The Wild Beat
Sarah McLellan is an Edmonton native. She graduated from the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State, and covered the Coyotes for five years at the Arizona Republic before arriving at the Star Tribune in November 2017.
With winger Pontus Aberg poised to return to the lineup, the Wild reassigned forward Kyle Rau to Iowa of the American Hockey League Monday.
The Blues carry a nine-game win streak into St. Paul.
Goalie Devan Dubnyk has allowed 10 goals in his last two games.
With the Wild down by two more forwards, recently acquired Brad Hunt could see ice time at forward and on defense.
Forwards Victor Rask and Matt Hendricks were injured in the 5-4 loss to Philadelphia.
Three opponents on this homestand are currently below the Wild in the standings and the fourth is just ahead.
The team snapped a four-game losing streak Saturday against the Devils.
The Wild is looking to snap a four-game losing streak against the Devils.
The Wild captain had the ACL and meniscus repaired after being injured Tuesday night.
The Wild fell 4-1 to Edmonton, extending its losing streak to four games.
Already, the Wild was playing without center Eric Fehr, who was sick and did not dress against Buffalo. Then captain Mikko Koivu left in the first period after a hit and did not return.
Anthony Bitetto's first appearance comes on the heels of the Wild assigning defenseman Nate Prosser to the minors, along with winger J.T. Brown.
If the two go unclaimed by 11 a.m. Central Time Monday, they can be assigned to the American Hockey League or remain with the Wild.
The center tied the game at 3, helping the Wild earn a point in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Blackhawks.
The winger was left the 3-1 loss to the Stars Friday with a lower-body injury.
The Wild finished a 3-1 loss to the Stars shorthanded, with winger Pontus Aberg leaving the game with a lower-body injury.
Before an eight-day layoff, the Wild had rattled off three straight wins – a streak that helped it climb into the third spot in the Central Division.
Devan Dubnyk went 2-0 last week with the Wild before making 25 saves at the All-Star Game.
Anthony Bitetto is another familiar face to General Manager Paul Fenton, who was an assistant GM with the Predators before joining the Wild.
Instead of embarking on a break like the rest of their Wild teammates, forwards Joel Eriksson Ek and Luke Kunin will keep playing.