Minnesota Wild Player News: Last 7 days, All Positions

News: Aberg (lower body) could return to action Sunday against St. Louis, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Aberg has been sidelined for over two weeks due to a lower-body injury, but he was a full participant at Friday's morning skate, which was the first indication that he was likely nearing a return to the lineup. Another update on the 25-year-old winger's status should surface prior to puck drop against the Blues.
News: Hunt scored a power-play goal and added an even-strength assist in Friday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Devils.
Impact: Pressed into service as a forward after spending the last four games in the press box, Hunt not only didn't look out of place, he showed some offensive skill in his limited opportunities -- he played only 6:36 on the night, although nearly two minutes of that came with the man advantage. The 30-year-old defenseman will likely lose his spot again once Victor Rask (lower body) or Matt Hendricks (upper body) gets healthy, but Hunt's showing in this one might encourage head coach Bruce Boudreau to give him a longer look.
News: Granlund scored a goal and added an assist on the power play in Friday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Devils.
Impact: His 14th tally of the season gave the Wild a seemingly comfortable 4-1 lead midway through the second period, but the wheels came off for the team after that. Granlund now has two goals and nine points in the last nine games, and he's on pace for his third straight season with at least 20 goals and 65 points.
News: Dubnyk stopped 23 of 28 shots in Friday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Devils.
Impact: Handed a 4-1 lead midway through the second period, Dubnyk couldn't make it stick, eventually committing a costly turnover in his own end that directly led to Nico Hischier's OT winner. The veteran netminder is now 1-4-2 through seven starts in February with a 3.26 GAA and .884 save percentage, and the Wild may have little choice but to give Alex Stalock more work until Dubnyk can turn things around.
News: Dubnyk will guard the home goal Friday against the Devils, Jessi Pierce of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Dubnyk surrendered four goals in the final two periods of Tuesday's game against the Flyers to go home with a loss for the fifth time in the last six games. While some of his record troubles have come due to a lack of offensive support, that certainly wasn't the case versus Philadelphia. Dubnyk will look to bounce back Friday against a Devils team averaging just two goals over eight February contests.
News: Koivu (knee) is hoping to be fully healthy for the start of September's training camp, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: The Wild captain tore the ACL in his right knee earlier this month and underwent a successful surgery Feb. 8. The 35-year-old Koivu's offensive game is in decline, but he's still a valuable two-way player that will enter the final season of his current contract in 2019-20.
News: Rask has been labeled day-to-day with a lower-body injury and won't play Friday against the Devils, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Rask had seen limited ice time in the two games prior to his exit, playing fewer than eight minutes in each. Still, his absence Friday degrades the Wild's depth up front and should result in Kyle Rau drawing in.
News: Aberg (lower body) is expected to take part in Friday's morning skate, but won't be in the lineup against New Jersey.
Impact: Aberg hasn't been on the ice since suffering a lower-body injury in early February, so he is likely still a little bit away from slotting back into the lineup. In his five outings for the Wild, the Swede picked up three helpers, including two on the power play, while averaging 12:46 of ice time. Once cleared to return, the winger could push for a top-six role.
News: Hendricks is dealing with an upper-body injury that will keep him out of the lineup versus the Devils on Friday, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Hendricks has frequently served as a healthy scratch this season, which has limited him to just 22 appearances. Without a consistent spot in the lineup, combined with the fact he is averaging just 8:59 of ice time when he does play, the winger won't offer much in terms of fantasy value even once given the all-clear.
News: Kunin scored two goals on four shots and posted a plus-3 rating in a 5-4 loss to the Flyers on Tuesday.
Impact: He's been playing a lot more minutes lately, and it's produced major results. Kunin has three goals, seven points and a plus-8 rating in the last five games. He's submitted a plus-3 rating in two of the last three contests. Kunin only has four goals and 12 points in 26 games this season, but seven of those 12 points have come in the last two weeks.
News: Spurgeon scored a goal and two assists in a 5-4 loss to the Flyers on Tuesday.
Impact: The big three-point night pushes his shooting percentage to 9.8 percent, which is near a career high, but even if he experiences a setback in the category, owners have already received more from Spurgeon than they expected this season, much of it having to do with stud blueliner Mathew Dumba being out long term. Spurgeon's 35 points through 57 games is four points shy of a career high, and with his next goal, he'll set a new career-best mark in that category too. He has 11 goals and 24 assists this season.
News: Dubnyk allowed five goals on 26 shots in a 5-4 loss to the Flyers on Tuesday.
