ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — 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.

Watch the Wild practice and you can feel it.

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More bounce, more smiles, and more fun — the fun that comes not from playing hockey, but from winning hockey games.

“I think we’re playing well as a team and as a whole right now, with wins comes that confidence,” Jared Spurgeon said.

The easy hockey point is always to look at the goaltender. Niklas Bäckström has been All-Star like.

But inside the organization they talk about Ryan Suter getting comfortable, confident, and at times dominant.

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“He’s the leader on the back end, the way he executes, the way he defends. He’s the guy you want people watching because people are going to follow suit,” Mike Yeo said.

The Phoenix Coyotes are going in the opposite direction as the Wild, meaning it should be a win on Wednesday night.

“They’re on a bit of a losing streak, and they’re a hard team to play against because they need these points,” Tom Gilbert said.

Even though it still doesn’t look like spring in St. Paul, the Wild appear to see something special ahead – playing in April and May.

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“When spring is coming, it is a good feeling to come to the rink,” Mikko Koivu said.

Mike Max