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It's more than just salary cap issues that will shape the Wild for next season. There are roster spots and roles that need to be hammered out based on merit.
Stanley Cup-winning experience gave Marc-Andre Fleury the edge over Cam Talbot, Wild coach Dean Evason said, but the team was happy with the play of both.
Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury could stay, but 30-goal scorer Kevin Fiala might be out of team's price range.
The Wild could be forced to trade Kevin Fiala after he became a 30-goal scorer for the first time. Several factors are part of the unusual situation.
Cam Talbot is under contract for another year; Marc-Andre Fleury is a free agent after starting five of six postseason games. The Wild's goaltender situation is no longer as clear as before.
After loading up at the trade deadline and then fizzling out in the first round of the playoffs against St. Louis, the Wild is now forced to confront the reality of its new budget. Why is the money so tight?
The Blues turned out to be a bad matchup for the Wild, and a late goalie change provided no magic tonic.
The Blues have pestered the Wild for months — spoiling the Winter Classic at Target Field, interrupting the team's franchise-record pace and now ending Minnesota's season.
A quick look at the series finale.
Idle since April 28, Cam Talbot saw his first action after Marc-Andre Fleury started the series' first five games.
Talbot was the first goalie off the ice during the Wild's pregame skate, suggesting he'll make his first start of the best-of-seven series. He last played two weeks ago against Calgary.
The Wild will need to pull off the gutsiest rally of the season at St. Louis, since a crunch-time U-turn is necessary to avoid being ousted from the playoffs tonight.
The second-year Wild winger scored twice Tuesday and has nine goals in 12 playoff games, a pace unseen in team history.
The Wild is one loss from being out of the playoffs despite a historic performance by Kirill Kaprizov, which ended up being overshadowed by Vladimir Tarasenko's third-period hat trick.
When Wild players have jostled with the Blues after the whistle, penalties — and St. Louis goals — have been the result. But coach Dean Evason and the players also realize they have to keep being physical to create scoring chances.
There were signs at practice that coach Dean Evason will not make changes for tonight's game at the X, which will move the winner within one game of winning the playoff series.
Kevin Fiala's line, which includes Matt Boldy and Frederick Gaudreau, has scored just one goal heading into tonight's Game 5 of the playoffs. 'We'll have a chat with them,' coach Dean Evason said.
Both teams have won on the road as the Western Conference playoff series is tied at two.
Two goals in a 54-second span in the second period gave St. Louis a cushion that the Wild couldn't wipe out, and the series returns to Tuesday's Game 5 at Xcel Energy Center tie 2-2.
For the fourth time in as many games in this series, the team that scored first went on to win.
A quick look at Sunday's game.
Inspired by a road trip to Nashville last month, the team is dropping a puck into a bucket for every playoff win, and the goal is to get to 16.
Jordan Greenway, Joel Eriksson Ek and Marcus Foligno are facing St. Louis' top line, and contributing on offense, too, with four goals in three games.
Marc-Andre Fleury and Ville Husso continue to hold things down as series switches to St. Louis.
From the start - 39 seconds in, to be exact - the Wild was on its game and cruised to a 5-1 win to go up 2-1 in the series.
A quick look at Friday night's victory.
The Wild has lost seven in a row at Enterprise Center — where Games 3 and 4 will be played tonight and Sunday — getting outscored 35-15 in those games.
The Wild was held scoreless by the Blues in Game 1, but standout winger Kirill Kaprizov helped change that with a hat trick in a 6-2 victory that evened the first-round, best-of-seven series at 1-1.
Joel Eriksson Ek is a physical presence, a clutch scorer and one of the NHL's top defensive forwards. His play sparked the Wild's resurgence in Game 2 against the Blues on Wednesday to even the series at 1-1.
Kirill Kaprizov had three goals, Joel Eriksson Ek added two and Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 32 saves as the Wild tied the series at one game apiece.
Defenseman Alex Goligoski sat out Game 1, but slid in Wednesday when Dmitry Kulikov was scratched.
This will be Alex Goligoski's first playoff game with the Wild, but he has 43 games of Stanley Cup experience and was with the Penguins when they won it in 2009.
The illegal hit to an opponent's ankles was unusual for Jared Spurgeon, who was runner-up last season for the NHL's Lady Byng Trophy that recognizes sportsmanship.
The inconsistency from the Wild's special teams is not new, but the consequence for the team hit hard in its Game 1 loss to St. Louis. Will things change tonight?
Whether it's been an afternoon matinee in St. Louis or the middle of winter at Target Field or Monday's 4-0 win at the X, St. Louis has continued stumping the Wild this season.
