Found November 17, 2011 on Fox Sports North:
THURSDAY'S STORY LINES: After covering three time zones and logging tons of miles on a long five-game road trip, the Wild are happy to be home for a six-game home stand that starts tonight vs. Colorado. "It great coming home to sleep in your own bed, play in front of our home crowd for a change and hopefully have a good home stand" said defenseman Clayton Stoner. The first game home after a long road trip can often be a let down. Head coach Mike Yeo said that was addressed in the team's meeting yesterday and he expects his team to be up for the challenge tonight. The Wild proved they were up for many challenges on the road trip. After a disappointing loss Saturday in LA, Minnesota met their head coach's challenge and came out strong Sunday to beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-2. Tuesday in Columbus, the Wild overcame another challenge, after being down 2-0 at the end of the first period the Wild fought back to win 4-2. After a long road trip with taxing travel, Minnesota could have easily given up, but they didn't. Clayton Stoner said they had "belief" in the dressing room that they could come back. "It was good win for our team. We were down 2-0, we weren't too worried, we had belief in our dressing room, which is hard to find sometimes when your down after a long road trip, but the guys you could tell by the feeling on the bench that we were still in the game and we were going to come back and win." It was a hard fought win, one that once again showed the character of the Wild. "It was a good character win," added forward Darroll Powe. "It wasn't an easy game to play with the time change and the long flight the day before, guys weren't feeling the best, but we found a way to win and that's a good sign." The Wild will face another challenge tonight facing division rival Colorado. The Avalance got off to a fast start going 5-1 to start the season, but have since faltered and lost nine of the last 12 games. They are coming off a disappointing loss to Pittsburgh on Tuesday night, where Colorado led 3-1 after the first period, but eventually lost the game 6-3. Mike Yeo expects Colorado to be desperate tonight. "They are considering this a very big game for them. They are looking to get on track, they had the great start and then they haven't been as steady since then, but this is a very dangerous team and I expect a very hungry effort on the part of Colorado tonight," said Yeo HE SAID IT: "We've talked about it, we had a good meeting about it yesterday. We are well aware of what happened to Dallas the other night coming back off their road trip, but this is a good challenge for us. Winner's find a way to elevate their game and rise to this challenge and make sure your focus is there and your execution is there. I am confident the work ethic is going to be there, but at the same time you have to address that come-back-home and remember what you need to do to be successful. You can't just assume that the result is going to be there." Yeo on the first game at home after a long road trip

Lundin will shake off rust in Houston

SAINT PAUL, Minn. The Minnesota Wild on Friday assigned defenseman Mike Lundin to the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League on a conditioning assignment. The team also announced that it has reassigned right wing Casey Wellman to Houston and placed defenseman Marco Scandella on injured reserve. Lundin, 27, was placed on injured reserve with a back injury by Minnesota on Sept...

Banged-up Wild continue to win

Injuries have been piling up for the Minnesota Wild, but that hasn't slowed the momentum they have created early in this NHL season. The latest casualty is defenseman Marek Zidlicky who suffered a concussion on their recent road trip. He joins fellow defenseman Greg Zanon and Marco Scandella on the shelf. That makes three key figures on the back end that are now out for a team...

Wild have found every which way to win

FRIDAY'S STORY LINE: There was a happy group of Minnesota Wild players skating at St. Thomas Ice Arena on Friday. The Wild have every reason to be happy. A look at the NHL standings shows Minnesota has 25 points; only Chicago with 27 has more than the upstart Wild. Comeback wins, last-minute wins, wins in tight games -- no matter the situation, the Wild are finding ways to...

Wild summon defenseman Kris Fredheim for NHL debut

The Minnesota Wild have called up defenseman Kris Fredheim (FRED-haym) to make his NHL debut. The Wild brought the 24-year-old Fredheim up from their AHL affiliate in Houston so he could play Thursday against Colorado. Fredheim led Houston with a plus-7 rating in 15 games. Defenseman Marek Zidlicky suffered a concussion Tuesday at Columbus and won't play Thursday. Defenseman...

Wild's Zidlicky awaits concussion test, out vs. Avalanche

Minnesota Wild defenseman Marek Zidlicky will sit out Thursday's game against the Northwest Division rival Colorado Avalanche with a head injury. Zidlicky may have suffered a concussion following a hit from Derek Dorsett of the Columbus Blue Jackets. The 34-year-old has yet to have the concussion test but is suffering from headaches, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. ...

Setoguchi scores as Wild edge Avs

Niklas Backstrom stopped 27 shots for his second shutout of the season, and Devin Setoguchi scored the game's only goal with 2:31 left to give the Minnesota Wild a 1-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night. Backstrom earned his 24th NHL shutout and the Wild's third this season in 19 games. It was his first home blanking since Feb. 1, 2011, against Los Angeles...

Good Things Come in Threes

The Minnesota Wild are currently in 2nd place in the Western Conference. I got an extra Spicy Chilito in my bag from Zantigo on Monday. And now today I found out I can watch classic episodes of Good Times online at Dynomite!

Koivu strikes twice as Minnesota comes from behind in 3-2 shootout victory

A few weeks ago, Ken Hitchcock's job was as a consultant for the Columbus Blue Jackets and as the occasional call in guest to NHL-themed radio show.  Two weeks ago, the Blue Jackets, still mired as the league's worst team was about to start a little mid-season break and the rumor mill was heating up that Hitchcock could be returned as the Blue Jackets' bench boss as...

Aaron Musick: Wild lull Avs to sleep

When it rains it pours, that is unless you are talking about goals in the game between the Avalanche and Wild. The Wild won 1-0 after a Dany Heatley shot ricocheted off the leg of Erik Johnson right to the stick of Devin Setoguchi for the only goal with two and a half minutes remaining. The Wild lulled the Avs' offense to sleep and minimized their chances as only they can...

Setoguchi's late goal ends stalemate in 1-0 regulation win at home against Avalanche

Are you ever cursed from a bad memory?  For whatever reason, its a memory that sticks with you that may be a bit uncomfortable or annoying.  Whether that memory is from a trip to the dentist or an unfortunate physical gaffe of just being clutzy or something stupid you said at the worst possible moment those memories can sometimes stick for ages.  All it takes is something to trigger...

Wild Signs Fredheim; Recalls From Houston

With the Minnesota Wild blueline riddled with injuries in recent weeks, the club called down to Houston for more reinforcements. To get the player they wanted, the Wild had to sign him to a contract. Defenseman Kris Fredheim, who was playi...

Wild Post-Game Notes vs. Colorado Nov. 17

G Niklas Backstrom made 27 saves for his 24th career shutout and RW Devin Setoguchi scored the go-ahead goal with 2:31 remaining, as the Minnesota Wild opened a season-long, six-game homestand with a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche at Xcel...

Video: Markus Granlund keeps the lacrosse goal in the family

Please recall last May when Minnesota Wild prospect Mikael Granlund wowed the world with a spectacular lacrosse goal during Finland's semifinal game against Russia in the World Championships. The goal was all the rage in Finland and a commemorative stamp was created in his honor, which sold out on the same day it was released. Mikael's younger brother Markus, a Calgary Flames...

Backstrom makes 27 saves, Wild top Avalanche 1-0

Niklas Backstrom stopped 27 shots for his second shutout of the season, and Devin Setoguchi scored the game's only goal with 2:31 left to give the Minnesota Wild a 1-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night.

Wild blank Avalanche on lone goal by Setoguchi

Niklas Backstrom stopped 27 shots for his second shutout of the season, and Devin Setoguchi scored the game's only goal with 2:31 left to give the Minnesota Wild a 1-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.
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