Wild's Granlund, Kuemper practicing, nearing return

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Mikael Granlund's words expressed anything but certainty. His tone, though, was indicative of an excited young man on the verge of his first NHL postseason appearance. The Wild center practiced again Monday, for the second time in three days after missing Minnesota's final six games of the regular season with an upper-body injury. Gliding comfortably around...
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Minnesota Wild vs Colorado Avalanche: Series preview and prediction

The Minnesota Wild open the first round of the playoffs Thursday against the dynamic and Central Division surprise Colorado Avalanche. The Avs have flourished this season behind a cast of budding superstars and a fiery coach in Patrick Roy. The question now is how this potent team will fair in the playoffs against the more seasoned Wild who have a worse record, but boast more experience...
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NHL Playoffs Simulation - Minnesota Wild vs Colorado Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche finished with 112 points, and a +30 goal differential, scoring 250 goals. The Minnesota Wild scored just 207 goals and finished with a +1 goal differential and 98 regular season points. Our simulation has the Wild upsetting the Avalanche in just 5 games. Game 1Wild 3Avalanche 2Wild lead series 1-0.1st Period:COL - Andre Benoit (1) (Ryan O'Reilly, Nathan...
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2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Series Preview: Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche

Marco Scandella races for the puck against Colorado’s Ryan O’Reilly. Playoffs?  Playoffs?!?!  Its the little sound bite that will haunt former NFL football coach Jim Mora for the rest of his days.  But seriously, we are talking about the playoffs.  It was something that some Wild fans, including myself were unsure if they would really happen as the team started another small...
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Why the Wild can beat the Avs

First off it's great to be back, sorry to all my readers who missed me the past month, I was working a practicum that was eating up almost all of my time, so I had to take some time off to do that. That being said, the NHL playoffs start on Wednesday and by winning the first wild card berth, Minnesota earned the right to play the lower seed division winner in the Western Conference...
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Georges The Dog Is Quite Possibly The Minnesota Wild’s Most Passionate Fan

Everybody knows that Minnesota is a hotbed for hockey, but did you know that some Minny dogs enjoy the sport just as much as their human owners? Well, meet Georges the Golden Retriever. Georges is a pretty big Minnesota Wild fan. He owns a Mikko Koivu jersey. He watches the games on TV. He gets fired up. He’s awesome. If this is how excited Georges gets for a regular season game...
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Wild lose in ugly fashion in 7-3 loss at home to Nashville finish regular season

Zach Parise tries to jam home a shot by Nashville’s Pekka Rinne. A weekend ritual during the hockey season has been listening to the radio show Beyond the Pond on KFAN radio every Saturday from 10AM to Noon.  Along with the show’s host, Brandon Mileski who is a high school hockey coach at Coon Rapids when he’s not producing “the Common Man” Dan Cole‘s Progrum he’s...
Via State of Hockey News
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Granlund, Stoner closing in on return to Wild lineup

Streaking into the playoffs with points in their last seven games, the Minnesota Wild also might be at full strength when the postseason begins next week. Center Mikael Granlund, who's missed the past five games with an upper-body injury, returned to practice for the first time on Saturday since sustaining the injury at Los Angeles on March 31. Defenseman Clayton Stoner, who...
Via Fox Sports North
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Folin makes promising NHL debut for Wild

Two weeks ago, Christian Folin was playing for the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in the NCAA men's hockey tournament, fresh off a Hockey East championship. Folin, 23, was one of the most coveted college free agents and had offers to sign with an NHL team after his River Hawks were knocked out of the NCAA tournament and the big defenseman opted to sign with the Minnesota...
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UMass Lowell’s Christian Folin Picks Up Assist In NHL Debut With Wild

UMass Lowell defenseman Christian Folin was one of the most coveted college hockey free agents this season, and when the Riverhawks’ season ended in the NCAA tournament, the 23-year-old signed with the Minnesota Wild. He made his NHL debut Thursday night and picked up an assist on Kyle Brodziak’s third-period goal in Minnesota’s 4-2 win over the Central Division-leading St...
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Ilya Bryzgalov: The Minnesota Wild’s Savior

Ilya Bryzgalov has the Minnesota Wild gearing up for the playoffs (via gonepuckwild.com) The injury-plagued Minnesota Wild have found their way to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the fifth time in franchise history. The Wild have made the playoffs despite dismal special teams play and the league’s 27th ranked offense. The terrific defensive play of both All-Star Ryan Suter and rookie...
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Blues' slide continues with 4-2 setback at Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Kyle Brodziak scored two goals and John Curry made 43 saves in his Wild debut to lead Minnesota over the struggling St. Louis Blues 4-2 on Thursday night. Nino Niederreiter added a goal and an assist to help the Wild snap a nine-game losing streak against the Blues and win for the sixth time in seven games. St. Louis dropped its fourth straight and also lost star...
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The NHL playoffs: now with wild cards!

The NHL has gone wild. Well, for the postseason format at least. While the change, driven by division realignment, to the qualification and seeding system was slight, the final week of the regular season has slanted a little differently than in the past. Loosely following what other leagues -- the NFL and MLB -- have done for decades now, the NHL has added wild cards to the playoff...
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Minnesota Wild secures 7th seed in Stanley Cup Playoffs

And to think the Minnesota Wild were in jeopardy of missing the playoffs just two weeks ago. A gritty shootout victory against the Boston Bruins propelled the Wild to the 7th seed in the Western Conference late Tuesday evening and this squad looks capable of pulling a first round upset. Forward lines are beginning to mesh at just the right time and Ilya Bryzgalov continues to shine...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild: Ilya Bryzgalov is the playoff goalie

Forgive me for completely taking a 180 degree turn when it comes to my thoughts on the Minnesota Wild’s goaltending situation. Just three weeks ago, I was exclaiming that Darcy Kuemper has to be the guy moving forward. The most recent piece I posted claimed that if Josh Harding is healthy he deserves the nod in the playoffs. Today, I’m going to say something that just over a...
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