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Continued: Hybrid icing gets test in Wild's preseason loss to Columbus

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 18, 2013 - 6:24 AM

“He has a presence in front of the net,” Yeo said of Niederreiter.

Defenseman Matt Dumba had four shots. Goalie Niklas Backstrom gave up three goals on 10 shots in 30:09 in the nets. Darcy Kuemper was spotless on seven shots.

“First exhibition game, and it was blatant that it was,” Yeo said. “We gave up more odd-man rushes tonight than I hope we give up in the first month of the season.”

Cooke looks good

Left winger Matt Cooke had a strong debut for the Wild, and the hard-hitting agitator says he feels like a more effective player since he’s “cleaned up his act.”

“On the forecheck before, I always just went for the biggest hit without any stick detail,” Cooke said. “Now, the first thing I think about is stick on puck and I’ve turned over a lot more pucks. They still don’t know if I’m going to hit them or not, but my stick’s always down and I’ve gotten to a lot more pucks and created more offensive zone times.

“For me, I’ve enjoyed the game a lot more since I’ve changed because I’ve learned a lot of the nuances of the game that I didn’t even know existed because I was putting myself in bad positions.”

Etc.

• The Wild returned Alexandre Belanger, Dylan Labbe, Cody Corbett and Carter Sandlak to their junior teams. The training camp roster is now down to 47 players.

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