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The Wild get a first look at the new practice digs, Parise’s zone starts, and a new (not really) way to measure hockey success

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The Minnesota Wild have not yet completed the move to the new practice facility inside the old Macy’s building, but the players and coaches did get a first look. It sounds like they are pretty pleased overall and excited to get in there next month.

I wonder if there might be a measurable effect in the Wild’s play due to the excitement of the new digs and the fact that the Wild won’t have to be moving around quite so much when they are home. Fortunately, the Wild don’t seem to be as desperately in need of a change in their game as of late. What would be helpful is if the rest of the Central would quit their winning ways long enough for the Wild to make up some ground in the standings.

Here are the Beach Boys celebrating the Tria Rink’s good vibes.

Wild News

Wild finally skate at new practice rink. 'It's got a good vibe.'
Minnesota Wild players skated for the first time Wednesday at their new practice facility, the recently-completed Tria Rink, located about 60 feet above street level inside the former Macy’s building in downtown St. Paul.

Wild players rave about their new practice space - StarTribune.com
The six-floor Treasure Island Center on the site of the former Macy's building in downtown St. Paul sports the rink on the fifth floor, a wall of windows on one side.

Here's how Zach Parise's scoring opportunities have changed under Boudreau - StarTribune.com
North Score: Parise wants to see as many offensive zone starts as possible. But the Wild's head coach is more focused on having his lines on the ice in the right situations.

FERRELL: Are The Wild Turning The Corner? | Zone Coverage - Cold Omaha
You may not know this, but in the month of January the Minnesota Wild have won six of nine games and have gotten points in eight of those nine games. Clouded in the fact the Wild are still on the outside looking of the Western Conference playoff picture -- thanks in part to nearly the entire Central Division getting

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Brad Marchand Suspended 5 Games
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