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Amid the coronavirus shutdown, the breakout winger is working like there's a season to finish.
But no decisions have been reached about how, or if, this season will conclude.
Professional sports teams in the Twin Cities moved to help assist employees who will be out of work during the shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.
When self-quarantine ends, and depending on developments related to the coronavirus pandemic, the NHL will consider opening team facilities to players in small groups.
Sunday night was supposed to be the next make-or-break game for the Wild and its playoff hopes. But the only activity outside Gate 1 of the X was traffic cruising by the arena.
Team had hot scorer and high playoff hopes — and both could become moot.
By self-quarantining, the NHL believes players will be able to determine if they become sick, reduce the risk of passing the sickness on and minimize exposure within the community to others who are sick.
The Wild, only one point shy of a playoff spot, was set to host Vegas on Thursday evening at Xcel Energy Center before traveling to Philadelphia to take on the Flyers Saturday afternoon.
National Hockey League officials said Wednesday night they were consulting with medical experts and would have an update about plans for the season today.
The winger's production has risen since the trade deadline.
The Wild nabbed a pair of victories on its three-game swing through California and hopes to build on that success for the challenges ahead.
After scoring in the first period and the final minute of overtime to beat Anaheim, Kevin Fiala continued a sizzling streak of 14 goals in the Wild's last 18 games.
A difficult season has made him a backup, but there's time left for him to help the team.
The Wild's six-game road winning streak ended with a thud, as Los Angeles took advantage of a mistake-prone opponent. Minnesota is now one point out of a playoff spot.
The Wild on Saturday in Los Angeles closed its locker room to media, and the NHL is expected to announce this change to its rules citing the U.S. Centers for Disease Control to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Dean Evason previewed an aggressive philosophy when he was named interim coach last month. Based on how the Wild has responded to his direction, the players seem to be fulfilling Evason's vision.
The Sharks outshot the Wild by a wide margin in the third period but Alex Stalock was up for the challenge, making 40 saves in a 3-2 victory
Success away from home has helped the Wild rejoin the playoff race — a turnaround the group hopes to continue during a three-game tour of California.
Despite being at the forefront of the Wild's playoff pushes since his arrival in 2015, Devan Dubnyk has been relegated to the backup role lately as the team continues to rely on Alex Stalock during his productive run.
A poor 3½-minute stretch put Minnesota in a hole it couldn't quite overcome.
In the year since the Wild and Predators swapped forwards at the trade deadline -- with Minnesota sending Mikael Granlund to Nashville and getting Kevin Fiala in return -- never has the deal flattered both sides more than right now.
Washington Capitals star already had hit 700 goals, with potential to go much higher.
Mikko Koivu, Ryan Donato and Ryan Hartman provided the offense in recent wins.
Three consecutive victories, five victories in six games overall and a 12-5-1 run since mid-January has anchored the Wild in the Western Conference playoff race.
The Wild saw 13 different players score at least one point, winning on the road for the fourth consecutive game.
Kevin Fiala was back in the spotlight – recording three points in a 7-1 shellacking of the Red Wings to continue a run that has him tied with center Eric Staal for the most points on the team at 45.
Mikko Koivu had scored only two goals all season entering Tuesday's game at the X, and the two he scored against Columbus was a needed boost for the Wild.
Zach Parise, in the eighth season of his 13-year, $98 million contract, was said to be headed for the New York Islanders in what would have been a surprising deadline deal.
The Wild explored the possibility of trading Zach Parise — in the eighth season of his 13-year, $98 million contract — and there were reported discussions with the New York Islanders
Wild players will try to treat today like it's just the start of another week. But the 2 p.m. NHL trading deadline combined with Sunday's night loss will put an edge their activities.
A Central Division rival — and the Stanley Cup champion — gets the appointment for the outdoor game at Target Field next Jan. 1.
First-year General Manager Bill Guerin has overhauled the Wild in recent weeks. This process could very well continue leading up to the NHL trade deadline Monday at 2 p.m.
Edmonton native Jared Spurgeon scored his first career hat trick, a natural one that featured the tying goal, the game-winner and an insurance marker.
The struggling Wild winger had two assists in a win at Vancouver.
Although Wild players have plenty of confidantes nearby — teammates, coaches, significant others — they keep calling dad. "It's something you just don't stop doing," goalie Devan Dubnyk said.
After pushing the game to overtime with his first goal as a member of the Wild, newcomer Alex Galchenyuk capped off his best performance since arriving from Pittsburgh with the game-winner in an extended shootout.
