NHL finalizes playoff details; practice facilities open Monday

NHL finalizes playoff details; practice facilities open Monday

Teams will be able to open their practice facilities with no more than six players skating at a time without coaches in Phase 2 of the league's Return To Play protocol. Here are more details.
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June 5
Mike Max interviews protesters at Bobby and Steve’s Auto World in Minneapolis on Sunday, May 31. Protesters were surrounded by MPD and arrested in a

How WCCO sports anchor Mike Max became a frontline reporter at the George Floyd protests

During the crisis, WCCO sports director Mike Max has shown he can cover civil unrest as well as any hard-news reporter. Maybe even better.
June 3
“We’re just excited about the opportunity to battle for [the Stanley Cup].” Coach Dean Evason about the Wild being in the playoffs

'We have an opportunity': Wild coach Evason eager to resume play

If the NHL resumes, the Wild will face Vancouver in a best-of-five qualifying round. "We're certainly looking at it as the first round of the playoffs," Wild coach Dean Evason said.
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June 2

Athletes aren't staying on sidelines following George Floyd's killing

While speaking out a generation ago might have been deemed harmful to a brand, staying silent during a time of national crisis in 2020 can create an impression of being complacent at best and complicit at worst.
May 29
Iowa Wild's Mayhew named American Hockey League MVP

Iowa Wild's Mayhew named American Hockey League MVP

Gerry Mayhew scored a league-high 39 goals, the most by an AHL skater since 2011-12, and he finished third in points with 61 through 49 games
May 28
Willie Mitchell, center, celebrated a Wild goal, with teammate against Vancouver in the 2003 NHL playoffs.

Former Wild defenseman Mitchell still driven to succeed

Willie Mitchell, the tough ex-Wild player who appeared in 900-plus games over 15 NHL seasons, is now part owner of a resort on Vancouver Island.
May 28
Xcel Energy Center, seen here with a tribute to Prince prior to a Wild playoff game in 2016.

Twin Cities trying to sell themselves as hosts for planned NHL revival

Although large gatherings still are prohibited by Gov. Tim Walz, restrictions could loosen by the time the NHL selects its cities, or the state could make an exception for the NHL..
Minnesota Whitecaps co-head coach Ronda Engelhardt spoke to her players during practice.
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May 28

FAQ: The NHL's planned return to the ice

You have questions about the possible restart of the NHL season. We have answers.


  • Western Conference
    Central w l otl points home away
    St. Louis 42 19 10 94 23-7-5 19-12-5
    Colorado 42 20 8 92 18-9-6 24-11-2
    Dallas 37 24 8 82 19-12-3 18-12-5
    Winnipeg 37 28 6 80 20-14-3 17-14-3
    Nashville 35 26 8 78 17-14-4 18-12-4
    Minnesota 35 27 7 77 19-11-5 16-16-2
    Chicago 32 30 8 72 16-14-4 16-16-4
  • Pacific w l otl points home away
    Vegas 39 24 8 86 22-11-4 17-13-4
    Edmonton 37 25 9 83 17-11-6 20-14-3
    Calgary 36 27 7 79 16-13-4 20-14-3
    Vancouver 36 27 6 78 22-9-4 14-18-2
    Arizona 33 29 8 74 17-12-4 16-17-4
    Anaheim 29 33 9 67 16-15-5 13-18-4
    Los Angeles 29 35 6 64 19-13-2 10-22-4
    San Jose 29 36 5 63 17-17-2 12-19-3
  • Eastern Conference
    Atlantic w l otl points home away
    Boston 44 14 12 100 22-4-9 22-10-3
    Tampa Bay 43 21 6 92 22-10-2 21-11-4
    Toronto 36 25 9 81 18-9-7 18-16-2
    Florida 35 26 8 78 17-14-4 18-12-4
    Montreal 31 31 9 71 14-17-6 17-14-3
    Buffalo 30 31 8 68 20-11-4 10-20-4
    Ottawa 25 34 12 62 18-13-6 7-21-6
    Detroit 17 49 5 39 12-23-2 5-26-3
  • Metropolitan w l otl points home away
    Washington 41 20 8 90 18-10-5 23-10-3
    Philadelphia 41 21 7 89 25-6-4 16-15-3
    Pittsburgh 40 23 6 86 23-8-4 17-15-2
    Carolina 38 25 5 81 19-12-2 19-13-3
    Columbus 33 22 15 81 20-12-4 13-10-11
    NY Islanders 35 23 10 80 20-9-6 15-14-4
    NY Rangers 37 28 5 79 18-16-2 19-12-3
    New Jersey 28 29 12 68 13-11-10 15-18-2
  • Goals
    Z. Parise MIN 25
    K. Fiala MIN 23
    E. Staal MIN 19
    L. Kunin MIN 15
    M. Zuccarello MIN 15
  • Assists
    R. Suter MIN 40
    K. Fiala MIN 31
    E. Staal MIN 28
    J. Brodin MIN 26
    M. Zuccarello MIN 22
  • Points
    K. Fiala MIN 54
    R. Suter MIN 48
    E. Staal MIN 47
    Z. Parise MIN 46
    M. Zuccarello MIN 37
  • Goals-Against Avg.
    A. Stalock MIN 2.67
    D. Dubnyk MIN 3.35
  • Saves
    A. Stalock MIN 985
    D. Dubnyk MIN 756
    K. Kahkonen MIN 157
  • Wins
    A. Stalock MIN 20
    D. Dubnyk MIN 12
    K. Kahkonen MIN 3
  • Goals
    A. Ovechkin WAS 48
    D. Pastrnak BOS 48
    A. Matthews TOR 47
    L. Draisaitl EDM 43
    M. Zibanejad NYR 41
  • Assists
    L. Draisaitl EDM 67
    C. McDavid EDM 63
    A. Panarin NYR 63
    J. Carlson WAS 60
    B. Marchand BOS 59
  • Points
    L. Draisaitl EDM 110
    C. McDavid EDM 97
    D. Pastrnak BOS 95
    A. Panarin NYR 95
    N. MacKinnon COL 93
  • Goals-Against Avg.
    T. Rask BOS 2.12
    A. Khudobin DAL 2.22
    D. Kuemper ARI 2.22
    E. Merzlikins CLS 2.35
    J. Halak BOS 2.39
  • Saves
    C. Hellebuyck WPG 1656
    C. Price MON 1595
    A. Vasilevskiy TB 1472
    F. Andersen TOR 1434
    J. Gibson ANH 1403
  • Wins
    A. Vasilevskiy TB 35
    C. Hellebuyck WPG 31
    J. Binnington STL 30
    F. Andersen TOR 29
    (2) Players 27
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May 27
The Xcel Energy Center, home of the Wild, might be in the mix as an NHL Hub City for its planned restart.

