Wild
January 1
Dmitry Kulikov (29) and Frederick Gaudreau of the Wild had steam coming off their heads during Saturday’s game.

Winter Classic game recap

The Winter Classic drew 38,619 to Target Field on Saturday.
Wild
January 1
Patrick Rafter of New Brighton waited for the start of Saturday night’s Winter Classic at Target Field.

Wild defenseman Brodin misses Winter Classic because of COVID-19

Calen Addison was activated from the taxi squad with captain Jared Spurgeon already out from the blue line group.
Wild
January 1
Target Field is ready for Saturday’s Winter Classic.

Reusse: Minnesota outdoor hockey, from Marvin to Motzko to Micheletti

Saturday's Winter Classic at Target Field will be the marquee event for the NHL.
Puck Drop
December 31, 2021
Minnesota Wild center Rem Pitlick drops a “Hi, Mom” in his video turn.

NHL Winter Classic embraces All-Hockey Hair traditions

A video features Wild and Blues players adopting the classic poses made famous at the state tournament while past team members will be at the event.
Wild
December 31, 2021
Jordie Benn, left, bumped Kirill Kaprizov during the Wild’s practice at Target Field on Friday.

Wild gets Winter Classic dress rehearsal at Target Field practice

The players got used to the elements under the bright lights, but colder weather is in the Saturday forecast.
Wild
December 31, 2021
Preparations continued at Target Field for Saturday’s Winter Classic meeting between the Wild and St. Louis Blues.

Winter Classic preview: Wild vs. St. Louis

Defenseman Calen Addison was activated from the taxi squad Saturday with defenseman Jonas Brodin doubtful while in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol.
Wild
December 31, 2021
Wild players and coaches posed for a photo during a Winter Classic practice Friday at Target Field.

Beyond the spectacle, the Wild has job to do in Winter Classic

The team, which until recently sat atop the Western Conference, skates into its matchup with rival St. Louis on a four-game losing streak.
Sports
December 31, 2021
Three who will inspire in 2022 (clockwise from top left): Andrea Yoch, soccer leader; Wild boss Bill Guerin and Lynx star Napheesa Collier.

Neal: My picks for who will inspire us in Minnesota sports in 2022

Sports inspirations for a new year: Columnist La Velle E. Neal III picks a player, a team and a leader who can be our sources for optimism as we begin a new year.
Wild
December 31, 2021
The Wild plays in the Winter Classic on Saturday.

Wild has two more games postponed, including Monday at Ottawa

A game Jan. 12 at Edmonton will also be rescheduled.
Wild
December 31, 2021
Wild center Nick Bjugstad, left, and defenseman Jared Spurgeon took a look around Target Field recently as the outdoor rink was being constructed for

As Winter Classic nears, Wild players recall hockey at its most elemental

"It's where the love of the game comes from," captain and defenseman Jared Spurgeon said of his youthful days playing pickup games on outdoor rinks.
Sports
December 30, 2021
We could call Gophers cornerback Coney Durr and ask him what his favorite sports moment of 2021 was ... but we probably don’t need to do that.

Year of Minnesota sports are nearly history; 10 topics that stood out

To help you build optimism for 2022, Michael Rand lists 10 things from 2021 that kept us entertained.
Wild
December 30, 2021
Dean Evason coached the Wild into the playoffs in his first full season (2020-21) and has the team among the NHL’s best this season.

'Passion and compassion': Wild's Evason gets three-year extension

Coach Dean Evason and his staff received contract extensions only days before the group is set to lead the Wild against the Blues in the Winter Classic at Target Field.
Wild
December 30, 2021
The Wild wasn’t expecting defenseman Jonas Brodin to play in the Winter Classic at Target Field on Saturday after he tested positive for COVID-19 on

Under new guidelines, Wild might get Brodin back for Winter Classic

Defenseman Jonas Brodin now faces only a five-day isolation period instead of 10 from the NHL's new COVID policy as Saturday's game approaches.
Wild
December 29, 2021
Target Field will play host to the Winter Classic on Saturday.

Wild players excited for Winter Classic — except for bitter cold part

Below-zero temperatures are expected Saturday for the NHL's marquee event at Target Field.
Wild
December 29, 2021
Nolan Stevens, left, played for Northeastern in 2015 when he faced the Gophers in a game at Mariucci Arena.

Wild makes minor league deal, acquires Nolan Stevens from Blues

Will Bitten, who played the past four seasons at Iowa of the American Hockey League, will go to the St. Louis organization.
Puck Drop
December 29, 2021
Phil Kessel, right, congratulated Arizona teammate Janis Moser on Tuesday in San Jose, Calif.

Gophers men's hockey has new top dog in NHL scoring

Or Coyote, after Phil Kessel's four assists on Tuesday.
Minneapolis
December 29, 2021
Preparations for the NHL Winter Classic on Saturday continued at Target Field on Wednesday.

Winter Classic plans Target Field fun despite, because of cold

The event likely will be a stern test of the ballpark's cold weather enhancements.
Wild
December 29, 2021
Preparations are underway for Saturday’s Winter Classic at Target Field.

All-time Winter Classic results

The Wild will play the St. Louis Blues on Saturday at Target Field in the 13th Winter Classic.
Wild
December 28, 2021
Kirill Kaprizov and the Wild have 11 days between games thanks to NHL postponements because of COVID-19.

Winter Classic could be a stage for Wild's Kaprizov

With NHL players bowing out of the Olympics, the league's marquee event will be one of the few appearances Russian star Kirill Kaprizov has on national television.
Wild
December 28, 2021
The Wild isn’t expecting Jonas Brodin to suit up for the Winter Classic on Saturday at Target Field after the defenseman tested positive for COVID-1

Wild defenseman Brodin enters NHL's COVID-19 protocol

Calen Addison will be recalled from AHL Iowa as the team prepares for Saturday's Winter Classic.