Found March 05, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
MONDAY'S STORY LINE: Before heading to Colorado to take on the Avalanche, the Wild hit the ice at the Xcel Energy Center for practice. Defenseman Clayton Stoner, who has missed 15 games with a lower body injury, joined the team for the first time in a month. The defenseman was happy to be back with his teammates after four weeks of working out on his own and with a trainer. "It is fun to be back with the guys and feel like you are part of the team again and know you are on the path to recovery," said Stoner. Stoner said he felt good out there; even so, there is no timetable for his return. "It was good to be back on the ice with the team. I felt pretty good," said Stoner. "I don't think I am ready to be in a game yet. With a month off you have got to get your timing back and get up to speed," noted Stoner. With the trades of Nick Schultz, Greg Zanon and Marek Zidlicky over the past 10 days, Stoner has become one of the senior members of the blue line on a team in need of leadership and physical play in the lineup. "It's not just his playing ability but he is a good leader for us and brings a lot of emotion every game," said Mike Yeo of Stoner. Yeo said he thought Stoner looked good and is anxious to get him back, but they will be cautious not to rush him. "We definitely don't want to put him in a tough spot. We are definitely going to make sure he isn't going to injure it any further if he comes back in and that we give him a chance to play well," said Yeo. Stoner will make the road trip to Colorado and Phoenix and practice with the team, but he is questionable for both games. OTHER INURY NEWS: Nick Palmieri (upper body) practiced with the team today and it questionable for tomorrow's game in Colorado. Palmieri missed Sunday's game after being injured Friday in Detroit. HE SAID IT: "It is something we have to overcome. Well, let's overcome giving up a goal in the first shift of the game first of all. We have to react better if it happens. Things happen through the course of a game. We were much stronger earlier in the year at dealing with these types of things and part of that is the confidence we had when we were rolling, when we had everybody in the lineup. We knew that we could overcome those things and now I think the question marks are there in our own heads. When something like that happens, we have to respond better." Yeo on responding to giving up early leads

Hackett makes 34 saves in first start at Xcel

ST. PAUL, Minn. Minnesota Wild rookie goaltender Matt Hackett said he was nervous in making his first career start at the Xcel Energy Center. His coach didn't see the nerves. Hackett made 34 saves, but Minnesota lost 2-0 to the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday. Colorado scored on its third shot of the game just 1:42 into the game and added another score on a power play at 8:25...

2012 Minnesota Boys State High School Hockey Tournament Preview

It know millions of Americans get pumped up for 'March Madness' that is the Men's NCAA Basketball tournament.  Its the place where people invented stupid words like 'bracketology' and just about any workplace offered a pick 'em pool where you may have a $10-$20 buy in.  Yet in Minnesota they have their own version of March Madness in the form of the State...

Aaron Musick: Avs rebound in Minnesota

Coming off an ugly 5-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Avs bounced back to beat the Minnesota Wild 2-0. Jamie McGinn scored his first two goals in an Avalanche sweater, both of them assisted by Peter Mueller and Stefan Elliott while Semyon Varlamov was a wall again with his second shutout in 10 games. Varlamov was as he has been the past two weeks: quick feet with great...

Game #67: Minnesota Wild vs Colorado, Tuesday March 6th, 2012 at 8:00pm (CST), Pepsi Center ...

Record Pts Div. Rank G/G GA/G PP% PK% Minnesota Wild (28-28-10) 66 4th Northwest 2.08 (30) 2.61 (11) 15.0% (26) 82.4% (12) Colorado Avalanche (34-29-4) 72 2nd Northwest 2.45 (23) 2.67 (16) 18.4% (11) 82.0% (16)   Minnesota Wild Top 5 Scorers: G A Pts 1. #15 Dany Heatley 20 26 46 2. #9 Mikko Koivu...
NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.