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Dumba and Foligno are up for fan choice awards, plus NHL news and notes

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The second-annual NHL Fan’s Choice Award nominees have been announced, and the Wild have two possible award winners:

Check out all the nominees and make your selections at the NHL Fan’s Choice Awards page.

On with the walk...

Wild News

Former Wild teammates Niederreiter, Coyle mix it up - StarTribune.com
Both were traded during the season and are meeting in the Eastern Conference finals, and in Game 3 on Tuesday they scuffled for a bit. Coyle's Boston Bruins lead Niederreiter's Carolina Hurricanes 3-0 in the series.

Wild’s analytics department suddenly in state of flux before important offseason – The Athletic
A month after head researcher Andrew C. Thomas wasn't renewed, his cohort Alexandra Mandrycky has turned down a contract to stay.

Down Goes Brown: Which of the 15 draft lottery teams should consider trading their picks? – The Athletic
Let's make the case for each of the 15 lottery teams to trade their pick for immediate help.

#BecauseItsTheCup

Five ways the Hurricanes can mount an improbable comeback and defeat the Bruins - TheHockeyNews
No team in NHL history has come back from a 3-0 series deficit in the conference final. Here are five things Carolina needs to do in order to become the first.

Off The Trail

Best save? Goal of the year? We picked the NHL Fan Choice Award winners so that you don’t have to - TheHockeyNews
Save of the Year? Best Beard? Best Dressed? Best Dog? The NHL unveiled the nominees for the Fan Choice Awards on Wednesday, and we narrowed it down to the best of the best.

Former Wild teammates Niederreiter, Coyle mix it up - StarTribune.com
Both were traded during the season and are meeting in the Eastern Conference finals, and in Game 3 on Tuesday they scuffled for a bit. Coyle's Boston Bruins lead Niederreiter's Carolina Hurricanes 3-0 in the series.

Wild’s analytics department suddenly in state of flux before important offseason – The Athletic
A month after head researcher Andrew C. Thomas wasn't renewed, his cohort Alexandra Mandrycky has turned down a contract to stay.

Down Goes Brown: Which of the 15 draft lottery teams should consider trading their picks? – The Athletic
Let's make the case for each of the 15 lottery teams to trade their pick for immediate help.

Kane sets U.S. scoring record at world championship - StarTribune.com
Patrick Kane scored a goal and had two assists to become the United States' all-time leading scorer at the world hockey championship in 6-3 win over Britain on Wednesday.

Rumor Roundup: Off-season outlook for Blue Jackets, Islanders, Stars and Avalanche - TheHockeyNews
Ousted in the second round, Columbus, New York, Dallas and Colorado look ahead to busy summers that will include free agent considerations and roster bolstering in hopes next season can bring even better results.

A great goalie + fewer regular season reps = a Stanley Cup? - TheHockeyNews
Tuukka Rask has been dominant in the playoffs following his smallest regular-season workload in six years. The pattern of recent Cup-winning goalies suggests that's no coincidence.

Ovechkin helps Russia crush Italy, Kane leads USA
Alex Ovechkin helped Russia continue their impressive start to the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, while the United States claimed a win on Wednesday.