Kirill Kaprizov has had a weird season so far. At the start, he certainly wasn't himself and was (still might be) battling an injury that is keeping him from his dominant performances. His production was just fine instead of extraordinary and he was visibly not the player we were used to buzzing in every inch of the ice.
While he still isn't as consistent and physical as we want, Kaprizov did just beat down the Boston Bruins in their own home rink with two goals, including the overtime game-winning goal.
Kaprizov was never fully gone, but the spark has. Now, maybe scoring two goals over one of the best teams in the league as the team fights to get into the playoffs is just something he needs to energize him for the 50 or so games that are left.
- While we might have previously thought that there were better options on the board, namely Anton Lundell, Marco Rossi is making the Wild's decision to draft him worth it. He has played even better than those other options this season. [Hockey Wilderness]
- Oof, a big hit for our Wild. Mats Zuccarello has been officially declared as out week-to-week with an upper-body injury. [The Hockey News]
Off the trail...
- Forty players have been listed for the upcoming CHL-NHL Top Prospects game and among them is Tij Iginla, Jarome's son who is playing in the WHL right now. [NHL dot com]
- The Detroit Red Wings are a perfect example as to why goaltending depth is crucial when you want to contend in the NHL. [DailyFaceoff]
- Seemingly out of nowhere, the Montreal Canadiens are getting involved in the playoff race out east. From one of the worst teams in the league, to just within reach of a Wild Card spot. [TSN]
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