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Irmen recalled from Houston for possible NHL debut |
The Wild has confirmed that it has recalled former Gophers forward Danny Irmen. If Irmen plays tonight against Phoenix, it would be Irmen's NHL debut.

Toyota Food Drive set for Nov. 18 - Minnesota Wild
Wild fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items and/or monetary donations to the Toyota vehicles located at Gates 1-4 on Nov. 18 starting at 6:00 p.m. through the start of the second period. For every $1 donated, Second Harvest is able to distribute up to $9 in grocery products to the most vulnerable members of our community.

5-year-old YouTube 'Miracle' phenom to be at Wild game | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota
Josh Sacco, a Tennessee native who became an Internet sensation when a video of him reciting Herb Brooks' pregame speech from the movie "Miracle" appeared on YouTube, will lead Minnesota Wild fans by saying "Let's play hockey" at the start of the Wild's game Friday night.

Coyotes, Wild have new identities -
Taking in Minnesota Wild games in the past was a lot like watching ice freeze. Most noted for a trapping defense, the Wild were not the most exciting team to watch.

- Really? Phoenix talking smack? Laughable. I hope your team gets contracted.

Wild's Brent Burns ready to reverse 'weird stat' -
As his plus-minus statistics deteriorated this season, so did Brent Burns' patience. A favorite with fans since he arrived as a first-round Wild draft pick in 2003, Burns had never had to deal much with criticism. He didn't like it. Finally, after rebuffing most questions on the topic for two weeks, the big defenseman with a big smile and bigger talent sat down Tuesday and talked about his numbers and how the plus-minus stat is "weird" and, often, just plain unfair.

Seguin atop OHL rankings highlights CSS prelim list
Plymouth Whalers center Tyler Seguin surprisingly took the top spot in the OHL, ahead of the much-hyped Taylor Hall.

Former Badger seeking converts |
"My role here is to bring energy," said Earl, who had one assist in nine career NHL games before last week's callup. "I don't expect to score two every night. I need to make plays when they're there and use my speed to my advantage.

NHL Power Rankings, Week 7: Devils' Defense Has N.J. Nearing Top Spot
The Wild have moved off the bottom!!!!!