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State of Hockey News:
Minnesota Wild (2-1-2) 6pts 4th in the Central
2.80 Goals For (16th)
2.20 Goals Against (6th)
30.4% Power Play (5th)
66.7% Penalty Kill (28th)
Top 5 Scorers:
1. #24 Matt Cooke ~ 3G 2A = 5pts
2. #11 Zach Parise ~ 4G 0A = 4pts
3. #25 Jonas Brodin ~ 2G 2A = 4pts
4. #46 Jared Spurgeon ~ 1G 2A = 3pts
5. #22 Nino Niederreiter ~ 1G 2A = 3pts
Top 3 PIM's:
1. #28 Zenon Konopka ~ 17 PIM's
2. #2 Keith Ballard ~ 7 PIM's
3. #4 Clayton Stoner ~ 6 PIM's
1. #32 Niklas Backstrom (0-0-2) 3.40GAA .849%SP
2. #37 Josh Harding (2-1-0) 1.07GAA .944%SP
Buffalo Sabres (0-5-1) 1pt 8th in the Atlantic
1.00 Goals For (30th)
2.67 Goals Against (15th)
9.5% Power Play (27th)
90% Penalty Kill (5th)
Top 5 Scorers:
1. #19 Cody Hodgson ~ 1G 4A = 5pts
2. #26 Thomas Vanek ~ 2G 2A = 4pts
3. #4 Jamie McBain ~ 1G 1A = 2pts
4. #21 Drew Stafford ~ 1G 0A = 1p...
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Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard took a puck to the face during Monday night's game against the Buffalo Sabres.
The puck deflected off the skate of Sabres forward Brian Flynn directly into Ballard's face. Ballard does not wear a visor, but it's not clear whether that would have helped here. Just part of the game.
GIF via @CJZero. H/T NIS.
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild bench was busy collecting pucks on Saturday night.
The pucks were snapped up quickly and will go somewhere special for Justin Fontaine and Mathew Dumba, two Minnesota rookies who have taken vastly different paths to the NHL.
Fontaine and Dumba each scored his first NHL goal in Saturday's 5-1 win against the Dallas Stars. Nino Niederreiter...
Rookies Justin Fontaine and Mathew Dumba both scored their first NHL goals and Josh Harding made 18 saves for his second straight win as the Minnesota Wild beat the Dallas Stars 5-1 on Saturday night.
Minnesota came in giving up a league-low 22.0 shots per game, and kept the pressure off Harding, who was filling in for injured starter Niklas Backstrom. Two nights after stopping...
Afternoon from the Mothership -- Air Canada Centre in the Center of the Hockey Universe Toronto.
The Wild held a very optional skate this morning which included coach Mike Yeo so you'll have to wait until after 5 p.m. ET for confirmation of the lineup. That's when we're meeting with Yeo.
BUT my guess is Darcy Kuemper makes his fourth career start for all the reasons...
Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard fell victim to one of the occupational hazards of being a professional hockey player during today’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. A speeding puck deflected off of a Sabres player’s skate and ricocheted straight up and into Ballard’s face. It’s one of those freak accidents that would send most people straight to the Worker’s Comp...
Though the Minnesota Wild haven't been scoring much this season, they've limited opponents' scoring opportunities better than any team in the NHL.
They overwhelmed the Dallas Stars on both ends of the rink on Saturday night.
Rookies Justin Fontaine and Mathew Dumba both scored their first NHL goals and Josh Harding made 18 saves for his second straight win as the Wild...
Almost daily Jason Pominville will get recognized around the Twin Cities. He’s always flattered although inevitably the Wild winger knows where the conversation will usually end up.
It takes mere minutes for hockey-mad Wild and Gophers fans to ask Pominville if his former Buffalo Sabres teammate Thomas Vanek will soon be reuniting with him in Minnesota.
“It’s funny” said...
Jason Pominville scored the winning goal in his return to Buffalo as the Minnesota Wild beat the winless Sabres 2-1 on Monday night.
Kyle Brodziak also scored for Minnesota (3-1-2). Josh Harding made 21 saves.
Buffalo (0-6-1) tied a franchise record for longest winless streak to start a season. The Sabres were 0-5-2 in 1999 and 0-4-3 in 1990.
Pominville, a former Sabres captain...
The Toronto Maple Leafs aren't showing signs of slowing down, but they could find things a bit more difficult against the defensive-minded Minnesota Wild.
Red-hot Joffrey Lupul hopes to extend his outstanding stretch and help Toronto continue its best start in 20 years Tuesday night against the visiting Minnesota Wild.
Although they faced four different one-goal deficits, the...
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Rookies Justin Fontaine and Mathew Dumba both scored their first NHL goals and Josh Harding made 18 saves for his second straight win as the Minnesota Wild beat the Dallas Stars 5-1 on Saturday night.
Minnesota came in giving up a league-low 22.0 shots per game, and kept the pressure off Harding, who was filling in for injured starter Niklas Backstrom.
There was a 16-minute delay to start the second period Monday night as arena workers at First Niagara Center scurried about trying to figure out a way to turn the lights on again.
It was perfect symbolism for the Buffalo Sabres’ power outage to start this season.
The Sabres were winless had scored six goals … and it scared the heck out of Mike Yeo. It’s why the Wild coach...
Minnesota Wild (1-2-1) 4pts 5th in the Central
2.25 Goals For (22nd)
2.50 Goals Against (14th)
26.3% Power Play (7th)
66.7% Penalty Kill (27th)
Top 5 Scorers:
1. #11 Zach Parise ~ 3G 0A = 3pts
2. #25 Jonas Brodin ~ 2G 1A = 3pts
3. #24 Matt Cooke ~ 2G 1A = 3pts
4. #64 Mikael Granlund ~ 0G 3A = 3pts
5. #20 Ryan Suter ~ 0G 2A = 2pts
Minnesota Wild (3-1-2) 8pts 3rd in the Central
2.67 Goals per Game (16th)
2.00 Goals Against per Game (6th)
30.8% Power Play (5th)
72.7% Penalty Kill (24th)
Top 5 Goals:
1. #24 Matt Cooke ~ 3G 3A = 6pts
2. #25 Jonas Brodin ~ 2G 3A = 5pts
3. #11 Zach Parise ~ 4G 0A = 4pts
4. #46 Jared Spurgeon ~ 1G 3A = 4pts
5. #9 Mikko Koivu ~ 0G 4A = 4pts
For a long time the Toronto Maple Leafs were a bit of a punchline for their futility as well as the large number of pugilists they seemed to have in their lineup. After qualifying for the playoffs for the first time in 7 years the Leafs were no longer the butt of all hockey related jokes in Canada. Although one of the biggest chokes in professional sports in the last 25 years...
It was a chilly winter day in Buffalo. I was in the driver’s seat of my dad’s 2002 red Dodge pickup truck as it rumbled down Newhouse Road in Clarence Center. My sister was riding shotgun. We were on our way to a classy Italian restaurant called Faletta’s and were as excited as we could be.
She had gotten a call the week before telling her she won a drawing to have dinner...