The Wild have released Ilya Bryzgalov from his professional tryout.
Bryzgalov was brought in on a tryout when Darcy Kuemper was unsigned and Josh Harding was hurt. Now that Kuemper has signed, the Wild will enter the season with a goaltending tandem of Kuemper and Niklas Backstrom.
The WIld and goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov have agreed on a pro tryout.
Josh Harding broke his foot on Wednesday and Darcy Kuemper remains unsigned so the WIld will bring Bryzgalov into training camp and give him a look after he went unsigned in free agency. Bryzgalov went 7-1-3 in 12 regular-season games last season with a 2.11 goals-against average. In the playoffs, he was 3-6 with a 2.63 GAA.
Bryzgalov allowed two goals on 28 shots in the 2-1 loss in game 5. The series now moves back to Minnesota for game 6, and the Wild have yet to lose on home ice in the playoffs. Bryzgalov has stopped 37 of 39 shots (.949 SV%) in his only two starts at Xcel Energy Center this postseason. He is expected to have Darcy Kuemper as his back-up tonight.
Bryzgalov will be back in goal for game 5 in Chicago.
Byrzgalov allowed two goals on 20 shots in the Wild's 4-2 win in game 4. Bryz allowed a soft goal late in the first period, but rebounded well for his seconds consecutive win. Tonight, Bryz looks for his third-straight playoff win; it would be the first time earning three-straight victories since 2012. Bryzgalov has a 2.25 GAA and .889 SV% in the first four games of round two.
Bryzgalov will start in goal for the Wild in game 4.
Bryzgalov stopped all 19 shots that he faced to earn his first playoff shutout since May 7, 2006 in the Wild's 4-0 win in game 3. He has posted a 2.33 GAA and .885 SV% through the first three games of this series, but a shutout should definitely help his confidence heading into a critical game 4.
Bryzgalov will start game 3 in Minnesota on Tuesday.
Bryzgalov allowed three goals on 21 shots in a 4-1 loss in game 2. Tonight will mark Bryzgalov's first playoff start in Minnesota. His previous four starts were in Colorado and Chicago, so maybe coming home will help his ailing 3.89 GAA and .830 SV%. In five appearances with the Wild at Xcel Energy Centre, Bryz was 2-2-1 with a 2.89 GAA and .872 SV%. A loss tonight would put the Wild in an extremely deep hole. Down 3-0 to the defending Champs seems nearly impossible to come back from.
With Darcy Kuemper still sidelined with an upper-body ailment, Bryzgalov will get the call in game 2 on Sunday afternoon. He allowed four goals on 21 shots in the game 1 5-2 loss in Chicago. The playoffs have been a struggle for Bryz. He is 1-3 with a 4.17 GAA and .821 SV%… Yikes.
Brozgalov will start for the Wild in game 1 vs. the Blackhawks.
Bryzgalov stopped the only shot he faced after replacing Darcy Kuemper in the late stages of game 7. Bryz started the first three games of round 1 and went 1-2 with a 4.26 GAA and .826 SV%, before Kuemper took over. Bryzgalov will look to turn things around, but good luck against Blackhawks.
Bryzgalov did not finish the regular season on a high note. He allowed five goals on 21 shots before being yanked vs. the Predators. Aside from that outing though, Bryz has been great for the Wild. He has gone 7-1-3 with a 2.12 GAA and .911 SV% since being traded to Minnesota. He will need to continue his strong play, because Avs' netminder Seymon Varlamov is on top of his game right now.
Bryzgalov stopped 21 of 24 shots in a win over the Bruins on Tuesday. He had his shutout streak snapped, but still got the win vs. a tough B's team. He has won five of six with a 1.30 GAA and .942 SV%, heating up at the perfect time. He will see the Predators tonight, but the Avalanche in the first round.
Bryzgalov stopped all 24 shots that he faced in a 1-0 win over the Jets last night. That's back-to-back shutout for Bryz, and he will carry a shutout streak of 142 minutes, 15 seconds back to Minnesota where he will meet the Bruins tonight. The Wild need one one point to clinch a playoff spot, but that is never easy against a B's team are 16-1-2 in their last 19 contests.
Bryzgalov stopped all 20 shots he faced in a 4-0 defeat of the Penguins on Saturday. Bryz has now won four of his last five starts with a 1.83 GAA and .912 SV%. His recent strong play has given the WIld a nice cushion in the Wester Conference Wild Card race. He should make for another good start tonight vs. the Jets.
Bryzgalov was tagged with two goals on 26 shots in a shootout loss to the Blackhawks on Thursday. With Darcy Kuemper still sidelined with an upper-body injury, Bryz will start his fourth game in a row tonight vs. Pittsburgh. He has won three of his last four starts with a 2.25 GAA and .892 SV%.
Bryzgalov allowed two goals on 20 shots in a 3-2 win over Los Angeles on Monday. He has won back-to-back games and four of six with a 2.16 GAA and .909 SV%. He draws a typically ugly matchup vs. Chicago tomorrow. However Bryz catches a break, the Hawks will be without Jonathan Toews Patrick Kane for the rest of the regular season.