Minnesota plays Winnipeg on 3-game home skid
Winnipeg Jets (46-29-4, first in the Central Division) vs. Minnesota Wild (36-34-9, sixth in the Central Division)
Dubnyk makes 35 saves, Wild beat Flames 4-2
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — On an emotional night in which Calgary retired the jersey of Jarome Iginla, Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk played the role of spoiler.
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.
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.
Wild score 3 power-play goals in 3-2 win over Canucks
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A big advantage on special teams was the difference Tuesday night for the Minnesota Wild.
Ryan Suter and Jason Zucker scored 55 seconds apart late in the second period and the Wild converted on all three of their power plays, beating the staggering Vancouver Canucks 3-2 to stop a three-game slide.
"Three goals on the power play, that's the recipe for a win on the road. It's a good two points for us," said Mikael Granlund, who had two assists.
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.
Suter has winning goal, 2 assists as Wild beat Stars 3-1
DALLAS (AP) — Ryan Suter joked that he was trying to bank the puck off a Dallas defenseman and into the net.
Suter scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and had two assists as the Minnesota Wild beat the Stars 3-1 on Friday night.
Dallas goalie Ben Bishop had stopped a shot by Eric Staal, but the puck went into the left corner. Suter sent the puck back in front, and it ricocheted in off the Stars' Esa Lindell with 7:06 left to put the Wild up 2-1.
Zucker’s OT goal gives Wild 4-3 comeback win vs. Blackhawks
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild started the season sluggishly, with a four-day break on the schedule following two flat performances.
The spark came midway through this matchup with division rival Chicago, with a big push by Jason Zucker.
Ryan Suter tied the game with 23 seconds left in the third period and Zucker scored in overtime, rallying the Wild past the Blackhawks 4-3 on Thursday night.
Ankle healed after devastating injury, Suter back with Wild
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Ryan Suter has ranked in the top three in the NHL for time on ice in all six of his seasons with the Minnesota Wild, logging an average of 28 minutes per game.
This year, he was forced to ponder the frightening question whether he'd be able to play at all.
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.
The Wild has appeared in the playoffs six consecutive seasons, one of only three NHL teams that can claim that accomplishment. Those six appearances also ended with quick exits.
Wild owner Craig Leipold must decide if hes content with regular-season consistency or fed up with playoff flops. This feels like a crossroads moment for Leipold and his organization.
The effort was there.
The goaltending was there.
The opportunities were there.
The star players were not.
That is what has separated the Minnesota Wild from the Winnipeg Jets during their first-round Stanley Cup Playoffs series. And it’s why the Wild are in a 3-1 hole — a postseason position all too familiar to them and their fans — and will be fighting for their playoff lives on Friday in Winnipeg.
Wild’s Devan Dubnyk is ready, not rattled, when puck fires his way in playoffs
When the Wild turned to a younger and more inexperienced blue line for the playoffs after losing Ryan Suter to a right ankle fracture, the margin of error didnt just shrink for the new-look defense.
Goalie play became even more critical, too, and although the Wild trails its first-round, best-of-seven series with the Jets 3-1, Devan Dubnyk hasnt disappointed.
But this steadiness isnt a result of Dubnyk putting more pressure on himself to perform, because he hasnt.
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Preview: The Wild seeks to even the best-of-seven series against the Jets in Game 4 after a 6-2 victory in Game 3. Thirteen different players tallied at least a point, while five had two. That was the Jets first loss since March 29. Winnipeg hasnt dropped two consecutive games since it lost three in a row March 10-13.
WINNIPEG - The most vulnerable segment of the Wilds lineup at the outset of the playoffs was without question its blue line.
Stalwart Ryan Suter was out of the picture, sidelined for the rest of the season with a right ankle fracture, and that meant not one but two rookies would be on the ice a difficult challenge against the second-best offense in the NHL.
But through two games, the Wilds defense led by goalie Devan Dubnyk has bordered on exceeding expectations at times.
WINNIPEG There were gaffes with steep repercussions, a turnover that ended up on the stick of the most dangerous shooter on the ice and a breakdown that culminated in a point shot that turned from harmless to harsh once deflected.
Something has got to give as the Wild makes its sixth postseason appearance in a row
The Wild took a team photo on the ice before practice Tuesday. The group pose included owner Craig Leipold, General Manager Chuck Fletcher, front-office executives, players, coaches and staffers from various departments.
This is an important moment for that whole group. The organizations playoff journey begins Wednesday in Winnipeg. The powerful Jets, who posted the second-highest point total in the NHL this season, are heavy favorites.
