As speculated prior to yesterday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks, Minnesota Wild forward, Dany Heatley, was demoted to the second line alongside Matt Cullen and Pierre-Marc Bouchard while rookie, Charlie Coyle, got a taste of playing on the top line with Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu. While Minnesota’s head coach has been employing various ways to spark a fire within his team, this latest attempt was as unsuccessful as any as the Wild lost to the Canucks by a score of 4-1.
The Wild seem to be in a downward spiral especially, when the team has only scored a mere three goals in their last three games. Yet Minnesota’s general manager, Chuck Fletcher, believes that things will get better.
That may be the case, although I’m not sure it will be in the immediate future if superstar forward Parise, remains out of the lineup due to illness. Parise missed practice today to recuperate, and head coach Mike Yeo took the opportunity to switch around lines again. Bouchard was moved onto the top line with Coyle and Koivu, while Heatley and Devin Setoguchi were centered by Mikael Granlund.
It’s unlikely for these lines to be the combinations in tomorrow’s lineup, as Parise is expected to be back with the Wild when they take on the Nashville Predators tomorrow at 7:00 pm.
Tomorrow’s game against Nashville is at home followed by two road games against the Calgary Flames and the Canucks.
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