New York Islanders
The NHL has suspended Minnesota Wild defenseman Marco Scandella for two games for a hit to the head of New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson. The ban was handed down by the league’s Department of Player Safety on Wednesday, one day after the Wild’s 5-4 home win over New York. Scandella struck Nelson with 2:28 left in the game and was given a minor penalty for an illegal check to the head.
Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard has been released from the hospital, diagnosed with multiple facial fractures and a concussion after a collision with the boards. The Wild announced Wednesday that Ballard will be out indefinitely.
Nino Niederreiter tapped in the go-ahead goal with 4:33 left and capped a furious comeback by the Minnesota Wild in a 5-4 win over the New York Islanders 5-4 on Tuesday night. The Wild trailed 3-0 after the first period and 4-1 at the second intermission, but they were fired up midway through the game. Defenseman Keith Ballard was sent to a hospital after his head bounced hard on the ice, following a hit from Matt Martin.
The Minnesota Wild expect the 10 millionth fan to attend the team’s next home game Dec. 29 against the New York Islanders at Xcel Energy Center. The 10 millionth fan will receive a prize package. It includes a custom Wild 10 Millionth Fan jersey, a team-signed hockey puck, four tickets to the Wild game against Detroit at 1 p.m. on March 22 and four tickets to the Big Ten Championship Game at 7 p.m. on March 22 at Xcel Energy Center.
“I thought some guys worked hard and played a good game,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “Again, with our club we need all 20 guys going, and we didn’t have all 20.”
The leading scorer for the University of North Dakota hockey team is turning pro.
Andrew MacDonald and Frans Nielsen scored first-period goals and the New York Islanders hung on for a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Monday despite a lackluster final two periods.
Minnesota defenseman Aaron Ness says he will skip his senior season and sign his pro contract with the New York Islanders.
The Minnesota Wild can’t afford clunkers like this if they hope to grab a playoff spot in the cluttered Western Conference.