Rookie Matt Boldy had a strong second half after recovering from an fractured ankle suffered in preseason.
Marc-Andre Fleury was the first Wild goalie off the ice at the morning skate, which usually indicates who the starter is going to be.
In addition to a future Hall of Famer, the Wild also acquired a practical jokester nicknamed "Flower" who talks to the goal post and wears flashy gear when they traded for Fluery in March.
A knee-on-knee hit in the season's final regular-season game seemed likely to sideline winger Marcus Foligno.
Kevin Fiala posted career highs in goals (33), assists (52) and points (85) during the regular season.
Next up for the Wild's dynamic duo of Kirill Kaprizov and Mats Zuccarello is to translate their talent to the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Marcus Foligno was kneed by Kurtis MacDermid, who received a game misconduct, in the first period. Foligno's status for the playoffs, which begin Monday, is uncertain.
General Manager Bill Guerin said there are higher expectations as the team enters the playoffs and a first-round matchup against St. Louis that could be one of the NHL's best.
Playing a playoff-caliber opponent, the Wild took a step closer to home-ice advantage as Kirill Kaprizov scored 44 seconds into overtime to secure a 3-2 win.
The Wild is 1-1-1 vs. the Avalanche this season, winning the last meeting 3-2 in overtime on March 27.
Kirill Karpizov notched his 106th point of the season, scoring the game-winner in overtime.
Being outscored 12-4 by Calgary in consecutive games in February and March was General Manager Bill Guerin's motivation to bring in players to supplement the team's depth, toughness and goaltending.
Cam Talbot will be back in net for the Wild, his first start since last Thursday, and none of the team's injured players will return against Calgary.
Tuesday's 5-3 loss to Arizona, which scored four goas in the third period, was the Wild's first in regulation since April 5 and only the second in 22 games.
They had not played together since April 12 because of injuries and illness. Without his normal linemates, Eriksson Ek had two goals and an assist in each of his past two games.
A quick look at Tuesday night's shocking loss.
The Wild kicks off the final week of the regular season against the Coyotes at Xcel Energy Center, and Marc-Andre Fleury will once again be in net.
The Wild is trying to get the second seed and home ice for its playoff series against the Blues.
Four goals and seven assists in four Wild victories have fueled the winger's hot streak.
The Wild team captain, who ranks among the team's best-ever, has been a standout through adversity during his NHL career.
Dmitry Kulikov found the net with 1.3 seconds remaining, and Joel Eriksson Ek's assist on the goal was his third point of the game.
A quick look at Sunday night's game.
Kirill Kaprizov and Kevin Fiala are first and second in team scoring and have set franchise records before the end of the regular season.
Wild left wing Kevin Fiala is leading the NHL in goals, assists and points since April 8, when his current streak began.
The Wild visits Bridgestone Arena on Sunday night.
The Wild goaltender hit the milestone in his second consecutive start against Vancouver on Thursday.
Kevin Fiala's five assists set a new Wild franchise record on a night Kirill Kaprizov continued his eye-popping second NHL season in a 6-3 win over the Kraken.
A quick look at Friday night's game.
The 6-3 win over Vancouver — sparked by a Wild rally in the third period — made certain a Wild vs. Blues first-round series. But home-ice advantage is still up for grabs.
He scored in overtime in his first game with the Wild, had a hat trick in another and scored between his legs in a win over Montreal on Tuesday.
Kirill Kaprizov and Mats Zuccarello both had a goal and two assists for the Wild.
Seattle has won a season-high three games in a row, with help from rookie Matty Beniers, who has a point in each of his first four games.
For the first time since Marc-Andre Fleury debuted last month, the Wild will start the same goalie for a second consecutive game
The Wild returns home where it is 10-0-1 in its past 11 games at the X. The Canucks are still outside the Western Conference playoff picture, but making a late-season push.
Kevin Fiala became the Wild's third 30-goal scorer of the season, and Matt Boldy made a highlight-reel play to score. Cam Talbot made 26 saves at Montreal to go 11-0-3 through his past 14 starts.
A quick look at Tuesday night's victory.
Mitch Chaffee was signed out of UMass in 2020. He scored 22 goals in 45 games for Iowa.
A battle with St. Louis for home ice is front and center as the team faces Montreal on Tuesday night.
The Wild has a game in Montreal and will be without Marcus Foligno, who tested positive for COVID-19.
Kevin Fiala scored the goal that sent the game into overtime and took the shot that was deflected into the net by Jared Spurgeon — Fiala's third assist of the game — for the 5-4 victory.