Coach Mike Yeo is looking for balance.
His fourth line has been delivering it.
On Friday, Feb. 28, in a 4-3 victory over Phoenix, the Wild's fourth line of Kyle Brodziak, Torrey Mitchell and Mike Rupp was again a force, continuing a trend. Others, including Mikael Granlund and Zenon Konopka, have rotated onto the fourth line, but whoever's out there has been doing a good job, Yeo said.
Brodziak, who also kills penalties, was on the ice for nearly 20 minutes against the Coyotes while Mitchell was on for more than 15 minutes and Rupp for more than 11.
Brodziak had three shots on goal, one takeaway and one blocked shot, while Mitchell contributed three hits and Rupp had one shot and one fight.
The line was never a liability.
"Those guys have been playing like that for quite a while," Yeo said Saturday before Minnesota's game against the Ducks in Anaheim. "The way that they get to the offensive zone and finish checks and the way they finish checks and their play without the puck, they've done a real nice job of bringing momentum to our group.
"It was good to see those guys get a little bit more ice time, and they deserved it."
Fourth line helps balance the attack
St. Paul Pioneer Press | Mar 2