11:32 PM EST, Thu November 26, 2015
Hockey Wilderness 9 hours ago

Wild's missed opportunities allowed Vancouver to win

Zucker and Niederreiter couldn't score when the Canucks were on the ropes, allowing Vancouver to get back into the game. Everyone knows this by now: the line of Jason Zucker - Mikko Koivu - Nino Niederreiter is one that's pretty great at hockey. While the rest of the Wild's forwards played Vancouver to a draw in the first period of last night's game, Koivu's line absolutely controlled Vancouver, buzzing in the offensive zone, and keeping Vancouver pinned in their own end. They also failed to keep the Canucks at bay. This line had a couple of amazing chances early on, which were stymied by...
Hockey Wilderness Nov 25, 2015

WATCH: A PP Goal and Thomas Vanek Continues to Roll

Thomas Vanek scored on the power play in the middle of the first period as he continues his torrid pace to start the season. Mikko Koivu found Vanek in the high slot for a slapper that beat Vancouver starter Ryan Miller. Highlight courtesy of Wild.com

Evgeni Malkin speaks out, then produces for Penguins

Three days after calling out his underperforming team during a lifeless loss to New Jersey, Malkin scored two goals and added two assists as the Penguins held off Minnesota 4-3 in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night. “I think we changed momentum tonight and showed how we can play,” Malkin said. Jared Spurgeon and Mikko Koivu collected power-play goals for Minnesota as it nearly rallied from a three-goal deficit. David Jones scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season and added an assist as host Calgary topped New Jersey for the sixth straight time. Valeri Nichushkin scored 51 seconds...
Hockey Wilderness Nov 17, 2015

HWP 047: Pominville-Free Zone

We take a break from discussing Jason Pominville's snake-bitten-ness to break down a very good week for the Minnesota Wild. Joe, Aaron, Chris, and Tony sat down after the Wild's overtime loss against Dallas to talk about all that's been going on with the Wild over the last week, including: Wondering if we can stop pretending Kurtis Gabriel was in the NHL for a reason other than fighting AHL Call-up Musical Chairs Thomas Vanek's absurd goals Mikko Koivu's triumphant return to First-Line Center What to do with Mikael Granlund? Is the Wild's early season success sustainable? Should Jonas...
St. Paul Pioneer Press Nov 16, 2015

Wild return to Pittsburgh 10 months later with a whole new attitude

Mikko Koivu called it "embarrassing." Zach Parise said his team had become "so easy to play against." Mike Yeo said the word unflappable "is not in our vocabulary right now."
Hockey Wilderness Nov 16, 2015

The Wild should move Mikael Granlund to the third line

The Finnish center has struggled mightily this season. Would he be better served in a new role? Spring of 2014 was Mikael Granlund's coming-out party. Tasked with the responsibility of being the Wild's First Line Center™ in Mikko Koivu's absence, Granlund appeared ready for the challenge, and his 21 points (5G-16A) in the last 24 regular season games were a big part of the reason the Minnesota made the playoffs. Granlund's star further rose in the playoffs when he scored 7 points (4G-3A) in 13 games, including this magical goal that still stands as one of the most important in Wild...
Hockey Wilderness Nov 10, 2015

WATCH: Nino Niederreiter start the scoring for the Wild

Nino Niederreiter scores his 5th goal of the season and puts the Wild up 1-0. Pretty feed and tremendous effort from Mikko Koivu and a secondary assist going to Jason Zucker Video courtesy of Wild.com

Wild captain Mikko Koivu celebrates 10 years with franchise

Mikko Koivu doesn't remember who he played with when he made his NHL debut exactly 10 years ago -- on Nov. 5, 2005. He doesn't remember much about that game, a highly-anticipated debut from the second first-round draft pick in Minnesota Wild history.

Mikko Koivu's 10-year anniversary of NHL debut highlights tonight's Wild-Preds game

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Mikko Koivu is one of 20 players who were rookies in 2005-06 that have played for the same team in the 10 years since.
Hockey Wilderness Nov 2, 2015

Wild Weekly Preview: November 2nd-8th Edition

Happy No Shave November, folks! Let's preview the coming week of Minnesota Wild hockey. It's nice to see Minnesota's goaltenders get goal support these days, am I right? You know what would also be nice? If Minnesota's skaters got some goaltending support. Saturday night's OT loss to the St. Louis Blues was, well, atrocious as far as netminding goes. David Backes had two biscuits that never should have got by Devan Dubnyk. Alexander Steen also managed to put one by Dubnyk, who failed to lock down the stick side post. Granted, the blame can also be placed on a ghastly turnover by Mikko Koivu...
Hockey Wilderness Oct 30, 2015

WATCH: El Nino brings the rain!

Nino Niederreiter scoring his 4th goal of the season. Assists go to Jason Zucker and Mikko Koivu. Video courtesy of Wild.com
Hockey Wilderness Oct 30, 2015

Watch: Charlie Coyle is on FIRE!

Charlie Coyle in the waning moments of the opening period puts the Wild back on top, 3-2. Assists go to Marco Scandella and Mikko Koivu. Video courtesy of Wild.com
Hockey Wilderness Oct 30, 2015

WATCH: Jason Zucker scores in 18 seconds!

Jason Zucker likes to finish fast! Just 18 seconds into the game, Wild up 1-0. Assists go to Ryan Suter and Mikko Koivu. Video courtesy of Wild.com
Hockey Wilderness Oct 27, 2015

WATCH: Suter scores again!?!?

Ryan Suter has tied his goal total from last season, and it just took the Oilers coming to St. Paul. Assists from Mikko Koivu and Nino Niederreiter. Video courtesy of Wild.com
Hockey Wilderness Oct 26, 2015

Mikko Koivu's Line Should Get the Wild's Toughest Minutes

Jason Zucker, Mikko Koivu, and Nino Niederreiter have been dominant on both sides of the puck. Are they the shutdown line the Wild have been looking for? Last season, there was a battle over the soul of the fourth line. What started out as a defensive line prominently featuring Kyle Brodziak, Matt Cooke, and Ryan Carter ended up morphing throughout the season. There were times where it was indeed defined by grittiness, such as when Brett Sutter and Stephane Veilleux were used as injury call-ups. There were times when it was used as an alternative to benching a struggling Nino Niederreiter...

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