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The team's difficult start gave way to a streak that reached a stern conclusion. Up or down from here?
Bill Guerin was in Moscow last Sunday through Tuesday to meet up with prized prospect Kirill Kaprizov, a visit he felt was a success.
Sebastian Aho scored a hat trick to lead the Hurricanes over the Wild. It was Minnesota's first regulation loss since Nov. 12.
The Wild scored three times in a 1:41 stretch of the first period, then came up with the game-winning goal only eight seconds after the Lightning had tied the score at 4-4 early in the third.
Brennan Menell was leading defensemen in the AHL with 17 assists. The 22-year-old grew up in Woodbury rooting for Jared Spurgeon, Cal Clutterbuck, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Derek Boogaard
Jared Spurgeon was injured in the first period Tuesday when he took a shot to the hand during a Panthers power play. Nick Seeler will take his place Thursday when the Wild continues its three-game road trip.
Defenseman Jared Spurgeon was hurt in the first period and center Mikko Koivu skated one shift in the third before leaving the game, which the Wild won with a pair of third-period goals.
In 16 games before suffering a lower-body injury Nov. 7 in San Jose, Foligno scored twice and chipped in four assists.
The Wild is 0-4 this season in overtime and 12-32 all-time since the 3-on-3 format was implemented ahead of 2015-16.
With an assist from his coach, Mikko Koivu executed a storybook ending to his 1,000th career game by scoring the decisive goal that lifted the Wild to a 3-2 shootout victory
The Wild captain won with his signature move in his 1,000th game.
The recognition Mikko Koivu is set to receive Sunday afternoon against the Stars at Xcel Energy Center might be the most fitting one that's been bestowed on him to date.
The Wild scored four times in the third period, and got back to .500 on the season after Friday's 7-2 romp by focusing on its play and not the standings.
The Wild's fourth line, which on Friday scored twice in the team's most dynamic offensive performance to date, could soon be split up when Marcus Foligno returns from a lower-body injury.
Adjusting to life in the United States means an added celebration in November.
The goalie made 32 saves as the Wild finally managed to protect a late one-goal lead.
He demonstrated the knack he has for handling the puck that even netted him a few goals while he previously played in his native Finland.
The Wild had a chance at redemption, to prove that its late-game collapse at the start of this three-game road trip in Boston was a fluke. Didn't happen.
Kaapo Kahkonen will be the seventh goalie to play his first NHL game with the Wild.
Torey Krug capped off Boston's comeback with an end-to-end rush that he buried five-hole on goalie Alex Stalock midway through overtime.
He spent most of his adult life in the Big Apple, arriving as a 23-year-old from his native Norway and becoming a fan favorite during his 500-plus games with New York.
Kaapo Kahkonen, who's assumed the backup position during Devan Dubnyk's absence, might make his NHL debut during this three-game road trip.
Ryan Donato is expecting 20 to 30 family members and friends to take in his return to TD Garden on Saturday, his first game back in Boston since the Bruins traded him to the Wild in February.
A family issue has led to his absence, and it's not clear when it will end.
Ryan Suter, Jared Spurgeon and Mikko Koivu all blocked shots in the closing minutes while goalie Alex Stalock stopped everything fired at him in the third period.
Each of Alex Stalock's first three victories this seaso have been e followed by a letdown his next time out. "It's an every-day league, and [Thursday's] going to be another test," he said.
Both of Zach Parise's goals came in the first period, a strong start by the Wild on the road that teed up one of its cleanest showings of the season.
Joel Eriksson Ek always has been known for his defensive awareness, but more opportunity has led to more scoring chances, too.
The Wild fell to 12-30 in OT play since the start of the 2015-16 season.
The Wild put 20 shots on goal in the first period, but was at its best in the third when it wrapped up a home victory, just the sixth game at Xcel Energy Center this season, thanks to Jordan Greenway's first goal of the season.
After coming over to the Wild from Nashville last season, Kevin Fiala signed a two-year, $6 million contract.
The Wild ended their four-game, 10-day road trip against one of the few teams below it in the standings. But the Kings took a two-goal lead and held on to win.
General manager Bill Guerin likes the team's chemistry but noted: "We need to be more consistent with our effort. … The game starts at 7, and sometimes we show up at 7:45."
Minnesota again allowed the first two goals but rebounded to pick up the road win.
The Wild, as one of the oldest teams in the league with eight players in their 30s and an average age of 28.5, tries to take advantage of the benefits of maturity.
Martin Jones' right pad blocked both shots from Zach Parise late in Thursday's game, helping to preserve a 6-5 goal-a-thon that ended in photo-finish fashion in San Jose's favor.
The 6-foot-6 225-pound forward set the tone with a physical shift in the second period.
Many of the foes facing the Wild on this 10-day expedition to California and Arizona are in the same position it is — trying to restore their reputation as a competitive threat.
