The Minnesota Wild haven’t had much luck with keeping goaltenders healthy this season. Both Josh Harding and Niklas Backstrom might not play again for the remainder of the season, which leaves the duo of Darcy Kuemper and Ilya Bryzgalov to tend to Minnesota’s net.
The former has been outstanding in relief of his injured comrades, while Bryzgalov was brought in at the trade deadline to add some stability to the position. Kuemper has been playing a lot of hockey lately, and will get the night off tonight when the Wild take on the St. Louis Blues.
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That means Bryzgalov will make his debut for the Wild. He hasn’t appeared in a game since the team acquired him at the trade deadline, and will be looking to make an impact against a St. Louis team that has won four straight.
The 33-year-old Russian native has had an interesting year. From being bought out by the Philadelphia Flyers to ending up with the Edmonton Oilers, things now seem to have come full circle for the veteran netminder. He’ll be an important part of Minnesota’s push to maintain their current Wild Card position, as Kuemper will need to be relieved on occasion.