Souhan: Restarted NHL season could play right into Wild's hands

Had the NHL stuck to the traditional 16-team bracket, the Wild would have been out. Instead, it will get to play a best-of-five series against Vancouver. Minnesota's players could have the edge.
May 27
Best teams will suffer the most when NHL, NBA start up. Here's why

Best teams will suffer the most when NHL, NBA start up. Here's why

Faced with a choice of getting creative or having no chance at starting (or re-starting) seasons, pro sports leagues are pretty much making up things as they go along.
May 26
The Wild's Marcus Foligno, above right, celebrates with Greg Pateryn, left, Mats Zuccarello, second from left and Jonas Brodin after a goal on March 8

NHL declares regular season over; Wild makes postseason - if there is one

If action resumes, and it wouldn't until July at the earliest, the Wild would face Vancouver in a play-in series.
May 26
This photo of an empty Nationwide Arena, taken prior to Game 6 of the Stanley Cup playoffs series against the Bruins last May, will likely resemble wh

The NHL's Return Plan: What you need to know

Twenty-four teams will make the postseason. There will be two hubs, one in the east and one in the west, to house teams for play.
Minnesota Wild's Charlie Coyle, left, is congratulated by teammates Thomas Vanek, of Austria, and Matt Dumba, right, after scoring during the third pe
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May 26
Wild players practicing at Tria Rink in 2018.

NHL expected to announce return-to-play format today; Wild would make playoffs

Gary Bettman is set to make a televised address at 3:30 p.m. about what hockey would look like if the NHL can resume the season this summer.
May 26
Kaapo Kahkonen

Iowa Wild's Kahkonen voted AHL's outstanding goaltender

The Iowa Wild's Kaapo Kahkonen has been recognized as the American Hockey League's outstanding goaltender for the 2019-20 season.
May 26
Jerry Havens, the soldier whose life Rich Nuessle helped save in Vietnam, visits Nuessle’s grave every year to pay his respects.

Reusse: Remembering a good Marine and a beloved sports photojournalist

Rich Nuessle was once a staple in the Twin Cities sports media. If you were in that circle and failed to have a wacky adventure with Rich, you had to be in quarantine. Behind the fun, though, was a hero with a tortured soul.
May 26

Mailbag: Star Tribune sports editors answer your questions this week

Have a question about how and why we do the things we do? The Star Tribune's sports editors will be answering your questions in this week's mailbag.
May 23
Wild forward Marcus Foligno (17) tangled with Jets defenseman Tyler Myers (57) during the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs. Myers is now with the Canucks, wh

Souhan: Fans should enjoy any Wild playoff run even if sportstuff will be missing

Sportstuff won't return for Stanley Cup playoffs, but fans should try to enjoy the sport at least.
May 22
Vancouver's J.T. Miller tried to score as Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk blocked the net at Xcel Energy Center in January. The Wild would face the Canucks i

NHL players approve 24-team playoff proposal, but many other hurdles remain

The Wild would qualify for the expanded postseason, facing the Canucks.
May 22
Eric Staal spoke on a Zoom teleconference Thursday.

Staal on finishing NHL season: 'I have a hard time envisioning it'

The latest return-to-play scenario reportedly being considered for pro hockey wouldn't wrap up the regular season nor jump to a normal playoff structure.
May 22
Under an NHL Return to Play scenario that includes 24 teams, the Wild and Canucks could face off in a five-game play-in series.

Lessons and hope after 10 weeks of hockey's upheaval

We've learned terms like "social distancing'' and "flattening the curve'' since the coronavirus pandemic shut down sports in March. Now, the NHL is taking steps toward returning, a sign of hope for many.
May 22
Star Tribune night sports editor Kevin Bertels at his home office, where he has led remote production of the sports section since mid-March.

Publish sports section from home? 'We never imagined we'd try this.'

Battling his neighbors for Wi-Fi speed at night, Kevin Bertels and a band of editors normally lashed together within easy shouting distance have redefined putting the newspaper, and themselves, to bed.

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