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Eric Staal's sons have taken a quick liking to their new surroundings after moving from North Carolina.
The former Gopher didn't play Thursday against the Arizona Coyotes, but he will surely draw into the Wild lineup this weekend.
Moving to wing has given Mikael Granlund the ability to show off his offensive creativity. In 43 games this season, he already has 10 goals and 36 points and is plus-23.
"I give them a ton of credit," the well-traveled analyst said. "They've put themselves in a great position to win a Cup. This is the best team they've had in Minnesota ever."
Devan Dubnyk slammed a door. Bruce Boudreau's face was as red as his tie. The coach his team did 'uncharacteristically dumb things' on each New Jersey goal in the 4-3 loss.
The Chris Stewart-Jordan Schroeder duo is making things happen on the fourth line, and glib coach Bruce Boudreau will leave it at that.
The backup goaltender, who surrendered a 4-0 lead Saturday in Dallas before Jason Zucker's late winning goal bailed him out, has allowed four or more goals five times and three goals two other times in his nine starts.
Jason Pominville snapped a 19-game goal drought with the third-period game-winner to help the conference- and division-leading Wild take a two-point lead on Chicago while playing four fewer games than the Blackhawks.
The addition of Eric Staal has, in Wild coach Bruce Boudreau's words, "taken a little bit of pressure" off team captain Mikko Koivu.
The Wild tied its most lopsided home victory in team history during a 7-1 dismantling of Montreal and its star goalie Carey Price.
Guests can study the body in motion and see what it takes to hit a basket, swing a racket or score a goal. The exhibit opened Jan. 6.
Leipold is thrilled the Wild pounced on Bruce Boudreau the instant the coach was sacked last spring by the Ducks.
Nearing the halfway point of the season, the Wild continues to show it's a very different team that it has been in recent years.
Because the Wild is assured of the best points percentage in the Central Division through Tuesday's NHL action, Bruce Boudreau will return to Los Angeles to coach the Central during All-Star Weekend from Jan. 27-29.
The Wild marked the end of a successful California trip with a comeback victory on the eve of the coach's 62nd birthday.
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau saw plenty to correct after Saturday's matinee, even after his team forced overtime with the Kings.
Ray Ferraro says Wild fans have good reason to be excited about prospects Jordan Greenway, Luke Kunin, Karill Kaprizov and Joel Eriksson Ek.
In the first half of the season, Zach Parise hasn't produced the way he's accustomed, so Bruce Boudreau reminded Parise of his strengths. In the next game, Parise had three points.
Mikko Koivo tied the score and then added the game-winner while Eric Staal also scored twice to beat the Sharks, who twice held two-goal leads.
Bruce Boudreau met with Wild winger Zach Parise on Tuesday to discuss his game of late. It seemed to work as Parise looked like the Zach Parise of old against the Sharks.
Dubnyk leads the NHL in goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts, but he's all about being a dad to his two young sons when he's off the ice.
The Wild coach indicated it's more to find the right mix on the Zach Parise-Eric Staal line rather than to downgrade Pominville, whose 14-game goal drought is the fourth longest of his career.
Recent scoring sprees mark a departure from coach Bruce Boudreau's team-first, disciplined system.
Wild prospects Kirill Kaprizov, Jordan Greenway, Luke Kunin and Joel Eriksson Ek have played big roles in this year's world junior championships.
Seven things that happened to the Wild over the calendar year.
The Wild doesn't want to risk losing Devan Dubnyk to the Las Vegas expansion draft.
The Wild's winning streak reached its end, while the Blue Jackets' run is at 15 and counting.
Some key players and key moments from the franchise-best win streak.
The Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets, expansion cousins from 16 years ago, have taken the NHL by storm with concurrent winning streaks of at least 12 games for the first time in NHL history
"You always remember the team that drafted you and you played your first NHL game with," the Wild's Nino Niederreiter said of the Islanders.
The Wild extended its franchise-record streak to 12 games Thursday night by beating the Islanders 6-4, and will play the Blue Jackets, who have won 14 in a row.
At 32, Eric Staal is riding an eight-game point streak, his longest since an 11-game string in 2013, and has the Wild believing a run to the Central Division title is possible.
Parise says he has had strep throat four times since right before the World Cup, three times in the past month. His last bout caused him to miss back-to-back games last week.
Jared Spurgeon scored the game-winning goal 2 minutes, 14 seconds into overtime to extend the franchise-record streak.
Koivu centering Granlund and Zucker ranks among the league's top trios.
Bruce Boudreau is used to star-laden, big, physical teams. The Wild doesn't have players who will contend in the scoring race, and it's a small and quick group.
Winning has become that business as usual for a confident team that would gladly move on to the next challenge now rather than letting the NHL's three-day holiday hiatus interrupt all this fun.
