Going into tonight's game against Anaheim, Wild head coach Mike Yeo is moving Cal Clutterbuck on the top line with Dany Heatley and Mikko Koivu. Yeo hopes Clutterbuck’s physical play will create space, and ultimately create more goals. The Wild haven't won in regulation since the Oct. 8 season opener.
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Clutterbuck returns to Wild's top line
The first place Minnesota Wild is getting healthier. Cal Clutterbuck, who missed the last two games with a thigh contusion, is expected to skate on the top line with Mikko Koivu and Dany Heatley Tuesday against Winnipeg. Guillaume Latendresse, Justin Falk, Marek Zidlicky, and Josh Harding all returned to practice as well.
Koivu's return may scramble Wild lines
Mikko Koivu might return to the Wild lineup tomorrow night, and if he does, the big question is...will he be reunited with Dany Heatley on the top line? Heatley has been clicking with Kyle Brodziak and Nick Johnson, which might force coach Mike Yeo to put Koivu on another line that can generate offense.
Wild hope to get top line going against Penguins
The NHL season is young, but Minnesota's top line is sputtering a bit. Going into tonight's game against Pittsburgh, Dany Heatley, Mikko Koivu and Devin Setoguchi have totaled just three goals so far for the Wild. In the last two games, they've gone without a point.
If Wild keep it up, add back key players, they have a shot
The Wild are ranked second in the Western Conference. They've managed to accomplish that with a lot of blocked shots and without Dany Heatley and Mikko Koivu. ESPN analyst Barry Melrose says the team has the makings for a playoff chance.
Apologetic Setoguchi rejoins Wild's top line
Devin Setoguchi will be on the ice with the Wild tonight in Chicago. The winger was benched Tuesday night against San Jose for missing a meeting. Setoguchi offered no excuses and apologized to his teammates. He’ll skate on the first line with Mikko Koivu and Dany Heatley.
Yeo says Heatley was probably Wild's MVP
Head coach Mike Yeo says Dany Heatley was probably the Wild's MVP this season. He hinted that Heatley would have finished with more than 24 goals if Mikko Koivu didn't miss 27 games. Even without his top linemate out of action, Yeo says Heatley "never once complained."
Wild's Parise, Suter headline charity game
Despite the NHL lockout, Minnesota hockey fans will have a chance to see their Wild favorites Zach Parise and Ryan Suter in action. The pair will headline a charity game to benefit Defending the Blue Line on Oct 28. A host of other players are also expected to play like the Wild's Mikko Koivu and Cal Clutterbuck.
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