Found January 23, 2013 on Fox Sports North:
WEDNESDAY'S STORY LINE: When to practice? When to rest? Those are questions the Wild coaching staff will have to answer regularly in this shortened season."I think the communication is going to be important between coaches and players to get a feel for what is important for that day." forward Kyle Brodziak said. "Some days rest is going to be important, and some days even though you are tired I think it is important to get out there." After back-to-back games to start the season on Saturday and Sunday, the Wild choose to rest their players on Monday. "I don' t think we realized it till we actually got Monday off that we needed it that is usually how those things work," forward Zenon Konopka said. Minnesota's next game is Friday at Detroit, and the team will use the next two days to get back to practice. Two straight days to practice is rare in the shortened season, and the Wild need to take advantage of it. "It is really important," Brodziak said. "I think that we are going to be playing so much that practice time is going to be valuable. Especially early on right now there are a lot of new guys around here." The Wild spent a good portion of Wednesday's practice working on individual skills and fundamentals. With the strong focus on getting the team game up to speed in the shortened training camp, individual skills and fundamentals were not top priority. The Wild played very strong defensively in their first three games but haven't executed as well in the offensive zone. Coach Mike Yeo believes working on individual skills will fix that. "We have won two games in large part because of our defensive play," he said. "And we gave ourselves a really good chance to win the last game, and we have to make sure that we stay sharp with that, but at the same time we have to start getting better and helping the guys out a little more offensively." HE SAID IT: "He looks strong. He looks fast. He has played three very good games in my eyes. His attention to detail without the puck has been really good. With the puck there has been a few opportunities for him, but I think just like anybody else the more they get a chance to get into a rhythm and get playing the more those will come as well." Yeo on Devin Setoguchi

Wild add prospect Brodin to loaded roster

ST. PAUL, Minn. Another of the teams heralded prospects is headed to the Minnesota Wild. Minnesota recalled defenseman Jonas Brodin on Thursday from the Houston Aeros. Brodin, 19, was the teams 10th overall pick in the 2011 NHL draft. Brodin had spent his time since the draft in his native Sweden but turned pro this year, playing in nine games for Houston. He suffered a broken...

Wild Tuesday: Yeo plans to use both goalies

TUESDAY'S STORY LINE: After Niklas Backstrom's solid performance Saturday against Colorado, coach Mike Yeo said there was consideration given to throwing the goalie back in Sunday against Dallas. But the coaches decided to give Josh Harding his first start of the season instead. "I think it is important early in this year that we give both guys a chance to get a feel...

Wild will travel more than any NHL team

ST. PAUL, Minn. Zach Parise might want to invest in a good travel pillow after signing his big contract with the Minnesota Wild. Parise, who grew up in the Twin Cities, was well aware of what he was in for when he agreed to a 13-year contract last summer. He didn't need much of a tour of his new surroundings and was well aware of the brutal winters. There is one big adjustment...

Suter looks to knock off former team

Led by star newcomers Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the Minnesota Wild are looking to complete a perfect season-opening homestand and continue their best start in four years. To do so, they'll have to knock off Suter's former team, the Nashville Predators, who begin their road schedule Tuesday night trying to shake off back-to-back shootout losses. Minnesota (2-0-0) is enjoying...

Fresh from Nashville, Suter still settling in

ST. PAUL, Minn. Ryan Suter is still trying to get used to playing with his new Minnesota Wild teammates following a crash-course, six-day training camp. The NHL lockout left Suter with limited time to adjust to new surroundings, and the quick training camp was followed by the emotion of debuting at home in Saturday's season opener. Then seeing his former team on the other bench...

Wild opener was highest-rated regular-season game ever on FOX Sports North

Saturday's Minnesota Wild game was the highest-rated regular season Wild telecast ever on FOX Sports North. The Wild's 4-2 win versus Colorado generated a 7.65 household rating in the MinneapolisSt. Paul DMA, according to Nielsen Media Research. That easily tops the previous regular-season high of 4.6 set Dec. 13, 2011 versus the Jets. Sunday's matchup against the Stars...

Predator Martin Erat scored a Wild goal last night

Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom got caught in no man's land as Nashville Predator Martin Erat beared down on him last night. Somehow Erat was able to knock down the keeper's clearing... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

Predators Get First Win of the Season in Minnesota

The Preds snuck past the Minnesota Wild and Ryan Suter to get their first win of the 2013 abbreviated season. With goals by Spaling and Erat, Nashville competed all game but never looked like the best team on the ice. They had trouble handling Minnesota's top two lines and, in true Predators form, struggled to set up offensively. But none the less, the Preds avoided overtime...

Predators beat Wild for first win

Martin Erat scored an unassisted goal for Nashville with 8:15 left when Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom couldn't clear the puck cleanly, and the Predators earned their first victory by beating the Wild 3-1 on Tuesday night. Ryan Spaling had a goal late in the first period, and Chris Mason made 29 saves for the Predators in his first start of the season. He denied Dany Heatley...

Aeros' snap 6-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over Milwaukee

I think just about anyone in the world understands the emotions that come with disappointment.  For kids, it might be the disappointment they didn't get that gift they really wanted.  For adults it might be being being rejected by an employer or maybe being denied a promotion.  The disappointment is tough to deal with and a person may feel as though they are stuck in an emotional...

Preds focused on Wild, not Suter

For the first time since last summer, Shea Weber and the Predators face off against Ryan Suter and the Wild...

Predators 3, Wild 1

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Martin Erat took advantage of a costly Wild turnover, scoring his first goal of the season into an empty net as the Nashville Predators won their first game of the season, 3-1 at Minnesota. Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom came out to play a loose puck, but could not get it past Erat, who intercepted the puck and scored with just over eight minutes left in the third...

Predators grab first win of the season, knock off the Wild 3-1

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Genevieve Ross Martin Erat’s game-winning goal at 11:45 of the third period would be the difference maker for Nashville as the Predators got their first win of the season, first road win of the year, and topped the Minnesota Wild tonight 3-1. Tonight’s matchup was the first time the Predators and Ryan Suter had met since Suter’s departure to the Wild...

Mason leads Preds to first win of season

There was a lot of build-up heading into Tuesday night’s game between the Nashville Predators and Minnesota Wild. All of the attention was on Ryan Suter playing against his former(More here)…
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