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Team: Minnesota Wild
Age / DOB:  (40) / 7/31/1973
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The Minnesota Wild are looking to put their blown lead in Game 1 of the first round behind them.
Minnesota had a 4-2 lead over Colorado in the third period, but ended up losing 5-4 in overtime. "You're going to face adversity in the playoffs," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "We want to get on a run here and any team that's going to have any kind of success in the playoffs, you're going to face adversity." The first two games of the series are in Colorado, so if Minnesota bounces back on Saturday, then they're in great shape going forward. Apr 18 - 6:39 PM

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Minnesota has allowed 26 shots or fewer for eight straight games.

The Wild rank fifth in the league with 2.35 goals against this season, which has helped make life easier on their goaltenders. "I'm not painting any pictures in front of myself," said Ilya Bryzgalov, who will start again on Tuesday against the Boston Bruins. "I just go on the ice and play hard and try to give the team a chance to win. The guys are playing in front of me unbelievable. That's the formula of success right now."
Apr 8 - 9:46 AM
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With the trade deadline fast approaching, the big question in Minnesota is if they'll acquire a goaltender.

Josh Harding is unfortunately out indefinitely and Niklas Backstrom has already been hurt multiple times this season. That might encourage Minnesota to pursue Ryan Miller, but the Buffalo Sabres asking price might scare them away. Martin Brodeur would presumably be a cheaper alternative, if the New Jersey Devils are indeed willing to part with him and thus lose the opportunity to have the legendary goaltender retire with the team.
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Minnesota went on a 11-4-2 run to close out their pre-Olympics schedule.

That gave the Wild a five-point cushion in the battle for a Wild Card spot. They aren't likely to climb into the Central Division's top three, but in addition to making the postseason in general, they'll still need to fight to maintain their hold on the better of the two Wild Card spots.
Feb 9 - 10:28 AM
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The Minnesota Wild have struggled mightily in the faceoff dot since Mikko Koivu was injured.

He hasn't played since Jan. 4 because of a broken ankle. Before Jan. 3, Minnesota was among the NHL's top-five teams in faceoff percentage, but after Jan. 4 they have dropped to 11th with a 51.3 percent efficiency rating.
Jan 28 - 8:32 AM
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The Minnesota Wild have now lost six straight contests.

"I've stopped talking in the locker room the last couple [of games]," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "There's only so many things you can say after a loss. To me, that's their time right now." Minnesota certainly has a lot to think about. Expectations were fairly high for them going into the campaign, but with a little over half their season in the books, they're four points shy of the second Wild Card slot. That's despite the fact that Josh Harding has surprised everyone to be one of the NHL's best goaltenders this season. If Harding ends up regressing in the second half of the campaign, the Wild's current losing streak might just be a taste of what's to come.
Jan 1 - 9:17 AM
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With an average of 2.19 goals a game, the Minnesota Wild has the second-worst offense in the NHL, and coach Mike Yeo is tired of it.

As a result, he is planning to reunite Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu and Jason Pominville as his top line. "We haven't been scoring a lot of goals so we have to try something," Yeo said.
Sat, Dec 21, 2013 11:09:00 AM
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Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo wasn't in the mood to sugarcoat their 4-0 loss to Columbus on Friday.

"This was one for the garbage," Yeo said. He also called it their worst performance of the season. The Wild were outshot 41-20 and managed just five shots on goal in the third period. As Keith Ballard put it, they were "OK in the first and straight downhill from there."
Sat, Dec 7, 2013 10:12:00 AM
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The Wild may be in the market for a backup goalie.

Josh Harding has been nothing short of amazing but the Minnesota coaching staff is worried about overworking him now that Nicklas Backstrom is out with a concussion and the team has a number of back-to-back games coming up. Minny may be looking to ink a veteran like Jose Theodore to a two-way contact to provide Harding a little relief until Backstrom returns. Neither Darcy Kuemper and Johan Gustafsson are a short-term answer for the Wild.
Sat, Nov 16, 2013 01:13:00 PM
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Minnesota failed to capitalize on a pair of 5-on-3 advantages during Saturday's 2-1 shootout loss to the Florida Panthers.

