The Wild Beat
May 10
The Wild is back at Xcel Energy Center for Game 5 against the Blues on Tuesday night.

Despite Sunday's loss, Wild not looking at changes for Game 5

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.
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May 10
Nashville Predators defenseman Jarred Tinordi (24) crashed into the boards as Minnesota Wild left wing Kevin Fiala (22) struggled to stay on his skate

Will Kevin Fiala show up tonight + are the Twins for real?

The Wild's star winger is having his second straight subpar playoff year, and that's hurting his team. Plus, Phil Miller joins host Michael Rand and brings some optimism to questions about the Twins.
Wild
May 10
Kevin Fiala (22) scored 33 goals during the regular season but has only one point through four playoff games.

Wild needs more from Fiala's line to successfully battle Blues

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.
Wild
May 9
Mats Zuccarello of the Wild and Blues captain Ryan O’Reilly went after the puck during Sunday’s Game 4 in St. Louis.

Wild hopes to take advantage of home ice in Game 5

Both teams have won on the road as the Western Conference playoff series is tied at two.
Sports
May 9
St. Louis Blues’ Jordan Kyrou (25) celebrates after scoring a goal Sunday.

Patrick Reusse on the Wild's missed chance, Twins and Kentucky Derby

It was a jam-packed Monday Daily Delivery podcast with host Michael Rand.
Wild
May 8
Blues center Jordan Kyrou (25) snapped a shot past Wild goalie Marc-Andre Fleury for the first of his two goals in St. Louis’ 5-2 Game 4 victory in

Wild fails to cash in on opportunities, falls 5-2 to Blues in Game 4

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.
Wild
May 8
Wild teammates Kirill Kaprizov (97) and Jared Spurgeon (46) celebrated after Kaprizov tied the score in the first period Sunday in St. Louis. But the

Wild fails to generate another multigoal comeback

For the fourth time in as many games in this series, the team that scored first went on to win.
Wild
May 8
Wild winger Frederick Gaudreau worked the puck against the Blues’ Jordan Kyrou on Sunday in St. Louis.

Wild-St. Louis Game 4 recap

A quick look at Sunday's game.
Wild
May 7
The Wild’s Kirill Kaprizov scored his third goal of the game against St. Louis goalie Ville Husso during Minnesota’s 6-2 victory in Game 2.

Wild looks to fill 'tip jar' of pucks all the way to the Stanley Cup

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.
Wild
May 7
The Wild’s Joel Eriksson Ek (14) celebrated with linemates Marcus Foligno, left, and Jordan Greenway (18) after scoring in the first period in Game

Wild's 'GREEF' line is checking and scoring vs. Blues

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.
Wild
May 7
Wild goalie Marc Andre Fleury

Both teams staying with goaltenders in Wild-Blues series

Marc-Andre Fleury and Ville Husso continue to hold things down as series switches to St. Louis.
Wild
May 7
The Wild’s Joel Eriksson Ek works the puck against the Blues’ Jordan Kyrou during the first period in Game 3

Wild takes control of series with Game 3 blowout win over Blues

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.
Wild
May 7

Wild-St. Louis Game 3 recap

A quick look at Friday night's victory.
The Wild Beat
May 6
The Wild has dropped seven in a row to the Blues at Enterprise Center ahead of playing Game 3 on Friday night.

After Game 2 success, Wild not making lineup changes tonight

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.
Wild
May 6
St. Louis Blues' Ryan O'Reilly (90) works against Minnesota Wild's Kevin Fiala (22) for the puck in front of Wild goalie Marc-Andre Fleury during the

Souhan: Wild should put goonery aside in favor of skill — and humor

Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, owner of three Stanley Cup titles, responded to the Game 1 loss to St. Louis with humor more than intensity. He may be on to something.
Wild
May 5
Wild winger Kirill Kaprizov (97) celebrated with teammates on the bench — and waited for hats to be removed from the Xcel Energy Center ice —after

Kaprizov changed little, but outcome was much better in Game 2

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.
Wild
May 5
Wild center Joel Eriksson Ek stuffed the puck past Blues goalie Ville Husso in the second period of Game 2 on Wednesday. Eriksson Ek reached career hi

Eriksson Ek's value always appreciated by his Wild teammates

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.
Wild
May 5
Joel Eriksson Ek (14) of the Minnesota Wild celebrates with teammates after scoring in the first period Tuesday, May 4, at Xcel Energy Center in St. P

Wild turns tables with a big win + $20 a month for Bally Sports North?

Michael Rand offers up two hot topics on the Daily Delivery: The Wild's Game 2 turnaround and a streaming platform to watch Minnesota sports. Plus, a visit with Loons goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair and wondering about Dylan Bundy.
Wild
May 5
Fans stood for team introductions Tuesday in Game 2 of the NHL playoffs between the Wild and St. Louis Blues.

Scoggins: One break opens floodgates, returns Wild to high gear

With the Blues controlling play early in Game 2, a broken stick sent the puck the Wild's way, and then the mood changed and the floodgates opened at the X.
Wild
May 5
Kirill Kaprizov (97) of the Minnesota Wild gets the puck past St. Louis Blues goalie Ville Husso for a goal in the third period Tuesday, May 4, at Xce

Kaprizov's hat trick conquers the Blues for a night in Wild's Game 2 win

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.