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Afternoon Line- Dean Evason On Zach Parise Being A Healthy Scratch Tonight

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The Minnesota Wild Continue To Win

from Michael Russo of The Athletic,

Mats Zuccarello is pretty exceptional in the shootout, but the veteran wasn’t playing for a stinkin’ shootout Saturday night.

With six seconds left in overtime, Zuccarello was skating with the puck at center ice. He would have been well in his right to chip the puck in and extend 65 minutes of hockey into a one-on-one skills contest with the Los Angeles Kings.

Instead, Zuccarello proved that six seconds was enough time to execute one more perfect play to give the franchise’s all-time leader in overtime goals one final stab at a dramatic game winner.

Buzzer beaters are usually reserved for hoops, but Matt Dumba pulled off hockey’s equivalent by scoring with three-tenths of a second left in overtime to lift the Wild to a thrilling 4-3 victory.

Head-to-head with Cal Petersen after receiving Zuccarello’s backhander from the half-wall in between the hashmarks, Dumba nearly deked the goalie out of his skates to give himself a completely wide-open net to shoot into. Dumba’s latest overtime winner — his team-record sixth — extended Minnesota’s win streak to six games, its longest run of victories since winning 12 games in December 2016. In the six games, the Wild have trailed for a grand total of 7 minutes, 4 seconds.

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Playing Kirill Kaprizov’s Game

from Jim Souhan of the StarTribune,

The Wild has scored 20 goals in their past four games. Rookie Kirill Kaprizov has five assists and one goal in that stretch.

At 23, while adapting to a new country and dealing with pandemic restrictions, Kaprizov leads an NHL team in scoring by four points. Entering Thursday, he led all NHL rookie scorers by three points.

He's not just good. He may be transformative. He may be changing the way the Wild looks and plays.

This would be a bad time to accuse anyone of being "contagious," but Kaprizov's passing seems to be catching. He has displayed the ability to make the subtle touch pass, to find an open teammate on the other side of the rink, to pass to teammates who may not even realize they're open.

Now instead of simply making the simple play, his teammates look like they're playing team pinball. Unselfishness begets unselfishness. Puck movement begets puck movement.

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Mikko Koivu Announces His Retirement

from the Columbus Blue Jackets,

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Mikko Koivu has decided to retire following a 16-year playing career in the National Hockey League, club General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Koivu, 37 has recorded 206 goals and 505 assists for 711 points with 594 penalty minutes and a cumulative +68 plus/minus rating in 1,035 career games with the Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild since making his NHL debut in 2005-06. He scored 10 or more goals 12 times, scored 40 or more points on 11 occasions and hit the 50-point mark seven times during his NHL career. He added 11-17-28 and 38 penalty minutes in 59 career outings during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Turku, Finland native signed a one-year contract with Columbus on Oct. 9, 2020 and posted 1-1-2 and two penalty minutes in seven games with the club in 2020-21. Minnesota's first pick, sixth overall, at the 2001 NHL Draft, Koivu spent the first 15 years of his NHL career with the Wild and is the franchise's all-time leader in games played, assists and points and ranks second in goals with 205-504-709 with 592 penalty minutes in 1,028 games. He served as Minnesota's captain from 2009-20.

"This was not an easy decision for me as I have loved every minute of my short time in Columbus and really hoped to be able to help this team accomplish its goals this season, but the bottom line is I haven't been able to get to the level of play that I need to be true to myself and fair to my teammates, so the time is right for me to retire from hockey," said Koivu. "I have been extremely blessed and I am eternally grateful to the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets organizations for the opportunities they have given me to live out my dreams of playing in the National Hockey League for the past 16 years."

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Minnesota Wild Games Postponed At Least Through February 9th

NEW YORK (Feb. 3, 2021) -- The National Hockey League announced that as a result of five additional Minnesota Wild Players being added today to the NHL’s COVID Protocol Related Absence List, the team’s games will be postponed at least through Tuesday, Feb. 9.

The team’s training facilities have been closed, effective immediately, and will remain so until further notice. The League is in the process of reviewing and revising the Wild’s regular season schedule.

The Wild organization has, and will continue to follow, all recommended guidelines aimed at protecting the health and safety of its Players, staff and community at large as set by the NHL, local, state and national agencies.

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Video- Kevin Fiala Suspended Three Games

Boarding.

 

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Video-Kevin Fiala Hit On Matt Roy

Game misconduct. Any more punishment coming?

 

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The Minnesota Wild Are 3-1-0

from Dane Mizutani of the Pioneer Press,

The hot start has left many fans wondering: Are the Wild for real? Here’s a counterpoint to that: Who cares?

Honestly, it doesn’t matter if the Wild are a legitimate Stanley Cup contender this season, not if they are laying the foundation to be legitimate Stanley Cup contenders for seasons to come.

As much as Guerin has preached that he expects the current roster to compete at a high level — something it’s proved capable of so far — it’s pretty clear he’s playing the long game here. He doesn’t even have a No. 1 center, for crying out loud.

That said, it’s pretty clear the Wild are going to be a fun team to follow no matter what happens this season. They have a potential superstar in rookie Kirill Kaprizov, who goes by “Dolla Bill Kirill” in the locker room and already has the fan base wrapped around his finger. They also have a rising star in wing Kevin Fiala, who is among the most dynamic players in the league, capable of spontaneously combusting at any moment.

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Life On The Road In The COVID Era

from Sarah McLellan of the Star-Tribune,

If they aren't at the arena for a game or working out on the practice ice, there's a good chance Wild players are staring at their cellphones.

"Uber Eats and DoorDash have been very popular," winger Marcus Foligno said.

A week into its season-opening, four-game trip, which wraps Wednesday at Anaheim, the Wild is starting to get the hang of life on the road in 2021.

New rules have been implemented to stay safe while traveling during the pandemic. Although the policy has restricted players' access to the outside world in between games, it's also increased their bonding time.

"You can't go anywhere, so everyone is together," captain Jared Spurgeon said. "Having new guys on the team, you're able to play cards or just hang around and talk. It's definitely been good for the group."

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Colorado Trades Ian Cole To Minnesota For Greg Pateryn

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has acquired defenseman Greg Pateryn from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for defenseman Ian Cole.

Pateryn, 30, has recorded two points (0g/2a) in three games for the Minnesota Wild so far this season. After undergoing surgery on Oct. 1, 2019, Pateryn made his 2019-20 season debut on Jan. 12, 2020 against Vancouver and played in 20 contests for Minnesota during the regular season, tallying three points (0g/3a). He recorded a career-best, three-game point/assist streak from Feb. 25-28, 2020. The Sterling Heights, Michigan, native missed the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs due to an upper-body injury.

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