As we look towards the last leg of the regular season, the bottom four teams in the Central are within five points of each other and will no doubt be battling down to the very last couple of games, in an attempt to grab one of those highly coveted wildcard spots.
The Nashville Predators were expected to be the buyers on the Trade Deadline. They didn’t fail to meet these expectations as the Preds made a huge splash to acquire two key pieces. One of those of awaited one, the second one caught some fans by surprise.
Some tough news has hit the Minnesota Wild today as the team announced that their captain Mikko Koivu will be out for the season with a torn ACL and meniscus. Koivu suffered the injury in the Wild’s shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres last night. Koivu will have surgery on Friday. The Wild have also called up their 2015 first round pick Joel Eriksson Ek as a response.
The Minnesota Wild have locked up their backup goaltender as the team announced today that they have signed Alex Stalock to a three-year extension worth $2.355 million. The contract will keep Stalock in a Wild jersey through the 2021-2022 season, and pay him $950,000 in 2019-20, $700,000 in 2020-21, and $750,000 in 2021-22.
We have six games on the docket this evening. Minnesota Wild at Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals at Toronto Maple Leafs and Carolina Hurricanes at Vancouver Canucks round out my top three. *Keep in mind, the League will be going on an extended all-star break until Monday, January 28th* Let’s get to it!
The Minnesota Wild had a rough night Thursday. Firstly, the Wild traded away forward Nino Niederreiter and afterward lost a game against the Anaheim Ducks, who finally broke their 12-game losing streak. Minnesota seemed to disappoint with moving Niederreiter and then got booed after not scoring a single goal in a loss against the Ducks.