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Wild recall Zucker and Veilleux for pivotal final game vs. Avalanche

Apr 27, 2013, 9:37 AM EDT

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Minnesota’s embarrassing 6-1 loss to Edmonton last night has sparked the Wild to make some changes for tonight’s potential playoff-clinching games against Colorado.

Michael Russo of The Star Tribune reports the team will recall forwards Jason Zucker and Stephane Veilleux from AHL Houston and sending Jake Dowell and Carson McMillan down.

Zucker provides an offensive upgrade and with Jason Pominville likely still out with a concussion they could use it. Veilleux, meanwhile, is more of an energy player and gives them added speed to their fourth line.

After how badly things went last night for the Wild these adjustments could be viewed as desperate. Considering they just need to beat the lowly Avs, every move made at the end is going to be put under the microscope.

  1. lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Last night’s game was somewhat of a freak, albeit poorly timed aberration for the Wild. How often does the team with double the SOG of the opposing team lose by such a significant amount? It’s not as if the Oilers have scored a lot recently either. Goals per game for the past 10 games prior to last night are 0-1-1-1-1-3-4-1-0-1, with the 4 goal game being the only win. Props to the Bulin Wall for living up to his nickname; it’s not as if the Wild played poorly. I am, however, somewhat concerned with Backstrom’s extreme streakiness as of late. That really needs to be addressed. Hopefully Zucker can provide some offense tonight. Since the Jets are out, I need the Wild to stay in it.

    • getadealdonealready - Apr 27, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      When you have a goalie stop 2 of first 5 shots you won’t win many games in the NHL.

  2. 19to77 - Apr 27, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Come on, Avs. Spoil the party. Send Columbus to the dance.

  3. mp1131211 - Apr 27, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Wild win. Blue jackets win. Wings lose. Watch.

  4. mp1131211 - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    This guy is making great plays. Why isn’t he in the lineup every night?

  5. mp1131211 - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    YEO!! Leave Zucker in the line up. Always. Forever. Until he’s old and crippled. This kid is golden

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