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Coyotes-Wild Preview

With help from newcomer Devan Dubnyk, the Minnesota Wild ended their longest skid of the season. As they look to win consecutive games for the first time in almost two months Saturday night at home, Dubnyk could be in net to face the same Arizona Coyotes team that traded him this week. With Darcy Kuemper recovering from a lower-body injury suffered last week and backup Niklas Backstrom...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Game #43: Minnesota Wild vs. Buffalo Sabres 1/15/2015 @ 6:00PM CST at First Niagara Center

Minnesota Wild (18-19-5)  41pts  7th in the Central 2.64 Goals For (20th) 3.02 Goals Against (24th) 14.2% Power Play (27th) 84.2% Penalty Kill (8th) Top 5 Scorers: 1. #29 Jason Pominville ~ 9G 24A = 33pts 2. #11 Zach Parise ~ 14G 16A = 30pts 3. #26 Thomas Vanek ~ 7G 18A = 25pts 4. #20 Ryan Suter ~ 1G 22A = 23pts 5. #9 Mikko Koivu ~ 6G 15A = 21pts Top 3 PIM’s: 1. #18 Ryan Carter...
Via State of Hockey News
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Preview: Wild at Sabres

The Minnesota Wild have one win this month and are at the bottom of their division. Things are even worse for the Buffalo Sabres, who have yet to win in 2015 and also are looking up at the rest of the teams in their division. The weight of expectations, however, weighs far more heavily on one team. Minnesota could have a new face in net as it tries to end a six-game losing streak...
Via AP on Fox
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins pound floundering Wild 7-2 to 6th straight loss

PITTSBURGH (AP) David Perron scored twice and added an assist to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins by the reeling Minnesota Wild 7-2 on Tuesday night. Paul Martin, Kris Letang and Chris Kunitz each had a goal and an assist for the Penguins. Marcel Goc and Brandon Sutter also scored for Pittsburgh. Sidney Crosby collected three assists for the Penguins, who had little trouble with the...
Via AP on Fox
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Embarrassing losses pile up as Wild lose 7-2 in Pittsburgh

View image | gettyimages.com In the Hockey News‘ annual People of Power and Influence issue it rates one my least favorite people as the 2nd most powerful and influential member in the sport of hockey.  No, I’m not talking about NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, I’m talking about Pittsburgh Penguins’ star Sidney Crosby.  Whether I like it or not, Crosby is the ‘face’...
Via State of Hockey News
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild lose to Predators after taking 1-0 lead into third period

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Calle Jarnkrok scored a tiebreaking goal early in the third period and the Nashville Predators beat the Minnesota Wild 3-1 on Saturday. Mike Fisher and Colin Wilson also scored for Nashville, which improved to 9-1-2 in its past 12 games and has a league-best 60 points. Pekka Rinne made 36 saves. Charlie Coyle scored for Minnesota, which has lost 10 of 12 and...
Via Fox Sports North
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild Struggles Calls for Change

After a December to forget, the Minnesota Wild still are carrying their struggles into the new year after two more losses to San Jose and Chicago. One may think it is time to make some kind of change, but where that is the question?You can first point the finger at the goaltending as of late. Between Darcy Kuemper and Niklas Backstrom, the two have combined for the second worst save...
Via Goon's World
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Preview: Wild at Stars

The Dallas Stars sit near the bottom of the Central despite their current hot stretch, and that's largely due to their poor mark against divisional foes over the course of the season. They'll try to solve the Minnesota Wild for the first time in four meetings while looking to earn a fourth consecutive victory Saturday night in Dallas. The Stars (17-14-5) have won seven of eight after...
Via AP on Fox
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild activate goalie Backstrom from IR, reassign Curry

Before their New Year's Eve game in Columbus, the Minnesota Wild got some good news on the goaltending front.   Minnesota activated Niklas Backstrom off injured reserve Wednesday and reassigned John Curry to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League. Backstrom met the team in Columbus and skated Wednesday morning. He's expected to backup Darcy Kuemper, who made 28 saves in a win...
Via Fox Sports North
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild's Granlund out 4 weeks after wrist surgery

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Wild center Mikael (mee-KYE'-uhl) Granlund has undergone surgery to repair a broken left wrist, an injury expected to keep him out for a month. The Wild were in Winnipeg to play the Jets on Monday. The team announced the procedure for Granlund in Minnesota went as planned, putting the timetable for his recovery at approximately four weeks. Granlund...
Via AP on Fox
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild's Curry makes 19 saves in surprise start after recall

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- While the Minnesota Wild made a second-half run last season and then advanced to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs, the goaltending situation became an interesting subplot. No matter if it was Josh Harding, Darcy Kuemper, Niklas Backstrom, Ilya Brzygalov or even John Curry, Minnesota overcame an unstable position to post one of the league's lowest...
Via Fox Sports North
December 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Illness shelves Backstrom, Curry recalled to start in goal

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Returning from the NHL's holiday break, the Minnesota Wild's shuffle at goaltender continued. Minnesota placed Niklas Backstrom on injured reserve before Saturday's home game against the Winnipeg Jets. The move is retroactive to Dec. 21 as Backstrom deals with an illness. Goaltender John Curry was recalled from Iowa of the American Hockey League on emergency conditions...
Via Fox Sports North
December 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Frustration lingers for Wild following OT loss

