Forbath’s stock is neutral. Why? He could be trending way up or way down this time next week, especially if he has a chance to nail key field goals in the Vikings’ first postseason game against New Orleans on Sunday. Hopefully, the Vikings won’t be in a position where they’ll need a clutch three points, but if they do, Forbath could etch his name in purple history – either in good graces or in infamy alongside the names of Gary Anderson (gasp) and Blair Walsh (double gasp).
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Mat Robson (⬆ UP)
The Gophers sophomore goaltender was named the Big Ten first star of the week after he stopped 34 shots en route to a shutout of top-ranked St. Cloud State on Sunday. This honor comes one week after Robson earned the conference’s third star of the week award last Tuesday. On the year, the Canadian is 2-1 and has stopped 81 of 84 shots he’s faced.
Tyus Jones (⬆ UP)
Filling in for an injured Jeff Teague, Jones continues to impress while running the Timberwolves’ offense. Jones has started 10 games this season and has posted a positive box score +/- in nine of them, including a career-best +36 in Minnesota’s 127-99 statement win over LeBron James and the Cavaliers on Monday. He also leads the NBA with a 3.4 steal percentage, meaning 3.4 percent of opponent’s possessions end with a steal by Jones.
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Nino Niederreiter (⬇ DOWN)
Niederreiter made a triumphant return to the ice last week by notching his second career hat trick in the Wild’s 6-2 win over Buffalo. However, the 25-year-old forward was back on the injury report Tuesday and will sit out another week with a lower-back issue. It’s a big loss for the Wild, who have had their top lines together for just two of 43 games this season, due to long-term injuries to forwards Zach Parise and now, Niederreiter.
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Christian Ramirez (⬆ UP)
Minnesota United's leading scorer in 2017 was awarded with a call-up to the United States' 30-man roster earlier this week. He'll get a chance to make his national team debut in an exhibition against Bosnia Jan. 28.