Description: Wild left wing Thomas Vanek had a goal and an assist in the, 2-1, victory over the Maple Leafs on Monday.
Insight: Vanek assisted Charlie Coyle's goal in the first period and then scored in the third period to give Minnesota a, 2-0, lead. The goal turned out to be the game-winner. vanek has 19 goals and 30 assists in 72 games this season.
Description: Wild goaltender Devin Dubnyk allowed just one goal and made 35 saves in the, 2-1, victory over the Maple Leafs on Monday.
Insight: Dubnyk did not allow that goal until about six minutes left in the third period. We are running out of accolades for this guy. He has won four of his last five games and 22 games since Jan. 15. Dubnyk is 32-11-3 this season.
Description: Wild right wing Justin Fontaine had a goal and two assists during Saturday's victory against the Blues.
Insight: He also had two shots a plus-rating in the game. Fontaine now has nine goals and 27 points through 62 games. Jonas Brodin, Mikko Koivu, Chris Stewart, Zach Parise, and Thomas Vanek also tallied for Minnesota.
Description: Wild goaltender Devin Dubnyk finally had a poor game as he allowed three goals on 27 shots versus the Capitals on Thursday.
Insight: Fantasy owners should give Dubnyk the benefit of the doubt as he allowed two of those goals to Alex Ovechkin. Dubnyk has lost two of his last five games, but he is still an impressive 21-6-2 since Jan. 15.
Description: Red Wings defenseman Marek Zidlicky had a power-play goal and two assists in the, 5-1, victory over the Penguins on Sunday.
Insight: Zidlicky assisted Detroit's first two goals in the first period and then scored in the first minute of the second period on a 5-on-3 power play. Zidlicky has seven goals and 23 assists in 70 games this season.
Description: Wild goaltender Devin Dubnyk finally lost a game as he allowed three goals versus the Avalanche and Minnesota lost, 3-2.
Insight: As we've said numerous times, Dubnyk has been sensational since the trade in January. This is just his fourth regulation loss in 24 starts with Minnesota. This is also the first time Dubnyk allowed at least three goals in a game in 10 starts.
Description: Wild goaltender Devin Dubnyk made 37 saves in the, 3-1, victory over the Hurricanes on Friday.
Insight: The score and opponents keep changing, but the results stay the same. This victory makes Dubnyk 17-3-2 since the Wild acquired him in January. He has allowed one or fewer goals in 10 of those starts. Dubnyk is the waiver wire pickup of the season.
Description: Wild goaltender Devin Dubnyk beat the high-flying Washington Capitals, 2-1, on Thursday.
Insight: Washington didn't have Alex Ovechkin, but it was still impressive. Dubnyk made 24 saves in the victory. It is getting a bit redundant, but you can't say enough about how well Dubnyk has played since he joined Minnesota. He 16-3-2 and nine starts with one or zero goals allowed since the Wild acquired him on Jan. 14.
Description: Red Wings defenseman Marek Zidlicky scored the game-winning goal in his Detroit debut versus the Rangers on Wednesday.
Insight: Zidlicky scored a "dirty" power-play goal in overtime. With a crowd in front of Cam Talbot, Zidlicky's shot took a funny hop and bounced over Talbot, hit his back and went into the net. The Red Wings won, 2-1. Zidlicky has five goals and 19 assists in 64 games this season.
Description: Wild defenseman Matt Dumba scored a pair of goals in Minnesota's, 3-2, shootout victory over the Senators on Tuesday.
Insight: Dumba was second on the team with five shots on net. He had just four goals coming into the game, so he isn't really fantasy relevant. Dumba now has six goals and four assists in 39 games this season.
Description: Wild goaltender Devin Dubnyk made 31 saves in Tuesday's, 3-2, shootout victory over the Senators.
Insight: Dubnyk has made 21 straight starts, a franchise record, but has not slowed down at all. He has allowed just nine goals in the last six games and is 16-3-1 since joining the Wild. Dubnyk is the waiver wire pickup of the season.
