Casey Wellman moves up, gets first goal

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 3, 2011 - 12:36 AM

Wild forward Casey Wellman, left, and Pierre-Marc Bouchard celebrated Wellman's third career goal. He has one NHL goal in each of his three seasons.

Photo: Jim Mone, Associated Press - Ap

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

One Cal Clutterbuck injury meant a different-looking Wild lineup during Friday's 4-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils.

With Clutterbuck day-to-day because of a thigh injury, Devin Setoguchi moved back to the top line with Mikko Koivu and Dany Heatley, and Casey Wellman finally got his chance to play on a scoring line.

Scratched Wednesday in Edmonton and typically put into a fourth-line role whenever called up by the Wild, the former college sharp-shooter who has broken out offensively with the Houston Aeros this season (11 goals in 20 games) played left wing with Matt Cullen and Pierre-Marc Bouchard.

If the smaller Wellman is going to stick in the NHL, it likely has to be as a scorer. But to be a top-liner, he must shoot more than he did during a subpar preseason and flash the skill and speed that was so touted when he signed out of Massachusetts in 2010.

He got things started against the Devils with his third career goal, which was his second career game-winner.

"It's nice that his name ended up on the scoresheet, but even if he didn't score that goal, I thought he played a good game," coach Mike Yeo said. "That's really important to me. I thought his speed was very noticeable out there. I thought he was on the puck, made strong plays with the puck."

Darroll Powe, who didn't play in the third period in Edmonton because of a charleyhorse, surprisingly played, but Yeo still wanted to see Cody Almond, called up Thursday, play. That meant David McIntyre was scratched.

Almond played nine minutes, skated well and was solid on the penalty kill.

He played for Yeo last year in Houston and was 25 pounds heavier. Yeo suggested he shed weight because he needed to be quicker to "make the jump to the NHL," Almond said. But all that offseason running knocked his hips out of alignment, which resulted in him missing training camp because of back pain.

"It was bad timing, it was pretty frustrating at the time," said the 22-year-old Almond, who played his 16th NHL game. "But I'm healthy now and feel better than I did before the injury."

Not OK with check

Clutterbuck hoped to play Friday, but when he skated on his own before the morning skate he still experienced pain. Clutterbuck was injured Wednesday when Edmonton's Ryan Whitney extended his knee and tripped him, an uncalled infraction Clutterbuck said wasn't "clean."

Whitney never faced an NHL disciplinary hearing.

"It would be nice to kind of have guys be held accountable for those things, but obviously somebody felt it wasn't necessary," Clutterbuck said. "I just [wonder] if that happens to Sidney Crosby, what kind of uproar is there?"

Lemaire-less

Friday's game was the first Wild-Devils game in history without now-retired Jacques Lemaire coaching one of the two teams.

"He was a mastermind, and I feel fortunate to have been coached by him," said defenseman Nick Schultz, who has played 707 games. "He's one of the best, and really taught me a lot about the defensive game, like having a good stick -- stick in the lane, stick on puck, being in proper position.

"These are things coming up as a young player you didn't know how to do properly."

Injury update

Yeo expects Clutterbuck and defenseman Justin Falk (upper body) to travel on the upcoming five-game road trip, but concussed players Guillaume Latendresse (out 11 games) and Marek Zidlicky (eight games) remain out indefinitely. They are skating lightly on their own but haven't been cleared for full workouts.

"It's just going slowly," Yeo said.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

San Francisco - WP: M. Bumgarner 7 FINAL
Kansas City - LP: J. Shields 1
San Diego 10/23/14 7:25 PM
Denver
Detroit 10/26/14 8:30 AM
Atlanta
Buffalo 10/26/14 12:00 PM
NY Jets
St. Louis 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
Houston 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Tennessee
Minnesota 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Seattle 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Carolina
Baltimore 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati
Miami 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Chicago 10/26/14 12:00 PM
New England
Philadelphia 10/26/14 3:05 PM
Arizona
Oakland 10/26/14 3:25 PM
Cleveland
Indianapolis 10/26/14 3:25 PM
Pittsburgh
Green Bay 10/26/14 7:30 PM
New Orleans
Washington 10/27/14 7:30 PM
Dallas
Houston 85 FINAL
Miami 90
Indiana 89 FINAL
Minnesota 107
Utah 105 FINAL
Oklahoma City 91
Portland 93 FINAL
Denver 75
Phoenix 114 FINAL
LA Lakers 108
LA Clippers 107 FINAL
Golden State 125
San Jose 3 FINAL
Boston 5
NY Rangers 4 FINAL(OT)
New Jersey 3
Toronto 5 FINAL
NY Islanders 2
Detroit 1 FINAL(OT)
Montreal 2
Arizona 3 FINAL(SO)
Nashville 4
Carolina 1 FINAL
Winnipeg 3
Philadelphia 0 FINAL
Chicago 4
Vancouver 3 FINAL
Dallas 6
Florida 4 FINAL(OT)
Colorado 3
Tampa Bay 2 FINAL(OT)
Calgary 1
Arkansas State 40 FINAL
Louisiana 55
Connecticut 10/23/14 6:00 PM
(18) East Carolina
Miami-Florida 10/23/14 7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
So Florida 10/24/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Troy 10/24/14 6:30 PM
South Alabama
BYU 10/24/14 8:00 PM
Boise State
(6) Oregon 10/24/14 9:00 PM
California
North Texas 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Rice
UAB 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Arkansas
Rutgers 10/25/14 11:00 AM
(16) Nebraska
Maryland 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Wisconsin
Texas 10/25/14 11:00 AM
(11) Kansas State
Minnesota 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Illinois
Memphis 10/25/14 11:00 AM
SMU
North Carolina 10/25/14 11:30 AM
Virginia
San Jose St 10/25/14 12:00 PM
Navy
Northern Ill 10/25/14 12:00 PM
Eastern Mich
(25) UCLA 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Colorado
Akron 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Ball State
Massachusetts 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Toledo
Ohio U 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Western Mich
Ga Southern 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Georgia State
Kent State 10/25/14 1:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
Oregon State 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Stanford
Fla Atlantic 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(23) Marshall
Louisiana Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Southern Miss
(1) Miss State 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Kentucky
Georgia Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Pittsburgh
(22) West Virginia 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Oklahoma State
Texas Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(10) TCU
Michigan 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(8) Michigan State
Boston College 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Wake Forest
Central Mich 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Buffalo
Vanderbilt 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Missouri
Old Dominion 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Western Ky
UNLV 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Utah State
Temple 10/25/14 4:00 PM
UCF
(15) Arizona 10/25/14 5:00 PM
Washington St
Texas-El Paso 10/25/14 6:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Wyoming 10/25/14 6:00 PM
Colorado State
Syracuse 10/25/14 6:00 PM
(21) Clemson
Texas State 10/25/14 6:00 PM
ULM
(3) Ole Miss 10/25/14 6:15 PM
(24) LSU
(4) Alabama 10/25/14 6:30 PM
Tennessee
So Carolina 10/25/14 6:30 PM
(5) Auburn
(13) Ohio State 10/25/14 7:00 PM
Penn State
(20) USC 10/25/14 9:00 PM
(19) Utah
(14) Arizona State 10/25/14 9:45 PM
Washington
Nevada 10/25/14 10:59 PM
Hawaii
Montreal 10/24/14 5:30 PM
Ottawa
Saskatchewan 10/24/14 8:30 PM
Calgary
Hamilton 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Toronto
Brt Columbia 10/25/14 6:00 PM
Winnipeg
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Who is your favorite Wild player?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close