November 26, 2022

The Minnesota Wild’s last week of hockey got off to a rough start but ended on a high note. They played three games, one on the road against the Nashville Predators and two at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes. They lost the first two games against the Predators and the Penguins, but then they found a way to come back from behind and defeat the Hurricanes, one of the best teams in the NHL right now.

After the Wild lost the first two games of the week, things weren’t going so well and when they lost an early goal to the Hurricanes, it looked like the losing spiral was going to continue. However, the Wild had a number of players who stepped up and fought back to get their only win of the week. Even though they didn’t have a good week, they had a number of players who moved up and a few dropped back.

Wild’s Gaudreau leads the way

Being in the top six is ​​definitely a good way to score points, and it worked for Frédérick Gaudreau who led the team with a goal and two assists for three points. He had a point in each of the Wild’s three games, as did teammate Kirill Kaprizov who had an assist in each game for three points and tied with Gaudreau for team leader.

While Mats Zuccarello and Joel Eriksson Ek each had two points and were just behind the crew chiefs, there was also Sam Steel, who after struggling for the last few weeks finally found a way to get on the scoresheet. match. Steel was one of the heroes in their win over the Hurricanes, as he scored the tying goal and set up the game-winning goal which was scored by Alex Goligoski.

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The last player who deserves a mention in the hit list is Goligoski. The night of his 1000e game ceremony, and after sitting out for the last six games, he scored the winner in overtime. The Wild needed that boost a narrow overtime win can give, and it was even more emotional thanks to Goligoski scoring the winner on his big night.

Wild’s Boldy and Rossi go up the back

The two names that have struggled the most for the Wild are the two that needed to be among the best. The first player was Matt Boldy who seemed to score goals left and right at the start of the season, but last week he couldn’t find a way to score. He has 11 points in 18 games, but that’s down from last season when he averaged nearly a point per game.

That leaves Marco Rossi, and while many had high expectations for him, he struggled to rack up points. He tried several times to score but struggled to find the back of the net, in 16 games played he registered only one assist. Although his struggle is surprising due to his reputation, in reality he is still a rookie and it takes time for new players to adjust to the NHL. Hopefully he can figure it out soon and become an important part of this team in the future.

The final player to be mentioned in this section is goalkeeper Filip Gustavsson who has been playing better in recent weeks but is still making glaring mistakes that need to be corrected if he is to continue playing while Marc-André Fleury recovers from a wound. In their win over the Hurricanes, he struggled a bit, but he also showed some improvement and hopefully those improvements can continue until Fleury returns to the lineup.

Next week from Wild

It will be another tough week for the Wild, but luckily they will be home for all three. They will first face the Winnipeg Jets against whom they always seem to be struggling, then they will face the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Arizona Coyotes to end the month before starting a very busy December. They will play 15 games where they will see teams like the Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, Dallas Stars and Detroit Red Wings, all teams that will be tough for the Wild to beat.

The Jets will suffer a narrow loss to the Hurricanes, so they’ll be even tougher to beat and the Wild will need to act fast to keep Josh Morrissey, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Kyle Connor and Mark Scheifele off the scoreboard. They will also need to find a way past goaltender Connor Hellebuyck who has an 8-4-1 winning record.

Up next will be the Maple Leafs who the Wild will only see twice a season and they will need to play good defense against Mitchell Marner, John Tavares, William Nylander and Auston Matthews. The Maple Leafs have struggled in the goaltending department and the Wild might get lucky as they face either Matt Murray or Erik Kallgren.

Their last game of the week will be against the coyotes who suffered a lot of defeats but managed to string together a few wins last month. The Wild will have to watch out for Clayton Keller, Matias Maccelli, JJ Moser, Nick Ritchie and Shayne Gostisbehere.

The final goalie duo they will face will be Karel Vejmelka and Connor Ingram of the Coyotes. Hopefully the Wild can build on their recent win over the Hurricanes and find a way to hold on to those wins. Fortunately, they will be at home and can rely on the crowd to get through this week and hopefully add three more wins to their record.

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