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Zach Parise scored two goals, including the 300th of his career, but the Islanders scored three times in the second and third periods to send the Wild to another road loss.
Minnesota scored first on Joel Eriksson Ek's tally, but made crucial errors down the stretch.
The 19-year-old from Sweden became the seventh Wild player in history to score in his first game. The first was Marian Gaborik in 2000. The last one to do so before Saturday was Mikael Granlund in 2013.
Former star defenseman who once dealt hits now imparts his wisdom.
Minor-league journeyman Zac Dalpe played a key role by scoring the tying goal before Eric Staal won it.
Defenseman Matt Dumba wound up playing against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday because Marco Scandella wasn't able to go because of an illness.
NHL rookie Auston Matthews wowed the Wild — from afar — with his four-goal debut last week for the Maple Leafs. And now Toronto comes to town Thursday.
While Los Angeles hit the pipe three times in the first period, the Wild scored three times in under 5 minutes in the second and hung on against the Kings.
One of these nights, maybe Tuesday against the Los Angeles Kings, Zach Parise will become the third Minnesota-born 300-goal scorer.
Goalie Devan Dubnyk, like the Wild, was handicapped by a backbreaking penalty kill last season, which mysteriously tumbled from first in the NHL in 2014-15 to 27th.
The 6-3, 204-pound Christian Folin suited up in place of Mike Reilly on Saturday for the Wild. Reilly had a tough opener Thursday in St. Louis.
Age, contract realities make the Wild's core hungry for a breakthrough this season. The home schedule opens Wednesday night against the Jets.
The Wild was overpowered by the Blues in Bruce Boudreau's Minnesota coaching debut, falling 3-2 in St. Louis. "We were a step behind it seemed all night long," Boudreau said.
Running a bench is a lot more complex than when the Wild's Bruce Boudreau and the St. Louis Blues' Ken Hitchcock began coaching.
With a new coach and a new top-line center, the Wild must walk before it can run
Eight years after their first on-ice clash as rivals, Charlie Coyle and Jason Zucker are teammates, former roommates and best friends.
The way the NHL stacks up might look a lot like it finished last season, with the Wild poised to be where it often seems to be — on the playoff bubble.
One of four current NHL players since 2003 who has played at least 900 games and tallied at least 300 goals, 400 assists and 700 points, he is coming off his toughest season.
Carter, who spent the past two seasons with his hometown Wild but attended training camp on a tryout, told the Star Tribune that he was delivered the difficult news Sunday.
Strong showings in final preseason test could affect Wild opening-night roster.
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau has had Jason Pominville killing penalties all training camp.
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said Friday's exhausting practice was just "the start."
Disaster of a move to Minnesota for new Wild coach Bruce Boudreau resulted in damaged property and lost valuables, keepsakes.
Marco Scandella's motto in life and hockey: "Look good, feel good, play good." But last season, the pain was obvious. "It was hard to watch," said Jared Spurgeon, his longtime friend and teammate.
An important part of the Wild's immediate future include four forwards selected in the first 59 picks of the 2010 NHL draft.
With the Wild expected to play close to its opening night lineup during Saturday's exhibition finale against the Winnipeg Jets, coach Bruce Boudreau called Tuesday's preseason game against the Colorado Avalanche — a 2-0 loss by the Wild — the "final tuneup" for a bunch of players vying for roster spots.
Eriksson Ek, Alex Tuch, Zac Dalpe, Tyler Graovac, Christoph Bertschy and veteran Ryan Carter, on a tryout vying for a contract, are all expected to get another shot during Tuesday's exhibition game in Denver.
But Bruce Boudreau made it clear after the Wild's 3-1 preseason victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday that 19-year-old center Joel Eriksson Ek will play the final two exhibition games.
Former Hurricanes captain made a key assist and scored the winner.
Hunter Warner grew up on a farm with three bothers in Pine City, Minn., and played two years of high school hockey at Eden Prairie.
The former New Jersey Devils captain played when players could typically get away with extending elbows and using lumber as a weapon.
When asked Friday if three forward spots on the Wild roster are still “completely wide open,” Bruce Boudreau smiled because the Dixie Chicks’ album,…
If the hockey side could ever catch up with the business side, the Iowa Wild would be perennial playoff participants in the American Hockey League.
Backup goalie Darcy Kuemper was trade bait in the offseason but is happy to remain with the Wild.
Charlie Coyle took a spot on the right side of Zach Parise's line Wednesday at practice, and it's at right wing where Bruce Boudreau says he envisions Coyle playing.
The Wild brass by this point knows the 6-4 winger is as tough as they come, so Kurtis Gabriel has come to camp intent on trying to show everybody he has a complete game.
