12:52 AM EDT, Sat October 21, 2017
41 mins ago
Iowa grinds their way to second win of the season, 3-2 over Manitoba

Iowa grinds their way to second win of the season, 3-2 over Manitoba

The Wild (2-3-0, 4 pts) broke their power play drought, Kyle Rau scored in his debut, and Evan Janssen netted his first professional goal against the Moose (2-3-0, 4 pts) After an exhausting loss to Rockford to cap off last weekend, the Iowa Wild had a week to prepare, got one of their guys back, and got another forecheck-powered goal to open this weekend with a hard-fought, 3-2 win against the visiting Moose from Manitoba (Winnipeg Jets). Niklas Svedberg (2-3-0) made his fifth consecutive start of the season, stopping 26 of 28 shots and showing his boxing abilities in the win. Eric Comrie...
1 hour ago
Wheeler’s game winner downs Wild 4-3

Wheeler’s game winner downs Wild 4-3

When the team says the right thing all week long about playing tighter and tougher defensively, especially in the third periods of games, performances like what the Wild had in a 4-3 loss at the hands of the Winnipeg Jets just feels like lip service. Patrik Laine, the young Finnish stud, scored two power play goals, while Blake Wheeler sealed the game for the Jets in the third period. Minnesota, on the other hand, had issues with boxing out and defending their lead. The first period began with Landon Ferraro going down with what the Wild reported as a hip flexor injury. It appeared to have...
2 hours ago
WATCH: Mike Reilly scores on a wrister through traffic

WATCH: Mike Reilly scores on a wrister through traffic

Mike Reilly rips off a nice wrist shot from north of the circles which beats Connor Hellebuyck through a screen. This puck had eyes! Video courtesy of nhl.com
2 hours ago
WATCH: Mikko Koivu lifts a backhander past Hellebuyck on the rush

WATCH: Mikko Koivu lifts a backhander past Hellebuyck on the rush

The captain Mikko Koivu scores on the rush after a nice feed from the streaking Jason Zucker . It’s Koivu’s 3rd goal on the season. Video courtesy of nhl.com
3 hours ago
WATCH: Chris Stewart delivers a hit, then delivers a goal.

WATCH: Chris Stewart delivers a hit, then delivers a goal.

Chris Stewart continues his hot streak to start the season after delivering a nice hit behind the net, and then putting himself in position to flip a backhander past Connor Hellebuyck and get the Wild on the board. Video courtesy of nhl.com
11 hours ago
Iowa hosts Manitoba this weekend as Minnesota heads to Winnipeg & Calgary

Iowa hosts Manitoba this weekend as Minnesota heads to Winnipeg & Calgary

The Iowa Wild (1-3-0, 2 pts) welcome another Central Division opponent to Wells Fargo Arena this weekend: the Manitoba Moose (2-2-0, 4 pts) Fun fact if you didn’t already know: the Manitoba Moose and their parent club, the Winnipeg Jets, share the Bell MTS place as their home ice. If you’re hanging around Winnipeg, that means there’s rarely a weekend where there isn’t hockey being played. While the Minnesota Wild will be heading to Winnipeg Friday night to take on the Jets, the Iowa Wild will be hosting the Moose for a back-to-back weekend match-up; their first of eight meetings...
12 hours ago
Minnesota Gophers and North Dakota Rekindle Their Rivalry

Minnesota Gophers and North Dakota Rekindle Their Rivalry

#8 Minnesota Gophers travel to Grand Forks to play #4 North Dakota Fighting Hawks There are only a couple of matchups in sports that make the hair on your neck stand up. For some that may be Red Sox and Yankees, Bruins and Canadiens, Bears and Packers. For college hockey fans, few matchups get their blood pumping like Minnesota and North Dakota. In light of the Minnesota Gophers facing off against the North Dakota Fighting Hawks this weekend let’s take a look back at one of the greatest rivalries in college hockey. In 2012 Penn State made the jump from ACHA to NCAA Division I becoming...
14 hours ago
The Wild will finally get some reinforcement(s) back in the lineup tonight

The Wild will finally get some reinforcement(s) back in the lineup tonight

Marcus Foligno and his fiery eyeball will play; Mikael Granlund is a gametime decision against the Jets tonight in Winnipeg. MINNESOTA WILD AT WINNIPEG JETS 7:00 PM Central, Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba TV: Fox Sports-North Radio: KFAN 100.3 and affiliates Streaming: Fox Sports Go app Minnesota has completed its several-day-long respite—already the third break of its kind this season—and finally returns to action tonight in The Peg. Though it’s been a miserably dull start to the ’17-’18 campaign for Wild fans, the long gaps between games have probably benefited the team...
15 hours ago
Wilderness Walk: Welcome to the New Millennium!

