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Points Squandered, No Time For Excuses

February 2, 2019 - 11:31 AM ET

No excuses allowed, period! If the Wild are going to make a push to the playoffs there is no time to make excuses. So anyone that said that Dallas had more time on the ice to prepare for last night's game than did the Wild, well that is just an excuse. The point is the Wild played a so so g...

Prosser and Brown Waived

February 3, 2019 - 2:28 PM ET

It was just a matter of time with the new faces adding up and Luke Kunin and Joel Eriksson Ek having nothing more to prove at the AHL level. JT Brown and Nate Prosser have been placed on waivers. The roster is one place where Fenton can use some leverage to create uncertainty within the locker ro...

It's Kunin and Rau, Not JEE Getting the Call

February 4, 2019 - 5:42 PM ET

Both Nate Prosser and J.T. Brown went unclaimed through waivers and have been assigned to Iowa. Interesting to see that it was Kyle Rau being recalled instead of Joel Eriksson Ek, a long with Luke Kunin. Rau is a high energy player and certainly fills the fourth line role admirably. That is s...

Similar Opponents Face Off In Buffalo

February 5, 2019 - 2:24 PM ET

The Wild make a quick visit to Buffalo to face the struggling Sabres. Buffalo is on a seven game home stand that got off to a rough start on Friday night, with and 7-3 drubbing at the hands of the Blackhawks. Buffalo has fallen outside the playoff top eight in the Eastern Conference, winning just...

Koivu Done for the Season Torn ACL

February 6, 2019 - 5:25 PM ET

The worst fears about the knee on knee injury Wild captain Mikko Koivu suffered last night, have been realized as it is now know that he has a torn ACL and meniscus. Paul Fenton was already busy, but now his timetable just got escalated. The Wild are in a stretch where there is no rest and no...

Life Without Koivu Begins Tonight

February 7, 2019 - 1:27 PM ET

I have written many times in this blog about Mikko Koivu and the value that he brings to the Wild every day whether it be in practice or game he is the ultimate professional. That said, there have been many times that it has also been said that the Wild need to temper down Koivu's offensive resp...

Boudreau Rips Granny, Wild

February 8, 2019 - 12:35 PM ET

After yet another demoralizing home performance against a team that had lost six straight heading into the game, the Wild are officially in free fall once again. With their best player, Matt Dumba, already on the shelf for the foreseeable future and now their top shut down forward and captain, Mi...

Which Way Do Wild Go?

February 9, 2019 - 10:54 AM ET

No wins since the All Star break, the Wild head to NJ for an afternoon tilt with the Devils. Another weaker opponent on the Wild schedule as the record may indicate, yet the Wild record against such opponents has been less than spectacular dropping games against Detroit, Philadelphia, Anaheim, C...

Today Will Tell Us More

February 10, 2019 - 11:15 AM ET

Once again the Wild yielded the first goal of the game yesterday, and not a good one at that. They were able to overcome that and go on to prevail in a 4-2 victory over a severely depleted Devils squad. There were a number of positives from yesterday which of course begins with the kids. Luke Ku...

Ho Hum Wild Host Inspired Flyers

February 12, 2019 - 2:40 PM ET

So if we learned anything from Sunday it is that the Wild cannot bury their chances when the game is on the line. A chance to steal a point and maybe two on the road in a game that they were thoroughly outplayed, the Wild came up short. There were numerous opportunities in the third period where...

Sell Sell

February 13, 2019 - 1:28 PM ET

We keep hearing that the Wild are making Paul Fenton's job easy, but only in the fact that he is clearly in a seller situation and not a buyer mode. That said it is by no means and easy position to be in. The Wild have continued to do what they have done most of the season, and that is disappoin...

Fenton Green Light to Deal

February 14, 2019 - 9:19 PM ET

According to The Athletic's, Michael Russo, Wild GM, Paul Fenton, has the green light to make deals involving the core. Mikael Granlund, Jason Zucker, Charlie Coyle, and Jonas Brodin can be moved if the deal is right. Bruce Boudreau has other thoughts as he guarantees playoffs for the Wild....

What Will Tonight Tell Us?

February 15, 2019 - 5:40 PM ET

The Wild get the Devils at home, so which way does it go? Is a win a step forward? Or just a false hope that sends the same mixed message the Wild faithful have been suffering through? Coach Boudreau says his team will make the playoffs. Is that just the old coach speak trying to get his te...