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Vinni Lettieri will be a healthy scratch Sunday vs. Chicago.
Ryan Hartman (suspension) will return after his two-game suspension Sunday vs. Chicago.
Gustavsson will start Thursday in Nashville.
Source: Joe Smith 11/30/23, 7:43 pm EST
Filip Gustavsson will start Tuesday vs. St. Louis.
Gustavsson will start the first game of the John Hynes era for the Minnesota Wild after Dean Evason was fired from his role as head coach on Monday. Saying Gustavsson has struggled this season is an understatement, but he has shown positive signs over the last couple of weeks. Despite failing to record a victory in his last four games (0-3-1), Gustavsson has not allowed more than three goals in a contest, posting a much-improved .903 SV%. The Wild are -158 home favourites against a St. Louis Blues team that has been outscored 26-18 over their past six games (3-3-0).
Vinni Lettieri has been recalled from Iowa (AHL).
Lettieri has been recalled from the Iowa Wild of the AHL as a lineup replacement for Ryan Hartman, who is serving a two-game suspension. Lettieri has already spent time in the NHL this season, scoring two points (2G / 0A) in 11 games, most recently playing on November 18th. During his stint with Minnesota, he most commonly played on a line with Connor Dewar and Brandom Duhaime.
Hartman has been suspended two games for tripping Alex DeBrincat in Sunday's game against the Red Wings.
Hartman did not receive a penalty on the play that was eventually deemed to be an illegal slew foot by NHL Player Safety. It's the third time Hartman has been suspended across ten seasons in the NHL. He will be eligible to return to the Wild lineup for Sunday's game against the Blackhawks.
Fleury (illness) missed practice on Saturday and is questionable to travel to Detroit for Sunday's game.
The Wild already announced that Filip Gustavsson will start Sunday in Detroit, so the Wild may need to call-up a backup if Fleury is not available. The 38-year-old has endured a horrific start to his 2023-24 season, with his 3-4-2 record, 3.46 GAA and .875 SV%.
Gustavsson will start Sunday in Detroit.
It was announced the Marc-Andre Fleury (illnesss) would be out Sunday so Filip Gustavsson takes the crease for the second-straight start Sunday in Detroit. The 25-year-old broke out in 2022-23 but has struggled mightily this season with his glaring 2-5-2 record, 4.03 GAA and .882 SV%. He will play the surging Detroit Red Wings, who have won two straight games and are impressively sixth in the NHL in goals per game (3.68).
Alex Goligoski (lower body) has been activated from the long-term injured reserve.
Goligoski has missed the Wilds' previous 15 games due to a lower-body injury but has been activated from the long-term injured reserve Friday and is expected to play vs. Colorado. The 38-year-old veteran defensemen struggled in his early two game showing prior to his injury, as he failed to pick up a point while getting four PIMs, one SOG and a -3 plus/minus.
Vinni Lettieri has cleared waivers and been reassigned to Iowa (AHL).
Lettieri had two goals, 14 SOG, four PIMs, and a -4 plus/minus in 11 games in 2023-24 but has been placed on waivers Thursday and assigned to Iowa (AHL) Friday. The 28-year-old forward will = return to Iowa, where he has a goal and three points through four games this season prior to his call-up.
Dakota Mermis has been reassigned to Iowa (AHL).
Filip Gustavsson will start Friday vs. Colorado.
Gustavsson has only two above-average performances this season (1-0-1), his first start and his most recent, in which he has saved a combined 71 of 72 shots (.986 SV%). Taking those two games out of the equation, Gustavsson has been horrendous, posting a .848 SV% in those seven games (1-4-1). Minnesota will hope their recent trip to Gustavsson's homeland of Sweden as part of the NHL Global Series will help him rediscover the magic he had in the crease last season. The Wild will host a Colorado Avalanche team on Friday evening that has scored five or more goals in four of their last five games (4-1-0)
Minnesota has placed Vinni Lettieri on waivers Thursday.
Lettieri had two goals, 14 SOG, four PIMs, and a -4 plus/minus in 11 games in 2023-24 but has been placed on waivers Thursday. The 28-year-old forward will likely return to Iowa (AHL) if unclaimed, where he has a goal and three points through four games this season prior to his call-up.