November 21, 2013

steve laidlaw


Ryan Suter's three-game scoring streak came to an end last night but not for lack of trying. He skated over 30 minutes for the umpteenth time this seen. He's a beast. Suter leads the league in minutes played and it isn't close. Apparently he thinks anyone could play those kinds of minutes, though. Yeah, right.


Jonas Brodin is starting to get back into the swing of things with three points in the last two games. He went scoreless in eight straight after returning from injury but that appears to be behind him, which is good news for everyone on the Wild.


Matt Dumba drew back into the lineup but only skated 9:53. I don't get this move by the Wild at all. I suppose they don't necessarily have the depth in the system to send him down entirely but at the same time this is just poor asset management. At this point in his career, Dumba needs to play.


Jason Zucker got back into the Wild lineup for the first time since October 8th. He skated just 13:35 but his presence knocked Nino Niederreiter back to the third line with Matt Cooke and Kyle Brodziak. Niederreiter still skated on the second power play unit with Mikael Granlund and Dany Heatley's corpse, so not all is lost but that's still not promising for Niederreiter owners.


Heatley's corpse, was quite alive, by the way. It picked up a goal and an assist in 9:44 last night. It has now scored in two straight for the first time this season. I wouldn't bother hitting the waiver wire just yet. In fact, I'd be more concerned that this is the first wave of the zombie apocalypse.