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Luke Kunin, the youngest on the Wild at 21 years old, had a goal and assist, while 22-year-olds Jordan Greenway, Joel Eriksson Ek and newcomer Ryan Donato each tallied a point.
Eric Staal's agent, Rick Curran, said he had a meeting with Wild General Manager Paul Fenton early in the season, expressing Staal's desire to stay with the Wild. The trade deadline is Monday.
The Wild, losers of five straight, traded Charlie Coyle to the Bruins. He learned of the trade Wednesday afternoon as the team prepared to fly to New York for Thursday's game against the Rangers.
Anaheim scored three goals in the final six minutes, including an empty netter, as the Wild's scoreless streak reached 156 minutes and Bruce Boudreau cut short his postgame press conference.
While the Wild is aware it's received breaks from other teams' losses in staying ahead of the curve, players aren't glued to the scoreboard between games.
The 4-0 loss was a ghastly flop in a Central Division battle that felt like the team's most significant test of the season. The Wild has played nine games in February, winning only one. "It's getting pretty ugly," winger Zach Parise said.
After the game, coach Bruce Boudreau reiterated the team's goal is to make the playoffs, but how General Manager Paul Fenton affects that ambition is unclear — uncertainty players seem to be processing.
Luke Kunin and Joel Eriksson Ek have capitalized on their chemistry to be a consistent duo for the Wild — impact that Kunin believes is spurred by the second chance he received.
Nico Hischier put the winning goal past a wandering Devan Dubnyk, getting New Jersey goalie Cory Schneider his first victory in 22 regular-season games.
In-season transitions wouldn't be possible without equipment staffs outfitting players with what they need to represent their new squads, behind-the-scenes shuffling that's essential.
The Wild led 3-1 and later 4-3 but Tuesday's loss drops Minnesota to to 1-4-2 in its last seven games. The latest setback came after a poor line change that had coach Bruce Boudreau fuming.
Victor Rask filled out the third line next to center Joel Eriksson Ek and right wing Luke Kunin on Tuesday against the Flyers but logged only eight shifts before leaving in the second period after stepping on a puck.
With only one victory in its past six games, Minnesota's buffer for a playoff spot has busted.
"You can't win against a good team playing a period and a half," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "That's what we played, a period and a half."
The Wild's third line, Joel Eriksson Ek, Marcus Foligno and Luke Kunin, scored three goals.
And instead of the Devils getting a spark from the confrontation, it was the Wild that soared after it — pulling away for an eventual 4-2 win.
The Wild's first game without injured captain Mikko Koivu was a dud that highlighted a familiar problem: a lack of execution in a 4-1 loss to Edmonton.
General Manager Paul Fenton isn't looking for immediate help in the trade market. "We've made some changes to our team. Let's see how we play for the next little bit."
After wrapping up his high school career as the 2017 Minnesota Mr. Hockey, Casey Mittelstadt logged just one season at the U before signing an entry-level contract with Buffalo.
After captain Mikko Koivu left following a first-period collision, Zach Parise tied Tuesday's game with 97 seconds remaining. But Sabres winger Sam Reinhart scored the only goal in the shootout.
Chicago defenseman Erik Gustafsson scored on a disputed goal, then settled a back-and-forth finish on the power play in overtime by wiring a shot by Wild goalie Alex Stalock.
Recent additions prompted moves, but both could stay in organization.
The South St. Paul product said staying with the Wild means, "The organization is putting a lot of confidence in me."
The Wild returned from the All-Star break, and slipped into a wild-card position with the 3-1 loss to the Stars. Dallas' tie-breaking goal "was a save you need to make," Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk said.
After recently adding a pair of NHL options on defense, the Wild tweaked its minor league blue line Wednesday by acquiring Michael Kapla from New Jersey.
The 31-year-old Stalock has a 2.92 goals-against average and .894 save percentage this season in 14 games as a backup to All-Star Devan Dubnyk.
An apartment life with few frills fits Wild's Jordan Greenway in his NHL infancy. "I think I've handled it pretty well," he said.
Once Devan Dubnyk viewed results through a team lens, he excelled. "If you go out there and have a great game, it's not because you had a great game," he said. "It's because we all did together."
Eric Staal scored twice and assisted on another as the Wild won 5-1 in Denver on Wednesday, its third in a row, and now is on an eight-day break with a hold on third in the Central Division.
A former standout at Bemidji State, Brad Hunt is returning to Minnesota after the Wild picked him up to continue its second-half roster shuffling.
Charlie Coyle's eighth goal of the season broke a 2-2 tie and sent the Wild to victory over Vegas, and into the third spot in the Central Division.
Charlie Coyle's goal Monday clinched a rally that Marcus Foligno started when he buried a feed from center Joel Eriksson Ek in the second period
The Wild held off the Blue Jackets 2-1 at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday.
Rask started on a line with wingers Zach Parise and Pontus Aberg, with the team hoping to capitalize on the familiarity Rask and Aberg have from playing together in the past on Swedish national teams.
Although they expect to improve with time, the first impression made by Zach Parise, Victor Rask and Pontus Aberg as a trio combined on the decisive goal — an encouraging finish to a tumultuous week for the team.
