Can we put to bed this notion that the Hanzal trade messed with the Wild’s team chemistry?

Heading into Thursday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers, the Wild have won just five times in the last 13 games since the league mandated bye-week because of the World Cup of Hockey. An odd stretch of losing in a season filled with much more winning for the Minnesota Wild. It’s a negative trend that even after a victory against the San Jose Sharks - a game in which the Wild...
Via Hockey Wilderness
1 hour ago

Should Mikael Granlund be Considered Elite?

It’s been a career year for 25-year-old Mikael Granlund. Through just 70 games this season, he has posted career highs in goals, assists, power play points and shots. Granlund currently sits 12th in the NHL in scoring and leads the Minnesota Wild with 66 points and only 12 penalty minutes. Not only has Granlund developed statistically, he has also developed as a skater and a...
Via The Hockey Writers
3 hours ago

Top prospect Luke Kunin leaves school, will sign with Minnesota Wild

The 2016 first-round pick will report to the Iowa Wild for the remainder of the year. I’ve got good news and better news for fans across the State of Hockey. The good news? You no longer have a rooting interest in the Wisconsin Badgers Men’s Hockey program. The better news? The reason for this is because their captain, Luke Kunin, is going pro. Bob McKenzie of TSN reports...
Via Hockey Wilderness
23 hours ago

Wild Need to Rediscover Their Game

The Minnesota Wild have to be plenty excited to be done with the month of March. A month that has seen the top team in the Central Division and Western Conference drop five straight games, with a 2-8 record for the entire month. For a team that has looked so dominant for a majority of the season, the Wild seem to have lost a bit of their mojo and with only 11 games remaining in...
Via The Hockey Writers
3 days ago

Hanzal, Coyle score 15 seconds apart as Wild beat Sharks 3-2

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Martin Hanzal and Charlie Coyle scored 15 seconds apart for Minnesota late in the second period, and the Wild stopped a five-game losing streak by hanging on for a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night. David Schlemko and Patrick Marleau had goals for the Sharks shortly before the second intermission, too, giving each team two scores in a...
Via MyNorthwest.com
3 days ago

Minnesota finishes road trip with a 3-1 loss

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Victor Rask scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:24 to play and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Minnesota Wild 3-1 Thursday night. Teuvo Teravainen added an empty-net goal with 1:24 remaining. Derek Ryan also scored for the Hurricanes and Eddie Lack stopped 30 shots. Carolina has points in five straight games (3-0-2). Mikael Granlund scored for Minnesota and Devan...
Via Associated Press
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild: The Opening Faceoff 16 Mar 17

The Wild are gearing up for the last game of what can be described as a tough road trip.  It’s contributed to a sizable slide as the team looks to break out of the funk that has cost them four of their last five contests. It’s been a while but here’s the puck drop on […] Minnesota Wild: The Opening Faceoff 16 Mar 17 - Gone Puck Wild - Gone Puck Wild - A Minnesota Wild Fan...
Via Gone Puck Wild
8 days ago

Wild get back on track, rout Panthers 7-4

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Zach Parise scored the go-ahead goal with 5:07 left and the Minnesota Wild pulled away to beat the reeling Florida Panthers 7-4 on Friday night. With the score tied 4, goalie James Reimer blocked a shot from the point by Jonas Brodin, but the puck bounced out to his left side where he didn't see it and it sat in the crease. Parise swept the loose puck in. Mikael...
Via Associated Press
13 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL admits their current bye week format didn’t work

The NHL has had a long list of highly questionable ideas. Whether we’re talking about the infuriating “intent to blow” rule or the infamous Guardian Project, some ideas have been worse than others. One recent change, giving each team in the league a five-day bye week, was one of those good ideas on paper which failed to pan out as expected. The bye week was originally intended...
Via The Comeback
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild GM apologizes to team scouts after trading away top picks

Throughout the year, NHL team scouts exhaust many hours in cold rinks around the world breaking down the play of draft-eligible players with one common goal: Finding the next star for their respective teams. Sometimes, all of that effort gets expunged when a general manager deals high assets for an immediate return.Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher recently gave up three high draft...
Via The Comeback
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Two Minnesota Wild players have the mumps, because the NHL is apparently stuck in 1824

If you loved playing both NHL ’94 and The Oregon Trail as a kid, we have the news story for you.After five Canucks players were diagnosed with the mumps last week, two Wild players have been quarantined with the infection as well. It’s a full-on league outbreak.According to the NHL’s release, other members of the organization with symptoms have also been placed in isolation...
Via The Comeback
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild's Parise, Pominville diagnosed with mumps

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild forwards Zach Parise and Jason Pominville have been diagnosed with mumps and must miss at least three games. The Wild announced Monday, shortly before faceoff against Los Angeles, that Parise and Pominville have the highly contagious virus along with other members of the organization. The veteran wings have been placed in isolation for a five-day...
Via Associated Press
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: AHL players fight on and off the ice in wild brawl

Vince Dunn of the Chicago Wolves and Kurtis Gabriel of the Iowa Wild had a pretty spirited fight in the third period of their game on Saturday night. After they exchanged punches on the ice, the two weren’t finished as they met up off the ice in the tunnel and fought a bit more. Watch Dunn dish out a HUGE right to knock Gabriel to the ground as security rushes in. Blues fans were...
Via Puck Drunk Love
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Who is Devan Dubnyk and Where Did He Come From?

There are many humorous anecdotes about hockey goaltenders and their assorted peccadilloes. Hardcore hockey fans always look to the beloved Denis Lemieux from the classic hockey movie Slapshot when they need an example of the quintessential off-his-rocker character that many goalies embody. After all, you have to be somewhat insane to place yourself squarely in the path of six ounces...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
February 20, 2017  |  Discuss

WATCH: Gustav Nyquist’s vicious high stick on Jared Spurgeon

Gustav Nyquist might have a bit of an anger problem. After he was cross-checked to the ice by Jared Spurgeon, Nyquist spun around and nailed Spurgeon in the face with a high stick.When you watch the video, note how Nyquist makes sure to catch Spurgeon in the face with the blase of his stick as opposed to the shaft. That’s a horrible, horrible play.Nyquist received a double-minor...
Via Puck Drunk Love
February 12, 2017  |  Discuss

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