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Sporting the best record in the NHL, the Minnesota Wild believe they are creating an identity that they are a difficult opponent to beat.
The Wild will try for their second five-game win streak of the season Wednesday night when they host the Nashville Predators.
Minnesota (12-5-3) has 27 points from 20 games, with Chicago and Pittsburgh owning the same point total while having played one more time. The Wild have relied on the goalie tandem of Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding to limit opponents to a league-best 1.95 goals per game.
First-year coach Mike Yeo is pleased with the progress of his team.
"Is Nashville going to come in here and change their game?" Yeo said. "I'm sure that they're not. And that's what we're trying to establish here is our own identity as far as the way that we want to play the game, it shouldn't change night in and night out."
Harding is 5-1-1 with a 1.79 goals-against average and 3-4-0 with a 3.01 GAA against N...
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Minnesota was in a bad spot leading up to their game, so they added an emergency goalie -- a 51-year-old print shop owner.
Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom has returned to practice after missing Wednesday's game against the Nashville Predators due to personal reasons.Backstrom's absence forced the Wild to sign 51-year-old businessman Paul Deutsch to serve as their
emergency goaltender against the Predators. He only spent a few moments on the bench before being replaced by minor-league...
The Minnesota Wild had a bit of a goalie situation on their hands Wednesday night, and as a result they turned to 51-year-old Paul Deutsch. The Wild signed Deutsch to an amateur contract agreement so that he could be the team's emergency backup. Starter Niklas Backstrom was out of the lineup for personal reasons, meaning Josh Harding would get the start in net. Matt Hackett was...
ST. PAUL, Minn The Minnesota Wild announced an unusual transaction early Wednesday evening: Goaltender Paul Deutsch, 51, has been signed to an amateur tryout contract. You read that right: 51.The part not on the Wilds press release is that Deutsch is a rec league goalie who runs a printing business in Richfield, Minn. He is a friend of former Wild assistant coach Mike Ramseys and...
The Minnesota Wild have signed 51-year-old recreational hockey goaltender Paul Deutsch as an emergency backup for Wednesday night's game against the Nashville Predators.
Deutsch was signed after Niklas Backstrom was declared out for personal reasons. Matt Hackett was recalled from Houston, but his flight wasn't scheduled to land in the Twin Cities until about 6:30. Minnesota...
For 51-year old Paul Deutsch of Minnesota, he got to live his NHL dream last night as an emergency goalie for the Minnesota Wild.
Due to some extreme circumstances, Deutsch was tracked down by the Wild to the sign a minor-league contract and got to warm-up with the team:
After the Wild got word that Niklas Backstrom, slated to be the starter,
would have to miss the game...
Sometimes it pays to know the former assistant coach...It's not every day that a 51-year-old casual, goaltender ((and friend of Mike Ramsey)) gets signed in an emergency situation. Minnesota Wild goal Niklas Backstrom's wife went into labor, so he had to leave.That meant that an emergency call-up, Matt Hackett, had to travel all the way from Houston and try and get to the...
Most guys Paul Deutsch's age are lucky to make it through a round of golf without getting injured, let alone be suiting up as a backup goalkeeper for an NHL team tonight. The Wild have signed Deutsch for tonight's game against the Nashville Predators when a deal to sign Niklas Backstrom fell through, and Matt Hackett's flight was delayed after being called up from Houston.
Niklas Backstrom will miss tonight's game against the Nashville Predators for personal reasons (not serious).
Paul Deutsch got a phone call many children dream of.
The only difference with Deutsch is that he’s no kid, not even in juniors. He’s a 51-year-old dad, and screen printer and embroiderer from the suburbs. and he got to sign a one-game contract for the Minnesota Wild as backup goalie.
Niklas Backstrom was out for personal reasons, and Matt Hackett, of the Houston...
The Minnesota Wild signed a 51-year-old businessman to serve as their emergency goaltender for Wednesday's game against the Nashville Predators.
The Wild inked Paul Deutsch to an amateur tryout once they learned that minor league call-up Matt Hackett would not arrive in Minneapolis until 30 minutes before game time.
Deutsch runs a printing business and, according to the Minneapolis...
The Minnesota Wild have signed 51-year-old recreational hockey goaltender Paul Deutsch as an emergency backup for Wednesday night's game against the Nashville Predators. Deutsch was signed after Niklas Backstrom was declared out for personal reasons. Matt Hackett was recalled from Houston, but his flight wasn't scheduled to land in the Twin Cities until about 6:30.
Great story out of Minnesota on Wednesday, as the Minnesota Wild found themselves without a backup goalie the morning of their game versus the Nashville Predators. With Nicklas Backstrom out for undisclosed personal reasons, Josh Harding got the start, and Houston Aeros' netminder Matt Hackett was called up to back him up.
There was some uncertainty, however, over whether Hackett...
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!The Morning After:Yesterday’s results:Wild 3, Predators 2Smashville 24/7 3 stars of the night:1. Mikko Koivu, MIN (2 assists)2. Josh Harding, MIN (23 saves)3. Jordin Tootoo, NSH (1 goal, 1 assist)Play of the game: