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Playoff Hopes Fading For The Minnesota Wild

from Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press,

Accountability? Marcus Foligno is demanding it from people above the pay grade of a fourth-line grinder.

Urgency? Bruce Boudreau is out of answers for the Wild’s woeful lack thereof, and he indicted his players without naming names.

Scoring? Zach Parise would just like to have the puck.

What the Wild want and what they are able to give are miles apart at a crucial juncture of their fading season. Thursday night’s listless 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars at Xcel Energy Center led to some harsh introspection afterward in a sullen dressing room.

A third straight loss plunged Minnesota to 1-6-3 in its past 10 home games, including Monday’s 3-0 shutout loss to San Jose. They have not won in regulation in St. Paul since Jan. 19 and fell five points behind Dallas for a wild-card berth with Arizona lurking in between.

“It pisses you off,” said Foligno. “I’ve only made the playoffs once in my career. To be in a playoff spot for most of the season and now being out of it, it kind of looks like it’s slipping away. We’ve got to figure it out. We still have games left to turn it around, but we keep saying that. We’ve been saying that a lot this year.”

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Video- Your Opinion On The Game Winning Shootout Goal By Ryan Johansen

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A Contract Extension For Eric Staal

 

added 7:26pm, Wild release is below.

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Matt Hendricks Traded To Winnipeg

added 4:10pm, Wild release is below.

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Mikael Granlund Sent To Nashville For Kevin Fiala

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Charlie Coyle Traded To Boston

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added 10:47pm, Boston release is below.

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The Minnesota Wild Had A Three Goal Lead, But Lose In OT To The New Jersey Devils

from Sarah McLellan of the Star Tribune,

In their first chance to make their own statement on the ice, Wild players didn’t exactly back up coach Bruce Boudreau’s claim that this is a team that wants to make the playoffs and will.

Instead, it continued to make its climb tougher by collapsing yet again — this time in more dramatic fashion.

After squandering a three-goal lead, the team combusted 5-4 in overtime to the Devils Friday in front of an announced 19,041 at Xcel Energy Center on a puck-handling gaffe by goalie Devan Dubnyk that capped off New Jersey’s comeback with its fourth straight tally.

“We’re not blind,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “We saw how they went in, but the other thing that bothers me is we do this all the time. We get them down and you don’t get that killer instinct and you stop playing and you try to defend all the time, and it’s a losing way to play.”

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Morning Line- Bruce Boudreau

The Wild are in the 2nd wild card slot today, two points in front of Vancouver and the Wild have a game in hand.

 

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A Possible Landing Spot For Eric Staal

from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic,

Remember that Staal’s trade deadline experience, going from Carolina to the Rangers in 2015-16, didn’t turn out to be terribly enjoyable. Just my own take but I think Staal would rather stay put in Minnesota and not re-live that experience.

One of the teams that might come calling and I believe is on his ‘no’ list are the Jets, especially if they strike out on guys like Duchene and/or Stone.

Now, that’s not to say Staal wouldn’t ultimately waive for Winnipeg or another playoff contender if he feels the situation was right. Remember a year ago that Stastny waived for Winnipeg. Again, the point here is that veteran agent Rick Curran wanted to give his client as much control as possible for the trade deadline and that’s why so many contenders populate his no-trade list, a list which was submitted last summer. Which was a smart move on their part.

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Mikka Koivu Will Have Knee Surgery On Friday, Out For The Season

SAINT PAUL -- Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton today announced that captain Mikko Koivu will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his right knee during Tuesday's game at Buffalo. Koivu is expected to have surgery to repair his knee on Friday.

Koivu, 35 (3/12/83), has recorded 29 points (8-21=29) and 22 penalty minutes (PIM) in 48 games with Minnesota this season. He leads the team and is 14th in the NHL in faceoff wins (488), ranks T-2nd on the team in power-play points (12) and fifth in assists. Koivu tallied his 200th career NHL goal on Jan. 21 at Vegas to become the second player in team history to reach the milestone. He owns 688 points (201-487=688), 564 PIM and a plus-68 rating in 973 career NHL games with the Wild. Koivu ranks first in franchise history in games played, points, assists, shots on goal, power-play points, shorthanded points and multi-point games, T-1st in power-play goals and second in goals, game-winning goals, shorthanded goals, plus/minus rating and PIM. He was selected by Minnesota in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

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