Back at after a short break, a well-rested team should be ready to step up for the final push for the playoffs. The Wild now has a run of several games against non-playoff teams and has to execute to capture every point possible in these games it should win. There is no more allowance for under-performing in trap games, the playoffs have essentially already begun for this team. However, starting them now might bode well for getting this team to top executing form when they hit the playoffs, and they haven't shown us that since the turn of the calendar.
Now is the time for Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu and Ryan Suter to reconnect with their early-season success, for Devan Dubnyk to catch fire and for a Jason Zucker, Nino Nierderreiter and Charlie Coyle to light the lamp. As Tony discussed yesterday, getting to the playoffs will command a whole-team effort, and it needs to start tonight against the Oilers, who might be just what the doctor ordered. Buckle up for yet another consecutive crazy regular season finish for the team in Iron Range Red.
In a developing story, Jason Pominville's Iron Man streak (currently tied for Wild 2nd all time with Kyle Brodziak at 231 games) is in jeopardy as the forward is reportedly day-to-day with a lower body injury and may not see the ice for the first time since missing the playoffs following his trade to Minnesota.
Here's a peek at the point projections prior to last night's games. Wild sitting pretty, but have to take care of business.
Point projections over past fortnight. pic.twitter.com/nJPLqJ2ZK5— Micah Blake McCurdy (@IneffectiveMath) March 9, 2016
Two more artists I get to see and a preview of the party I'll be at on my vaca. Sorry to rub it in all of your faces, but I just can't help myself. Walk it out, I'll see you in a couple weeks.
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The rarely told story behind the death of Bill Masterton -- This one hits very close to home for the first guy to score in a North Stars sweater.
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The Wild are in the midst of their last three-day hiatus until the final week of the season, a final chance to prepare for the stretch run.
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Tending The Fields
Iowa Wild Hockey: News Releases
The Iowa Wild presents American Heart Association Night and a live postgame fundraising jersey auction this Sunday at 5 PM.
On the Frozen Pond
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From Yahoo Sports: Senden’s overuse of the phrase caught the eye of Jimmy Kimmel, who had some fun with the interview on Tuesday’s show.
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A look at how the WCHA shook out this year compared to preseason expectations
North Dakota duo among college free agents to watch for the NHL - CBSSports.com
Fletch has a history with undrafted free agents.
Off The Trail
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A statistical breakdown of the top five goaltenders in the Western Conference. These goalies are ranked on their play alone. Who is the best of the West?
Alex Galchenyuk evolving into 'completely different player' - Sportsnet.ca
"The way he was at the beginning of the season and the way he is right now—he’s a completely different player," Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien said.
P.K. Subban meets baby accidentally hit by puck (Photo) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
He might be obnoxious on the ice, but it's hard not to like the guy.
Canadian dollar could damage Quebec City's NHL expansion bid | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
And the Wild's offseason plans