Thomas Vanek LW MIN 15 Days

Vanek (lower body) is warming up and it appears he will play against the flames, Wes Gilbertson reports.Vanek was questionable heading into Wednesday's contest, but it looks like he's going to play. Michael Keranen will likely be a healthy scratch.

Thomas Vanek LW MIN 15 Days

Vanek (lower body) was on the ice for Wednesday's morning skate, but he remains questionable for the Wild's game later in the evening against the Flames, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.The lower-body injury prevented Vanek from practicing Tuesday, but his presence on the ice Wednesday suggests he's at least experiencing some level of improvement with his condition. Vanek noted that his body felt a little better as the session wore on, but he'll still meet with coach Mike Yeo closer to game time before a decision on his status is made. The Wild have already called up Michael Keranen from AHL Iowa as insurance on the wing in the event Vanek is ruled out for Wednesday's game.

Thomas Vanek LW MIN 15 Days

Vanek missed Tuesday's practice due to a lower body injury but is expected to play Wednesday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.Apparently Vanek has been playing with the injury for awhile, so monitor his status the next few games.

Thomas Vanek LW MIN 19 Days

Vanek scored twice and added an assist in Minnesota's win over Carolina on Saturday night.Both were fluky -- he had a wide-open net courtesy of a goalie gaffe for the first and his second deflected off the goalie's outstretched foot and into the net. But the struggling sniper will take anything he can get. He is actually starting to heat up -- he has nine points, including four goals, in his last 10 games. Take advantage.

Thomas Vanek LW MIN 23 Days

Vanek recorded a power-play assist in Monday's victory over the Canucks.Vanek's best attribute this season has been his ability to avoid lengthy scoring lulls, as he's never been held without a point for more than three games. On the other side of the coin, he's been unable to get hot for any sustained period of time, as his longest streak of consecutive games with a point has been just three as well. Altogether, Vanek has yielded 10 goals and 22 assists over 52 games -- a respectable sum, but surely less offense than the Wild anticipated when they inked him to a three-year deal last summer.

Thomas Vanek LW MIN 1 Month

Vanek was crucial to the Wild's comeback effort in the third period Tuesday against Detroit, picking up a goal and a power-play assist in the eventual shootout loss.

The two points are nice, but Vanek's been an inconsistent presence on the scoresheet all year long in what's really been the first season of struggles he's ever had. He's currently on pace for his first full season under 20 goals, and his current minus-12 rating represents a career-low mark.

Thomas Vanek LW MIN 2 Months

Vanek fired eight shots on net in Tuesday's 7-0 win over the Sabres and was rewarded with a goal and an assist, both on the power play.

Like the rest of the Wild, Vanek found his old Sabres mates to be easy pickings in this one. He'd gone scoreless in three straight, totaling just three shots on goal in that span, but certainly looked a lot more active on the offensive end in this one. The Wild get another scoring-friendly matchup Saturday, when the Coyotes come to visit.

Thomas Vanek LW MIN 2 Months

Vanek registered an assist, five shots and seven PIM in Tuesday's loss to the Blackhawks.

Vanek probably hasn't made the kind of impact the Wild were hoping for after inking him to a $19.5 million deal this past offseason, but with 25 points in 39 games, he's been a steady complementary scorer. Furthermore, his production of late has been trending in the positive direction, as he's collected a goal, three assists and 11 PIM over his last five contests.

Thomas Vanek LW MIN 2 Months

Though he took a minus-3 rating in Saturday's 7-1 loss to the Stars, Vanek extended his point streka to three games with the team's lone goal.

The big plus/minus hit was probably unavoidable in a game the Wild were thoroughly whipped, but at least Vanek was one of the few players on his team to deliver some positive contribution to fantasy owners. His 24 points in 37 games are still probably less than the Wild were expecting at this point, but his recent scoring surge could be more representative of what's to come for the Austrian winger.

Thomas Vanek LW MIN 2 Months

Vanek potted his fifth goal of the season and added a helper in Saturday's loss to the Predators.

Vanek has heated up of late, recording three goals and six points in his last six games. The top-line forward now has 20 points in 31 games this season, to go with an even plus-minus rating. Vanek is usually a streaky scorer, so take full advantage of this recent hot streak.