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ST. PAUL, Minn. Returning home from a pair of road losses, the Minnesota Wild believed their chance to pull out of their mini slump existed in Thursday night's game against the Northwest Division rival Vancouver Canucks.
Defenseman Ryan Suter said the heading in Thursday's contest against division-leading Vancouver was, "It's a playoff game." Minnesota then put up only three shots on goal in a sluggish third period and lost 4-1 to the Canucks.
"That was the whole talk before, everybody, we were all saying, It's a playoff game,'" Suter said after the game. "And we came out dead. There's no excuse for that. I said it earlier, when things aren't going well, you can't have slow starts. You can't even take one shift off."
Frustration was apparent in the Wild locker room after the game, the third straight loss in a shortened 48-game season in which Minnesota can't afford to fall too deep in the Western Conference stand...
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THURSDAY'S STORY LINES: For the first time in his young career, 20 year-old forward Mikael Granlund will be a healthy scratch. Granlund, who has struggled of late, said after morning skate Thursday: "I need to be better. This is a tough league."
Granlund added this is not a place he wants to be and he needs to work hard to improve.
Mike Yeo said though he thought...
WEDNESDAY'S STORY LINE: There was a new look and new face at the Wild's practice.
It appears rookie Charlie Coyle could start on the top line with Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu. The 20-year-old skated with Parise and Koivu in practice, and Dany Heatley -- who has zero points in the last three games -- was moved to the second line with Matt Cullen and Pierre-Marc Bouchard....
The Minnesota Wild haven't been playing up to their hype and potential, and in this lockout-shortened season the time for a turnaround is tight.
Winless in four road games this year, the Wild returned home this week and will host Vancouver on Thursday. Seven of their next nine games are against Northwest Division teams. The 48-game season is about 20 percent gone.
So at practice...
Minnesota Wild Defenseman Clayton Stoner lays the woods to Vancouver Canucks forward fraud Alex Burrows. This a textbook legal hit. So far through one period this is the only bright spot for the Minnesota Wild.
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Definitely wouldn’t want to be a Wild fan right now. Their two big off-season acquisitions haven’t changed anything in Minnesota. It’s the same old bland brand of hockey.
The Canucks meanwhile are now off to their best start in eight years, so there’s that.
1. Stellar Schneider
It’s been a long time since Cory Schneider...
Corey Schneider made 22 saves and Mason Raymond had a power-play goal and an assist in the second period to lead Vancouver past the sputtering Minnesota Wild 4-1 on Thursday night, the fourth straight win for the Canucks.
Niklas Backstrom gave up two scores in each of the first two periods for the Wild, and Josh Harding was in the net for the final frame. Daniel Sedin, Chris Higgins...
A popular song from the late 1960's once said, "A time to build up,a time to break down, A time to dance, a time to mourn, A time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together" these were lyrics from Turn, Turn Turn by the Byrds. This would be an accurate description of the Minnesota Wild as of late as they attempt to adapt and shuffle its lines try to find...
The last thing the sputtering Minnesota Wild need right now is to face arguably the league's best defense and perhaps its hottest goaltender.
That, however, is likely what they'll be up against Saturday night when they host the Nashville Predators.
Expectations are sky high for the Wild (4-5-1) after the offseason signings of high-scoring forward Zach Parise and defenseman...
The Minnesota Wild have not been playing up to the preseason hype or their potential.
In this lockout-shortened season, the time for a turnaround is tight.
Winless in four road games this season, the Wild (4-4-1) return home to face the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night. Seven of their next nine games are against Northwest Division teams, and the 48-game season is about 20 percent...
Minnesota Wild (4-5-1) 9pts (3rd in the Northwest)
2.10 Goals For per Game (27th in the NHL)
2.80 Goals Against per Game (17th in the NHL)
22nd ranked Power Play (16.2%)
11th ranked Penalty Kill (82.9%)
Top 5 Scorers:
1. #11 Zach Parise ~ 6G 4A = 10pts
2. #9 Mikko Koivu ~ 2G 6A = 8pts
3. #77 Tom Gilbert ~ 3G 4A = 7pts
4. #15 Dany Heatley ~...
The Nashville Predators head to the Twin Cities for the final time this season to take on the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night. This will be the second of three chances to give former team mate Ryan Suter a loss. These teams are heading in two different directions in the standings. Nashville is rising and jumping teams, while Minnesota is slowly moving...