ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have re-signed three restricted free agents: forwards Ryan Donato and Nico Sturm and defenseman Carson Soucy.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have extended qualifying offers to seven players eligible to become restricted free agents, including forwards Ryan Donato, Joel Eriksson Ek and Kevin...
Parise returns with 2 goals; Wild beat Jets 5-1
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota raced off to a big lead against Winnipeg on Tuesday, and then started watching the scoreboard to see if its faint playoff hopes would survive another...
Zucker, Eriksson Ek score late, Wild rally past Jets 3-2
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Joel Eriksson Ek didn't need a review or a challenge to know he scored the game-winning goal for Minnesota against Winnipeg.
Parise scores go-ahead goal, Wild snap 4-game losing streak
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Riding a four-game losing streak, playing without team captain Mikko Kiovu for the rest of the season because of a knee injury and seeing their grip on a wild-card playoff berth slipping, the Minnesota Wild needed players to step up in coach Bruce Boudreau's 900th game.
It wasn't surprising leading goal-scorer Zach Parise come through. The stunner was what the Wild's third line of Marcus Foligno, Joel Eriksson Ek and Luke Kunin did.
Flyers top Wild 7-4 for 2nd victory in last 11 games
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — James van Riemsdyk recorded a hat trick, and Nolan Patrick had two goals and two assists to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 7-4 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night.
Wayne Simmonds also had two goals for the Flyers. Carter Hart had 34 saves.
It was just the second win in the last 11 games for Philadelphia, which began Monday with the fewest points in the league.
Jason Zucker, Marcus Foligno, Joel Eriksson Ek and Ryan Suter scored for Minnesota.
Granlund scores in third to lift Wild over Blues 3-2.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mikael Granlund opened the season with a trio of forgettable games.
"I hardly ever touched the puck," the Minnesota Wild forward recalled.
Those days are long gone.
Granlund scored his team-high 10th goal of the season in the third period to lift the Wild over the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Sunday.
Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves, and the Wild got their fifth win in six games and 10th in their past 12. They completed a franchise-record seven-game road trip at 5-2.
Isolate the season from those that came before it, and the Wilds performance the past six months is encouraging if not admirable.
It chipped away at an early hole to climb into one of the Central Divisions top three spots and ended up as one of the most productive teams in the Western Conference. Only one other club had a better home record in the entire league, and more than a few individuals shined.
DALLAS – The Wild hasn’t experienced much turnover with its forward group lately.
Forward Jordan Greenway is getting an opportunity to play since the team wants to get a read on his potential before the season ends, and the effectiveness of the fourth line has merited wingers Daniel Winnik and Marcus Foligno sticking with center Joel Eriksson Ek.
But with 13 healthy forwards available, someone has to be on the outs.
Star Tribunes Three Stars
1. Jason Zucker, Wild: The winger scored, had an assist.
2. Nino Niederreiter, Wild: The winger delivered the game-winning goal.
Wild beats Arizona for back-to-back road victories, playoff breathing room
GLENDALE, ARIZ. The turnaround from a magical show in Las Vegas to the next performance in Arizona was quick, less than 24 hours.
But in that brief amount of time, the Wilds five-star effort in dancing around one of the NHLs juggernauts in the Golden Knights turned into a disappearing act against the leagues last-place team.
Pucks were turned over, defense coverages broke down and the Wild struggled to generate quality looks after scoring four times in that masterpiece against Vegas.
Wild score 3 in 2nd period to overcome 2-0 deficit vs Devils
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau wasn't patting himself on the back after putting Mike Reilly, Chris Stewart and backup goaltender Alex Stalock into the lineup against the New Jersey Devils.
The three deserved a chance to play after sitting out a while. They made the most of it.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. Wild center Joel Eriksson Ek wasnt picky.
After going 50 games sans a goal, he was hoping the puck would dive into the net any way possible.
So the Charlie Coyle wind up that bounced off him and behind goalie Jaroslav Halak, the first wave of offense from the Wild in a 5-3 win over the Islanders at Barclays Center on Monday, worked just fine for Eriksson Ek.