Description: Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk will set a franchise record with his 21st straight start on Tuesday.
Insight: Who would have thought that Dubnyk versus Andrew Hammond of the Senators would be one of the best goaltender matchups of the night? Dubnyk is 15-3-1 and has allowed just 32 goals since being traded to Minnesota.
Description: Wild right wing Justin Fontaine scored a goal and an assist in the, 3-1, victory over the Avalanche on Saturday.
Insight: Fontaine assisted Erik Haula's goal in the first period and then Fontaine gave Minnesota the lead for good, scoring midway through the second period. Fontaine has eight goals and 14 assists with a plus-11 rating in 52 games this season.
Description: Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk played excellent again, holding Colorado to just one goal in the, 3-1, victory on Saturday.
Insight: Dubnyk made 33 saves versus Colorado. In February, Dubnyk was 11-2-1 with a .939 save percentage and three shutouts. Since joining the Wild on Jan. 15, Dubnyk has five shutouts. He is perhaps the best fantasy hockey waiver wire pickup this season.
Description: Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk finally lost a game and to a team he had really no business losing to.
Insight: It's hard to be mad at Dubnyk, who 9-1-1 with a .939 save percentage and three shutouts this month, but the Wild shouldn't have lost to the lowly Oilers. Dubnyk had 17 saves on 19 shots as Minnesota lost, 2-1.
Description: Wild left wing Thomas Vanek scored his team's only goal of the, 2-1, loss to the Oilers on Tuesday.
Insight: Minnesota has played very well lately, but losing to a bad Edmonton team is a tough pill to swallow. All three of the games' goals were scored in the first period. vanek has 13 goals and 26 assists in 60 games this season.
Description: Wild left winger Zach Parise scored a pair of goals as Minnesota defeated Dallas, 6-2, on Sunday.
Insight: Minnesota trailed, 1-0, after two period but then scored six goals in the final period. The first and last one came from Parise. He also led his team with a plus-three rating and five shots on net, which was tied with Thomas Vanek. Parise has 25 goals and 21 assists in 52 games this season.
Description: Wild left wing Thomas Vanek had two goals and an assist versus the Hurricanes on Saturday.
Insight: Vanek scored the first two goals of the game as the Wild jumped out to a, 3-1, lead at the end of the first period. Then, Vanek assisted Nate Prosser's goal in the second period. Vanek has 12 goals and 24 assists in 55 games this season.
Description: Wild left wing Jason Zucker suffered an upper-body injury Monday and is not expected to play Tuesday versus Winnipeg.
Insight: Zucker has a career-high 18 goals and five assists in 48 games this season playing primarily on the second line with Mikko Koivu and Jason Pominville. Nino Niederreiter is likely to take his spot on that line.
Description: Wild left wing Thomas Vanek had a goal and an assist in Thursday's rout of the Sabres.
Insight: Twelve different Wild skaters recorded a point as Minnesota defeated Buffalo, 7-0. Vanek scored on the power play in the first period and then assisted Erik Haula's power-play goal in the third period. Vanek also led the team with eight shots.
Description: The NFL has suspended Wild defenseman Ryan Suter two games for elbowing Penguins forward Steve Downie on Tuesday.
Insight: Suter clearly stuck his elbow out and hit Downie in the face Tuesday, which knocked Downie out of the game. Downie did not return, and it was a concern that perhaps he had a concussion, but he is expected to play on Friday. Downie missed time last season with a concussion. Suter will be back next Monday.
He recorded an assist and was +4 on the evening. Suter has only four points thus far, but that number is bound to steadily increase.
Description: Wild netminder Niklas Backstrom had another terrible fantasy outing on Tuesday.
Insight: Backstrom allowed six goals before Mike Yeo finally yanked him in favor of backup John Curry. It wasn't all Backstrom's fault as the defense in front of him was awful, but it doesn't really matter for fantasy owners. Backstrom allowed six goals on 35 shots for a terrible .829 save percentage.