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The Wild and Winnipeg Jets meet in a first round Stanley Cup playoff series, beginning Wednesday night. Heres a scouting report on both teams:
Regular season: 45-26-11, third in the Central Division and tied for fourth in the Western Conference.
Defenseman Ryan Suter reported to Xcel Energy Center on Monday when the Wild reconvened for its first practice of the playoffs.
But instead of getting on the ice with his teammates to prepare for a first-round meeting with the Jets like he was primed to do just a few weeks ago, Suter wished them good luck during a 30-minute visit and then went home.
Ill be cheering for them and supporting them every way I can, he said.
The loss of Ryan Suter to a season-ending right ankle fracture carved a crater-sized hole at the top of the Wilds depth chart on defense.
It also created the possibility the Wild rolls out a top six for its first-round playoff matchup against the Jets that features predominantly homegrown talent a look thats in line with the composition teams are targeting.
SAN JOSE, Calif. In just seconds, defenseman Nate Prosser went from the trailer on a shorthanded rush to being swarmed by five Kings players as the lone Wild attacker.
Rather than retreat, Prosser cut through Los Angeles defense before sending the puck by goalie Jonathan Quicks right side as he slid left the tying goal that erased a two-goal, third-period deficit for the Wild on Thursday.
After the Wilds 3-0 victory over the Oilers on Monday, coach Bruce Boudreau gave a small admonishment mixed in with the praise he had for defenseman Matt Dumba.
We got to a point in the second period where I think Dumbs was trying to do a little too much, Boudreau said. Then he got back to being really simple and he was really good.
That would be sound advice for the Wild in the post-Ryan Suter era of this season.
ANAHEIM, Calif. Resolution arrived at 12:07 a.m. Tuesday, and the Wild was awake for it.
If I knew we had a chance of getting in last night, I was going to stay up, center Eric Staal said.
More than 2andfrac12; hours after the Wild accomplished the first step, blanking the Oilers 3-0 Monday, the process of clinching a playoff berth was complete when the Kings held off the Avalanche 3-1, with the news lighting up the teams group text.
Two stories appeared side-by-side in the Monday morning sports section. They could have shared the same headline: Seriously? Ugh!
The Timberwolves delivered a no-show effort in their most important game in a decade, and news leaked that the Wilds No. 1 defenseman Ryan Suter had suffered a fractured bone in his right leg.
Two developments that brighten the mood like an early April snowfall.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter has a broken right ankle that will require surgery and end his season, right before the start of the playoffs.
The Wild announced the diagnosis on Monday before they beat Edmonton 3-0, when Suter's streak of 242 consecutive regular-season games ended. That's the third-longest in franchise history.
The Wild has never been here before, facing the foreseeable future without defenseman Ryan Suter.
Ever since he signed on for 13 years, at the price tag of $98 million, Suter has served the Wild for all but five games and none of those absences were due to injury. He had the mumps, was suspended and held out of a meaningless game before the playoffs.
His reliability is as much his calling card as the way he patrols the defensive zone or funnels the puck up ice to generate offense.
The Wild has been in this position before, needing to recalibrate after injury subtracted a key player.
Actually, being shorthanded is more familiar to the 2017-18 version than operating at full strength.
Never, though, has the circumstance has been as grim as this.
Ryan Suter’s broken leg is the latest Wild injury, adding to adversity down the stretch
Despite the slow start, onslaught of injuries and frequent roster turnover, the Wild begins the final week of the regular season close to clinching a playoff spot.
But now itll have to push to the finish line and potentially beyond without its No. 1 defenseman, as Ryan Suter will be sidelined indefinitely with a fractured fibula, a source said.
Ryan Suter injured as Wild’s run of points comes to an end in 4-1 loss to Dallas Stars
DALLAS The Wild may no longer have to worry about the Stars knocking it from its perch as the third seed in the Central Division after it won in the first half of their home-and-home series, but other challengers are lurking.
The Wild has yet to clinch a playoff spot, but its made its path to the postseason a little easier.
By holding off the Stars 5-2 Thursday in front of a season-high 19,350 at Xcel Energy Center, the team ensured its Central Division rival cant catch it in the standings getting one step closer to locking down a berth amid an effort that flattered more than a few.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon will miss a minimum of four weeks due to a partial tear of his right hamstring, a big blow to a team trying to maintain control of a playoff spot with 12 regular-season games to go.
