The Wild had to have known changes were coming. Minnesota has dropped six of their past seven games, has only allowed fewer than three goals against once since Nov. 12 and, as witnessed by their on-ice play and their underlying numbers, is heading in the wrong direction.
As the Wild prepare to take on the Chicago Blackhawks Tuesday evening, one of the big changes at Monday’s practice was alterations to the defensive pairings. One such change saw Jonas Brodin slide up the lineup and skate alongside Ryan Suter, breaking up his pairing with Jared Spurgeon. Suter and Spurgeon had been performing well together, and when asked about coach Mike Yeo’s decision to break up the duo, Suter didn’t shy away from the question.
“They decided to change things up,” Suter told Wild.com following Monday’s practice. “I don’t know what they’re thinking. It’s different. I need to play with a right-handed defenseman to give me more options — neutral zone, offensively and even coming out of the D-zone. It’s not fair to put [Brodin] on his off-side.” Read more