After a disappointing 20 regular-season games plus a scoreless five-game postseason with the Rangers after being traded from the Carolina Hurricanes, the Wild center faced his old team for the first time at Madison Square Garden while leading his new team in scoring.
Eric Staal scored the go-ahead shorthanded goal in the third period and the Wild matched its franchise record winning streak.
A quick look at Thursday night's game.
Bruce Boudreau had his doubts about his diminutive defenseman, but now the Wild coach says Jared Spurgeon "plays so much bigger than his size."
The Wild picked up points for the 13th time in 14 games (10-1-3) and won for a seventh consecutive game at home.
Chuck Fletcher said from a salary-cap standpoint, if the Wild wants to keep both players, it'll find a way to afford both.
There were more reporters covering the Wild's practice Monday than 30-year-old Pat Cannone has seen at most practices in six years in the minors and four seasons of college hockey.
Tyler Graovac knew he was starting to earn Bruce Boudreau's respect when the Wild's veteran coach began calling the young center by his nickname
Erik Haula was injured two minutes into the game, so the Wild had to go with three centers playing on four lines the rest of the day. That meant Mikko Koivu, Eric Staal and Tyler Graovac played with literally every winger in the lineup.
The 18-8-4 Wild, which has outscored its past four opponents 17-5, improved to 9-1-3 in its past 13 games (21 out of a possible 26 points) and improved to 9-1-2 in its past 12 meetings with Arizona, including a nine-game point streak.
Coach Bruce Boudreau said he won't ask Gabriel to change "because it's obviously been successful for the team." In seven games this season, he's been in four fights.
Behind another sizzling start from Devan Dubnyk, the Wild won for the sixth straight game and improved to 8-1-3 in its last 12 games.
Since before training camp, coach Bruce Boudreau has believed it would take until Christmas for the Wild to start to play up to the level he expected.
In improving to 7-1-3 in its past 11 games, the Wild got goals from its top three lines.
Tuesday's game against the Wild was the fourth NHL game at Xcel Energy Center for Nick Bjugstad, the 2010 Minnesota Mr. Hockey from Blaine, and the second for Kyle Rau, the 2011 Mr. Hockey from Eden Prairie.
Because of injuries to four referees and three linesmen, more up-and-coming officials have gotten a taste of the NHL. The call-ups include a Detroit Lakes native who played college hockey in Mankato.
Nineteen games since being called up, Wild coach Bruce Boudreau sees "a 100 percent different player" in the Tyler Graovac who failed to impress to start the season.
After getting second-period goals from Matt Dumba and Nino Niederreiter, the Wild surrendered only four third-period shots until St. Louis pulled its goalie.
Now a Blues assistant, Yeo is spending an extra day with his family in Woodbury.
The Wild contained Oilers' phenom Connor McDavid, while Devan Dubnyk and Eric Staal came up big.
Two weeks after finding out he could miss up to a month with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, defenseman Christian Folin has been cleared to return to the Wild lineup.
Kurtis Gabriel on Wednesday night recorded his first NHL point in front of his mom, brother and stepdad against his hometown Maple Leafs
Thanks to Devan Dubnyk's continued stellar play - he made 17 of 35 saves in the third period - the Wild tiptoed to victory over the Maple Leafs to end a grueling trip.
For much of his four seasons with the Wild, Nino Niederreiter has been an analytics darling. Just don't ask him to explain how.
Zach Parise, who entered this season with 105 goals in 259 games with the Wild, has four goals and five assists in 17 games this season.
The captain scored on a pretty deke and backhander after Charlie Coyle set him up to tie Brent Burns with a team-record fifth career overtime goal.
Devan Dubnyk loves that his statistics have been mentioned in the same breath as NHL standard-bearer Carey Price, but the Wild goalie stops anybody short who wants to compare the two any further.
The Wild is still looking for its first victory in a five-game road trip, but the team has had success in Edmonton.
Connor McDavid is already among the league's elite at age 19.
A quick look at Friday's game.
Boudreau gets point but seeks more from stars.
Wild's penalty-kill unit had a meeting Thursday to "reset" before hitting the Saddledome ice with the intention of patching up the leaks.
Before practice, the coaching staff showed several video clips of the Canucks loss. Coach Bruce Boudreau admitted the Zach Parise-Eric Staal-Charlie Coyle line starred in the film, and not in a good way.
The Wild gave up a two-goal lead Tuesday night, rallied, then lost on a late goal. The coach was unhappy with the team's defense, penalty killing efforts and Zach Parise's line.
The Wild is 3-0 in Granlund vs. Granlund showdowns, but this will be their first meeting since Markus was traded from Calgary to Vancouver in February.
The Wild first-line right wing, who forced overtime during the Wild's 4-3 shootout loss Saturday, has 51 shots, second on the team behind linemate Eric Staal.
Jonas Brodin has teammates gushing about his skills and chuckling about his quirks.
Charlie Coyle forced OT, but the Blues won in a shootout.
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