That was very nice, what I needed, he said. Somebody just threw the puck at me and into the net. It was nice it went in.
Cullen, Ennis lead Wild to 5-3 win over Islanders
NEW YORK (AP) — Minnesota knows it needs to play better on the road to strengthen its push for a playoff spot. The Wild also want to do a better job of holding third-period leads than they have lately.
They accomplished both Monday against the New York Islanders.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. Jason Zucker scored twice and defenseman Ryan Suter set up a pair of second-period goals as the Wild skated past the New York Islanders 5-3 on Monday afternoon.
The road has been a challenge for the Wild all season long, but the teams latest trip got off to a successful start in front of 15,342 at Barclays Center.
This was the Wilds third road win in its last four tries, improving its record to 12-15-1.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Joel Eriksson Ek is still quite shy with the media. The 20-year-old Swede is extremely soft-spoken, usually keeping his answers short and to the point.
That doesn’t matter to the Wild, though, as long as Eriksson Ek does his talking on the ice. The Wild called the 6-foot-2, 200-pound center up from the minors on Wednesday’s off day, and there’s a good chance he’ll be back in the lineup for Friday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center.
Wild hopes Zack Mitchell adds some zip to its offense
An outsider would be hard-pressed to pick out Zack Mitchell as the recent call-up as the winger skated Tuesday during the Wild’s practice at Xcel Energy Center.
That’s because the Iowa Wild’s leading scorer has swagger, and the NHL team wants in on it.
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Wild coach Bruce Boudreau was so frustrated with his teams power play and overall lack of emotion Thursday night that he decided to send a message.
Trailing Nashville by three goals, Boudreau benched his top two power-play units, inserting Marcus Foligno, Joel Eriksson Ek and Chris Stewart.
Sometimes you throw somebody else out, and it gets them really mad at you, and then they go out and play, Boudreau said.
The Wild has enjoyed this climb from the bottom of the Central Division standings, but there was still an uneasy air hovering over Bruce Boudreaus team at Wednesdays practice.
Devan Dubnyk cant stop every shot forever. Eventually, his three-game shutout streak will end, and Jason Zucker might not rescue everyone with his recent scoring touch.
Teenager Luke Kunin quickly earns key role for Wild
With his dark brown beard and fearless playing style, Luke Kunin might not look like the Wilds youngest player. He doesnt have the baby face of Joel Eriksson Ek, 20, or the forever young glow of Mikael Granlund, 25.
But Kunin wont turn 20 until Dec. 4, and at the rate hes going, he might be firmly entrenched in the NHL by then.
Blues bring Stastny back at center for Game 5 vs. Wild
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Louis Blues center Paul Stastny has returned to the first line to make his debut in Game 5 of the first-round playoff series against Minnesota, after missing the last 14 games because of an upper-body injury.
The Blues scratched rookie Ivan Barbashev to make room in the lineup Saturday against the Wild. The 11-year veteran Stastny, who had 18 goals and 22 assists in 66 games during the regular season, was injured on March 21.
Stalock beats Senators for first win with Wild
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Nino Niederreiter got his first goal in more than a month. Then, Alex Stalock won his first NHL start in more than a year.
By the end of the night, the Minnesota Wild — once the Western Conference's top team this season — had their first dominant performance in what's felt like forever.
Stalock made 18 saves in his first game with the Wild, Niederreiter scored twice and Minnesota beat the Ottawa Senators 5-1 on Thursday to end a four-game skid.
Slumping Wild recall rookie forward Joel Eriksson Ek
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have recalled forward Joel Eriksson Ek from his Swedish team for the remainder of the season.
The slumping Wild made the move Tuesday, summoning one of their top prospects in time for the final stretch.
The 20-year-old Eriksson Ek scored for the Wild in his NHL debut on Oct. 22 and had two goals and three assists in nine games before being reassigned. He had eight goals and eight assists in 26 games for Farjestad BK in the Swedish Elite League.