The Wild actually still ended up with a 20% power-play conversion rate because they found the back of the net after Tomas Fleischmann took a hooking penalty. Still, Minnesota's Zach Parise wasn't in the mood for silver linings. "Two 5-on-3s, you don't score, you don't deserve to win the game," Parise said. Minnesota has the fifth best power-play percentage in the league right now, so we wouldn't read too much into their struggles on Saturday.
Sun, Oct 20, 2013 10:26:00 AM
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Coach Mike Yeo told the Minneapolis-St. Paul Tribune that the Wild will be a more puck possession team this season.

"Our fans will really enjoy this," Yeo said. "We're going to be more aggressive off the rush. We want to be more of a puck possession team, so it's as simple as asking, 'Who gets the puck after you have it?' We're going to have to execute better on the wall coming out of the defensive zone, execute better on our entries, but at the same time, with that, you've also got to make sure that you're not just turning into a high-risk team and turning pucks over. So if you turn a puck over at the offensive blue line and they go down and score, then that's not helping us. That's not making us a better team. But we want to keep the puck. We don't want to just give it up."
Sun, Sep 8, 2013 08:31:00 AM
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Andrew Brunette will serve as Minnesota's power-play consultant this season.

He plans to speak with some of the team's key power-play contributors and go over some ideas. During the lockout-shortened season, Minnesota's power play finished 16th overall after they were ranked 27th the year before. However, the Wild didn't score a goal on 17 opportunities during the playoffs and they were ranked 28th overall at home during the regular season. "I think our whole game can be better, but especially [our net-front play] on the power play," Brunette said. "It has to be a mentality everybody has to take. It can't just be one guy that stands in front of the net."
Thu, Aug 29, 2013 11:38:00 AM
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Kurt Kleinendorst will serve as the AHL Iowa Wild's head coach.

Before the Houston Aeros moved to Iowa, Kleinendorst competed for the head coaching gig in 2010, but he lost to Mike Yeo. Kleinendorst ended up joining AHL Binghamton instead and helped them beat Yeo's Aeros. Yeo has since become the head coach of the Minnesota Wild. Kleinendorst also spent nine years in the New Jersey Devils' organization as a scout and assistant coach. He was an assistant in New Jersey when they won the Stanley Cup in 2000.
Mon, Jul 22, 2013 10:40:00 AM
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Look for Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher to be wheeling and dealing on Sunday.

The Wild do not have a first round pick for the first time in their history as they dealt the 16th overall pick to Buffalo in the Jason Pominville trade but are looking to acquire a second rounder if they deal Cal Clutterbuck. The Wild would then try to trade the two second rounders and move into the first round. Stay tuned.
Sun, Jun 30, 2013 07:41:00 AM
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The Minnesota Wild's new deal with goalie Niklas Backstrom allowed GM Chuck Fletcher to preserve some much-needed room under the salary cap.

Backstrom's three-year contract will only count roughly $3.42 million against the cap. The low number only leaves the team $2.8 million of room to re-sign UFA Matt Cullen and retain RFAs Cal Clutterbuck and Jared Spurgeon, but it's still more room than the Wild would've had if Backstrom got to the open market or left via free agency. The Wild are expected to use one of their compliance buyouts to free up some room, with Dany Heatley and Tom Gilbert the two most likely candidates. Heatley would free up $7.5 million of cap space, but the winger is currently injured and might not be healthy in time to qualify for the buyout. The Wild will likely try to trade Gilbert and his $4 million cap hit before buying him out.
Tue, Jun 25, 2013 09:43:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Mikko Koivu
2Mikael Granlund
3Kyle Brodziak
4Erik Haula
LW1Zach Parise
2Matt Moulson
3Dany Heatley
4Matt Cooke
5Cody McCormick
6Michael Rupp
7Jason Zucker
RW1Jason Pominville
2Charlie Coyle
3Nino Niederreiter
4Justin Fontaine
5Stephane Veilleux
D1Ryan Suter
2Jonas Brodin
3Jared Spurgeon
4Marco Scandella
5Keith Ballard
6Nate Prosser
7Clayton Stoner
8Jonathon Blum
G1Darcy Kuemper
2Ilya Bryzgalov
3Niklas Backstrom
4John Curry
5Josh Harding