The 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.
The Minnesota Wild will kick off December with a little time at home. It started Wednesday night at Xcel Energy Center against the Montreal Canadiens.
Alright Wild fans, I know the past few games have not been fun to watch, but let’s not all jump ship just yet.
For this year’s Wild team, home ice advantage isn’t just a saying you’ll hear on their TV commercials, it’s really happening.
The first two games they played at Xcel Energy Center this year were shutouts, and on Saturday they killed Tampa Bay by a score of 7-2. There’s no question the Wild seem to do better in St. Paul where they’ve got 18,000 screaming fans in their corner.
Darcy Kuemper made 26 saves for his third shutout of the season, and defenseman Jared Spurgeon had two assists to lead the Minnesota Wild past the Arizona Coyotes 2-0 on Thursday night. Kuemper has allowed just two goals in four starts, and has all three of Minnesota’s victories this season. Arizona’s Mike Smith entered the game having allowed at least four goals in each of his three starts this season. But he stopped 27 of 29 shots and blanked the Wild for all but a three-minute stretch early in the second period.
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Semyon Varlamov emptied the net with 2:39 left, and a penalty on Minnesota 25 seconds later gave Colorado a two-man advantage. This time, with a record roaring crowd on their side, the Wild held firm and sent the Avalanche back home with a long to-do list.
The Minnesota Wild were reeling as last year ended. Star Zach Parise was on injured reserve. Coach Mike Yeo’s job was in jeopardy.
Darcy Kuemper made 34 saves, Jared Spurgeon had two assists in his return from injury and the Minnesota Wild defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 on Tuesday night.
The Minnesota Wild have agreed to terms on one-year, two-way contracts with free agent defensemen Jonathon Blum and Jon Landry. The team announced the deals on Friday, but the contracts pay less if the player is in the minors.
The Minnesota Wild have used their limited space under the salary cap to sign defenseman Keith Ballard and re-sign defenseman Jared Spurgeon. The contracts were completed Friday.
The Wild have made qualifying offers to five restricted free agents: defensemen Jared Spurgeon, Tyler Cuma and Kyle Medvec, and right wings Justin Fontaine and Carson McMillan.
To win Game 2, the Minnesota Wild are going to need to get more of what they got from Jared Spurgeon in Game 1.
The Minnesota Wild are grabbing attention for the right reasons — six straight wins will do that, as Phoenix arrives at the Xcel Energy Center for Wednesday night’s game.
The Minnesota Wild have recalled rookie forward Charlie Coyle from the Houston Aeros of the AHL and placed defenseman Jared Spurgeon on injured reserve.