Found February 10, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
MINNEAPOLIS Last season, the Minnesota Gophers men's hockey team received their weekend bye in mid-January, less than three weeks after the holiday break. In the Gophers' eyes, the timing of the break was unfortunate because they didn't feel they needed a break at the time. After the weekend off, Minnesota went 6-5-3 the rest of the way to finish 13-10-5 in the WCHA, placing fifth in the conference. The Gophers hope this season's bye week was a little more beneficial. After getting last weekend off, No. 2 Minnesota (19-9-1, 15-5-0 WCHA) returns this weekend for a road series against No. 14 Denver (15-9-4, 10-6-4). "I think it was really great timing," said Nick Bjugstad, who leads the Gophers with 21 goals and 33 points. "Last year we got a week off at the beginning of the season, which you don't really need it because you're not that tired. You get into February and your legs are getting a little tired. So, I feel it was good for us."...

Koivu returns to face Vancouver tonight

ST. PAUL, Minn. The wait and speculation is over. Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu was activated from injured reserve Thursday and will be in the lineup when Minnesota hosts the Vancouver Canucks. Koivu, who hasnt played since Jan. 14 because of a shoulder injury, has been skating in practice and for over a week, but hadnt been cleared to play. The Wild, who are tied for eighth...

Wild can't go wrong as deadline approaches

ST. PAUL, Minn. The Minnesota Wild might have been the biggest surprise in the NHL when they were leading the league in mid-December with a franchise-best 20-8-5 start. After just two wins in their next 12 games, they were on the outside of the playoff picture.Certainly, Minnesota accelerated its development timetable with a fast start to the season, but are the Wild truly a team...

Wild begin home-heavy part of schedule

THURSDAY'S STORY LINE: Home sweet home. Home isn't a place the Wild have seen a lot of the last few months. Minnesota has played 20 of the last 29 games on the road and they are looking forward to unpacking their suitcases and being at home for awhile. Minnesota will play 18 of their final 29 games in St. Paul. "It has been a long stretch on the road, it is something...

Wild's Staubitz clears waivers

SATURDAY'S STORY LINE: Mike Lundin, who has been a healthy scratch in 16 of the last 20 games will be back in the lineup tonight for the Minnesota Wild, versus Columbus. "It has been long enough for him and we want to give him a chance here. He has played some really good hockey for us," said coach Mike Yeo. At different points of the season, injecting a new player...

Denver stuns Gophers hockey in overtime

DENVER -- Denver left the Minnesota men stunned late Saturday night, handing the Gophers a 4-3 overtime defeat in WCHA hockey action. The Gophers had owned a decisive, two-goal lead at mid-game, before the Pioneers' Nick Shore tallied the game's final two goals to cap Denver's weekend sweep. That saddled Minnesota with its first Saturdaysetback in WCHA play this season...

Gophers star Rau suspended one game for hit

The Minnesota Gophers' second-leading goal-scorer, Kyle Rau, was suspended today for one-game, due to a recent hit he put on Denver's Jason Zucker -- a Minnesota Wild prospect. Rau, a freshman from Eden Prairie, was dealt a one-game suspension by the Western Collegiate Hockey Association under the league's Supplementary Discipline Policy and Procedures. Rau, a 5-foot...

Budish, Bjugstad and Rau formidible for UM

MINNEAPOLIS Two are former Minnesota Mr. Hockey winners, the third might have been able to take home the same trophy if it weren't for an injury. All three players were selected in the top three rounds of the NHL draft and were among the top high school recruits in the country their senior seasons. Each of them could have ended up in various parts of the country, but Zach...

Koivu returns to Wild lineup after missing 8 games

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu returned to the lineup on Thursday night after missing eight games because of an injured left shoulder.

Canucks vs. Minnesota Wild Betting Odds & Handicapping Preview Feb. 8

An Ironman After Thursday? A battle between the #1 and #2 teams in the Northwest Division headlines a busy night of NHL Betting action Thursday. The Vancouver Canucks, winners of two straight games and having played five straight extra-time contests head into Minnesota to take on the struggling Wild. CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE VANCOUVER CANUCKS CLUBHOUSE TODAY! Vancouver Canucks...

Staubitz placed on waivers

One day after a one-sided loss to Vancouver, Wild winger Brad Staubitz was given his walking papers

Koivu returns tonight vs. Vancouver; Stoner placed on IR; Lots of interest in Ruutu

Captain Mikko Koivu will return tonight against Vancouver. A lot of teams are showing interest in Carolina winger Tuomo Ruutu.

M. Gymnastics. Iowa Sets New Mark for Season High Team Score

The University of Iowa men's gymnastics team set a new mark for its season high team score, but couldn't edge out No. 6 Minnesota or No. 11 Nebraska in a tri-meet inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The No. 12 Hawkeyes tallied a 334.500 to place third. The Golden Gophers placed first with a 340 while Nebraska finished runner-up with a 336.500.

Minnesota falls in OT to No. 21 Wisconsin 68-61

Freshman point guard Andre Hollins gave Minnesota his best game of the season, guiding a spirited comeback with a career-high 20 points against No. 21 Wisconsin.
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