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Minnesota Wild Season In Review: What We Learned

NHL offseasons often reveal one or two teams that make the biggest proverbial splashes in an attempt to launch their franchise into the upper echelon of Stanley Cup contenders. It […]

by · May 15, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Minnesota Wild
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Looking Back On Round 1 As NY Prepare For B’s

It was a frightening first round series for New York Ranger fans. Down 2-0 to start the series, and down 3-2 after a game five OT loss, the Rangers found […]

by · May 15, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · New York Rangers
Chicago Blackhawk Corey Crawford, Carolina Hurricane Eric Staal - Photo by Andy Martin Jr

Crawford Silencing Critics as Hawks Advance

Corey Crawford Answers The Bell The Chicago Blackhawks became the second Western Conference team to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs by defeating the Minnesota Wild […]

by · May 12, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Chicago Blackhawks, NHL Goaltending
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Minnesota Wild Play Musical Goaltenders Ahead Of Game 5 In Chicago

Niklas Backstrom, Josh Harding and Darcy Kuemper probably won’t decide who starts, who is on the bench and who is in the press box in Thursday night’s Game 5 against […]

by · May 9, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Minnesota Wild
Evgeni Nabokov has been an influential force for the Islanders over the last few years and could be an option for the Islanders' back-up slot. (Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

Forget Vezina, Evgeni Nabokov Is Most Valuable Goalie

On the same day that Sergei Bobrovsky, Henrik Lundqvist, and Antti Niemi were announced as finalists for the 2012-13 Vezina Trophy, I’m presenting a new kind of goalie award, the […]

by · May 8, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · New York Islanders, News/Commentary
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The Minnesota Wild Need to Play With Jason Zucker’s Energy

It has been, dare I say, a wild beginning to the Minnesota/Chicago first round playoff series. Niklas Backstrom’s freak lower-body injury during warm ups prior to Game 1 seemed to […]

by · May 6, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Minnesota Wild
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Washington Capitals Player Grades: April 2013

The Washington Capitals first round series against the New York Rangers is off to a thunderous start, with the team from the nation’s capital taking the first two games in […]

by · May 6, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Washington Capitals
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Minnesota Wild: 2012-13 Regular Season Review

Pre-season projection: Playoff team Final team record: 26-19-3 (8th in Western Conference) Flip a coin. The Minnesota Wild made the playoffs for the first time in five years; they almost […]

by · April 30, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Minnesota Wild
2013 NHL Playoff Predictions: Western Conference Winners and Losers

2013 NHL Playoff Predictions: Western Conference Winners and Losers

NHL Playoff Predictions: Western Conference There are 16 teams remaining entering the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The journey to the Stanley Cup Finals will begin on Tuesday. Every year there are Cinderella stories […]

by · April 30, 2013 · 1 comment · News/Commentary
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Series Preview: Wild Can Beat Blackhawks If…

Few pundits are giving the Minnesota Wild even a passing glance in their first round matchup with the Chicago Blackhawks. After all, the Hawks stole the NHL spotlight by going […]

by · April 29, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Minnesota Wild
Cal Clutterbuck remains an integral part of the Wild's checking line (Vincent Muzik/Icon SMI)

Minnesota Wild: Charlie Coyle and Cal Clutterbuck Set to Lead

When you think of the Minnesota Wild, the names Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, Mikko Koivu, and Niklas Backstrom come to mind, as they should. Suter and Parise were acquired to vault the latter two Finns into playoff contention for the first time since 2008.

While the dual free agent signees’ impact has been noticeable, a relatively small Wild lineup (save for a healthy Mike Rupp) has been actively seeking bottom-six forwards capable of a shutdown, bump and grind style.

by · April 26, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Minnesota Wild
Washington Capitals Clinch Division, Ovechkin Stays Hot

Washington Capitals Clinch Division, Ovechkin Stays Hot

It was the 175th consecutive sell-out crowd at Verizon Center. Everyone in attendance was well aware of what was at stake; if the Washington Capitals knocked off the Winnipeg Jets […]

by · April 24, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Washington Capitals