Wilderness Walk: Welcome to the New Millennium!

Out-of-market hockey watchers may finally have something good on the horizon. As an out-of-market hockey watcher who has previously lived on the East Coast and now lives on the West Coast, I have tried both NHL.tv and NHL Center Ice for the purposes of keeping up to date with my Minnesota Wild and other teams around the National Hockey League. It’s been a few years since I had the NHL.tv service, but my main gripe with it when I had it was that I couldn’t record games. I could watch them hours later when they were posted, but at that point, the outcome would undoubtedly be spoiled for...
Oct 19, 2017
Wilderness Walk: Stoic Competitors

Wilderness Walk: Stoic Competitors

The Wild face some challenges, Marleau eyes a record, and a different sort of power ranking Are you familiar with Stoicism? It’s a philosophical school of thought that at a very basic level maintains that one should focus on their own virtues because it is the only thing they can actually control. Here’s a comedic take on it. So when life gives you lemons, you accept the lemons. You don’t get mad at the lemons or at life for giving them to you because you can’t control that. You can control how you react to the lemons. To an extent, aspects of the stoic approach are popular among...
Oct 18, 2017
Get to know the “Iowa Line” as we'll likely see it again

Get to know the “Iowa Line” as we'll likely see it again

Foligno and Granlund might play this weekend, but after a Monday skate that saw Darby Hendrickson dress on the fourth line, we could be getting a steady dose of the “Iowa Line”. With Marcus Foligno breaking his face, Nino Niederreiter spraining the “high part” of his ankle, and Charlie Coyle heading to LTIR with a broken leg, the injury bug has appeared more like a tick and is digging into the Minnesota roster. Zach Parise was on the ice for practice Monday, but left early after a drill for what was being called a “setback;” a terrible, unintentional pun for the left-winger...
Oct 18, 2017
NHL schedule clashes with its own desire for quality games late in the season

NHL schedule clashes with its own desire for quality games late in the season

The NHL schedule makers have deemed players these days are more machine than man. In the first 19 days of October, the Minnesota Wild play just four regular season games. The final 11 days of the month, they play 6 games. For the Wild, the injury bug could not have struck at a better, or worse time. With the likes of Zach Parise, Mikael Granlund, Nino Niederreiter, and Charlie Coyle all missing time due to injury, a slow start to the season helps these guys get back on the ice with less games missed. Converse to that, 6 games in the final 11 days of October, plus and additional 15 games in...
Oct 18, 2017
Rob Vollman’s “Hockey Abstract, 2017” Part VI: Coaching and Prospects

Rob Vollman’s “Hockey Abstract, 2017” Part VI: Coaching and Prospects

Based on the previous metrics mentioned before, coaching seems to be the best thing going for Minnesota. On the prospects end, let’s just say that the program is getting there. This is the final portion of my breakdown of Rob Vollman’s latest edition of The Hockey Abstract and it couldn’t come at a better time with the injury depleted Minnesota Wild sitting at 1-1-2 to start the season. Today: the coaching staff and the prospect pool. There are already a lot of things you could say when looking at both. Bruce Boudreau has historically never been able to break through the ceiling of...
Oct 18, 2017
Wilderness Walk: Keep Chugging Along

Wilderness Walk: Keep Chugging Along

Wild are still dealing with injuries, NHL coaches with job security, and a whoopsie daisy from a former Gopher The big story remains how the Minnesota Wild are coping with injuries to five forwards early in the season. The other Wild story is also a familiar one: Fletcher is forced to move waiver exempt players, in this case Mike Reilly, up and down to save on cap space. The overarching story has also been told before which is Bruce Boudreau is trying to find a way to get his team out of what feels a bit like a slump. To be fair, this slump-like feeling is predicated on injuries and a long...
Oct 17, 2017
Wearing the Pants: Chatting with Jim Dowd about his time with the Wild, his pants, and more

Wearing the Pants: Chatting with Jim Dowd about his time with the Wild, his pants, and more

Dowd recalls playing for Minnesota in its early days as a franchise and makes his case for Jacques Lemaire as the best coach ever. I had the pleasure of chatting with Jim Dowd over the weekend, one of the original members of the Minnesota Wild, and wearer of the greatest pants in hockey history. We talked about his four seasons playing in the State of Hockey and his fondest memories from those years. We also discussed what it was like to play for Jacques Lemaire, Minnesota’s unlikely 2003 Conference Final run, and much more. Enjoy! A FRANCHISE IS BORN The band of journeymen that was...