Found February 06, 2013 on Fox Sports North:
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. Coach Mike Yeo said there is no guarantee Coyle will play with Koivu and Parise Thursday but that he wanted to see how they looked in practice. His impressions were mixed. "I thought there were times it looked good," Yeo said. "Times where Charlie looked nervous. This is understandable playing with two guys like that." Coyle said it was nice to skate with Koivu and Parise, but it is important for him to stick to his game no matter whom he plays with. "Any position they put me, whatever role they put me in, I am going to play to the best of my ability and just do that," Coyle said. "I am just going to keep playing my game. I don't think they want me to change anything up."The 6-foot-2, 205-pound forward skated for 12 minutes, 44 seconds and had two shots in his NHL debut Monday against Phoenix. Parise has been impressed with what he has seen of Coyle. "He is a big guy, and he shoots the puck well and protects the puck really well,"Parise said. "I thought he had a really good game in Phoenix the other night. He likes to play the puck down low, which I think will compliment Mikko and I really well." The new face was Mike Rupp, who was acquired Monday in exchange for Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri. He skated with the team for the first time, and Yeo said Rupp will make his Wild debut Thursday against Vancouver. Yeo, who spent several seasons as an assistant coach with Pittsburgh, had Rupp on his team in 2009-10. Yeo is familiar with the 6-foot-5, 243-pound forward's game. "He is obviously a physical presence," Yeo said. "He is a guy for as big as he is who moves well. He has speed to get in on the forecheck and speed to get there and play the physical game. But he also has got some hands and the ability to get some shots off and play in the offensive zone." Yeo joked that Rupp had already met one expectation: "He is big. He didn't shrink at all." Rupp said he talked with Yeo on Wednesday about his role and noted he is not coming here to be someone he is not. "I know what I bring to the table," Rupp said. "Play big and to play with energy, so that is the plan." Rupp skated on the fourth line in practice with Torrey Mitchell and Zenon Konopka. Yeo said his lineup hasn't been 100 percent decided for Thursday, but it appears that is where Rupp will start the game. HE SAID IT: "Sometimes we are throwing pucks away in the offensive zone when we don't need to. We have to get point shots through and get rebounds. Not too often do you beat goalies clean in this league. We have been turning the puck over too much. We are not breaking out clean. There is probably about 10 things that have to happen before a goal is scored, and we are not doing those well enough, and that is the reason we are not scoring right now." Parise on Minnesota's lack of scoring

Wild Thursday: Granlund toiling, yet confident

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...

Short on time, Wild try to get offense going

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...

Frustration mounting for slumping Wild

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...

Clayton Stoner hammers Alex Burrows

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.

Canucks 4, Wild 1

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...

Roster changes not enough as Wild can't bury its chances in 4-1 home loss to Vancouver

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...

Canucks-Wild Preview

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...

Links of the Day 2/5/13

Happy Tuesday. It’s one of my 7 favorite days of the week. Jacksonville Jaguar fans are not happy about the proposed new logo. Some Baltimore residents got some free furniture. The Wild made a trade yesterday for grinder and journeyman Mike Rupp. SCOREBOARD NHL Phoenix 2, Minnesota 1 – Zach Parise scored. Nobody else did. And so goes the season.

Ian Esplen: We win again!

Follow me on twitter @IanEsplen to chat hockey, sports and life in general anytime Wooooo! Vancouver wins again Vancouver would open the scoring when Alex Burrows drove wide on rookie Charlie Coyle and made the smart play to put the puck on net. Backstrom gave up a juicy rebound by kicking it right to Daniel and he did what he does best; put the puck in the net....

Brad Ratgen: I Hate the Wild, I Hate the Wild, I Hate the Wild!!!!!!

Ok, not really. But, I thought it would only be fair since I was Canuck bashing yesterday. And, I have had it with this team already!!!! Brutal, brutal, brutal performance last night. I feel bad for Setoguchi. He couldn't buy a goal if Zach Parise and Ryan Suter were bank rolling it for him. And then, reading the comments after the game. Every so often, a reader is reading...

Michael Stuart: Game 10 Preview: Lightning vs. Devils

Fresh off a disappointing loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, the Tampa Bay Lightning are back in action tonight to take on the New Jersey Devils. With a rather paltry 1-2-0 record on the road, the Lightning will be looking to right the ship against one of the Eastern Conference’s best teams. Despite losing Zach Parise in the off-season, the Devils have performed admirably to...
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.