The Minnesota Wild was counting on more goals from Dany Heatley when they traded for him last summer. Although his 13 goals leads the team, it's still far fewer than expected. He's on pace for the lowest goal total of his career, but head coach Mike Yeo says it's not all Heatley's fault.
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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."
Heatley & Koivu want to continue building chemistry on the ice
Developing more chemistry with Mikko Koivu will be a key to Dany Heatley scoring more goals next season. Koivu, who missed nearly 30 games with a shoulder injury, says he played well with Heatley, but says "when you're off for a period of time, it's going to hurt chemistry."
Nashville nips Wild, 2-1 in shootout
The Minnesota Wild went to its fourth straight overtime game Thursday night, but lost in a shootout, 2-1 in Nashville. Dany Heatley scored his team-leading 23rd goal for the Wild. Just two games remain, the Wild hosts Chicago Thursday and Phoenix on Saturday.
Wild whiffs in shootout en route to eighth straight loss
Another game and another loss for the Wild as the Predators dropped them 2-1 in an overtime shootout Wednesday night. The Wild failed to score in the shootout en route to its eighth straight loss. Dany Heatley scored the lone Minnesota goal -- his eleventh of the season. Josh Harding was very good in goal, stopping 24-of-25 shots.
Backstrom, Heatley and Setoguchi had minor surgeries
The procedures weren't serious, but Minnesota Wild stars Niklas Backstrom, Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi have had minor surgeries since their season ended earlier this month. Backstrom and Setoguchi battled injuries this season, but Heatley played in every game.
Poor starts are hurting the Wild
If the Wild doesn't score first, they probably won't win. Minnesota lost five of its last seven games in which they didn't score the first goal. Forward Dany Heatley says "it's natural" for a young team to struggle to score goals, but every player needs to remember the Wild has "come back in a lot of games this year."
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