The Wild Beat

The Wild Beat

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.


Wild recalls Nico Sturm; moves Koivu, Pateryn to injured reserve

Wild recalls Nico Sturm; moves Koivu, Pateryn to injured reserve

The Wild didn't practice Friday ahead of its final test on a three-game trip Saturday against Carolina, but the team was still busy shuffling its roster.


Wild picks each other up in latest win over Lightning

Wild picks each other up in latest win over Lightning

The Wild persevered late to hold off the Lightning for a 5-4 win Thursday in Tampa.


Wild juggles lineup amid injuries; Alex Stalock to start vs. Lightning

Wild juggles lineup amid injuries; Alex Stalock to start vs. Lightning

The Wild's three-game road trip continues Thursday in Tampa with the team vying to extend his season-high point streak to 11 games.


Postgame: Wild has options to fill out lineup if Spurgeon, Koivu remain out

Postgame: Wild has options to fill out lineup if Spurgeon, Koivu remain out

Defenseman Jared Spurgeon and captain Mikko Koivu didn't finish the 4-2 win over the Panthers Thursday at BB&T Center.


Kahkonen in goal to kick off Wild's road trip vs. Panthers

Kahkonen in goal to kick off Wild's road trip vs. Panthers

Goalie Kaapo Kahkonen is scheduled to make his second NHL start Tuesday in Florida against the Panthers.


Wild hoping to build on recent success in division matchup vs. Stars

Wild hoping to build on recent success in division matchup vs. Stars

The Wild hosts a Central Division rival in the Stars Sunday during captain Mikko Koivu's 1,000th career game.


Postgame: Strong start helps Wild goalie Kahkonen win his NHL debut

Postgame: Strong start helps Wild goalie Kahkonen win his NHL debut

Kaapo Kahkonen earned a win in his NHL debut Tuesday when the Wild held off the Devils 3-2.


Kahkonen making NHL debut tonight as Wild closes out road trip

Kahkonen making NHL debut tonight as Wild closes out road trip

The Wild will finish out a three-game road trip Tuesday in New Jersey where goalie Kaapo Kahkonen is scheduled to make his NHL debut.


Postgame: Rangers, fans salute Wild's Zuccarello

Postgame: Rangers, fans salute Wild's Zuccarello

The Rangers recognized former player Mats Zuccarello on Monday in his first game back at Madison Square Garden since he was traded last season.


Wild plays Rangers tonight after late-game meltdown against Bruins

Wild plays Rangers tonight after late-game meltdown against Bruins

But the single point the Wild earned in the overtime loss to Boston capped off a 2-0-1 showing by the team over a five-day span, a positive the team is focusing on.


Special-teams play comes back to bite Wild in overtime loss to Bruins

Special-teams play comes back to bite Wild in overtime loss to Bruins

After gaining a lead on the power play, the Wild started to fall apart against the Bruins on the penalty kill.


Wild returns to the road, kicks off three-game trip in Boston

Wild returns to the road, kicks off three-game trip in Boston

The Wild visits the Bruins Saturday, its first stop on a three-game, Eastern Conference road trip.


Postgame: Stalock taking over Wild crease with momentum in tow

Goalie Alex Stalock got some help clearing the crease from Wild denfenseman Kevin Fiala in a 3-2 victory over the Avalanche on Thursday.

Goalie Alex Stalock will be the Wild's go-to goalie while Devan Dubnyk remains away from the team.


Dumba expected to play tonight; Dubnyk still gone from Wild

Dumba expected to play tonight; Dubnyk still gone from Wild

Despite missing the third period Tuesday and not participating in practice Wednesday, defenseman Matt Dumba is expected to play tonight against the Avalanche at the X.


Pep talks throughout the day lead Wild to convincing win

Pep talks throughout the day lead Wild to convincing win

The Wild started its week with a strong performance on the road, a 4-1 win over the Sabres in Buffalo.


Wild tabs Stalock to start in Buffalo vs. Sabres

Wild tabs Stalock to start in Buffalo vs. Sabres

Goalie Alex Stalock will be in net when the Wild visits the Sabres in Buffalo on Tuesday. Stalock is 3-3 with a .903 save percentage and 2.85 goals-against average and is coming off an abbreviated start Nov. 7.


Wild hoping to play with a lead vs. Hurricanes in matinee matchup

Wild hoping to play with a lead vs. Hurricanes in matinee matchup

The Wild hosts the Hurricanes at 1 p.m. at Xcel Energy Center.


Parise comes up clutch vs. Coyotes after missing similar chance last week

Parise comes up clutch vs. Coyotes after missing similar chance last week

Winger Zach Parise scored the first of two Wild goals in the third period that set up a 3-2 win over the Coyotes on Thursday at Xcel Energy Center.


Wild hoping to avoid setback vs. Coyotes in return home

Wild hoping to avoid setback vs. Coyotes in return home

The Wild returns from a four-game, 10-day road trip to host the Coyotes at Xcel Energy Center.


Wild whiffs on chance to bring momentum home after road loss to Kings

Wild whiffs on chance to bring momentum home after road loss to Kings

The Wild closed out its four-game road trip Tuesday with a 3-1 loss to the Kings.