Wild top Avalanche behind Zuccarello’s 3 points.
Mats Zuccarello scored the deciding goal and had two assists to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night in NHL preseason play in St. Paul,...
Koivu ‘totally confident’ in return from ACL surgery
Leaning on his crutches, just six days after reconstructive surgery on his right knee, Mikko Koivu was asked if he had concern about his ability to return to the Minnesota Wild next season at age 36.
Just as if he were corralling a puck with a quick flick of his stick on a faceoff, Koivu didn't flinch.
Koivu injury further complicates trade deadline for Wild
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Their hold on a spot in the playoffs hardly firm, the Minnesota Wild's streak of six straight postseason appearances took a hit when captain Mikko Koivu tore the ACL and meniscus in his right knee .
Wild captain Koivu to miss rest of season with knee injury
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu will miss the rest of the season after tearing a ligament and cartilage in his right knee in an on-ice collision, a major setback for a team with a tenuous hold on a playoff spot.
The 35-year-old Koivu tore his ACL and meniscus and will have surgery on Friday, the Wild announced on Wednesday. He was hurt Tuesday night at Buffalo when he collided with Sabres forward Tage Thompson in the first period of Minnesota's 5-4 shootout loss.
Coyle scores, Wild beat Golden Knights 4-2
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Charlie Coyle scored his second game-winning goal of the season with 5:31 remaining to lift the Minnesota Wild past the Vegas Golden Knights 4-2 on Monday.
With the win, the Wild moved past Colorado and Vancouver into the top wild-card slot in the Western Conference. Minnesota takes on Colorado on Wednesday, the final game before the All-Star break for both teams.
Niederreiter scores twice as Wild beat Panthers 5-1
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The move by Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau to put Charlie Coyle at center between Zach Parise and Nino Niederreiter is paying off.
Niederreiter scored twice, Ryan Suter had three assists and Devan Dubnyk finished with 30 saves as the Wild defeated the Florida Panthers 5-1 on Thursday night.
Dumba scores twice, Wild rout Canadiens 7-1
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Reeling and banged up, the Minnesota Wild were eager to get back on home ice. They took out their recent frustrations on the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.
Matt Dumba continued his high-scoring start with two goals, Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves and the Wild rebounded from a disappointing road trip in a 7-1 victory.
"I think that's all the boys had on their mind, was kind of redeeming ourselves," Dumba said.
With Koivu hurt, Wild call up Kunin
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have recalled forward Luke Kunin from the AHL.
The Wild made the move Sunday, giving them a fill-in for captain Mikko Koivu, who has a lower-body injury. The team announced his status as day to day.
Koivu took a knee-on-knee hit Thursday at Calgary and was held out Friday at Edmonton. The Wild, who host Montreal on Tuesday night, have lost five of their last six games.
Koivu has goal, 2 assists; Wild crush Canucks 6-2
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A date with road-weary Vancouver came at the right time for the Minnesota Wild.
Mikko Koivu had a goal and two assists, and the Wild rebounded from a recent hiccup by beating the Canucks 6-2 on Thursday night.
Eric Staal and Matt Dumba had a goal and an assist, and Charlie Coyle, Nino Niederreiter and Jason Zucker also scored for the Wild, who had a season high in goals. Ryan Suter had two assists, and Devan Dubnyk made 25 saves. Minnesota has won four of five and 11 of 14.
Suspension over early, Wilson helps lead Caps past Wild
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Tom Wilson returned early from his player-safety suspension and scored a first-period goal, helping the Washington Capitals cool off Minnesota with a 5-2 victory on Tuesday night for the Wild's first regulation loss at home.
Parise reaches 700 points, Wild top Kings 3-1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Zach Parise hit another milestone in his distinguished career Thursday night. He was more pleased about helping teammate Nico Niederreiter out of a prolonged scoring drought.
Parise had a goal and an assist to reach 700 points, leading the Minnesota Wild to a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings.
Fehr, Brodin get first goals of season; Wild beat Kings 4-1
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Fourth-liners Eric Fehr and Marcus Foligno teamed for an awkward goal early and played some tough defense late.