Not only did the Wild stop a five-game losing streak on the road,.but it was the first time it had rallied from a two-goal deficit away from the X since January.
Ryan O'Reilly scored the clincher for the Blues 2 minutes, 27 seconds into the extra period, this after a pair of controversial calls went against the Wild.
Bad breaks have taken over, the latest round of adversity the Wild will have to overcome as it attempts to restore order as it heads out on a west coast road trip.
Wild players are hopeful November, beginning Saturday when it hosts the reigning Stanley Cup champion Blues, can bring a fresh start.
Tuesday's bad bounces were one thing, but it also continued a trend of third-period flops.
After losing 2-1 to St. Louis, the Wild's eight points for the month are the team's second-fewest ever, behind only the seven it earned during its first season of play.
The Wild held a 3-0 lead at Dallas until the final minute of the second period when its spectacular collapse began. "We sat back and sat back and kept sitting back," forward Jason Zucker said.
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau aims to keep forwards on the ice no more than 18 minutes during games.
Behind the scenes, plenty of head-scratching habits dominate hockey — longstanding traditions that serve a purpose even if they look strange or senseless.
Bruce Boudreau said he expects his regular goalie will be able to play this week.
The team has played the fewest home games in the NHL, and November doesn't get better.
Eric Staal continued his recent resurgence, scoring the decisive goal late in the second period, defenseman Matt Dumba chipped in two assists and goalie Alex Stalock snuffed out 30 shots in his second consecutive start.
The Wild had its chances early, but Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne pocketed 26 saves for his first shutout of the season and fifth of his career against Minnesota.
After not playing in the first game, Carson Soucy debuted during the next outing in Colorado and rattled off five straight appearances
After consecutive victories, the Wild heads back to Nashville, where the season started poorly.
Eric Staal scored two goals in 75 seconds and added an assist during a hot first period that sparked the Wild to its first set of back-to-back victories since March.
As the bumper, or middle man, Jason Zucker's chief responsibility with the man advantage is to support the puck and be an outlet for whoever has it.
Before returning to action Sunday, the Wild took to the video room and watched a series of its own mistakes
At 1-6, the Wild believes it can stage a turnaround and avoid a season-long spiral — a fate it could start to distance itself from beginning Sunday when the team hosts the Canadiens.
Jason Zucker.didn't hold back about the loss after the team held a players-only meeting. "Bruce [Boudreau] has got to be better. We've got to be better. Everybody's got to be better. That's it."
What gives Devan Dubnyk confidence that he'll rebound is he hasn't felt off in any of his starts. But that's also what's making him frustrated.
Lapses by the Wild this season have come in spurt during the first weeks of the NHL season, and Tuesday night's led to a 4-2 loss at Toronto during which an early lead didn't hold up.
Kevin Fiala was hyped as someone who could add a dynamic presence to the Wild's top-six forward group when he was brought in at the trade deadline in February in exchange for forward Mikael Granlund, who went to the Predators to complete the swap.
The Wild didn't earn any style points for rousing out of a sleepy stalemate to defeat Ottawa, another struggling team, 2-0 on a pair of third-period goals.
The backup goalie posted his sixth career shutout in the team's first win of the season.
This was the first home opener the Wild dropped in regulation in franchise history after going 14-0-4.
Only a few players remain from the 2009 championship squad that Bill Guerin was on with the Penguins — captain Sidney Crosby, center Evgeni Malkin and defenseman Kris Letang.
Winnipeg broke a 2-2 tie with two goals less than a half-minute apart in the third period as the Wild dropped its first three games in regulation for the first time in franchise history.
Playing in Minnesota has veteran defenseman Brad Hunt feeling content with his hockey career.
Eric Staal is sitting out to heal, and Ryan Donato is skating with the fourth line.
New Wild forward Mats Zuccarello has yet to register a point after two games.
Wild defenseman Matt Dumba, who missed 50 games last season, has shown razor-sharp precision in his return to the lineup — an accuracy that's helping buoy the Wild's lukewarm offense amid an 0-2 debut.
Ryan Suter and Zach Parise scored but the Wild offense struggled again in the early going.
The Wild goalie caused a stir when he stopped former teammate Mikael Granlund in Thursday's opener.
After just one regular-season game together, one which the trio went a combined minus-9 and managed just one shot, the top line of wingers Zach Parise and Mats Zuccarello and center Eric Staal was dismantled.
The Wild on Thursday scored twice in 43 seconds to take the lead in the second period, but that was largely the extent of its offensive threat. Nashville scored four times in the third and won 5-2.
Ryan Hartman switched teams three times least season. After beginning with the Predators, he was moved to the Flyers. In late June, the Flyers traded Hartman to the Stars but ultimately wound up with the Wild.