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Game 30 Isles 2, Wild 1 (SO) Frans Nielsen scored the only goal of the shootout and Al Montoya made 20 saves as the Islanders earned their first point beyond 60 minutes this season with a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild in front of 18,20...

Islanders 2, Wild 1, SO

Frans Nielsen scored the only goal in the shootout while Al Montoya had his glove in good form, giving the New York Islanders their first extra-time victory of the season, 2-1 over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night. Andy McDonald scored in his first game back from injury in the second period for the Islanders, but Cal Clutterbuck tied it midway through the period. Niklas Backstrom...

Wild sign Zack Phillips to entry-level contract

SAINT PAULMINNEAPOLIS, Minn. The Wild announced they have signed center Zack Phillips to an entry-level contract. Phillips, 19, was selected by Minnesota in the first round (28th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He has tallied 54 points (19-35=54) and a 30 rating in 32 games with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) this season. Phillips...

Wild need to get back to playing their style

MONDAY'S STORYLINES: Play the system. Stay structured. Be disciplined. Those are words used by Wild players when describing how they have been successful this season despite a barrage of injuries. In their 2-1 shootout loss on Saturday to the NY Islanders, Mike Yeo felt the team lost sight of the system that has been so successful for Minnesota. "That's what disappoints...

Islanders veterans Rolston, Staios have concussions

New York Islanders veterans Brian Rolston and Steve Staios are dealing with concussion-like symptoms. Rolston has been ruled out indefinitely after exiting Thursday's game against the Dallas Stars in the first period. The 38-year-old Rolston has collected three goals, four assists and four penalty minutes in 27 games this season. Staios has been sidelined throughout the week...

New York Islanders (9-14-6) at Minnesota Wild (20-8-4), 8 p.m. (ET)

The fist-place Minnesota Wild will try to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season when they host the lowly New York Islanders for this evening's clash at Xcel Energy Center.

Band-Aids run short, but Wild presses on

Mikko Koivu and Pierre-Marc Bouchard are among the key forwards out with injuries, prompting more calls to Houston.

Islanders-Wild Preview

The Minnesota Wild are trying to regroup after back-to-back losses slowed their momentum. Coping with a slew of injuries may pose a major obstacle to getting it back. The Wild look to withstand the absences of as many as four forwards when they host the struggling New York Islanders on Saturday night. No team has more points than Minnesota (20-8-4), but the club is on the brink...

Bouchard in, Koivu out for Wild

Pierre-Marc Bouchard will return to the Wild's lineup after missing two games because of a broken nose. Minnesotan Chad Rau is with the team, but won't play tonight.

Wild-Canucks Preview

In a season filled with positives, the first-place Minnesota Wild are now experiencing some big-time adversity. Getting back on track won't be easy against the surging Vancouver Canucks - their closest pursuer in the Northwest Division. The Wild look to end a season-high three-game skid with their first win at Vancouver in nearly three years Monday night. Among the league...

Minnesota Wild (20-8-5) at Vancouver Canucks (19-11-2), 10 p.m. (ET)

Despite three straight losses, including back-to-back shootout defeats, the Minnesota Wild are still sitting comfortably atop the Northwest Division standings.

Selke Trophy Leader

It can be tough to settle on a Selke Trophy leader in the first half of the season because defensive play is hard to quantitatively assess.  It is a tough judgement call to pick the best defensive forward in the league even when armed with a large array of hockey games watched and the best statistics available.  In the later part of November I picked Loui Eriksson of the Dallas...
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