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Behind the wooden, emblem-adorned doors of the Minnesota Wild locker room, a frustrated team had a meeting following Saturday's 6-5 overtime loss to the Nashville Predators. For much longer than usual, the doors stayed closed instead of opening up to reporters following the game. More words were shared between a team that battled back from down two goals to force...
Via Fox Sports North
December 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Bruins nip Wild, 3-2

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Loui Eriksson's goal 1:30 into overtime gave Boston a 3-2 win over Minnesota on Wednesday night, only the second victory for the Bruins in eight games and the fourth loss for the Wild in the past six. Carl Soderberg, who set up the winner with a cross-crease pass in front of Wild defenseman Marco Scandella, scored early for the Bruins along with Patrice Bergeron...
Via AP on Fox
December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

B’s defeat Wild 3-2 in OT

Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLDavid Krejci made his return to the B’s lineup for tonight’s contest, which saw the B’s defeat the Minnesota Wild 3-2.Forward Matt Fraser and defensemen Joe Morrow and Matt Bartkowski were the healthy scratches. Niklas Svedberg was in net for the B’s tonight.Carl Soderberg beat Niklas Backstrom to put the B’s up early, netting his first goal in...
Via BruinsLife
December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Berkshire Bank Faceoff: Projected Lines, Pairings For Bruins-Wild

The Boston Bruins have one win in their last seven games and face another tough test on the road Wednesday night against the Minnesota Wild. Bruins first-line center David Krejci might return to the lineup. He’s missed the last 11 games and 20 of 31 overall with an undisclosed injury. Julien on Krejci: "Really hard to make a decision on him, so we’re just waiting for the...
Via NESN.com
December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Brett Sutter Kindly Reminds Kris Versteeg What Happens When You Touch His Goalie

Brett Sutter made his Minnesota Wild debut and immediately brought the hammer on Chicago. The winger obliterated the Blackhawks Kris Versteeg after he tried to slide a potential rebound past Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom: [Twitter: @cjzero] Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
Via Next Impulse Sports
December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Power play goals help Wild earn 4-3 shootout victory over Arizona

Kyle Brodziak battles for the puck. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me is an axiom you seem to hear more and more these days.  As I sometimes say to students I teach or players I coach, it can be modified to be “Mistakes are only mistakes if you make them more than once.”  On Thursday night, the Wild had to learn the painful lesson for another time of how...
Via State of Hockey News
December 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild outlast Coyotes in shootout

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Zach Parise had a tying power-play goal late in the third period, and then scored in the shootout to help the short-handed Minnesota Wild beat the sliding Arizona Coyotes 4-3 on Saturday night. Mikko Koivu's shot into the roof of the net in the third round of the shootout won it, after Niklas Backstrom stopped Tobias Rieder's attempt. Arizona has lost five...
Via AP on Fox
December 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild outlast Coyotes in shootout

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Zach Parise had a tying power-play goal late in the third period, and then scored in the shootout to help the short-handed Minnesota Wild beat the sliding Arizona Coyotes 4-3 on Saturday night. Mikko Koivu's shot into the roof of the net in the third round of the shootout won it, after Niklas Backstrom stopped Tobias Rieder's attempt. Arizona has lost five...
Via Fox Sports North
December 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild outplay Blues but lose 3-2 in shootout

Zach Parise denied by the toe save of Brian Elliott. Some teams just seem to have your number no matter what you do.  It becomes an almost inescapable psychological hurdle to overcome.  Shooters fan on shots trying to release it extra quick even when there is no pressure to do so, sure-handed defensive players now cough up the puck at the worst possible times.  These are all...
Via State of Hockey News
November 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild buried early in return home

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo gave thought to pulling goaltender Darcy Kuemper after Los Angeles scored twice. Yeo contemplated the decision again after another goal. Not pulling Kuemper early enough was among Yeo's regrets as the Wild lost 4-0 to Los Angeles. Kuemper allowed four goals on 10 shots in the first period. Niklas Backstrom replaced Kuemper in...
Via Fox Sports North
November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Niederreiter's first hat trick helps Wild double up Sabres

  Nino Niederreiter had his first career three-goal game and backup goalie Niklas Backstrom stopped 25 shots on Thursday night as the Minnesota Wild broke out of a scoring slump for a 6-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres to snap a four-game skid. The Wild have been missing leading scorer Zach Parise since Nov. 4. He's out with a concussion and Minnesota scored two goals in three...
Via AP on Fox
November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Griffith pots highlight reel-worthy goal

Next Impulse Sports via Pete BlackburnWhen Seth Griffith flew through the air after beating the Wild’s Niklas Backstrom, the sequence drew comparisons to Bobby Orr’s legendary goal and had us wondering how Griffith would ever top it.In Monday’s game against the New Jersey Devils, Griffith found a new way to impress us. After blocking a shot down in the Bruins defensive zone...
Via BruinsLife
November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Niklas Backstrom Denies Bruins’ Carl Soderberg With Athletic Save (Video)

The Boston Bruins got off to a hot start at TD Garden on Tuesday night, but the Minnesota Wild would not be denied. After trailing by as many as two goals, the Wild scored three unanswered goals in the third period to hand the Bruins a 4-3 loss. Boston put the pressure on late in the third period in an attempt to force overtime, but goaltender Niklas Backstrom came up big with some...
Via NESN.com
October 28, 2014  |  Discuss
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