaled 1G-1A last night and now has 1G-3A during a 3-game point streak.

• Burns ranks 3rd among NHL d-men in points (31) and leads the league lead among d-men in goals (11).

• Burns leads the team in TOI/game (23:42) but does have a -7 rating on the season (t-worst on the team).

• Burns was drafted by MIN back in 2003 (1st round – 20th overall) and played from 2003-2011 with the Wild (183 points in 453 games) before being traded to SJ in June 2011.

• Logan Couture is one of 3 Sharks (along with Thornton and Pavelski) with 30+ points this season, boasting 14G-19A (33 poitns). Couture registered his 10th multi-point game of the season last night (2 assists)

• SJ is 8-2-0 this season when Couture has 2+ points.

• Couture’s 14 goals are 2nd on the team.

• John Scott returned from suspension last night (0 points in 4:48 TOI) after missing the last 4 games for punching Tim Jackman of ANA on Dec. 22.


• Zach Parise leads the Wild in points (30) and is tied for the team lead in goals (14 – with Nino Niederreiter).

• Parise had an assist against DAL in MIN’s last game and has 7 points (3G-4A) in his last 7 games.

• Jason Pominville is 2nd on the team in points (28) and assists (20)…Pominville has 8 points (2G-6A) in his last 8 games.

• Pominville led the team in goals (30) and points (60) last season.

• Thomas Vanek is 3rd on the team in points (24) and now has 7 goals after finding the back of the net against DAL. Vanek has 10 points (5G-5A) in his last 12 games. Vanek is in his first season in Minnesota (signed in the offseason) has scored 20+ goals and totaled 40+ points in each of his 9 seasons in the league.

• Ryan Suter leads the league in time on ice/game (29:29) after leading the league in this category the past two seasons. Suter is 4th on the team in points (22) and 1st in assists (21 – t-5th in NHL among d-men).

• Suter has gone without a point in his last 5 games and scored his only goal in MIN’s season opener against COL on Oct. 9.

• Nino Niederreiter is tied for the team lead in goals (14) but has gone the last 8 games without one and has 0 points in 5 career games against the Sharks.

• Niederreiter has 18 points this season (played in all 37 games) – halfway to his career high of 36 set last season (in 81 GP) – and has already tied his goal total from a season ago in 44 fewer games.

• Darcy Kuemper is coming off a 4-goals-allowed-on-21-shots outing in Saturday’s loss at Dallas. The Wild goaltender had a strong start to the season but has struggled in net since Nov. 22.

• Kuemper started both games against SJ this season, allowing 3 goals in the October-win and 2 goals in the December-loss.

Yeo: No comment on complaints Suter gets ‘all the minutes’ while ‘the rest suffer’

Minnesota Wild v Columbus Blue Jackets

Ryan Suter’s heavy workload isn’t a new story in Minnesota — heck, we wrote about it in August — but this past week, the narrative popped up again when former Wild blueliner Clayton Stoner ripped head coach Mike Yeo’s ice time distribution, telling the O.C. Register Suter gets “all the minutes” while the rest of the defensemen “suffer.”

Yeo’s reply?

“I don’t have any comment on it,” the head coach said, per the Star-Tribune. “I don’t think that Suts played 59 minutes of every game.”

More, from the Pioneer Press:

Stoner’s remarks are interesting considering the Wild’s recent struggles have mirrored Suter’s struggles.

Suter, widely regarded as one of the best defenseman in the NHL, entered Tuesday’s game against San Jose with an uncharacteristic minus-13 rating in his past 15 games.

Recently, Suter seems to have gotten himself into trouble by trying to single-handedly pull the Wild out of their skid.

“The last couple weeks, that’s what I was thinking,” Suter said.

Stoner’s remarks couldn’t come at a worse time for Yeo and the Wild. The head coach is under fire, and his team looks listless; after moving to 16-11-1 win a win over Arizona on Dec. 13, the Wild have gone 2-4-3 and head into tonight’s game against San Jose smarting from Saturday’s 7-1 shellacking in Dallas… and in 11th place in the Western Conference, seven points out of the final wild card spot.

The Suter angle is a tough one. If there is a critique of Yeo here, it’s that he’s already maxed out his top defender and can’t really increase the minutes (Suter’s averaging a career-high 29:29 per game this season.) The counter to that, of course, is that Yeo’s been forced to play Suter this much because the Wild don’t have enough depth on defense — something GM Chuck Fletcher alluded to when asked if his team would make any moves at the deadline.

“If we can get our game going, then certainly we’ll look to upgrade anywhere we can,” Fletcher said. “We can certainly use more depth upfront, more depth on defense.

“We’re a pretty young team so maybe adding a veteran player would be a good thing.”

Backstrom to start for Wild, who need their goalies to be ‘better’

Colin Wilson, Niklas Backstrom

Niklas Backstrom will be between the pipes for the Minnesota Wild when they host the Flyers tonight. And, boy, could the home team use a good performance from its goaltender.

As we noted yesterday, the Wild’s other goalie, Darcy Kuemper, has been pulled in four of his last five starts at Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota, a strong team by most measures, has been losing too many games as a result of middling play from its netminders.

“They have to be better. They know that,” defenseman Ryan Suter said, per the Star Tribune. “But we have to help them better. Early in games, we have to be better to limit the chances to get them into games. They want to be better. I know they do. They’re working hard.”

Here’s where Kuemper and Backstrom rank league-wide:


Obviously, not good.

On top of that, Backstrom has yet to have a solid outing in December. His save percentage this month is just .883.

The Flyers, meanwhile, are feeling it offensively, with 11 goals in their last two games, both victories.