Craig D. Schroepfer

Wild Blog: Team Shows Resiliency, But Drop Game 1 To ChicagoThe first period of Game 1 versus Chicago couldn't have started worse for the Minnesota Wild. The Blackhawks had the Wild skating on its heels and the defense looked lost on the ice. It only took 1:15 before Brandon Saad scored to give Chicago a 1-0 lead.
Wild Blog: Wild Vs. Blackhawks Potential Start TimesWith the Minnesota Wild advancing to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the most common question being asked isn't, "Is this the year we finally beat the Chicago Blackhawks?" It's, "When does the series start?"
Wild Blog: Tale Of The Tape - Minnesota Wild Vs. St. Louis BluesThe Minnesota Wild ended the 2014-15 season Saturday with a 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues. Minnesota will have anywhere from four to seven chances to avenge that defeat over the next couple weeks as the Wild and the Blues face-off in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. So which team has the edge? Let's go to the tale of the tape.
Wild Blog: Back-To-Back Home Games Could Impact Playoff Race In The WestThe Minnesota Wild return to Xcel Energy Center this weekend to kick off their final home stand of the season. While the next five games should give us an idea of where Minnesota will fit in the playoff picture, it's the first two home games for the Wild that could have the biggest impact in the Western Conference playoff race.
Wild Blog: Dubnyk Solid In Home DebutLast Wednesday the Minnesota Wild addressed their goaltending situation by trading a third-round pick to the Arizona Coyotes for Devan Dubnyk. Dubnyk made his Wild debut the following night, shutting out the Buffalo Sabres 7-0.
Wild Blog: Wild Acquire Goaltender, Still A Lot Of Work To DoOn Jan. 2, the Minnesota Wild defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs by a score of 3-1. The hope at the time was that winning the first game in 2015 would be a springboard to another playoff berth much like last year, when Minnesota defeated Buffalo in their first game of 2014. Instead, the Wild have lost six-straight games and find themselves eight points out from the final playoff spot.
Wild Blog: Wild Start Off New Year With A VictoryThe month of December was not kind to the Minnesota Wild. During the month the Wild went 4-5-3 and found themselves ranked 11 out of 14 teams in the Western Conference, and seven points out of a playoff spot.
Wild Blog: A Strong October StartWhen the NHL schedule came out this past summer the Minnesota Wild knew they had their work cut out for them. Eight of their first nine games were against teams that made the playoffs last season. A strong start could give the Wild an edge in the Central Division while a slow start could derail their playoff hopes before the month was even finished.
Vikings Blog: A Pair Of Rookies Lead Vikings To VictoryLast week in Buffalo, the Minnesota Vikings held onto a lead late in the fourth quarter before losing on the final play of the game. Thanks to a pair of rookies, history didn't repeat itself today.
Wild Blog: 2014-15 Season PreviewWhen we last saw the Minnesota Wild they were skating off the ice stunned after losing in overtime to Chicago 2-1 as the Blackhawks took the series in six games. While the sudden impact of the season being over may have hurt initially, fans could take solace in knowing that the Wild had their best playoff showing since their run to the Western Conference Finals in 2003.
Brady, Patriots Bounce Back To Beat Vikings 30-7 The New England Patriots took full advantage of Adrian Peterson's absence, though he might not have made much of a difference. Six sacks, four interceptions from Matt Cassel and a blocked field goal for a touchdown doomed the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, as the Patriots breezed to a 30-7 win, coach Bill Belichick's 200th.
Wild Blog: Sudden Death Brings Wild Season To An EndIt wasn't supposed to end this way. Going into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, many people didn't give the Minnesota Wild a chance to win it all. The Wild finished with 98 points on the season, clinching the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference and a date with the Central Division champion Colorado Avalanche.