6 periods and 10 goals later, the Wild now have the beginnings of a winning streak with 2 consecutive victories in Western Canada. A similar road trip last year was a big confidence boost for a team digging itself out of the mire, and this road trip has already given the team mojo it hasn't felt in quite some time. It's kind of amazing to think this is the first time the Wild has had consecutive victories on the same road trip this season, especially when you consider the record start the team got off to. The heroes were again many, with Erik Haula continuing his torrid streak and scoring a goal following his two assist night in Vancouver. The Nino Niederreiter - Haula - Jason Pominville was the best line on the ice and all three had very strong games and were on the score sheet. Jason Pominville would add a goal later and join Jason Zucker in breaking out of their goal scoring slumps. It was a good game for most of the forwards. The Zach Parise - Mikko Koivu - Charlie Coyle line struggled a bit offensively, but were deployed against Johnny Gaudreau's line, and Coyle scored yet again, this time sticking the dagger in the Flames with an empty-netter.
Their were a few scarier moments however, as a fluke goal that went in off Matt Dumba's face appeared to put the Flames back in the game when they struck twice in the second, but the period would end 4-2. The Flames continued to push back and got as close as 4-3, but the empty net goal would hold them off. The Wild will need to tighten up against a high-potential offense tonight in Edmonton that just got Wunderkind Connor McDavid back. The McDaddy has found some new chemistry with linemate Jordan Eberle and that has changed the Oiler's plans heading into the trade deadline, possibly making injured center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins more likely to be traded in the offseason. The Wild should have one set of fresh legs tonight as Marco Scandella will supposedly be back in the lineup after missing last night's game with a pregame injury.
Lastly, this image gives a very clear look at the legacy of the Wild under Mike Yeo. We're all hoping to move on to talking about bigger and better things soon, but this really tells a story.
When Paramore meets Zedd and they make a song about letting the place go down in flames just because they stayed for one night, it could only be a song about the Wild spending the night in Calgary, right? Let's Walk.
Warm weather deteriorating ice conditions | KARE11.com
Interesting notes on how they will keep the ice frozen with the warm temps incoming
Minnesota Wild the Movie: Part 2
Chuck Fletcher has been the Wild's GM for the better part of a decade and is the producer of the unwatchable movie that Minnesota Wild hockey has become.
Yeo's Wild One Goal Games - Hockey Analytics - Rotoworld.com
Signs of the Minnesota Wild's demise were hinted at the end 2014-15 and early 2015-16 - especially in one-goal games.
Loyal Wild assistants consoled Yeo, quickly switched allegiance - StarTribune.com
"It was pretty touching and pretty personal," said Wild assistant Andrew Brunette of being in Mike Yeo's office after the coach was fired Saturday.
New Wild coach Torchetti has vastly different style than soft-spoken Yeo - StarTribune.com
The message is changing behind the bench
Interim Wild coach John Torchetti takes aim at losing mentality – Twin Cities
Trying to change perspective in #loserville
Yeo's Development Struggles - Articles - Articles - Homepage - Wild Xtra
Ben reflects on the development of youth under the previous regime
Tending The Fields
Greenway Tips BU Past UMass Lowell in Overtime - SB Nation College Hockey
Excellent news for the Wild prospect
Minnesota Wild Minor League Update: 2/17/16 - Minor Leagues - Articles - Homepage - Wild Xtra
ICYMI: The Iowa Wild have a new coach
On The Frozen Pond
Gophers’ hockey math: Amanda Kessel addition = three solid lines – Twin Cities
With Amanda Kessel returning to play for the Gophers after a nearly two-year hiatus, one of the nation’s top-scoring teams got a little bit deeper.
Off The Trail
30 Thoughts: Reeling Canadiens move on from embarrassing loss - Sportsnet.ca
Lots of Wild thoughts this week.
NHL Rumours: Latest on Desjardins, Ladd, Trouba, Staal - Sportsnet.ca
Willie Desjardins, Eric Staal, Andrew Ladd, Jacob Trouba, and Bryan Murray all pop up in a Canadian-heavy NHL rumour roundup.
Thumbs down to Kane, coach's challenge abuse - Article - TSN
Joseph Blandisi really earned this embellishment penalty (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Oscar-worthy performance by Blandisi.