Description: Wild left wing Jason Zucker scored a pair of goals and an assist on Tuesday.
Insight: Zucker started the scoring and ended bookended the scoring in regulation with the game-tying goal with about eight minutes remaining. Minnesota, however, lost, 4-3, in overtime. Zucker has 13 goals and five assists in 34 games this season.
Description: Wild defenseman Marco Scandella scored the game-winning goal on Monday against the Jets.
Insight: Scandella scored with 12 seconds left in regulation to complete a "Wild" comeback. Winnipeg led, 2-0, before Minnesota scored three unanswered goals in the final 16 minutes of the game. Scandella has nine goals and six assists in 30 games this season.
Description: Wild left wing Thomas Vanek scored the game-tying goal in the third period to send Saturday's game against the Jets into overtime.
Insight: Unfortunately for Vanek and the Wild, the Jets won, 4-3, in overtime. Vanek finished with a point and a minus-one rating. He has been disappointing this season with just six goals and 15 assists along with a minus-two rating in 33 games.
Description: Wild right winger Jason Pominville scored a pretty lucky goal on Wednesday versus the Clippers.
Insight: The puck bounced off Pominville several feet in front of the net and deflected past Bruins goalie Niklas Svedberg and into the net. The score tied the game at two halfway through the third period. Boston, however, won, 3-2, in overtime. Pominville has six goals and 14 assists this season.
Description: Wild left wing Thomas Vanek scored a goal and an assist versus the Islanders on Tuesday.
Insight: Vanek scored the third Minnesota goal of the third period, which tied the game at four. Nino Niederreiter added the game-winner minutes later as the Wild won, 5-4. Vanek has three goals and 13 assists in 26 games this season.
Description: Wild center Mikko Koivu had a goal and an assist in Tuesday's comeback victory against the Islanders.
Insight: Minnesota scored four third-period goals to erase a, 4-1, deficit and defeat New York, 5-4. Koivu scored the first goal of the final period. For leagues that include faceoffs, Koivu also won 22 draws.
Description: Wild left winger Zach Parise scored a power-play goal against the Blues on Saturday.
Insight: Parise's goal came in the second period to give Minnesota a, 2-1, lead, but they allowed a third period goal and lost in a shootout. He amassed nine shots in the game to lead his team. Parise has nine goals and nine assists with a plus-nine rating this season.
Description: Wild left wing Thomas Vanek scored a goal in Friday's win over Dallas.
Insight: He also had two assists, but it was just his second goal of the season, and he now has 14 points overall. Owners have been disappointed by his output, but should hope Friday's contest gets Vanek going.
Description: Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon (shoulder) will miss Saturday's game.
Insight: Spurgeon (2 G, 4 A, plus 7 rating) makes him a viable fantasy option this season, but he's going to miss at least the one game. He totaled five goals and 26 points last season, but is on a personal record pace through the first nine games.
Description: Wild netminder Niklas Backstrom won his first game of the season as Minnesota came back to defeat Boston on Tuesday, 4-3.
Insight: Backstrom started in place of Darcy Kuemper after Kuemper yielded five goals in the third period on Monday. Backstrom allowed three goals through two periods versus the Bruins, but the Wild scored three in the third period and Backstrom held Boston scoreless.
Description: Wild right winger Jason Pominville notched two assists and a +2 rating Saturday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: He helped Minnesota win 7-2, and owners are hoping that Saturday's contest gets Pominville going. He now has five points, and will need to pick up his game, for him to be a reliable fantasy player.
Description: Wild center Charlie Coyle signed a five-year, $16 million extension with the team on Wednesday according to the startribune.com.
Insight: Coyle is in his last season of his entry-level contract. The new deal will come with a $3.2 million annual cap hit starting next season. Many experts have said this is a great move for Minnesota, but it likely has no effect on fantasy owners.
