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Stressed-out-looking GM Chuck Fletcher said 13 times in an eight-minute interview that the current cast of Wild players must start playing "the right way."
The Wild, a team that has been relatively healthy the past month, sustained two blows to its blue line Saturday.
The Wild jumped out to a two-goal lead, then crumbled into pieces as the Rangers stormed back to take a 4-2 victory to hand the Wild arguably its toughest of nine losses in 10 games.
Zach Parise says players can't just wait for a trade or a coaching change.
"Not a lot of other options, I guess," Wild coach Mike Yeo said of keeping his struggling-to-score line together.
After two previous seasons of the Wild being forced to battle through and overcome midseason swoons, leading scorer Zach Parise said this one feels different.
Nino Niederreiter returned to the Wild from Cancun with a sunburn and all his fingers still attached.
The Wild, 3-8-3 in its past 14 and sitting in ninth in the West, lost for the eighth time in nine games on a night filled with mistakes and misplays.
Devan Dubnyk's career, once at a low in Nashville, shuttled him back to Music City as an All-Star.
An exasperated coach Mike Yeo said that it makes no sense that the Wild could be on such a losing stretch with such a low goals-against total.
Arizona scored shorthanded with 1:13 to tie the score, then the Coyotes won in the shootout. The struggling Wild finished January without winning a game at the X.
"Devan Dubnyk returns from the All-Star Game with a 28.67 goals-against average," Dubnyk kidded the headline may read.
The Wild twice rallied from one-goal deficits to tie the Sharks and was seeking its first winning streak in more than three weeks. But a goal with 84 seconds left was the dagger.
Fourteen years after his exceptional 18-year NHL career ended, Gary Suter got to take a ride on the Wild's charter late Saturday.
Looking like a cross between Grizzly Adams and Sasquatch, it's hard for the heavily bearded, tatted-up Brent Burns to go anywhere without being recognized.
The Wild returned to its usual power-play units and it resulted in the eventual winning goal against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.
Having entered with four goals in its previous five games and 1.87 per game its previous 16, the floodgates opened against the Kings, at least by Wild standards.
Between Dec. 24 and Feb. 3 of the 2013-14 season, the Kings won five of 21 games yet would go on to win the Stanley Cup.
The Wild's losing streak reached five games with the 3-1 loss as the power-play failed yet again and teams continue to creep up on them.
Ask Mike Yeo about the power play, and the Wild coach likely will grimace.
Nine days ago, one victory would have put the Wild one point behind the St. Louis Blues for third in the Central Division with three games in hand.
Back-to-back shutouts have players and coach seeking answers, with six of its next seven games on the road.
The general manager said he isn't going to force any major shake-ups. "We'll get out of this. We always have and we will again."
With the Wild slumping with 29 goals (including four empty-netters) in 15 games, including none the past two nights, many around the NHL are expecting the team to make a trade.
The Wild has found a habit of starting games on an off note, and the problem has been even worse at home where the team has lost three games in a row.
Facing the team with the second-fewest points in the NHL, the Wild spotted the Sabres a three-goal first-period lead and could not recover.
A week after missing out on Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen, Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher has his sights set on Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin, multiple sources say.
There's something strange about playing the Buffalo Sabres in the 43rd game of the season and the Wild not being in all-out crisis mode.
Zach Parise called it an "ugly, uneventful game." Goalie Darcy Kuemper said, "I'm sure it was a boring game to watch."
Sunday's game against the team he once captained was only the fourth time in four seasons Zach Parise has faced the New Jersey Devils.
Devan Dubnyk's 34 saves were the difference against the West's top team.
Mike Reilly's NHL debut with the was a victorious one.
The Wild pursued one, but he was traded, and it's rare they are available.
Look for ex-Gopher Mike Reilly to make is NHL debut Saturday vs. the high-scoring Stars.
The Wild, in the midst of its busiest stretch of hockey to date, returned from four road games in six nights and looked and played like a tired team.
Other than feeling sore from a violent collision with the end boards 48 hours earlier, Mikko Koivu was able to play Thursday night against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Their adventure started with almost burning down an apartment, and ended with nearly being ejected from Nationwide Arena in Columbus for jumping over a railing.
Wild GM Chuck Fletcher and assistant GM Brent Flahr are scouting five draft picks who are playing in the tournament.