Fehr and Jonas Brodin scored their first goals of the season, and the Minnesota Wild won their fourth straight by beating the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 on Thursday night.
Empty-net goals by Mikael Granlund and Mikko Koivu accounted for the final margin. Devan Dubnyk stopped 23 shots and had an assist.
Johansen, Forsberg lead Predators over Wild 4-2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Johansen and the Nashville Predators are off to a solid start this season.
Scoring first has been a big key.
Johansen and P.K. Subban each had two assists, and the Predators beat the Minnesota Wild 4-2 on Monday night for their fifth win in six games.
"It's early in the season, you're trying to get your game in order," Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. "Hopefully just continue to get better."
LOS ANGELES It was early November, the Wild was third to last in the Western Conference, and it had just lost 5-3 to the Bruins at the outset of a four-game road trip.
Coach Bruce Boudreau called the first 40 minutes against Boston after which the Wild trailed 4-1 probably the most embarrassing two periods Ive been involved with in a lot of teams.
Turris scores lone goal in shootout as Preds beat Wild 2-1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kyle Turris scored the only goal in the shootout to lift the Nashville Predators over the Minnesota Wild 2-1 Tuesday night to snap a three-game skid.
The win clinched the Predators home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs. They also moved three points ahead of Tampa Bay in the chase for the Presidents' Trophy and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.
Roman Josi scored for Nashville, and Pekka Rinne made 22 saves.
Dubnyk, Wild blank sputtering Blackhawks 3-0
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Devan Dubnyk made sure the Minnesota Wild didn't let another three-goal lead slip away, especially not with a chance to keep the rival Chicago Blackhawks reeling.
Dubnyk made a season-high 44 saves, Charlie Coyle scored twice and the Wild beat the Blackhawks 3-0 on Saturday night. Mikko Koivu also scored in the first period for Minnesota, which is 9-0-3 in its last 12 home games. It was Dubnyk's fourth shutout of the season and No. 28 for his career.
Wild score 6 straight goals to knock off Blues 6-2
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mikko Koivu was embarrassed. His teammates on the Minnesota Wild were simply angry after a dismal performance Saturday in a five-goal loss at Dallas.
"It was something you want to forget right away and move forward," Koivu said.
The Wild did just that on Tuesday night.
Jason Zucker tied a career high with his 22nd goal and Devan Dubnyk made 35 saves to help Minnesota to a 6-2 win over the St. Louis Blues.
Wild notes: Jason Zucker reviews his work, says line can deliver more
Usually the day after every game, Wild winger Jason Zucker watches replays of each one of his shifts.
When he studied his work leading up to the teams five-day mandatory break, he noticed mistakes but overall thought he was playing well an assessment that was backed up by an upswing in production.
Wild, Calgary meet with Western logjam in full force
Theres quite the logjam in the Western Conference at the moment.
Several teams are within a three-point spread hovering around the wild card spot, including the Wild and the Calgary Flames, who face off Tuesday night at Xcel Energy Center.
Winnipeg (57 points), St. Louis (55) and Nashville (54) were the top three Central Division teams entering play Tuesday. Vegas (60), Los Angeles (53) and San Jose (48) were the top three in the Pacific.
Nino Niederreiter’s hat trick propels Wild past Buffalo 6-2
At full strength for the first time, the Wild flexed its skill like it rarely had so far this season.
And the final player to return to the lineup was the star of the 6-2 rout of the Sabres on Thursday night in front of 19,017 at Xcel Energy Center, a victory that improved the Wild to an eye-popping 11-1-1 over its past 13 games at home and 22-16-3 (47 points) overall at the midway point.
Niederreiter’s hat trick fuels Wild in 6-2 win vs Sabres
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Nino Niederreiter's return made the Minnesota Wild whole again, just in time for the second half of the season.
He turned this into quite the celebration.
Niederreiter marked the end of his five-game injury absence with his second career hat trick, Mikko Koivu contributed a goal and two assists, and the finally fully healthy Wild beat the Buffalo Sabres 6-2 on Thursday night.
