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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.


Overtime win over Lightning caps successful week for Wild

Minnesota Wild's Jonas Brodin (25), of Sweden, Jared Spurgeon (46), Zach Parise (11) and Mikko Koivu (9), of Finland, celebrate a goal by Parise again

The Wild pocketed six out of a possible eight points after a feel-good 5-4 overtime win over the Lightning Saturday at Xcel Energy Center.


Wild vying for back-to-back sweep vs. Lightning

Wild vying for back-to-back sweep vs. Lightning

With each win, the Wild has started to get closer to the style of play it needs to rely on to have success.


Even dinged-up, Dubnyk strong for Wild in Dallas

The Stars' Jamie Benn clocked Devan Dubnyk on a play at the net, but Dubnyk still recovered and regained form.


Wild recalls Read from Iowa to replace injured Hendricks

Wild recalls Read from Iowa to replace injured Hendricks

Veteran winger Matt Read could make his debut for the Wild in Dallas on Friday night. Matt Hendricks exited Tuesday night's game with a leg injury.


Wild 'getting closer' to its identity after comeback win

Wild 'getting closer' to its identity after comeback win

The Wild didn't have much room for error, and that didn't seem to bother the team.


Boudreau's message to Wild: 'We gotta get our act in gear'

Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau gave direction to his players between drills.

Labeling a game in October as a "must-win" might be a stretch, but there did appear to be a sense of urgency around the team Tuesday morning.


Postgame: Wild encouraged by its effort in 4-2 loss to Predators

Postgame: Wild encouraged by its effort in 4-2 loss to Predators

Despite a competitive showing, the Wild dropped to 1-2-2.


Stalock set to make first start of the season for Wild tonight

Stalock set to make first start of the season for Wild tonight

Goalie Devan Dubnyk will have a little more time to rest and recover after posting 52 saves in Saturday's overtime loss.


Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk continues to deliver amid heavy workload

Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk stopped a shot by the Hurricanes' Martin Necas in the third period Saturday.

How goalie Devan Dubnyk has emerged as an early-season bright spot isn't flattering for the Wild.


Wild hoping to carry momentum from first win into test vs. Hurricanes

Wild hoping to carry momentum from first win into test vs. Hurricanes

Whether or not the Wild uses the same lineup that helped it to a 4-3 overtime win over the Blackhawks Thursday is unclear.


Postgame: Offensive leaders shine in Wild's overtime rally

Postgame: Offensive leaders shine in Wild's overtime rally

Center Eric Staal, winger Jason Zucker and defenseman Ryan Suter combined for four goals and nine points.


J.T. Brown set to make his Wild debut vs. Blackhawks

J.T. Brown set to make his Wild debut vs. Blackhawks

The Wild will resume play after a four-day break with a new look to its forward group.


Wild assigns Kunin to AHL Iowa

Center Luke Kunin, left, played in 19 games with the Wild before a season-ending knee injury.

Wild forward Luke Kunin continues to progress from a torn ACL.


Wild will try to correct slow starts during four-day break

Wild will try to correct slow starts during four-day break

The upside of this lull in the schedule is that it gives the Wild time to figure out why poor starts have been sabotaging better finishes.


Wild sticking with same lineup for home opener vs. Golden Knights

Wild sticking with same lineup for home opener vs. Golden Knights

The Wild will roll out the same lineup it used Thursday when it debuts on home ice Saturday against the Golden Knights.


Wild's woes vs. Avalanche continue on opening night

Wild's woes vs. Avalanche continue on opening night

The Wild started off 2018-19 with a 4-1 loss to the Avalanche after going 1-3 against its division rival last season.


Hendricks nabs spot in Wild's opening-night lineup

Hendricks nabs spot in Wild's opening-night lineup

Matt Hendricks signed as a free agent to handle a depth role that would likely pivot him in and out of the lineup, a responsibility he understood and accepted.


Suter to make 2018 debut in tonight's 'dress rehearsal' at the X

Suter to make 2018 debut in tonight's 'dress rehearsal' at the X

The Wild has two more preseason games left on its schedule, but tonight's test against the Jets is looking like its final tune-up since the lineup includes so many of the team's regulars.


Wild trims roster to 35 before hosting Avalanche in preseason tilt

Wild trims roster to 35 before hosting Avalanche in preseason tilt

The Wild trimmed its roster by 17 Saturday.


Wild's Dubnyk, Koivu, Parise to make preseason debut tonight

Wild's Dubnyk, Koivu, Parise to make preseason debut tonight

The Wild will roll out another new look when it hosts the Stars at the X, with several of the team's top players making 2018-19 debuts in front of a home crowd.