Impact: The Wild led 3-1 after the first period and then 4-3 early in the third, but still, Dubnyk couldn't hold the lead. He gave up two goals to the Flyers' power play, including the game-winner. This obviously wasn't the turnaround performance Dubnyk owners were hoping for. In the last five games, he is 1-3-1 with an .885 save percentage. Dubnyk still possesses a respectable 2.63 GAA and .911 save percentage this season, but his record has dropped to 21-20-4, giving him the most losses in the league in 2018-19.
News: Hendricks left Tuesday's loss to the Flyers with an undisclosed injury and didn't return, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Coach Bruce Boudreau had no update on Hendricks' condition after the game. Left wing Victor Rask was also hurt in this game, leaving the Wild strapped for depth if either miss time. Hendricks will be evaluated Wednesday, and there will likely be recalls from AHL Iowa if this issue lingers.
News: Rask left Tuesday's loss to the Flyers with an undisclosed injury and didn't return, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: The injuries keep pouring down on the Wild, as both Rask and Matt Hendricks left in the second period and couldn't make it back. Coach Bruce Boudreau said they'll be evaluated Wednesday. If either of the two have to miss games, expect the team to recall a player from AHL Iowa.
News: Rask will suit up as the fourth line left wing in Tuesday's home game against Philadelphia, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Head coach Bruce Boudreau said Tuesday that he wants to get Rask more minutes going forward and get the 25-year-old going offensively per Russo. Since coming over from Carolina, Rask has mustered just two points in nine games for Minnesota. Look for Boudreau to get the Swede going by playing him in big situations, especially on the power play in the near future.
News: Hendricks will suit up in Tuesday's home game against the Flyers, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: After being healthy scratched the last three games, Hendricks will center the fourth line. He's hardly a fantasy asset, however, as the 37-year-old has two points in 21 games this season.
News: Dubnyk will guard the cage against the Flyers at home Tuesday, John Shipley of the Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Dubnyk has struggled for wins of late, as he is 1-3-3 in his last five outings, despite a decent .910 save percentage. The 32-year-old should hit the 60-game mark for the fourth consecutive season and could push for 30 wins if he can get some offensive support.
News: Brodin has three assists, 27 blocked shots and is averaging 21:24 of ice time since the new year.
Impact: Known for his defensive specialties, Brodin has certainly lived up to the bill with a whopping 27 blocks in 18 games since the new year. As evidenced by his three assists, the Swede can chip in every once in a while with offense, but his value lies on the other end of the rink. The 25-year-old should be nowhere near your fantasy lineup, but the Wild still value the defenseman.
News: Staal is pointless while averaging 18:29 of ice time in his past five games.
Impact: The 34-year-old center has certainly slowed down following a 42-goal campaign in 2017-18. It's unclear what has led to the slump, but it's certainly not a lack of opportunity, as Staal has been averaging 2:51 of power-play time in his last five games. Though he's struggling as of late, it would be smart to stick with Staal, as he's still on track for his third straight 60-point campaign.
News: Greenway has just one assist and a minus-2 rating in six games since the calendar turned to February.
Impact: The 2015 second-round pick has struggled some in his first full season with the big club, racking up just 17 points in 55 games. Greenway has been playing on the second line some, but he is averaging just 12:57 of ice time and 0:28 on the power play. Though the 22-year-old has had a slow start, he is still a raw talent and could only get better with age, making him a fantasy asset in dynasty formats.
News: Parise recorded a power-play assist in Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Islanders.
Impact: The 34-year-old is up to 48 points in 55 games, notching his 11th power-play point of the season Sunday. Parise added a shot on goal, a hit and two blocked shots, and was a minus-1 in the loss.
News: Zucker finished Sunday's 2-1 loss to New York with an assist.
Impact: Zucker drew the primary helper on Mikael Granlund's power-play goal early in the second period, but that would be it for the Wild's offense Sunday. With points in four of his last five, Zucker has been enjoying a run of good form lately, but he is still a relatively risky play at 0.52 points per game in 2018-19.
News: Granlund scored his team's only goal in Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Islanders.
Impact: The power-play marker was Granlund's first goal since Jan. 7. He's now scored 13 times and has 45 points in 56 games this season. On Sunday, he led all Minnesota forwards with 22:32 of ice time and finished with a minus-1 rating.
News: Dubnyk stopped 32 of 34 shots in Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Islanders.
Impact: Having posted a 1-3-1 record in five starts since the All-Star break, Dubnyk has not been himself of late. The Wild netminder had won three straight going into the break but has been unable to string wins together since teams reconvened. Minnesota next plays Tuesday, at home against the Flyers. The team has not yet announced a starting goaltender for that game.
News: Dubnyk will take on the Islanders in New York on Sunday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: Dubnyk also started Saturday in New Jersey but faced just 18 shots in the 4-2 victory. The 32-year-old has started to heat up since the middle of January. He's 4-2-1 with a 2.02 GAA and .920 save percentage over his last eight appearances.