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All But Eliminated, Wild Ink Sturm

April 1, 2019 - 3:30 PM ET

The day after another demoralizing shutout loss to none other than former Wild backup goalie, Darcy Kuemper, and the Arizona Coyotes, the playoff dreams are all but over. I know that word is until the team is mathematically eliminated the goal remains the same. That speak is fine as long as...

Wild 1st Meaningless Game Since 2012

April 4, 2019 - 4:53 PM ET

The Wild will play their first truly meaningless game tonight as they host Charlie Coyle and the Bostom Bruins in the final home game of the season. Having been officially eliminated from the playoffs for the first time since 2012 the future of the team begins tonight. Nico Sturm skated on a line...

Have the Wild Scored Their Final Goal of The Season

April 6, 2019 - 11:10 AM ET

It all ends tonight in Dallas, that is the 2018-19 Minnesota Wild season that is. It is also kind of fitting that nearly everyone will be watching the Final Four and enjoying the festivities all around US Bank Stadium today and tonight, while the lights officially go out on the Wild season. The f...

What Went Wrong?

April 7, 2019 - 1:34 PM ET

Now that the season is in the books officially and reality has set in that the Wild are spectators a few weeks earlier than they have been each of the previous six seasons. So what went wrong, and are they better off by missing the dance than sneaking in with no realistic hope of a deep run? L...

What a Shock Wild Fall in Lottery

April 10, 2019 - 6:13 PM ET

So a few things have happened since the Wild wrapped up the 2018-19 regular season on Saturday. First we learned why the Wild dressed 7 defensemen for the finale in Dallas. That was because J.T. Brown had been arrested in the early morning hours on suspicion of public intoxication. I will not get...

After A Game Each How Are They Doing?

April 13, 2019 - 1:24 PM ET

A few games into the playoffs, time for a quick former Wild update on the three big pieces dealt by Paul Fenton since January. Nino Niederreiter, Charlie Coyle, and Mikael Granlund are all being counted on by their respective teams, Carolina, Boston, and Nashville respectively. All have played a...

Granny Game Winner For Preds

April 16, 2019 - 3:10 AM ET

Mikael Granlund picked a fine time to net his first playoff goal as a Predator, scoring the game winner with just over eight minutes to play in game three. The goal was enough to give Nashville the victory in a game that they were severely outplayed over the final two and a half periods. Charlie...

Sweeps Questions, Wild Fans Are Equipped to Answer

April 17, 2019 - 1:59 PM ET

Not to compare the Lightning's record setting regular season and subsequent playoff collapse to the Wild's inability to advance deep into the post season in each of the previous six seasons, however it does lead to an obvious question. Is it better to miss the playoffs altogether, than to lose in...

Just How Far Away is....

April 23, 2019 - 11:07 AM ET

So how far away are the Wild anyway? So many said and continue to say that they need to blow it up. To those that say this I give you the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs and the upsets and wide open opportunity for each of the 16 qualofiers. Tampa tied the regular season wins record and are out i...