Alex Tuch, Joel Eriksson Ek are aiming high to make Wild's roster out of camp.
The first experience with new coach Bruce Boudreau was a tiring, eye-opener for the five returnees from the Finnish and U.S. teams.
Tyler Graovac needed surgery to repair his bilateral core muscle last season and never got to speed.
Mike Reilly, entering his second season, proudly says he had a "big summer" while Christian Folin showed up to Wild training camp noticeably leaner.
Training camp has started for the Wild. As forward Charlie Coyle said, "There's a new way of doing things."
Chris Stewart, who played briefly with the Wild as a trade-deadline acquisition two seasons ago, is back in in St. Paul.
Wild players report Thursday for training camp. The team hits the ice with new coach Bruce Boudreau on Friday
The veteran forward, well familiar with Bruce Boudreau, has accepted an invitation to attend Wild camp on a pro tryout.
The Americans are trying to upend Canada in Canada, just as they did in 1996.
A team-by-team look and projections for where they will finish in the tournament.
Wild star says he had no back issues in two games.
General manager Chuck Fletcher said he feels there are still some "pretty good free agents in the market place," and new coach Bruce Boudreau wants more NHL experience for training camp.
The decision is driven by Leipold's desire to keep the Wild in his family long-term, which clashed with minority owner Matt Hlzier's goals.
Anas is a college free agent out of Quinnipiac, along with 2014 and 2015 first-round picks Alex Tuch and Joel Eriksson Ek. The trio combined for two goals in Thursday's scrimmage and flashed a lot of skill.
With only $12 million in cap space and a handful of forward holes to fill, there's a chance two of the top free agents from the state could be too costly.
The Wild's cost to sign a top free agent likely went up after Wednesday's moves that included Steven Stamkos staying in Tampa Bay and P.K. Subban heading to Nashville for Shea Weber.
Fletcher won't say right this second what he has up his sleeve. But he didn't buy out Thomas Vanek's contract for no reason. He has his paws in multiple trade scenarios.
The longtime NHL star has known Luke Kunin since the Wild draft pick was 5 years old.
Dmitry Sokolov, considered by most experts to be a top-15 or even top-10 draft pick heading into this past season, fell all the way to the Wild at 196th overall.
The Wild cut ties with Thomas Vanek only two years after the former Gophers star turned down long-term, mega-million dollar offers from other clubs.
Wisconsin's Luke Kunin thinks of himself as a center and, maybe most importantly for the Wild and its offense-starved fans, a goal scorer.
Trades leave Chuck Fletcher with just two picks in first six rounds.
GM Chuck Fletcher has indicated that he may need to buy out the final year of Thomas Vanek's contract to pay other players, an NHL source said.
Wild GM Chuck Fletcher has been involved in trade conversations for weeks. Fletcher said he feels there's a good chance to "improve the team" via trade at this weekend's draft.
Las Vegas was announced as the 31st NHL franchise Wednesday, and next year's draft means every current team will lose one player.
Riley Tufte, like Nick Bjugstad before him, is poised to be a first-round draft pick in Friday's NHL draft.
Get caught up by reading Wild beat writer Michael Russo's NHL draft preview.
Lalonde will be introduced as the Iowa Wild's fourth head coach in four years at a news conference Monday in Des Moines, a source confirmed.
Vanek scored a career-low 18 goals in 74 games last season and his 41 points were the lowest of any non-lockout season. A decision needs to be made by the end of the month.
They may seem like the odd couple, but for the next year, 42-year-old Mike Yeo will be mentored by 64-year-old Ken Hitchcock as the St. Louis Blues' "Coach in Waiting."
Amanda Kessel, her brother Blake, and parents Kathy and Phil Sr. attended Sunday's Game 6 in California and celebrated a Stanley Cup victory.
While the pressure hasn't entirely shifted to the Pittsburgh Penguins, they also don't want to turn Game 7 into a crapshoot.
He's recorded three-point postseason games at most opportune times for Sharks.
On the same day another sports giant, Muhammad Ali, was laid to rest, Howe, after years of declining health, died Friday. He was 88.
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Ex-Wild interim coach turned down Iowa post.
Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby is on the verge of his second Stanley Cup. But before he made it big, he honed his skills in Faribault.
"I love helping, I love teaching, I love talking hockey," said Hall of Fame defenseman Scott Stevens, hired Tuesday by the Wild as a top assistant coach under Bruce Boudreau.
The Penguins have a 3-1 series lead, and they've done a masterful job in the first four games frustrating San Jose's stars at every turn.
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