Don’t underestimate Erik Haula’s importance to the Wild

The speedy third line center has been a bit maligned during this season and some are ready to let him go to make room for Joel Eriksson Ek. Erik Haula has played just 469 minutes over 33 games in the 2016-17 season. To put that in perspective, it’s roughly half of TOI forward leaders Mikko Koivu, Eric Staal, and Mikael Granlund. It is not at the bottom of the list, yet is only...
Via Hockey Wilderness
3 hours ago

Is Marco Scandella's contract a bad deal?

I've heard critiques about the contracts of Eric Staal, Devan Dubnyk, Mikko Koivu, Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, Mikael Granlund but not Marco Scandella. So I took a look if that's justified of just something that's gone unnoticed. Marco Scandella has been a regular on the Wild blue line since 2013-14, and on November 30, 2014, he signed a 5-year, $20 million contract. Since entering...
Via Hockey Wilderness
4 hours ago

Wild hosts Coyotes after suffering rare loss

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- One of the remarkable changes for the Minnesota Wild under first-year coach Bruce Boudreau has been a consistency in the team's approach after years of dramatic swings in play. Only once this season has Minnesota lost consecutive games in regulation, and that was Nov. 1 and 5 while still gelling under Boudreau's guidance. The Wild host the Arizona Coyotes on...
Via FOX Sports
16 hours ago

Wild's Jonas Brodin out at least month with broken finger

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin will miss at least the next month because of a broken finger. Brodin was hurt Tuesday in the Wild's 4-3 loss to New Jersey. After Brodin was examined by a specialist, the Wild announced Wednesday that Brodin will be out for a minimum of four weeks. The Western Conference-leading Wild had successfully dodged the injury...
Via Associated Press
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Late goal sinks Wild in 4-3 loss to Devils

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Beau Bennett scored with 2:17 remaining to lift the New Jersey Devils over the Minnesota Wild in an unexpected 4-3 victory Tuesday night.Pavel Zacha, Adam Henrique and Kyle Palmieri scored for New Jersey, which went 3-0-1 on its four-game road trip. Cory Schneider made 32 saves.Jared Spurgeon, Jason Zucker and Erik Haula scored for Minnesota, which had won 17 of...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jared Spurgeon scores crazy goal

If Jared Spurgeon’s goal on Tuesday night against the New Jersey Devils isn’t named the best of the year, it at least deserves to be in the conversation. After the puck deflected and hit off the opposing netminder, Spurgeon tipped the puck down to himself before batting in an absolute beauty of goal. I’ve watched a lot of hockey and I don’t think I’ve seen a goal quite...
Via Puck Drunk Love
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild: Slow and Steady Winning the Race for Staal

Eric Staal has proven to be the most consistent point producer in the Minnesota Wild lineup this season.  It’s no coincidence that with a slow and steady pace he’s climbed back into the ranks of elite scorers in the NHL. Consistency, it’s a hard thing to find in the NHL.  The idea that you can […] Minnesota Wild: Slow and Steady Winning the Race for Staal - Gone Puck Wild...
Via Gone Puck Wild
2 days ago

Minnesota Wild: Beleive That They Should Be Here

The Minnesota Wild are flying high atop of the Western Conference today after their great weekend of back-to-back road wins.  Considering where the Wild were last season at this time, the turnaround seems to be coming from a resilience and the lessons their new bench boss brought with him on how to handle the lows […] Minnesota Wild: Beleive That They Should Be Here - Gone Puck...
Via Gone Puck Wild
2 days ago

Wild beat Chicago, claim first place in Western Conference

CHICAGO -- Jason Pominville scored in the third period, Devan Dubnyk made 33 saves and the Minnesota Wild beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Sunday night to grab sole possession of the top spot in the Western Conference.Nino Niederreiter and Chris Stewart also scored as Minnesota earned its fourth straight win and improved to 17-1-1 since Dec. 4. The Wild also beat the Blackhawks...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild mascot beats Blackhawks mascot with bat on 'birthday'

Thursday night marked the apparent birthday of Nordy, the Minnesota Wild’s beloved mascot. To celebrate the event, mascots from several other NHL teams made the trip to Xcel Energy Center for their colleague’s special day. And how do NHL mascots celebrate birthdays, you ask? By allowing the birthday mascot to beat a rival mascot senseless with a bat, apparently, with the victim...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Crazy stat: The Minnesota Wild have only lost one game this season by more than one goal

The Minnesota Wild have been on quite the roll of late, winning each of their past 11 games. Their streak has pushed them up the standings and into a tight battle with the Chicago Blackhawks for the top spot in the Central Division. The winning streak is impressive enough as is, but behind the streak and the team’s season are a plethora of statistics which are almost too good to...
Via Puck Drunk Love
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild’s Kurtis Gabriel on fighting: “I’m trying to hurt them”

Hockey Headlines Sergei Fedorov reportedly lost all his NHL money when a friend deceived him The KHL just adopted 3-on-3 overtime in the middle of their season Tortorella's decision to ban morning skates is because "common sense dictates" Kurtis Gabriel of the Minnesota...
Via Puck Drunk Love
December 16, 2016  |  Discuss

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