Staal’s 2 goals help Wild rally past Senators 6-4
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The slumping Minnesota Wild looked a little more like a Western Conference contender by the end of Tuesday night.
Eric Staal scored twice, Nate Prosser had a goal and an assist and the Wild rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the Ottawa Senators 6-4.
Wild notes: Mikko Koivu’s scoring slump growing more frustrating
When the puck clanked off the post and then off Edmonton goaltender Cam Talbot and somehow still ended up wide of the net, it became abundantly clear that Mikko Koivu must have done something to anger the hockey gods.
Wild notes: Mikko Koivu remains a big player in goal production
ST. LOUIS When the Wild has scored lately, theres been little surprise whos been behind the celebration.
Wingers Nino Niederreiter, Mikael Granlund and Jason Zucker were behind 12 of the teams past 17 goals after the Wild outlasted the Avalanche 3-2 in a shootout Friday at Xcel Energy Center.
But someone else has also been heavily involved in the attack just not as a finisher.
Niederreiter extends scoring streak in Wild win
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Nino Niederreiter and Mikael Granlund helped the Minnesota Wild end a two-game skid.
They each scored two goals to lead the Wild to a 5-4 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.
"We were sloppy for a long time and had the lead and gave them life again," Niederreiter said. "It was always back and forth. At the end of the day, it was good that we closed them out but it definitely wasn't as good as we wanted to play."
A Mike Reilly slapshot went wide and then another was blocked.
But the Wild wasn’t deterred.
And after captain Mikko Koivu’s throw from along the half-wall made it to the crease, the puck kept bouncing around amid pressure from winger Mikael Granlund until winger Nino Niederreiter could bury it past Capitals goalie Braden Holtby.
Minnesota gets 4 late goals, rallies past Nashville 6-4
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — For the better part of the past week, the third period has been Jason Zucker's time to shine.
Zucker scored the go-ahead goal with 2:55 left and the Minnesota Wild scored four goals in less than six minutes in the third to beat the Nashville Predators 6-4 on Thursday night.
Eric Staal and Jared Spurgeon each had a goal and two assists for Minnesota, which won its fourth straight.
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.
Intense workout helps restore the Wild’s competitive edge
Even before the Wild embarked on last weeks road trip, coach Bruce Boudreau didnt like the way the calendar lined up. Over a seven-day span beginning last Monday, the team was scheduled to play four games, have an optional practice Tuesday and days off on Friday and Sunday.
Anisimov nets late power-play goal, Blackhawks beat Wild 2-0
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — For a team not scoring a lot of goals, the Blackhawks are managing just fine — thanks to Corey Crawford.
Crawford made 24 saves for his second straight shutout, Artem Anisimov scored a power-play goal with 5:42 left in the third period, and Chicago beat the Minnesota Wild 2-0 on Saturday night.
"Those games are fun against that team. It seems like they're always close games, intense. The crowds are always into it, so that makes it fun," Crawford said.
Koivu’s third-period goal lifts Wild past Penguins 2-1
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Best known as a defensive-minded center, Mikko Koivu came up big at the other end Saturday night for the Minnesota Wild.
The Wild captain scored midway through the third period to lift Minnesota over the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1.
Daniel Winnik also scored and Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves. The Wild, winless in their first four one-goal games this season, have won three of four overall.
Mikko Koivu’s third-period goal gives Wild 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh
For the first time this season, the Wild managed back-to-back victories.
Fitting that it come against the back-to-back Stanley Cup champions.
The Wild beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 on Saturday at Xcel Energy Center in front of an announced crowd of 19,064. The Wild improved to 4-3-2 while Pittsburgh is 7-4-1.
Wild notes: Jason Zucker receives congratulations, advice after birth of son
In the locker room after the morning skate Saturday ahead of the Wilds game against Pittsburgh, Jason Zucker relayed the story of holding his newborn son for the first time to teammate Mikko Koivu, a father of two.
The first thoughts that ran through Zuckers mind? Oh my god, and dont hurt him.
Zucker and wife Carly welcomed Hendrix Scott Zucker, 7 pounds and 19 inches, on Friday, joining Carlys 7-year-old daughter Sophia in the family.
