You can point to Devan Dubnyk as the biggest reason the Wild are in the playoffs. And you’d be right. But give Thomas Vanek a lot of credit, too. Sure, point to the arrival of Dubnyk for Minnesota’s resurgence.
Win and you’re in. Sounds easy enough right? But when it comes to the Minnesota Wild it seems nothing is easy. The Wild had a chance to clinch a playoff spot Monday night in front of a sell-out crowd at the Xcel Energy Center, but the team couldn’t score and ended up getting shut out 2-0 by the Winnipeg Jets.
The Minnesota Wild have put themselves on solid footing for the playoffs. They’re not in yet, though. The determination and desperation they’ve played with the last few months must be maintained to clinch a wild-card spot and have momentum for the postseason.
Nino Niederreiter and Mikko Koivu each scored two goals, and Devan Dubnyk had 31 saves in his 34th straight start with Minnesota to lead the Wild past the L.A. Kings 4-1 on Saturday night.
The hits are getting harder, the intensity is ramping up and it’s almost time for the best part of the NHL season.
The NHL’s motion to dismiss a class-action lawsuit brought by former players over concussion-related injuries was largely rejected Wednesday by a federal judge, allowing the claims to move forward. The plaintiffs have been seeking unspecified financial damages and medical monitoring for neurological disorders.
Zach Parise scored the tying goal midway through the third period, then added another in the shootout to help the Minnesota Wild beat the New York Islanders 2-1 Tuesday night for their 10th straight road win. Parise’s shootout attempt hit the post to the right of Jaroslav Halak and trickled in after it bounced off the goalie’s leg.
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Alex Ovechkin scored two goals, helping lift the Washington Capitals past the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Thursday night. Evgeny Kuznetsov also had a goal, and Braden Holtby stopped 28 of 30 shots as the Capitals won their third straight.
Devan Dubnyk found a pretty good way to forget his poor past against St. Louis. Win.
Jordyn Leopold, the 10-year-old daughter of the Wild’s newest defenseman Jordan Leopold, lead the crowd in the “let’s play hockey,” cheer Sunday night. It was her heartwarming letter that went viral on social media this past week, asking the Wild to trade for her dad so he could come home to Minnesota.
It is amazing to me how this Wild team just keeps finding ways to win, and the fan in me is loving every minute of it! We just keep climbing up those playoff ranks and just take a moment to let these next stats sink in a little bit.
Just when you thought maybe the Wild were done making moves and that this year’s NHL trade deadline would come and go with the Wild keeping their team as is, everything changed.
Justin Fontaine broke a second-period tie, and Devan Dubnyk stopped 33 shots, leading the Minnesota Wild to a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night.
We saw the NBA Trade Deadline pass last week in a blaze of glory and now the NHL will have it’s chance to steal the spotlight on Monday.
We’re in the midst of one of the coldest months on record throughout the country.
Hot, then cold, now hot again. That’s how I would describe the Minnesota Wild this season. They started off the season on a run. They won seven out of their first 10 games and shut out Colorado in their first two games of the season.
Just since last year, two new hockey-intensive private schools opened in the Twin Cities, geared toward producing top talent by offering ice time and elite coaching as part of every school day.
Devan Dubnyk stopped all 15 shots he faced to get his sixth shutout of the season, leading the Minnesota Wild to a 4-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night.
Minnesota defenseman Matt Dumba did a little bit of everything for the Wild, and his coach took notice. Dumba scored his third goal of the season in the first period, made a game-saving defensive play in overtime, and seconds later started the breakout that led to Mikko Koivu’s winning goal as the Wild edged the Calgary Flames 3-2 on Wednesday night.
Alex Biega never doubted he had the ability to play in the NHL. All he needed was a chance — one he certainly took advantage of Monday night. The 26-year-old defenseman scored the winning goal in his first career game, and the Vancouver Canucks held on during a chaotic final 30 seconds for a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild.
Former professional hockey player Brad Maxwell is teaming up with law enforcement to donate automated external defibrillators — or AED’s — to more communities and rinks. Now, the groups want to see a new state law passed that would require places with public announcements to also announce where an AED is located, if there is one in the vicinity.
Thomas Vanek had two goals and an assist, and Devan Dubnyk stopped 24 shots to lift the surging Minnesota Wild past the Carolina Hurricanes 6-3 on Saturday night. Minnesota nearly blew a three-goal lead during a sloppy second period, but Dubnyk helped the league’s fourth-best penalty kill unit stymie a four-minute power play to prevent Carolina from tying it.
Just one month ago, the Wild were a mess after losing 12 out of 14 games to fall to third-worst in the Western Conference. Buoyed by the acquisition of goalie Devan Dubnyk, the Wild have zoomed back into playoff contention with a 9-1-2 record over their last 12 games.
Jason Pominville and Ryan Suter scored power-play goals, and Devan Dubnyk earned another victory in the net, guiding the Minnesota Wild past the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 on Monday night for their sixth straight win in regulation.