Nino Niederreiter has scored all six of his goals during a career-best five-game goal streak from the hash marks on in — where bodies pile up like rush-hour traffic.
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.
Jason Pominville, 34, has been a point producer, top-line option and veteran leader in his second tour with the Sabres.
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.
Sarah McLellan recaps the 5-4 win over the Sabres in her Wild wrap-up.
A look back at Wednesday's game.
Three first-period goals sparked the Wild's offense, which was led by Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter each scoring twice.
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.
The Wild has added a more engaged debut to its to-do list.
The Iowa Wild's leading scorer has swagger, and the NHL team wants in on it.
The Wild (9-8-3) faces the second-to-worst team in the league Wednesday in Buffalo (5-12-4).
The Wild sent former first round draft picks Luke Kunin and Joel Eriksson Ek to Iowa and recalled forward Zack Mitchell on Tuesday
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 was back against the Devils on Monday after missing 16 games to recover from a right fibula fracture suffered Oct. 12 against the Blackhawks.
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.
Sarah McLellan recaps the 4-3 overtime loss to the Devils in her Wild wrap-up.
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau discussed the 4-3 overtime loss to the Devils on Monday.
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.
The Devils got a pair of fluky goals and edged the Wild 4-3 in overtime Monday.