Last week was a busy time for the left winger, who came to Minnesota in the Jason Zucker trade with the Penguins.
Bruce Boudreau was in his office Friday hashing out what he wanted the Wild to focus on at practice later that morning when GM Bill Guerin walked in and closed the door. He knew that wasn't a good sign.
The type of turnover the Wild experienced in a five-day span last week is something that a lot of don't go through all season long. And there's still time for more to happen.
In Dean Evason's first game as interim coach, the Wild lost to a shorthanded Sharks team that played in Winnipeg the night before.
The only change Dean Evason made in his first game was subbing Brad Hunt for Greg Pateryn on the third defensive pairing. Tweaking, rather than a major systems overhaul, is Evason's plan.
As shocked as Wild players were Friday to learn Bruce Boudreau had been dismissed, they had no problem finding where to direct some of the responsibility for the sudden change.
Longtime NHL assistant Dean Evason embraces the assignment of Wild's interim head coach for the remainder of this season: "I've got the opportunity."
To Bruce Boudreau, the shootout goal that led to the 4-3 loss to the Rangers shouldn't have counted. But the Wild put itself in that position with its third-period play.
A former 30-goal scorer, Alex Galchenyuk is looking to regain that scoring touch after a stint in Pittsburgh during which his playing time and production dropped.
Bruce Boudreau didn't need to relay to his players General Manager Bill Guerin's warning that others will join Jason Zucker on the move if the Wild packs in its playoff push.
After his name appeared regularly in trade rumors in recent seasons — and after he was nearly shipped out twice in the past year — Jason Zucker was sent to Pittsburgh on Monday night
A chance for the Wild to win a fourth game in a row was foiled by Colorado's special teams.
In addition to the trade talk, Wild winger Jason Zucker has also been adjusting to life on the team's fourth line.
Devan Dubnyk was idle for most of the Wild's 11-game point streak in November and December. As the Wild finished off a back-to-back Friday in Dallas, though, Dubnyk was finally given an opportunity to contribute
Joel Eriksson Ek scored on a wraparound goal with 27 seconds remaining in the third period, his second goal of the game, to cap off a three-goal comeback over the Stars. It's the Wild's third win in a row.
The spot is relatively new for Jason Zucker, but Mikko Koivu has centered the fourth line recently. What coach Bruce Boudreau likes about the assignment is the depth it gives the Wild.
The Wild held off the Canucks on Thursday at Xcel Energy Center to wrap up a stretch of seven straight home games.
Stuck in a funk, the Wild's Matt Dumba decided to focus instead on how else he could help the team besides scoring goals. He did that, then notched a game-winner.
Not only is Zach Parise on the brink of crossing a threshold into elite NHL company, but his time in Minnesota will soon surpass his start in New Jersey
After the Blackhawks on Tuesday scored twice late to tie the game in regulation, Matt Dumba's first goal in 34 games sent the Xcel Energy Center crowd home happy.
After the Blackhawks claimed him off waivers, Nick Seeler joined his new team at Xcel Energy Center. "Change is hard," said the former Eden Prairie and Gophers player. "But I think this is a good change for me personally."
Two months' worth of games remain on the Wild's schedule, but to coach Bruce Boudreau, this week and next stand out from the rest.
Seeler, who had a year remaining on his contract at $725,000 a season, was the odd man out of the Wild lineup this season.
The penalty kill earns Bruce Boudreau's wrath: "As bad as you can possibly get in this league," he said.
The Wild resumes play after an eight-day break just five points out of the last wild-card spot.
In his third season with the Wild after being acquired in a trade from Buffalo, Marcus Foligno is a fascinating enigma. He leads the team in hits, but is an easygoing big kid at home.
The Star Tribune's Sarah McLellan makes her choices for front-runners, challengers and underdogs.
The venues have changed, but the spirit of the NHL All-Star Game has remained the same over Eric Staal's 16-year career.
Eight different players tallied at least a point for the Wild, which enters the All-Star break and its ensuing bye week five points out of a playoff spot.
First assembled as a checking line to thwart opponents' top producers, the trio of Marcus Foligno, Joel Eriksson Ek and Luke Kunin is now creating its own scoring chances.
The Panthers tied the game at 4-4 with about four minutes to play and won on what Wild coach Bruce Boudreau described as "just a crazy goal."
Muffing its lineup card before getting steamrolled on national television to continue a winless streak was a debacle that could have haunted the Wild.
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.
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.
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.