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Continued: Granlund has 'great practice' with Wild, is eager to return

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 21, 2013 - 11:51 PM

Brodziak’s line has been strong defensively. Consider that Brodziak is still plus-2 even though his line hasn’t contribute much offensively the past six weeks.

But Yeo said, “It’s not enough to just go out night after night and just play the system.”

Brodziak, who in 2009-10 went 28 games in a row without a goal, feels the pressure to start scoring.

“It is difficult, especially when the team’s struggling to score,” Brodziak said. “When you know you’re capable of contributing and you’re not, it’s tough. It’s tough. I want to score. I want to contribute and help out.

“I’ve got to find a way to get more pucks to the net and go to the net harder and hopefully get a lucky one to get the ball rolling in the right direction.”

Goalie update

The Wild has run into another goaltending pickle beyond Josh Harding’s absence as he alters his treatment of multiple sclerosis.

On Saturday, the Wild was expected to swap minor league goalies Johan Gustafsson and Darcy Kuemper, who has been one of the three stars in seven of his past eight Iowa starts and made 44 saves in a shutout Friday against Hamilton.

But Kuemper is banged up, so the transaction never happened. This likely means either Niklas Backstrom will have to make back-to-back starts Sunday and Monday or Gustafsson, 21, will have to make his NHL debut Monday in Philadelphia.

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