Description: Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper took his first loss of the season Friday against the Ducks.
Insight: He had two shutouts in his first two starts of the season, but could not keep that trend going on Friday. Kuemper stopped 24-of-26 shots, and is now 2-1-0 with a 0.67 goals against average and a .972 save percentage. Owners scoop him up, if Kuemper is still available.
Description: Minnesota left wing Zach Parise is off to an impressive start to the season.
Insight: He had a goal Saturday night against Colorado, but what should catch owners' eyes even more, is that Parise now has 19 shots through two games. He has five points on the season, along with a +5 rating. This could be the start of a career-season for Parise.
Description: Wild defenseman Ryan Suter should be pushing for 50 points this year.
Insight: He has never done it during his career, with 46 points being the most he has accumulated (2011-12 with Nashville). Suter had 43 points (8 goals, 35 assists) last season, and will have a tremendous opportunity to prouce a career-high total in 2014-15.
Description: Wild center Charlie Coyle is not fantasy-relevant heading into 2014-15.
Insight: Another young piece to Minesota's puzzle, still has a ton of room to grow. Coming off a year with 30 points in 70 games, Coyle will need to produce at a much higher rate, for owners to take a chance on him.
Description: Wild left wing Thomas Vanek will look to make a positive impact during his first season in Minnesota.
Insight: Vanek will not have as much pressure as he has had in the past, as he begins the season on the Wild's second line. Figure him to score around 60-70 points, which should result in owners drafting him around the sixth round.
Description: Wild right winger Jason Pominville is coming off a productive season in Minnesota.
Insight: After playing only 10 games during his first season with the Wild, Pominville was able to suit up for all 82 games last year. He produced nicely, with 30 goals and 30 assists, and should be able to at least duplicate those numbers in 2014-15. Target Pominville beginning in the 12th round.
Description: Wild center Mikko Koivu should be drafted late in drafts this season.
Insight: He had 11 goals and 43 assists in 65 games last year. If he can play all 82 games he should be around the 65-point mark, giving him decent fantasy value. Koivu should benefit from playing on Minnesota's talented first line.
Description: Minnesota left wing Zach Parise will look to be even more productive in 2014-15.
Insight: He had 56 points (29 goals, 27 assists) in 67 games last season, with a +10 rating. Parise should be drafted starting in the third round this year, and will have a great opportunity to be around the 70 or 80-point mark, as long as he can stay healthy.
Description: Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky is a high-end No. 3 defenseman in fantasy this year.
Insight: Zidlicky will start the year playing the point on the Devils power play. Eventually, we expect youngster Eric Gelinas to take that role sometime this year, but Zidlicky should produce on the power play and put up solid plus/minus numbers with D-partner Bryce Salvador.
Description: Thomas Vanek has signed a three-year, $19.5 million deal with the Wild.
Insight: Minnesota will be the fourth team Vanek has played for since the start of the 2013-14 season. Vanek played for the University of Minnesota from 2002-04. He had fantasy value everywhere he went last season, producing nine points in 13 games with Buffalo, 15 points in 18 games with Montreal and 44 points in 47 games with the New York Islanders. He should challenge the 70-point mark again in 2014-15.
Description: Wild goaltender Josh Harding (illness) practiced Wednesday for the first time since January, according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: Harding was having a Vezina-worthy season, going 18-7-3 with a 1.66 GAA and a .933 SV%, but complications from changes in his multiple sclerosis medication have kept him out since the end of December.
Description: Minnesota goalie Darcy Kuemper left Monday's practice with an upper-body injury, according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: Kuemper has rescued Minnesota after it lost Josh Harding and Niklas Backstrom, going 12-8-4 with a 2.43 GAA and a .915 SV%. GM Chuck Fletcher said Kuemper will "hopefully (miss) just a few days, but it's hard to know fo sure." Ilya Bryzgalov will take over in net.