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The Minnesota Wild Continue Winning

from Sarah McLellan of the Star Tribune,

Having just rattled off five straight victories, the Wild was far from a footnote in the NHL when it set out on a franchise-record seven consecutive road games last month.

But after a solid 5-2 showing during the stretch, its profile is on the rise — especially since the team’s performance was rewarded with a hefty boost up the standings.

“We want to create as much separation as we can,” winger Zach Parise said.

The Wild bolstered its spot among league leaders by capping off its historic jaunt with a 3-2 win over the Blues in front of 16,735 Sunday at Enterprise Center, the team’s 10th victory in its past 12 games.

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from Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

There never seems to be much open ice for the Blues when they play the Minnesota Wild. On Sunday, Blues center Ryan O’Reilly thought he knew why.

“I just think they’re veteran guys, they’re a team that’s been together for a long time,” O’Reilly said. “They clutch.”

And by ‘clutch’ O’Reilly didn’t mean the Wild were making key plays at critical times. (Although they did some of that.)

“They’re grabbing,” O’Reilly said. “Personally, I think there could have been some penalties on it, but with them, they’re smart and they know how to get away with it. They don’t force a lot. They just grab you and make it tough to get around. That’s what veteran teams know how to do.”

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The Minnesota Wild Stay Hot With A Win Over The Anaheim Ducks

from Sarah McLellan of the Star Tribune,

One team was crisper, faster and stronger on the puck.

And it wasn’t the squad that was rested.

As has been the trend this season, the Wild had plenty left in the tank to crank out a solid effort in its second game in as many nights — this time shrugging off the Anaheim Ducks in a 5-1 victory Friday night in front of an announced 16,464 at Honda Center.

The Wild pocketed its ninth victory in its past 11 games and improved to 4-0 in the second half of back-to-backs.

“To see that in a group this early says a ton about what we have in here,” goalie Alex Stalock said.

Stalock was triumphant for the third time as the closer in the two-game, two-day set, making 20 saves, and Jason Zucker and Mikael Granlund each racked up three points, with Granlund scoring twice.

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Videos- Los Angeles Kings And Minnesota Wild Remember The Victims In Thousand Oaks

via Sportsnet,

Watch as the Los Angeles Kings and Minnesota Wild honour the victims of the recent Thousand Oaks shooting pre-game.

 

 

 

Below, watch Luc Robitaille on the tragedy in Thousand Oaks.

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Elias Pettersson Leads The Way In Vancouver’s Win Over The Minnesota Wild

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

Elias Pettersson had a pretty good answer to a pretty good query Monday.

When the slick Swedish centre was asked how many minutes he would like to log for the Vancouver Canucks after hitting the 19-minute mark twice in his rookie NHL season, he offered up the money quote.

“Interesting question,” pondered Pettersson. “I don’t know. If I could, I like to play 60 minutes a game.”

That’s what you expect from an extremely confident 19-year-old wunderkind.

He unleashed a howitzer off a cross-ice feed and then scored on a breakaway and now has seven goals in his first seven regular-season games. He did everything against the Minnesota Wild to prove that his first career concussion is a thing of the past and that the future is packed with potential.

Here’s what we learned as the Canucks got a 37-save performance from Jacob Markstrom to claim a 5-2 victory, but lost Brandon Sutter to a suspected second-period right shoulder injury:

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All Bruce Boudreau

from Emily Kaplan of ESPN,

Here are the coach's thoughts on the new goalie equipment rules, how to reach today's young players, his relationship with new Wild GM Paul Fenton and more.

ESPN: Everyone is talking about the new restrictions on goalie pads and goalies complaining about them. As a coach, what's your perspective?

Boudreau: You know what, it hasn't happened on our team. I haven't really heard ... I've heard about it, rumblings about it. Our two goalies have not made any hint about getting hurt more or anything else. [Devan] Dubnyk has been absolutely fantastic, so whatever he's wearing, I don't want him to take it off. I think sometimes they might be getting a little bit more hurt, but I don't think the league would put them in something that would potentially hurt them. Sometimes I think they're just trying to get back the older, bigger equipment.

