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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.
Devan Dubnyk allowed three goals on the first six Oilers shots of the game, and it unraveled from there.
Calgary captain Mark Giordano was issued a tripping penalty and later received a two-game suspension for kneeing Mikko Koivu after a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Friday
Rushes fizzled in the neutral zone amid a bevy of turnovers and poor decision making that undermined other aspects of the Wild's game.
Rookie Jordan Greenway merited praise for being a physical force in the offensive zone, and sustaining pressure that helped the Wild find a rhythm Tuesday in Vancouver.
Signing a five-year, $27.5 million contract over the summer changed how winger Jason Zucker perceived his role on the Wild.
To stop a season-long, three-game losing streak, the Wild utilized the formula that fueled its prowess earlier this season — relying on a smart, patient, well-rounded hockey for a 3-2 victory.
Eric Staal's like on Saturday combined for an eye-popping 13 shots, with Jason Zucker pacing everyone on the ice with six.
A pair of own goals - both off defneseman Nick Seeler - swung Saturday's game in Toronto's favor.
The Wild looked ready to atone for Tuesday's collapse to the Coyotes with an early goal Thursday but Columbus scored three straight to take control.
It's a daily game of wait-and-see for the Wild's on-call defenseman. "I understand what position I'm in," 32-year-old Nate Prosser said
The Coyotes rallied by scoring three goals in a 5 1/2-minute stretch of the third period. "It just felt like our emotion was gone," defenseman Jared Spurgeon said.
They're both high draft picks looking to settle in as bona fide NHLers by playing a heavy style that sparks scoring.
"I'm an idiot." That's how Wild winger Marcus Foligno reacted when he turned his body in front of a shot from the point in a recent game.
Alex Stalock hasn't disappointed in his second season as the Wild's backup.
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Down 2-0 to open the third period, the Wild scored four times to stun the Jets.
Friday's change of scenery ended up helping Wild forward Nino Niederreiter rediscover his offensive flair.
The team's season goal-scoring record for a defenseman is 17 goals and Matt Dumba already has 10 -- with 60 games remaining on the schedule.
The Senators scored three quick goals in the third period to tie the game but the Wild responded to snap a two-game losing streak.
Defenseman Nick Seeler is latest to have a gap in his smile as mouthguards are frequently disdained.
NHL Insider: There are lots of methods, but no tried and true answer.
For the first time this season the Wild lost back-to-back games in regulation, unable to match the Blackhawks at United Center.
Remaining a near lock at Xcel Energy Center, on the heels of a 27-6-8 record in 2017-18, appears to be a work in progress.
When lead doesn't grow, Sabres hang around until Pominville wins it.
Matt Dumba's eight goals rank second in the league by a blueliner; only the Maple Leafs' Morgan Rielly (nine) has more.
With Zach Parise out due to illness, Mikko Koivu's three-point night highlighted the new-look Wild in Thursday night's home victory over the road-weary Canucks.
Backup Alex Stalock and No. 1 goalie Devan Dubnyk have posted a solid .926 save percentage in the second game of Wild's back-to-backs so far this season.
It was the team's first regulation defeat on home ice after starting 5-0-2 and then playing on the road for more than two weeks.
Since Washington's journey culminated in its first championship last summer, the Wild is hopeful a similar outcome can happen to it since it's following the same script.
Joel Eriksson Ek secured his first point of the season — an assist — in his 100th career game Friday against the Ducks. On Sunday, he picked up a goal.
Continuing to climb won't be easy for the Wild. Its first test back at home Tuesday is against superstar Alex Ovechkin and the reigning Stanley-Cup champion Capitals.
On the brink of the finale of a seven-game trek, more than a few insights have emerged, but one is particularly clear: The Wild is a competitive bunch that has developed a knack for winning.
The Wild won for the ninth time in 11 games, and improved to 4-0 on the season in second game of a back-to-back.
Nino Niederreiter wasn't getting rewarded for his continued efforts, so the lack of scoring production started to take its toll mentally. He finally broke through for a goal Thursday night.
Heading into Thursday, the Wild's blue line boasted 34 points and the unit's 14 goals ranked second in the NHL.
Nino Niederreiter buried his first goal this season – and first in 28 games overall – to get the ball rolling on the Wild's 3-1 road victory over the Kings.
NHL Insider: Working through a franchise-record seven consecutive road games, Wild players have been reacquainted with life out of a suitcase - and dining at some of the finest restaurants in North America.
