Mikael Granlund went from being reassigned to Houston on Monday night to being brought back on emergency recall Tuesday because forward Mike Rupp was banged up. He will be in tonight's lineup.
“We got lucky,” GM Chuck Fletcher said. “It was too late to get him a flight Monday night [from Calgary] and we found out about Rupp before [Granlund’s] flight [Tuesday].”
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Alex Ovechkin's hat trick helped hand the Wild its seventh consecutive home loss.
The Caps are the best team in the NHL, and goalie Braden Holtby has been the winningest goalie in the league. So the Wild would be facing quite a challenge, even if it was playing well.
Wild coach Mike Yeo, whose team faces Washington on Thursday, knows the pressure is on and he's been spending a lot of time meeting with general manager Chuck Fletcher. "That's the life of a coach in the NHL," Yeo said.
Thomas Vanek's overtime mistake proved costly as the Wild fell for a sixth straight game and 11th time in 12 games.
The two skilled forwards, scratched Saturday in St. Louis, return against the Dallas Stars. Darcy Kuemper is in goal.