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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 Wednesday, coach Mike Yeo shuffled his forward groups again. Dany Heatley was taken off the first line. Rookie Charlie Coyle replaced him. Newly acquired enforcer Mike Rupp will be on the fourth line. The Wild have scored only 20 goals in nine games.
Yeo says he realizes points in the standings are more critical now than ever.
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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....
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...
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...
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.
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 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...
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Some Baltimore residents got some free furniture.
The Wild made a trade yesterday for grinder and journeyman Mike Rupp.
Phoenix 2, Minnesota 1 – Zach Parise scored. Nobody else did. And so goes the season.