Predators reach first Stanley Cup Final, oust Ducks in six games

Predators reach first Stanley Cup Final, oust Ducks in six games

Different players just keep stepping up for the Nashville Predators, and now their magical postseason run has an even bigger destination: the franchise's first trip to the Stanley Cup Final.

Wild on shrinking list of teams to have never made a Stanley Cup final

Wild on shrinking list of teams to have never made a Stanley Cup final
With Nashville’s berth, there are just four existing teams to never make it to the Stanley Cup Finals: the Wild, Columbus, Winnipeg and Arizona.

Bottoming out: Should the Wild get real bad to get good again?

May 22
Bottoming out: Should the Wild get real bad to get good again?
Wild owner Craig Leipold has rejected the idea of letting the franchise get so bad that it potentially could rebuild with young stars through the draft. But here's why the concept has some merit.
May 18

Wild owner Leipold laments his team's failure: 'I'm not over it'

Craig Leipold said his team "crapped out" in its playoff loss to St. Louis, and now it's up to Wild management to dissect what happened and fix things to prepare for next season and beyond.
May 17

With expansion draft looming, Wild preparing for offseason player changes

There's no way around it: the Wild will lose a quality player to the Vegas Golden Knights in expansion. The Wild also has significant restricted free agents to re-sign, including Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter.
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May 17

Fletcher's focus on expansion, trades, contracts talks for Granlund, Niederreiter

GM Chuck Fletcher said the finish to the season after being the second-best team in the West during the regular season is "still incredibly disappointing. It still stings, let's put it that way."
May 16

United States defeats Russia 5-3 to win group at world tournament

The United States rallied from deficits three times to remain undefeated in the tournament headed into Thursday's quarterfinals.
May 16

Kessel's rage: Former U star's outbursts help Penguins to victory

The former Gophers star pounded his fists, pointed fingers and yelled at himself before scoring the game-winning goal for the Penguins Monday night.


  • Western Conference
    Central w l otl points home away
    Chicago 50 23 9 109 26-10-5 24-13-4
    Minnesota 49 25 8 106 27-12-2 22-13-6
    St. Louis 46 29 7 99 24-12-5 22-17-2
    Nashville 41 29 12 94 24-9-8 17-20-4
    Winnipeg 40 35 7 87 22-18-1 18-17-6
    Dallas 34 37 11 79 22-13-6 12-24-5
    Colorado 22 56 4 48 13-26-2 9-30-2
  • Pacific w l otl points home away
    Anaheim 46 23 13 105 29-8-4 17-15-9
    Edmonton 47 26 9 103 25-12-4 22-14-5
    San Jose 46 29 7 99 26-11-4 20-18-3
    Calgary 45 33 4 94 24-17-0 21-16-4
    Los Angeles 39 35 8 86 23-16-2 16-19-6
    Arizona 30 42 10 70 18-18-5 12-24-5
    Vancouver 30 43 9 69 18-17-6 12-26-3
  • Eastern Conference
    Atlantic w l otl points home away
    Montreal 47 26 9 103 24-12-5 23-14-4
    Ottawa 44 28 10 98 22-11-8 22-17-2
    Boston 44 31 7 95 23-17-1 21-14-6
    Toronto 40 27 15 95 21-13-7 19-14-8
    Tampa Bay 42 30 10 94 23-14-4 19-16-6
    Florida 35 36 11 81 19-19-3 16-17-8
    Detroit 33 36 13 79 17-17-7 16-19-6
    Buffalo 33 37 12 78 20-15-6 13-22-6
  • Metropolitan w l otl points home away
    Washington 55 19 8 118 32-7-2 23-12-6
    Pittsburgh 50 21 11 111 31-6-4 19-15-7
    Columbus 50 24 8 108 28-12-1 22-12-7
    NY Rangers 48 28 6 102 21-16-4 27-12-2
    NY Islanders 41 29 12 94 22-12-7 19-17-5
    Philadelphia 39 33 10 88 25-11-5 14-22-5
    Carolina 36 31 15 87 23-12-6 13-19-9
    New Jersey 28 40 14 70 16-17-8 12-23-6
  • Goals
    E. Staal MIN 28
    M. Granlund MIN 26
    N. Niederreiter MIN 25
    J. Zucker MIN 22
    M. Hanzal MIN 20
  • Assists
    M. Granlund MIN 43
    M. Koivu MIN 40
    C. Coyle MIN 38
    E. Staal MIN 37
    J. Pominville MIN 34
  • Points
    M. Granlund MIN 69
    E. Staal MIN 65
    M. Koivu MIN 58
    N. Niederreiter MIN 57
    C. Coyle MIN 56
  • Goals-Against Avg.
    D. Dubnyk MIN 2.25
  • Saves
    D. Dubnyk MIN 1701
    D. Kuemper MIN 507
    A. Stalock MIN 51
  • Wins
    D. Dubnyk MIN 40
    D. Kuemper MIN 8
    A. Stalock MIN 1
  • Goals
    S. Crosby PIT 44
    N. Kucherov TB 40
    A. Matthews TOR 40
    B. Marchand BOS 39
    V. Tarasenko STL 39
  • Assists
    C. McDavid EDM 70
    N. Backstrom WAS 63
    R. Getzlaf ANH 58
    V. Hedman TB 56
    P. Kane CHI 55
  • Points
    C. McDavid EDM 100
    S. Crosby PIT 89
    P. Kane CHI 89
    N. Backstrom WAS 86
    N. Kucherov TB 85
  • Goals-Against Avg.
    S. Bobrovsky CLS 2.06
    B. Holtby WAS 2.07
    J. Howard DET 2.10
    P. Budaj TB 2.18
    J. Gibson ANH 2.22
  • Saves
    C. Talbot EDM 1946
    F. Andersen TOR 1883
    R. Lehner BUF 1758
    S. Bobrovsky CLS 1727
    D. Dubnyk MIN 1701
  • Wins
    B. Holtby WAS 42
    C. Talbot EDM 42
    S. Bobrovsky CLS 41
    D. Dubnyk MIN 40
    (2) Players 37
  • Sunday, May 21
    Pittsburgh 7, Ottawa 0, F
  • Monday, May 22
    Nashville 6, Anaheim 3, F
  • Today, May 23
    Pittsburgh @ Ottawa
  • Wednesday, May 24
  • Thursday, May 25
    Ottawa @ Pittsburgh
  • Friday, May 26
  • Saturday, May 27
  • Sunday, May 28
May 13

Playing with legends, Woodbury's Guentzel is Stanley Cup's top scorer

When he was younger, Hill-Murray grad Jake Guentzel was a huge Pittsburgh Penguins fan. Now he's one of them. "It's amazing. You wake up and it's still a dream you get to play with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin."
May 11
Brock Nelson, left, and Dylan Larkin of Team USA.

Brock Nelson leads U.S. shutout of Italy at World Hockey Championship

The Islanders' Brock Nelson of Warroad, Minn., scored two goals for Team USA.
May 7

U.S. routs Denmark in World Hockey Championsip

The United States bounced back from its surprise opening loss at the World Hockey Championship with a 7-2 rout of Denmark on Sunday, thanks to a hat trick from Arizona Coyotes prospect Clayton Keller and two goals from Edina's Anders Lee in the Group A game.
May 4

Update: Wild winger Jason Zucker has sports hernia surgery

The young forward, coming off a career year, missed three games at the end of the season with a lower body injury.
May 4

Lucky goal continues torrid playoff run for former state prep star Guentzel

Former Hill-Murray star Jake Guentzel's goal Wednesday in Game 4 came when his crossing pass deflected off Washington defenseman Dmitry Orlov and by goalie Braden Holtby.
May 2

Wild defenseman Marco Scandella has hip surgery

The 27-year-old defenseman is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for next season.
May 2

Watch Sidney Crosby get hit: Dirty play or bad timing?

Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby, who has a history of concussion problems, was leveled Monday night by two Capitals players and had to leave the game.
May 1

Wild's Folin undergoes shoulder surgery; Kaprizov update

The defenseman is expected to be recovered by training camp in September.
April 29

State. Of. Hockey. Minnesota connections score 15 points Saturday

Familiar names flooded NHL score sheets Saturday with Pittsburgh's Phil Kessel and Jake Guentzel leading the attack.
April 27

Hey, look. Jake Allen had a bad night in goal for the Blues

After shutting down the Wild, the Blues' goalie gave up four goals in the Blues' Game 1 loss to Nashville in the Western Conference semifinals Wednesday night.
April 27

Guentzel family has a lot to celebrate this month

Gophers associate coach Mike Guentzel and son Jake both experiencing highs in their hockey careers.
April 26

Sidestepping negatives, Wild GM Fletcher cites 'remarkably consistent team'

In his season-ending remarks Tuesday, Wild GM Chuck Fletcher pointed to the teams regular-season improvement, not the speedy playoff exit vs. St. Louis.
April 25
Mikael Granlund (64) chased the puck in the first period.

Granlund doesn't blame broken hand for playoff struggles

Mikael Granlund was loath to blame a broken right hand in Game 1 for his inability to score in the playoffs after finishing the regular season with a career-high 26 goals and 69 points.
April 25

Season wrap-up: Wild's players, coaches, executives look back and ahead

The Wild held its end-of-the-year availability on Tuesday, and here's a synopsis of the morning sessions from the press conference room and the locker room.
April 25
Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher and coach Bruce Boudreau...

Souhan: Five playoff games isn't good enough, no matter what Fletcher says

Instead of admitting that spending all of five games in the playoffs was a failure, Wild GM Chuck Fletcher tried to put a positive spin on the season.

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