EDMONTON, ALBERTA The Wild contained almost everyone in the Oilers lineup except the one player the team had to be most cautious of when he was on the ice.
Connor McDavid had a hand in most of Edmontons offense, as the NHLs reigning MVP lifted the Oilers to a 4-1 win over the Wild Saturday at Rogers Place that spoiled goalie Devan Dubnyks bid at 200 wins in the city that gave him his start in the NHL.
Wild defenseman Ryan Suter still eating up the minutes
NEW YORK – Defenseman Ryan Suter had already been on the ice for two minutes, 25 seconds when the Wild iced the puck, relieving the pressure from the Ducks that hemmed it in its zone but also ensuring the same five-man unit had to stay on patrol.
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.
Big paydays loom for many All-Stars, something the Wild’s Ryan Suter, Zach Parise know about
TAMPA, Fla. Its an annual summit that brings together the best and brightest stars in the NHL to flex their skills, but the All-Star Game that descended on Tampa this weekend also looked like it could have been orientation for the 2019 class of unrestricted free agents.
Ryan Suter, Devan Dubnyk lead Wild past Blackhawks, 2-1
CHICAGO (AP) — The Minnesota Wild overcame a shaky start for a timely victory against a division rival.
Ryan Suter gave Minnesota the lead on a 4-on-4 early in the third period, Devan Dubnyk made 34 saves and the Wild held off the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Wednesday night to end a two-game slide.
Hamilton’s overtime goal lifts Calgary past Minnesota 3-2
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Dougie Hamilton made sure the Calgary Flames started a crucial road trip on a winning note.
Hamilton scored 2:39 into overtime to lift Calgary over the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Micheal Ferland and Sean Monahan each had a goal and assist and Johnny Gaudreau added three assists for the Flames, who began a four-game trip with a season-high fourth straight win. Mike Smith made 33 saves.
Huberdeau scores twice as Panthers top Wild 4-2
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — One impressive play by Jonathan Huberdeau fueled a solid rally for the Florida Panthers.
Huberdeau scored two goals, James Reimer made 29 saves and the Panthers beat the Minnesota Wild 4-2 on Friday night.
Vincent Trocheck and Connor Brickley also scored for Florida, and Aleksander Barkov had two assists. It was the Panthers' first win over the Wild since a 2-1 victory on Jan. 3, 2016.
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 gets Jared Spurgeon back; Matt Dumba remains paired with Ryan Suter
CHICAGO The loss of defenseman Jared Spurgeon to a groin strain last month put the spotlight squarely on the teams blue line and whether it could withstand the absence of a top-pairing minute muncher.
But instead of exposing a weakness, the adversity uncovered better depth an asset that was on display when Spurgeon made his return to the lineup Sunday against the Blackhawks after the team went 6-3 while he was sidelined.
CHICAGO - It looked like a formation out of a video game, with the puck carrier hustling up ice as two Wild players skated behind their setup in the shape of a triangle.
Wild center Eric Staal was preparing to celebrate a Ryan Suter goal after Suter scooted around the net and was greeted by an open side.
But instead of sliding the puck in, Suter handed it off to Staal for the cant-miss tap-in during a 4-3 overtime win over the Sharks Sunday in San Jose, Calif.
His patience, I guess, paid off for me, Staal said.
Tension mounted inside the two-bedroom apartment. Elk River native Nate Prosser, his wife, Brittani, and their three kids were crammed together like hockey players fighting for space along the boards.
Meanwhile, the St. Louis Blues kept scratching the defenseman, game after game after game. Prosser knew he was a strong candidate for the waiver wire.
Wild’s talent stream has dried up in recent seasons
An influx of youth and veteran talent came to the Wild during the labor-shortened 2012-13 season. Zach Parise and Ryan Suter signed identical 13-year deals over the July 4th holiday. Jason Pominville was acquired during the season in a trade.
Defenseman Jonas Brodin debuted as a 19-year-old rookie that year. Forwards Charlie Coyle and Mikael Granlund also made their NHL debuts, while Jason Zucker got a longer look than the six games he had played the season before.
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."
WASHINGTON One streak had to end.
And the extinguisher was aimed at the Wild.
In their return home after dropping two straight on the road, the Capitals outlasted the Wild 3-1 on Saturday at Capital One Arena to snap the Wilds season-high, four-game win streak.
Although Washingtons two-game drought looked modest on paper, getting outscored 12-5 by the Predators and Avalanche seemed to stoke urgency during an already ho-hum start for the reigning Presidents Trophy winners.