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Marcus Foligno is driving the Wild's offense so far on this four-game road trip, which resumes Friday with the first of two in a row at Arizona.
Before losing twice to first-place Vegas, the Wild had mostly played against the clubs projected to finish lower than it in the standings.
"We can't get sidetracked with these tough losses," winger Marcus Foligno said. "We gotta understand that we're a great hockey team."
The Wild made Zach Parise a healthy scratch for the first time because of his play, most notably a botched shift in the 5-4 overtime loss on Monday.
One practice. That's all it took for Nick Bjugstad to realize his new Wild teammate Kirill Kaprizov wasn't another run-of-the-mill hockey player.
For the first time in six games, the Wild's most dangerous line of late came up empty-handed in the 5-4 overtime loss to the Golden Knights.
Despite outmuscling Vegas during a four-goal second period, the Wild faded down the stretch as its six-game winning streak came to a halt in overtime.
Vegas will face goalie Cam Talbot, who made 27 saves Friday during a win over Los Angeles that was Talbot's return from the NHL's COVID protocols.
The 33-year-old NHL veteran went on the waiver wire Sunday after being the team's No. 1 goalie at the end of last season.
After a string of anticlimactic victories, the Wild rediscovered its flair for the dramatic in a 4-3 overtime win over the Kings Saturday at Xcel Energy Center.
Kirill Kaprizov's wraparound goal vs. L.A. stood out Friday, as did his toughness.
Matt Dumba's game-winner was his sixth overtime goal, the most in franchise history, and also the record for the latest OT goal. It gave the Wild a weekend sweep over the Kings.
Coach Dean Evason interrupted the Wild's morning skate Friday to remind his team about the pitfalls of the first home game after a long road trip.
Youth players from the Herb Brooks Foundation, the Hendrickson Foundation and New Directions Youth Ministry will take part in the event.
Kirill Kaprizov, Nick Bjugstad and Joel Eriksson Ek scored on consecutive shots on goal while goalie Cam Talbot was almost unbeatable in his first start since Feb. 2. It added up to a 3-1 victory over the Kings.
The Wild has won four in a row since losing to the Kings in their first game back from its COVID shutdown. Los Angeles brings a six-game winning streak to St. Paul.
The Wild wrapped up its longest road trip of the season with a continued show of skill. Minnesota picked up eight of a possible 10 points on the trip.
After limping through a loss in the road-trip opener, the Wild finished with a night of excellent team play and individual accomplishments.
Switched from playing wing, Ryan Hartman scored on Wednesday vs. Colorado and has four assists since moving to center.
Goalie Kaapo Kahkonen has a .930 save percentage and 1.82 goals-against average in five road starts, and is keeping veteran Cam Talbot on the bench.
The Kaprizov-Rask-Zuccarello line has the Wild offense soaring and faces off vs. the Avalanche trio led by Nathan MacKinnon.
Marcus Foligno wasn't just a participant in a first-period fight with Sharks rookie Nikolai Knyzhov. Foligno stopped the fight after landing a bloody blow.
The Wild won for the third time in a row and tallied a season high in goals. Mats Zuccarello tied a career high with four points and Marcus Foligno scored with his stick and his fist.
With five goals, he has already matched last year's output.
Carson Soucy will be reunited with Ian Cole on the blue line, with captain Jared Spurgeon rejoining Ryan Suter on the top unit.
In the third period at Anaheim on Saturday, he passed on an opportunity at a hat trick and earned an assist instead.
Two rescheduled games are now in place of a five-day break that was to begin Sunday.
With veteran Cam Talbot still sidelined, rRookie Kaap Kahkonen continued a strong season under mostly unexpected circumstances
Injury and COVID-19 have kept Cam Talbot from gaining any traction with the Wild.
Defenseman Jonas Brodin will return to the lineup Saturday against the Ducks as the Wild moves closer to getting everyone affected by a COVID-19 outbreak back in action.
After welcoming back Cam Talbot, Jonas Brodin, Carson Soucy Brad Hunt and Victor Rask from the NHL's COVID protocols, the team is going to wait until Saturday morning to determine its lineup.
Marcus Foligno was on the ice at the end of a Wild power play, the NHL's worst, and finished off a slick passing play just as it expired late in the third period
From holing up in hotel rooms to hiding in the basement, Wild players in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol coped with symptoms and/or boredom as best they could.
First-period goals by Ryan Hartman and Kevin Fiala held up, but the club breathed easier after Marcus Foligno converted late in the third.
With his team getting closer to full strength, coach Dean Evason is changing things up after Tuesday's 4-0 loss to Los Angeles.
When the Wild has racked up three or more goals this season, it is 6-1 in those games. And when it's been limited to two goals or fewer, the Wild is winless.