ESPN: What do you do when you're not coaching or thinking about hockey? Are you watching anything? Reading?

Boudreau: I will watch WWF matches from the '80s and '90s. I have YouTube. During the winter, I can't wait to just watch hockey at night. I watch every game, every night. I know it's stupid, and I think my wife doesn't like it too much sometimes, but it is what it is right now.

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Video- Kyle Clifford Fined For Kneeing

 

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The Los Angeles Kings Drop Their Sixth Consecutive Game

from Curtis Zupke of the LA Times,

The Kings were thrown a life preserver. And then another. And then another.

They still sunk to the bottom.

It seems not even a tugboat can pull the Kings above water these days. Their losing streak reached six games Thursday with a 4-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center, and it was more confounding given that even Minnesota was trying to help the Kings end this slide.

Down 2-1 with fewer than eight minutes remaining, the Kings drew three consecutive power plays, yet couldn’t cash in, even with a six-on-four advantage. Minnesota’s goalie Devan Dubynk, recorded an assist and therefore had as many points as the Kings, whose lone goal by Kyle Clifford was unassisted.

Again, the Kings are at loss.

“We have to stick together right now, because it’s a tough time for our organization,” Ilya Kovalchuk said. “We need to go through it together and look in the mirror and say, ‘What can we do better?’”

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Afternoon Line- Craig Leipold

“Honestly, I’m excited about it. I like our team, I really like our team. I look at it and say, sure, other teams have better marquee players, other teams may have better top lines or second lines, but I love our four lines. I love ’em a lot. Our D, I think our top-four D is as good as any. I’d say they’re in the top five of the league.

“I love (Devan Dubnyk). Duby’s the kind of guy, he can win a lot of games for you. If things can go right for us this year, good things can happen and that’s what we hope is going to happen for us.”

-Craig Leipold, owner of the Minnesota Wild.  Michael Russo of The Atheltic has much more (paid), including Leipold dealing with hip issues.

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The Minnesota Wild Need To Take It To The Next Level

from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,

Once a feel-good, second chance for a great hockey market, Minnesota’s NHL team has settled into a maddening inadequacy. It would be easier if they were lousy, but the Wild keep chugging along at their B-minus pace, slightly and painfully above average — never good enough to win in the playoffs, never bad enough to rebuild through the draft.

And, of course, good enough to pack Xcel Energy Center, which has averaged above capacity since 2012.

But patience is growing thin, especially at the top, where frustrated owner Craig Leipold made the strange offseason move to hire new general manager Paul Fenton to tweak the roster his predecessor had been tweaking for years.

Fenton followed the Chuck Fletcher playbook by extending the contracts of another two young “core” players, Matt Dumba and Jason Zucker, and seasoning the broth with a handful of free-agent signings that failed to capture anyone’s imagination. If this team doesn’t deliver a real run, expect big changes, because an increasingly cynical fan base is already worn out, emotionally and financially.

Looking ahead to another 82 games of 3-2 wins, 3-1 losses and another short, first-round playoff loss is to contemplate the eternal pain of Sisyphus, forever pushing boulders up a hill only to start back at the bottom upon completion. It’s almost nauseating.

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The Same Look Minnesota Wild

from Sarah McLellan of the Star Tribune,

Disappointment and frustration weren’t the only reactions the Wild had after its five-game fizzle against the Jets in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Uncertainty was also palpable, especially since the team’s first postseason decision was to part ways with General Manager Chuck Fletcher.

“You almost felt like that was the first domino [to fall], and then there was going to be more and more,” winger Zach Parise said.

But when the team starts training camp Thursday at Xcel Energy Center with fitness testing and medicals, it will look almost the same as the group that slipped up last season — a summer-long development that, while surprising, has emboldened the returning core.

“Everyone likes what we have in that locker room,” said Charlie Coyle, one of the players in summer trade speculation, “so we’re really looking forward to the challenge ahead.”

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