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Wild Flames Tkachuk Fireworks?

March 2, 2019 - 12:05 PM ET

Tonight could very well have had a whole different aura as the Wild take on the Flames in Calgary. As we know, Jason Zucker, was nearly dealt to the Flames right at the deadline last Monday, and tonight would have marked his first game against the only NHL team he has ever played for. Of cou...

Granny's Return Wild Host Predators

March 3, 2019 - 11:56 AM ET

After an enormous win last night in Calgary, the Wild have a quick turnaround today as the host Nashville. Today's game also marks the return of Mikael Granlund who will play his second game with the Predators. Granny had an assist in his Predators debut Friday night in a 5-3 loss at St. Louis. L...

Wild Building Confidence Following 3 Point Weekend

March 4, 2019 - 5:44 PM ET

The win streak may have ended along with Ryan Donato's Wild scoring streak, but three points out of the weekend is not a bad result. Alex Stalock was on top of his game and he put the Wild in a position that they could have taken the two points. In the end that was not the case, however there wa...

Wild Look to Turn The Tide On Predators

March 5, 2019 - 6:58 PM ET

The Wild get their chance to turn the tables on the Predators after Sunday's 3-2 shootout loss in St. Paul. If that is going to happen the special teams for the Wild have got to step it up. The penalty kill has been atrocious ever since Mikko Koivu went down and the power play has been abominabl...

Tough Road Continues For Wild

March 7, 2019 - 4:52 PM ET

The road gets tougher as the Wild faceoff in Tampa against the NHL's best team by far according to the standings at least. Just to put it into perspective the second place Bruins are in the midst of a 17 game streak where they have not lost in regulation (14-0-3) yet still trail the Lightnung by...

Confident Wild

March 8, 2019 - 1:15 PM ET

If it wasn't clear before last night that this is a totally different Wild club from every aspect, than the one we have grown to know the past half decade or so, it should be. An impressive 3-0 shutout of the league leading Lightning in Tampa. Backstopped by Dubnyk and energized by the resurgent...

Keep Looking Forward Wild

March 9, 2019 - 1:02 PM ET

Last night turned into the nightmare we had hoped that it wouldn't be after Thursday's big win in Tampa. It started out bad and got worse as the Eild gave up three goals in the first period, that could have been four had it hit been for Bruce Boudreau's challenge that nullified another first period...

Sharks In Town As Home Stand Begins

March 11, 2019 - 7:22 PM ET

The make or break five game home stand begins tonight as the Wild host the Sharks. There is no doubt the Wild have improved significantly since the trade deadline, but none of that matters if they do not take advantage of their home ice. To say the Wild have not been good on home ice is a gro...

Parise Not Happy With Lack of PP Practice

March 13, 2019 - 4:11 PM ET

Pretty interesting comments from Zach Parise following Monday's 3-0 loss to the Sharks. Parise voiced his frustration over the lack of continuity with the Wild powerplay. Sending different combinations out consistently at this time of the year when teams are so hyper focused on the penalty kill i...

All But Done

March 15, 2019 - 1:54 AM ET

The critical five game home stand is off to an 0 and 2 start and the Minnesota Wild six year playoff run appears all but over. With 11 games to play nothing short of a miracle would get the boys into the dance. The energy the Wild had infused into the lineup following the trade deadline has dried...

Do The Wild Have Life?

March 16, 2019 - 7:24 PM ET

Clinging on to the last lifeline, the Wild host the Rangers tonight. A winnable game and a potential confidence builder in the making. The last time the Wild and Rangers met in New York in late February the result was a 4-1 win that ended their own five game skid and sparked an eight game regulat...

Which Wild Team Will Show Up vs. Islanders?

March 17, 2019 - 4:53 PM ET

Now to repeat the trend the Wild started after their last win over the Rangers. The big difference of course is the quality of the opposition is much different beginning tonight as the Islanders are in town. The last time the Wild and Islanders met it was a thorough domination by the Isles in Bro...

One Point Never Enough In A Playoff Race

March 18, 2019 - 4:13 PM ET

Another good effort from the home team last night in St. Paul comes up short in the extra frame. We have been saying that for a long time now. So what gives? Is Boudreau watching the same thing the rest of us are when it comes to 3 on 3? I am not trying to throw BB under the bus as I be...

Homestand Wraps Up With Avs

March 19, 2019 - 6:55 PM ET

Five game homestand wraps up tonight for the Wild as they look to even the record after going 1-2-1 in the first four games. Sitting just one point out of the final playoff position with 9 games to play tonight like all the rest, is enormous. The powerplay has come to life, as they have connec...

Slip Sliding To The Finish

March 22, 2019 - 4:30 PM ET

The Wild travel to DC to face the defending Cup Champion Capitals. The Wild have not beaten the Capitals the last eight times the teams have met and are in the midst of a 1-4-1 stretch but somehow find themselves just 1 point out of the final playoff position in the Western Conference. The road h...

Kids Deliver in DC; Need Sequel In Carolina

March 23, 2019 - 4:53 PM ET

A huge win in DC last night and as we discussed yesterday it followed the script the 2019-20 Minnesota Wild have written. Winning games they have no business being in and then confounding their fans with disappointing follow up. Tonight the boys catch the Hurricanes who are battling for their pla...

Wild Still Hanging Close

March 25, 2019 - 10:31 AM ET

Saturday's loss in Carolina left the Wild to scoreboard watching on Sunday ahead of tonight's key Central Division battle with Nashville at home. The Islanders took care of the Coyotes, while the Blackhawks competed the come from behind victory over Colorado, albeit in overtime, giving the Avalan...