After twice battling back from two-goal deficits, the Wild finally had no answer for Barclay Goodrow's unasssisted third-period goal.
Moves made by the Wild during the summer didn't do a lot to excite its fans but have played a key role in the team getting off to one of the best starts in the NHL.
Nine different Wild players contributed to the offense, including rookie defenseman Nick Seeler scoring his first career goal and Eric Staal scoring his 400th.
Free-agent addition Greg Pateryn and rookie Nick Seeler have locked down a defensive pairing for the Wild.
NHL Insider: Marcus Foligno and Eric Fehr have become the team's top penalty killers.
Minnesota never led in the game until Mikael Granlund scored with less than six minutes to play.
On Tuesday night, he notched the game-winner against the Edmonton Oilers in the third period in the team's 4-3 victory.
It wasn't a good start to a seven-game road trip, as the Canucks scored goals 40 seconds apart in the second period.
The weekend was a blur, but the rookie Wild forward said he gained perspective on what it means to make it to the NHL.
Although an 18-20-3 showing a season ago on the road didn't impede the Wild from advancing to the playoffs, it made its pursuit more challenging.
Winger Mikael Granlund and defenseman Jonas Brodin were among the contingent dispatched to contain the Avalanche's offensive leaders, and not only did they deliver, they also chipped in at the other end.
The Wild defeated the Avalanche 3-2 Saturday in a rematch from its season-opener.
Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk has cemented his status as team MVP through the first three weeks of the season. But what about his offense?
Although a fractured sternum knocked Zach Parise out of last season's playoffs, he's had no problem picking up where he left off.
Ryan Suter says he doesn't hockey for statistics and praise. Even so, he holds Wild franchise records and 'doesn't get anywhere near the accolades he deserves,' his coach says.
The early-season trend of finishing strong has the Wild encouraged as it pauses for a four-day break in the schedule.
Mikael Granlund slung a shot through Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy 3 minutes, 43 seconds into the extra period.
"The whole message is shoot pucks and get to the net," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. "If you do that, good things can happen."
The Wild will try to assemble its first win streak during another arduous back-to-back, starting Friday at Dallas against the Stars before returning to Xcel Energy Center to play host to the Lightning on Saturday.
Down to 10 forwards with Mikko Koivu away and Matt Hendricks injured, the Wild got a third-period goal from Eric Staal to break a 1-1 tie at the X.
The power play produced and Alex Stalock's goaltending was solid, but breakdowns and poor decisions sabotaged the Wild's efforts.
Only two goalies had encountered more shots than Dubnyk's 167 entering Monday's games, and only one had posted more saves than Dubnyk's 156.
The Wild has yielded only four goals in the first period, but it's the feel of these periods that has been the problem, with the opposition appearing to dictate the action.
Wild salvages a point despite Carolina's 57 shots, a record for an opponent.
He remained next to Eric Staal and Jason Zucker to start Saturday's game.
A quick look at Saturday's game.
After managing only two goals in two games last week, the Wild used a four-day break in the schedule to tweak the lines and harp on improving its speed.
Regardless if the opportunities result in goals, Wild defenseman Matt Dumba's outlook is the same: shoot the puck.
The Wild winger was sidetracked after being socked in the face only three games into his Wild debut last season and suffering a facial fracture.
Knights didn't dent Dubnyk until 91 seconds remained in regulation.
Nate Schmidt was suspended 20 games for violating the NHL's performance-enhancing drug policy. "You just gotta be extra careful," said Eric Fehr, a teammate of Schmidt's in Washington.
After six seasons of making the playoffs and not advancing far, the Wild has a new goal in 2018-19: Do better to keep the core of the team together.
On the brink of Thursday's season opener in Colorado, Gm Paul Fenton is excited. But he's also preparing to keep a level-headed, long-term view of the process
After making a solid impression the past few weeks, the 37-year-old Blaine native has a chance to be among the Wild players who skate Thursday in the season opener at Colorado.
The Wild is getting closer to finalizing its opening-night look — especially after forwards Matt Read, Kyle Rau and Mike Liambas, defenseman Matt Bartkowski and goalie Andrew Hammond cleared waivers Sunday.
Just days into his audition at training camp for a depth spot on defense, Gustav Olofsson suffered a shoulder injury.
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau has plenty of hockey memories and counts his blessings – but what he wouldn't do for a Stanley Cup.
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