Calen Addison logged the third-most minutes on the Wild blue line despite being the least experienced, skating almost 20 minutes against the Kings.
Ian Cole, Nick Bonino and Nico Sturm were on the team's COVID list.
Despite outmaneuvering the Kings in three of four previous games this season, the Wild couldn't get anything going in a rusty return to play.
With five players still in COVID protocols, and another three released but not ready to play, the Wild will rely on its taxi squad and minor-league call-ups in its return vs. the Kings.
Leading up to the stoppage, Jordan Greenway was on the best run since his debut with the Wild in 2018.
The Wild's mission coming out of a weeklong layoff because of COVID-19 protocols is to tighten the gap in a competitive division
Only 16 players skated Friday during the Wild's first practice since the NHL suspended the team's season and shuttered its facilities after a COVID-19 outbreak.
Jared Spurgeon and Marcus Johansson still have injuries that will keep them out longer.
The team will hit the ice at Xcel Energy Center to get ready for a return to action Tuesday after having six games postponed.
Defenseman Jonas Brodin and goalie Cam Talbot were the latest to be placed in the virus protocols as the team's shutdown continued.
Mikko Koivu joined Columbus after 15 seasons in Minnesota. He could become the first Wild player to have his number retired.
With 11 players unavailable, the Wild is one of the teams most impacted by the virus since the NHL season began almost a month ago. Six other clubs have been stalled.
Defenseman Brad Hunt is the newest addition to the list, which has resulted in the Wild being idled and having four games called off.
The Wild has seven players on the NHL's COVID-19 protocols list and won't play until at least late next week. Colorado, the Wild's most recent opponent, is also shut down.
Matt Roy of the Kings hasn't played since the boarding penalty last week that resulted in Wild star Kevin Fiala being suspended for three games.
Five Wild players joined Marcus Foligno in being sidelined by NHL virus protocols. Instead of playing tonight at Colorado, the team will return home, with affected players traveling separately.
The Wild fell behind early and its lineup, already suffering from the loss of several key players, took another hit when Jared Spurgeon was hurt.
With a teammate sidelined, the pandemic is still a threat to the continuity of the NHL season.
Wild captain Jared Spurgeon suffered an upper-body injury Tuesday, missing the entire third period.
Nathan MacKinnon will be out for the remainder of the team's four-game series against the Wild, which resumes tonight in Denver.
Jonas Brodin scored the game-winner as the Wild wore its North Stars-themed jerseys for the first time and rallied past Colorado with a hastily revamped roster.
While just getting through the night unscathed might have been a moral victory, the Wild earned more –- two much-needed points in the standings, a template for how to slow down the Avalanche and some swagger for its trip to Denver.
Kyle Rau, Gerald Mayhew and Luke Johnson were activated from the taxi squad in time for Sunday night's victory over the Avalanche.
The Avalanche got a jump on the Wild early and did not look back, limiting Minnesota to a season-low 20 shots. "They're the class of the league," Zach Parise said.
Cam Talbot was hurt Jan. 22 in the Wild's home opener vs. San Jose, leaving the game ahead of the second period with a lower-body injury that Talbot called a fluke.
Matt Dumba got his left skate tied up with teammate Jordan Greenway's right skate, and Dumba's right leg bent underneath him as he fell.
The Wild will take a by-committee approach tonight to filling winger Fiala's spot while he starts to serve a three-game suspension for boarding.
After spending most of last season in the minors, ex-Clarkson star Nico Sturm has been in a key role for the Wild this season.
Kevin Fiala was penalized for boarding Kings defenseman Matt Roy during Thursday night's game, and the Wild forward will miss three games vs. Colorado.
After dropping back-to-back games at home, the Wild rebounded Thursday night with a fast start leading to a 5-3 win over Los Angeles at Xcel Energy Center.
Marcus Johansson contributed to a three-goal outburst in the first period, and rediscovered his chemistry with Kirill Kaprizov in Thursday's slump-busting, 5-3 win.
After two straight losses, Wild coach Dean Evason decided it was time for a change to try and spur his offense.
Joel Eriksson Ek tied the score early in the third period, but Carl Grundstrom put the Kings back in front only four minutes later.
Overall, the power play is 2-for-30 this season and ranks 29th in the NHL at 6.7 percent after going 0-for-3 against Los Angeles.
Optional morning skates precede games as team works out how best to prepare.
Wild coach Dean Evason says starting goalie Cam Talbot will miss his second consecutive game and is day-to-day.
Despite a winning record, "We play in spurts right now," center Nick Bonino says.
Burns scored with less than two minutes to play as Wild split their two-game series with San Jose.
Said left winger Marcus Foligno: "He loves the game. You can just tell."