Minnesota Wild Bring Magic of Their Own on Hockey Day In Minnesota

A 5-2 Minnesota Wild win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Hockey Day in Minnesota was a perfect time to remember I love hockey, and this morning was a good day to write hockey. I grew up in Minnesota and lived here for half of my years on this planet. I wanted to play for Herb Brooks’ Gophers when I was a kid; as an adult, I still cry at Miracle’s “Who do you play for?”  I hate Norm Green to this day for taking the NHL team with the…

Minnesota Wild Are Exactly Who Dennis Green Thought They Were

  Turkey day is over and the Minnesota Wild, with 25 points and a 11-10-3 record, find themselves two points out of a playoff spot behind the Chicago Blackhawks and Dallas Stars in the Central Division.  Hockey fans returned from annual food pilgrimages stuffed like Aunt Mary’s turkeys and this year the gluttony came with a bonus as the Minnesota Vikings vanquished the Detroit Lions on the single day of the year Detroit celebrates something. “Vanquished” is a generous term as that game was far too Minnesota for my liking,…

The Quarter Pole; How The Wild Things Are Playing

I’ve been away from most things Minnesota Wild hockey for about a week. I figure I was hardcore tuned in during October and that felt like passing a kidney stone, so I simply took some hard-earned PTO. I’d like to say Taylor Swift read my glowing review of her new album and hired me to watch her cats for an exorbitant amount of money, but that wouldn’t be true. I’m aware the Minnesota Wild continued playing in my absence and I did hear tell of maddening inconsistencies on a game-by-game…

We Are All Luke Kunin and Can’t Quit the Wild

The Minnesota Wild play tonight in Philadelphia, the last of a four-game road trip that has been confusing, embarrassing, inspiring, head scratching and hopeful. Yes, all those things. Simultaneously. The Wild season outlook changes by the hour. We know as much about this team as we did last week, which, frankly, is nothing. The previous games on this East Coast roadie saw an uninspired loss to Boston (3-5), a game where they outplayed Toronto yet still lost (2-4) followed by, as you would totally expect in the second half of…

One Month In – Who, What, Where are the Minnesota Wild?

Nino Niederreiter

Each month I download the Minnesota Wild wallpaper featuring a Wild player with that month’s schedule and “This is OUR ICE” sans hashtag embossed in the background. October’s featured player was Mikko Koivu. This month features new pops Jason Zucker, my personal prediction for the Wild’s leading point scorer when it’s all said and done this season. I do this for a few reasons. I like green. NHL.com is atrocious and virtually unusable. Since the most recent iOS update my phone is also unusable, meaning the Wild NHL app also…

Finnish Hands – WARNING – Graphic Content Inside

Koivu

Three games into a nine-game home stand, the Minnesota Wild Hockey Club righted the ship after wins against the New York Fishsticks (6-4) and Pittsburgh Flightless Birds (2-1). The season isn’t over, the Stanley Cup is back on, we aren’t Loserville USA and Parise isn’t the real captain. I’ll come back to that in a second. Against the Isles, Minnesota staked out an early three goal lead in the first then traded goal for goal throughout the second and third. This game also included two shorthanded goals, including rookie Luke…

Our Best Player Will Save The Season – No, Our Other Best Player

Dubnyk

In the spirit of “those who can’t play, write”, I’ve used this space for the banishment of Ryan Suter and Jared Spurgeon to the far-flung regions of Hallock. I threw unmitigated amounts of shade at Matt Dumba because he forgets he plays defense sometimes, and by that I mean a lot. I pleaded for Zach Parise to think of the children and rest his very expensive body for the sake of the Commonwealth.  During all my demands the Wild surprised everyone – well, mainly me because I didn’t take a…

D-D-D-D Equals Disastrous

Jonas Brodin

My plan was to write and dissect both Wild games Sunday morning, but after last night’s 4-3 loss against Winnipeg and facing a Donut Connection vs. Tim Horton’s crisis earlier this morning, I realize I need to talk about Matt Dumba. Boarding the way back to November 2014 when we knew him as Dumba55, Young Mathew provided a particularly atrocious defensive effort against the Montreal Canadiens.  Patrolling the blue line with the puck on his stick and looking to bring it deeper into the offensive zone, he pinched against an…