- PAUL -- Wild general Paul Fenton returned from a trip to Russia in time to see the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals thump his team 5-2 at Xcel Energy Center, but it wasn’t all bad news.
The Wild had just returned from a franchise-record seven-game road stretch with a 5-2 record.
“We’re still analyzing everything, as we will every day,” he said. “I’m very happy with the way things have gone. The road trip was very successful, obviously.”
The Wild (11-5-2) are second in the Central Division, and fourth in the Western Conference, with 24 points. Fenton, hired on May 21 to succeed Chuck Fletcher, said he is still analyzing the roster almost one quarter of the way through the 2018-19 season.
“If something presents itself, or we see that there’s something that we could improve on, then we’ll go about that business,” he said. “There’s nothing imminent.”
A headache and sore neck did not keep Devan Dubnyk off the ice Wednesday, although coach Bruce Boudreau hedged by having amateur Connor Beaupre suit up just in case his No. 1 goaltender needed a break.
Dubnyk was shaken up in the first period of Tuesday’s loss to the Capitals after Tom Wilson collided with him in the crease, banging in a goal before knocking Dubnyk’s mask off as they piled into the net.
“I feel like a 200-pound man ran his hip into my forehead at full speed,” Dubnyk cracked. “My head and neck are pretty sore and stiff. I’m sure guys deal with worse all the time.”
The goaltender and coach both said Dubnyk will play Thursday night against the visiting Vancouver Canucks.
Wilson made his season debut against the Wild after serving a 14-game suspension for a head-hunting check during the preseason. After scoring on Dubnyk, Wilson was assessed a goaltender interference penalty, a curious combination.
“It’s a good call by the refs and the proper call,” Boudreau said. “Tom’s follow-through hit Duby and (the puck) went in. He’s reckless. That’s why he gets in trouble, but it was a great play by him.”Briefly
Center Eric Fehr had the day off after his wife gave birth overnight to a son, Theo.