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Wild set for critical three-game stretch vs. Central Division

Minnesota Wild left wing Jason Zucker

The Wild spent part of its Thanksgiving on the ice at Xcel Energy Center for a tune-up Thursday before a critical three-game stretch against the Central Division that begins Friday when the team hosts the Avalanche.

Ex-Wild winger Pominville, back with Sabres, sees better days ahead for Buffalo

Sabres captain Jason Pominville, right.

Jason Pominville, 34, has been a point producer, top-line option and veteran leader in his second tour with the Sabres.

Wild-Colorado preview

This Black Friday matinee is the start of three straight games against the Central Division; the Wild is 2-3 within its division so far.

Wild plays sloppy but holds off Sabres for win

Sarah McLellan recaps the 5-4 win over the Sabres in her Wild wrap-up.

Wild-Buffalo game recap

A look back at Wednesday's game.

Wild wins by being less 'ugly' than Sabres

Three first-period goals sparked the Wild's offense, which was led by Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter each scoring twice.

Wild shortens bench, "play to win" against Sabres

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau considered the upcoming schedule that saw his team face Central Division rivals in the next three games.

Sarah McLellan is an Edmonton native. She graduated from the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State, and covered the Coyotes for five years at the Arizona Republic before arriving at the Star Tribune in November 2017.

Start could be key for Wild against Sabres

The Wild has added a more engaged debut to its to-do list.

Wild hopes Mitchell adds some zip to its offense

The Iowa Wild's leading scorer has swagger, and the NHL team wants in on it.

Wild-Buffalo game preview

The Wild (9-8-3) faces the second-to-worst team in the league Wednesday in Buffalo (5-12-4).

Wild sends struggling first-round picks back to minors

The Wild sent former first round draft picks Luke Kunin and Joel Eriksson Ek to Iowa and recalled forward Zack Mitchell on Tuesday

Star Tribune's new hockey writer grew up with the game in Canada

Sarah McLellan, the Star Tribune's new hockey writer, explains her love of the sport: "Hockey isn't an assignment to me, a designation at the end of a business card. It's who I am, what I love. It's my dad. So I made it my career."

Coyle returns to Wild lineup after recovering from broken leg

Coyle was back against the Devils on Monday after missing 16 games to recover from a right fibula fracture suffered Oct. 12 against the Blackhawks.

Wild gives New Jersey too much help in 4-3 overtime loss

The first two New Jersey goals deflected off Wild defenseman Gustav Olofsson and the final Devils goal, following a late-game Wild rally, came in the first minute of overtime.

Late-game surge not enough for Wild in overtime loss to Devils

Sarah McLellan recaps the 4-3 overtime loss to the Devils in her Wild wrap-up.

Boudreau: Wild playing in 'spurts' as search for consistency continues

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau discussed the 4-3 overtime loss to the Devils on Monday.

Postgame: Wild looking to discover urgency earlier in games

It's unlikely the Wild could rig the scoreboard to read a deficit at puck drop, but that's the exact scenario that seems to elicit its best hockey.

New Jersey 4, Wild 3 (OT)

The Devils got a pair of fluky goals and edged the Wild 4-3 in overtime Monday.