Mikael Granlund returns to Wild lineup after long absence
While waiting for Mikael Granlund to return to the lineup, Bruce Boudreau began to feel like an expectant father anticipating the birth of a child.
The Wild coach endured two false alarms last week, when the winger accompanied the team to games in Winnipeg and Calgary but was held out to make sure his groin injury was thoroughly healed.
Jason Zucker, Mikko Koivu keep adapting in linemate Mikael Granlund’s absence
From the standpoint of familiarity, Jason Zucker acknowledged it’s been a bit of a challenge. The line that includes the Wild winger and center Mikko Koivu has been without its usual third cog, Mikael Granlund, for the past five games — and no one is certain when he will be back.
That has forced Zucker and Koivu, two-thirds of the Wild’s most dynamic and well-rounded trio last season, to adapt to a few new partners.
Slavin, Hurricanes beat Minnesota 5-4 in shootout
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes were a fraction of a second from opening their season with a victory in regulation. As tough as shootouts have been for this team over the years, winning one of those was an even more satisfying way to start.
Jaccob Slavin scored in the tiebreaker and the Hurricanes beat Minnesota 5-4 on Saturday night after the Wild forced overtime with a goal with 0.3 seconds left in regulation.
Wild, Koivu agree to 2-year, $11M extension
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild and captain Mikko Koivu have agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract extension.
The Wild announced the deal on Monday night. The 34-year-old Koivu was entering the final season of his contract. He is coming off of one of his best years with 18 goals and 40 assists in 80 games and was a finalist for the Selke Trophy, given annually to the best defensive forward.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have exposed defensemen Matt Dumba and Marco Scandella and forwards Erik Haula and Eric Staal for the NHL expansion draft.
The league announced Sunday protected players from the 30 existing teams for the Vegas Golden Knights, who join the NHL this season. The expansion draft takes place Wednesday.
Wild dealing with postseason disappointment, once again
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Five straight appearances in the playoffs for the Minnesota Wild have produced just two series victories and a high volume of frustration.
This year, a five-game loss in the first round to St. Louis marked the maddening peak of these spring letdowns.
Edmundson’s OT winner sends Allen, Blues past Wild 2-1
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Joel Edmundson slowly skated away from the slot after his overtime winner for St. Louis, as if the 23-year-old defenseman had done this several times before.
Keeping calm and staying steady were the keys to victory for Jake Allen and the Blues in weathering all that pressure from the Minnesota Wild.
Wild beat Coyotes 3-1 for franchise-record 49th win
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A late-March swoon had the Minnesota Wild in danger of backing into the playoffs.
Now that the calendar has turned to April, the Wild are rolling again and they'll have a head of steam into the postseason.
Darcy Kuemper stopped 20 shots, Martin Hanzal scored in his return to the desert and the Wild set a franchise record with their 49th win by beating the Arizona Coyotes 3-1 on Saturday night.
Tarasenko, Perron score and Blues top Wild 2-1
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mike Yeo smiled and admitted to feeling good about a win against his former team before he quickly brushed aside any special feelings about beating the Minnesota Wild.
A sound defensive effort is giving the St. Louis Blues coach plenty of reasons to smile and be happy with his new team.
Vladimir Tarasenko and David Perron scored, and Jake Allen made 32 saves and St. Louis edged Minnesota 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Bettman upholds 10-game suspension of Ducks’ Vermette
NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL on Saturday upheld the 10-game suspension of Anaheim Ducks center Antoine Vermette for slashing a linesman.
Commissioner Gary Bettman kept the full ban in place but also declined to lengthen it. Vermette will lose $97,222 in salary.
Zucker has 2 goals, assist as Wild beat Predators 5-2
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have built the best record in the Western Conference with lines that are often mixed and matched.
Except for one trio, that is.
Jason Zucker scored two goals and added an assist to lead the Wild past the Nashville Predators 5-2 on Saturday night.
Minnesota linemates Mikael Granlund and Mikko Koivu each had a goal and an assist, and Eric Staal scored into an empty net as the Wild surpassed last season's total with their 39th victory.