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Residents of the State of Hockey continue to be amazed that their Minnesota Wild have the best record in the NHL. Many are also surprised at who leads the team in goal scoring.
The correct answer is a third-line center better known for his blue-collar work ethic and strong defensive play, Kyle Brodziak.
He had two goals in Saturday's win in Phoenix to bump his season total to 10, just six shy of his career high set last season.
So, would Brodziak now consider himself a goal scorer?
"No, I wouldn't go that far," he said with a slight laugh after the game. "It feels good to help contribute, but that's just a product of what we're doing. I think the way everybody's playing it just makes it easier for all of us. It's fun hockey to play."
Then again, Brodziak isn't expected to be a leading scorer-type player. He's far more of a complete player.
First-year coach Mike Yeo couldn't be more enthused about the versatility and effor...
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TUESDAYS STORYLNES: The big story out of Winnipeg is Wild forward Guillaume Latendresse will return to the lineup. Latendresse has missed 15 games with a concussion.
Yesterday Yeo had stated he wanted Latendresse to get more practice time, but Matt Cullen came down with the flu overnight and will not be able to play tonight.
"Ideally we probably would have liked to give him...
ST. PAUL, Minn. By this time next year, the Minnesota Wild will be in a new conference following the NHL's realignment. When that happens, games against the likes of Winnipeg and Chicago will be conference games.After losing 2-1 Tuesday on the road to the Jets, Minnesota fell 4-3 in a shootout at home Wednesday to the second-place Blackhawks. Both games showed that the Wild...
Captain Mikko Koivu injured himself late in Wednesday night's loss to Chicago.
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune, Pierre-Marc Bouchard suffered a broken nose and cut lip Tuesday night when he was driven face-first into the boards by a Winnipeg defenseman. But the Wild winger said he thinks he has avoided what everyone who knows his history fears—a concussion.
Unfortunately for the Wild, Guillaume Latendresse hasn’t.
One game after returning from...
A Win Where The Wild Things Are: Blackhawks 3 Wild 3Hawks win rap battle 2-0.
(Yeah, another lame title. Sorry about that). On the surface, it looked like it would be a standard Hawks/Wild game on Versus: middle of the week in Minnesota, hot Wild team, strong defensively and Nick Backstrom in goal. This had 1-0 Wild win written all over it. Sometimes, these things don’t go to...
A reminder to all Minnesota Wild fans that due to the nationally televised broadcast of the top two teams in the Western Conference, the start time for Wednesday's Wild vs. Blackhawks matchup will be 6:30 PM. Fans attending the game should plan on...
from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants, Pierre-Marc Bouchard is in the house, road the bike and is now on the ice. I’m no doc, but broken nose is a guarantee, and coach Mike Yeo pretty much confirmed that (“nose is smashed up”). Also has a cut lip. Still, depending on how he feels, he’s a game-time decision. Yeo said he wants to make sure Bouchard feels good because of his...
Guillaume Latendresse will make a surprise return in first-ever Wild-Winnipeg game
Quietly, steadily, the Minnesota Wild crept up Adrian Dater's weekly Power Rankings and they've reached the top at last. The Kings qualify as a big surprise in the opposite direction.
The latest is captain Mikko Koivu, who hurt his leg in overtime against Chicago. First word is it isn't serious.
By DAVE CAMPBELL
AP Sports Writer
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The Minnesota Wild are playing for their third head coach in four seasons, they haven't won a playoff series in nearly nine years and their roster is mostly unrecognizable to sports fans outside of -- or even in -- the state.
Here they are, though, leading the NHL with 43 points at their 30-game mark.
An intriguing matchup between Western Conference powers is on tap tonight in Minnesota, where the Wild entertain the Chicago Blackhawks in a battle of division leaders from Xcel Energy Center.