Wild defenseman Matt Dumba was leading NHL defenseman in goals scored when he suffered the injury on December 15 against Calgary.
Pontus Aberg skated at Xcel Energy Center with the Ducks on Wednesday and with the Wild this morning after being traded..
After two trades in two days, including dealing veteran Nino Niederreiter, the Wild showed again why general manager Paul Fenton has started a roster makeover.
In addition to scoring one of the biggest goals in Wild history, Nino Niederreiter will also be remembered as the first core piece subtracted by first-year general manager Paul Fenton.
Pontus Aberg has career highs in goals and assists already this season, and gives the Wild, which plays Anaheim on Thursday, a right shot up front.
A diverse series of goals by the Wild is what it took to ultimately shrug off goaltender Jonathan Quick and the last-place Kings after losses against two of the NHL's other weakest teams.
The coach's challenge issued by Bruce Boudreau to examine a play Monday was the fourth unsuccessful try by the Wild this season, a 2-for-6 clip that reflects just how unpredictable these resolutions can be.
The current stretch against the NHL's most woeful teams — which continues tonight in Philadelphia against the last-place Flyers — could be more of a trap than a catapult for the Wild.
A Sunday debate with Michael Rand and Sarah McLellan.
The Wild was outworked by a struggling Red Wings team playing on the second night of a road back-to-back.
The 21-year-old is focusing on how authoritative he feels on the ice.
As a 21-year-old who surpassed the 100-game plateau earlier this season, Joel Eriksson Ek believes he's still very much in the process of evolving — even now that he's returned to the Wild.
With Jason Zucker coming off a point-free performance on the Wild's recent four-game road trip, coach Bruce Boudreau decided it was time for a chat.
Joel Eriksson Ek was assigned to Iowa on Dec. 28 to rebuild his confidence in the offensive zone after managing just a goal and four points through 27 games this season with the Wild.
Mikael Granlund ended another night of offensive frustration with a third-period goal and Devan Dubnyk's 32 saves boosted the Wild to a 1-0 victory over Montreal.
Stalock is primed to take on a heavier workload — beginning Tuesday against the Bruins in Boston.
Staying on current upward trajectory, or falling off again, could settle season's fate
Defenseman Jared Spurgeon scored twice and winger Zach Parise delivered the game-winner for a second straight game.
After overcoming another first-period deficit Saturday afternoon, the Wild improved to 13-12-2 when yielding the first goal.
The Wild is in a spot in the schedule where it plays four afternoon games in 22 days. "I personally like the routine of a game day," said Jason Zucker, whose normal afternoon plans are kaput with the early starts.
Toronto scored seven seconds into Thursday's matinee and quickly made it 2-0. But Zach Parise's third-period goal was the difference in the daytime victory in Toronto.
Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon had a goal and assisted on two others in picking up the slack for injured Matt Dumba.
The Wild was able to score only 30 goals in 13 December games.
Fortune finds the Penguins, while the Wild was stonewalled in the team's latest loss.
Matt Bartkowski scored in his Wild debut, and Devan Dubnyk rebounded to quiet the Jets in Winnipeg for a 3-1 win but one game does not erase a 7-12-1 stretch.
Veteran forward Matt Hendricks hasn't been a regular for the Wild this season, but he drew into the lineup Saturday because coach Bruce Boudreau knew the team needed an emotional lift.
Minnesota has only five goals on 181 shots during an 0-4-1 slide.
A revamped Wild power play amid defenseman Matt Dumba's absence because of injury hasn't made a dazzling debut, going without a goal in its first three games sans Dumba.
The Stars, mired in a nasty slump of their own, extended the Wild's slide to a season-high four games as the club enters a four-day holiday break. "It's frustrating and disappointing," coach Bruce Boudreau said of the result.
The Wild lost to the Stars 2-1 in OT Saturday with the game-winning goal coming with 10 second left in the extra period.
Both passes by the Wild were crisp, backhand dishes along the boards. But there was a big problem with both as the Wild dropped its third straight game.
Greg Pateryn was signed by the Wild to "eat minutes" but he's been promoted to the second unit on defense while Matt Dumba deals with an upper-body injury
The Wild gave up two goals in 29 seconds and matched its 2017-18 season total with the team's sixth regulation loss at home.
Saturday's second-period goal was Jordan Greenway's fifth of the season and signaled an opportunity capitalized, as the 21-year-old winger made the most of his time alongside Eric Staal and Mikael Granlund.
When the dust settled from three first-period fights, Calgary came away with a victory over a Wild team missing some key players.
Wild captain Mikko Koivu has been sidelined since taking a knee-on-knee hit from Flames captain Mark Giordano last Thursday. If Koivu practices Friday, it could mean he's back for Saturday's rematch with Calgary.
Until Mikko Koivu returns from injury, Charlie Coyle is planning on using his ice time to show the upsides of keeping him in a set role.
Matt Dumba scored twice and winger Mikael Granlund recorded three assists as more than half the roster found its way into the scorebook..
Goaltending coach Bob Mason tends to remind Devan Dubnyk what he's doing well and what he should keep an eye out for from the evening's opponent.
The Wild canceled practice Saturday and will take Sunday off, too, regrouping after a 7-2 loss to the Oilers in Edmonton on Friday where it played without captain Mikko Koivu.
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