Ryan Johansen knows it's part of the gig, but it's still not easy being the subject of daily trade rumors.
Grayson Downing, a free-agent signing out of the University of New Hampshire last March, has been producing consistently since returning from a knee injury suffered at the Traverse City prospect tournament
Many of the biggest events in his life — and career — happened here.
Jaromir Jagr, an All-Star captain at age 43, pounced 48 seconds into the game and then again in the third for the Panthers' win.
The Wild looked off until a big third-period push, then settled for a shootout loss.
Niklas Backstrom, the all-time leader in Wild history with 194 victories, hasn't played an NHL game since being pulled last Jan. 13 in Pittsburgh. Devan Dubnyk was acquired the next day.
Wild winger Zach Parise missed eight games in November when he injured it the first time.
Despite seeing the third-most shorthanded ice time among forwards (38 minutes, 51 seconds) heading into Thursday's game against his former team, Porter was on the ice for only two of the Wild's 19 power-play goals against.
Minnesota turned to defense and a new third line in New Year's Eve victory.
The Wild is determined to rediscover its strong road play of last season's second half.
The team practiced outside to get ready for its Feb. 21 game at TCF Bank Stadium.
Despite a deep cut on his wrist suffered in practice, he answered the call after scheduled starter Darcy Kuemper also got hurt.
Coming off a tough game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, right wing Justin Fontaine found himself the odd man out Monday against the Detroit Red Wings.
The Wild's game has slipped mightily since a nine-game point streak ended four games ago. Defenseman Ryan Suter said Sunday was about "resetting and refocusing."
Pittsburgh coasted to victory before the largest X crowd of the year.
Chuck Fletcher said there is no rush to get to the pending restricted free agents.
The goalie was among the highs of the Wild's turbulent year.
The Wild has avoided a third consecutive December swoon with a 7-2-2 record heading into the Christmas break. Devan Dubnyk and Darcy Kuemper have been big reasons for the success.
Two disallowed goals didn't bother the Wild as Kuemper made 24 saves and continued the strong showings that started when Devan Dubnyk was hurt.
After going 15 consecutive games without a goal, the Wild power winger scored and had his best game in weeks against Dallas.
Jared Spurgeon became the first of the Wild's pending restricted free agents to have his contract extended Monday when the sixth-year defenseman signed a four-year, $20.75 million contract.
The Wild's Charlie Coyle and his undeniable skill set have impressed but not produced.
The Wild, unusually undisciplined, gave the Predators five power plays.
One reason Nashville Predators center Paul Gaustad keeps getting better in the faceoff circle is that he is the only center in the NHL who regularly takes draws as a lefty and a righty.
The Wild's Devan Dubnyk caught a stick off his cheek, and still made 21 saves to dump the Rangers on Thursday night at Xcel Energy Center.
Causing the least disruption possible, new acquisition Jarret Stoll slid right into Erik Haula's fourth-line center spot between Chris Porter and Ryan Carter.
Goalie Devan Dubnyk will return, while the coach played it coy about Jarret Stoll's potential debut.
Minnesota had scored just 10 goals in the previous six games
Jarret Stoll won two Stanley Cups with the Kings, went to the Stanley Cup Finals with the Oilers in 2006 and has 93 games of playoff experience. That's now most on the Wild.
Thomas Vanek and Mikko Koivu each had four-point nights Tuesday with Jason Zucker on their line.
The Wild, which has points in seven consecutive games, plays six of its next seven games at home. Coach Mike Yeo said it's time "to really put our foot on the gas."
There's something cool about showing up to college hockey practice sporting shades, a tank top, mesh shorts and flip-flops.
The Canadian-born Sonmor, whose playing and coaching career spanned from the 1940s to the 1980s finished his career on the radio.
As he tries to lock up young talent, Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher finds projection encouraging.
The Wild got a masterful goaltending performance from Darcy Kuemper and a third-period winning goal from Zach Parise en route to a 2-0 win at SAP Center.
At 45, Mike Modano is in fabulous shape and has plenty of game even though he has retired to Arizona and spends many days working on his single-digit handicap on a golf course
Mikkel Boedker, who scored Arizona's only goal in regulation, scored the game-winner 18 seconds into an overtime power play for Arizona
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