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After coach Bruce Boudreau called off the morning skate, Wild players responded. Seven players were responsible for the goals, and 13 totaled at least a point in the rout.
Kevin Fiala is the most skilled player on the Wild and one of its top producers over the past two-plus months. He also happens to be prone to turnovers and untimely penalties, the consequences of offensive risks.
An example of a strength Kevin Fiala brings to the Wild si his speed — an asset his skating coach believes actually became better after Fiala suffered a broken left leg in 2017.
The Wild on Thursday rolled out a mostly new look to tackle Tampa Bay, which had won 11 of its previous 12 games.
Ryan Suter was a candidate to represent the Central Division in the Jan. 26 NHL All-Star Game but will instead take the upcoming break to heal. Despite being hobbled, Suter hasn't missed any game action.
Greg Pateryn dressed but was listed as a scratch on the official playing roster and had to leave Tuesday's game before it started. The Wild then lost 7-3 to the Penguins.
Two non-calls, a pair of Vancouver goals in 72 seconds and a special-teams takeover instigated by 13 penalties added up in the latest Wild loss.
The Wild's fourth defeat in five games, scoring once despite 43 shots on goal, dropped Minnesota six points out of a wild-card spot.
Uncorking a physical impact requires Jordan Greenway to turn on a hard-nosed style that is the opposite of his easygoing personality, and flipping that mental switch can be tough.
The Wild's game-winning goal Saturday was the latest example of winger Zach Parise reporting for duty in the gritty areas on the ice and getting rewarded.
The Wild needed more than regulation for a second straight night, and this time went to seven rounds of a shootout before Calgary picked up the extra point at Xcel Energy Center.
Wild winger Marcus Foligno suggested a fast start and physical play as cures, then provided them.
Eric Staal's power-play goal early in the extra session gave the Wild a win to open the second half of its season.
The Wild held an outdoor practice in St. Louis Park the day after learning Minnesota would play host to next year's NHL outdoor showcase event.
Facility improvements helped land the annual New Year's Day event.
While being overmatched Tuesday at the X, don't discredit progress the Wild has made to be 19-17-5 at the midway point after winning only four of its first 13 games.
The team has produced just one goal in its first two games in a four-game homestand.
After leading most of the game the Wild opened a four-game homestand with a loss, just its third at home in regulation this season.
This will be the sixth All-Star Game appearance for Eric Staal, the team's leading scorer, and second with the Wild after most recently participating in 2018. He also skated in the midseason exhibition in 2011, 2009, 2008 and 2007.
Mikko Koivu suffered a lower-body injury on Dec. 3 in Florida. He prcticed with the Wild on Saturday for the first time since he was sidelined.
Players like the fourth-line center are keeping Wild in playoff mix.
Climb in the standings continues as Victor Rask scores the game-winner and Devan Dubnyk made a season-high 40 saves to spark a comeback victory over the Avalanche.
The rookie is growing comfortable with NHL play as he helps fill in for the injured Mikko Koivu.
Devan Dubnyk posted his first shutout of the season, making 22 saves, and the secondary scorers provided the bulk of the offense in the 3-0 victory over Calgary.
Coach Bruce Boudreau had some choices to make Monday with Joel Eriksson Ek returning from a four-game injury absence. His decisions worked out.
Two days after scoring eight goals, the Wild was shut down and shut out Saturday vs. the Jets as Connor Hellebuyck racked up 31 saves for his third shutout of the season.
Wild defenseman Matt Dumba is still looking to rediscover his form after battling Calgary's Matthew Tkachuk on the ice last Dec. 15.
Zach Parise is back on the top line next to Eric Staal and Mats Zuccarello — a reunion that could help boost a shorthanded Wild offense seeking stability.
The veteran Wild center became the 89th player in NHL history to rack up 1,000 points.
Plus a look at how the Coyotes look with the addition of Taylor Hall.
The veteran winger broke his right leg during Sunday's loss in Chicago.
Devan Dubnyk was good enough in his return to net, making 35 saves.
The team is 9-1-3 at home this season, with 18 of the next 22 at Xcel Energy Center.
Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk had been gone from the team for most of the last month as his wife Jenn has faced a serious medical situation.
Not only was the Wild still without Mikko Koivu, Jared Spurgeon and Joel Eriksson Ek, but Jason Zucker returned to the Twin Cities for treatment of an injury suffered Sunday.
The Wild will close out its road swing without two of its regular centers. Joel Eriksson Ek was placed on injured reserve Monday because of an upper-body injury.
Mikko Koivu and Jared Spurgeon didn't suit up for the Wild on Sunday in Chicago, but Tuesday at Vegas is in the picture.
Former Minnesota Duluth Bulldog Carson Soucy, who wasn't a lock to make the team coming out of training camp, leads the Wild with a plus-16 rating.
Chicago was the beneficiary of three deflections (including one off the Wild) and a puck that barely rolled in — fluky breaks that trumped a few strong individual performances from the Wild.
Alex Stalock had to face only 17 shots as his team's home point streak reached 12 games.
Their friendship has helped them on the ice, because they can communicate openly and hold each other accountable.
"When he plays physical, he's into the game more and good things usually happen for him," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "So we hope he plays like that more often."
Center Eric Staal didn't know if he'd suit up until after he got on the ice Thursday morning. He'd left the previous game in the first period following a collision along the boards with an official.
Niklas Backstrom, Kyle Brodziak, Marian Gaborik and Nick Schultz surprised Mikko Koivu during a pregame ceremony on the ice.
Anaheim converted its first two shootout chances on Kaapo Kahkonen, while the Wild failed twice.
Destined for another season of seasoning in the AHL, Kahkonen was promoted to the Wild last month when starter Devan Dubnyk stepped away from the team.
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.