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.
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."
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."
Josh Harding stopped all four of the Flames' shootout attempts and Devin Setoguchi scored the shootout winner as the Wild beat Calgary, 3-2 Thursday night. Dany Heatley and Darrell Powe also scored for Minnesota. Mikko Koivu played for the first time in over a month. He finished with five shots in 22 minutes.
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."
Injuries and the NHL's second worst scoring offense has taken the Minnesota Wild from the top of the league standings to nearly out of the playoff picture. The Wild's postseason chances seem to be falling faster than Minnesota's suddenly sub-zero temperatures.
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.
Fan voting for the NHL All-Star Game ended Wednesday and the vote didn't go well for the Minnesota Wild. Not a single player finished in the top 20 for forwards, defensemen or goalies. Fans choose the first six players voted in, and four of the six play for Ottawa -- the host city for the January 29 game.
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.
After back-to-back losses in Vancouver and Calgary, and a five game winless streak, Wild head coach Mike Yeo decided to give players a day off Wednesday. Injuries have forced Yeo to play the likes of Dany Heatley, Matt Cullen and Kyle Brodziak more minutes. The extra ice time is wearing on the players, but Yeo hopes the rest will help put the Wild back in the win column.