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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 ready to rest up during five-day break

A 6-2-2 run moved the Wild into the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference, but the team feels the mandatory five-day break it begins Monday is coming at the right time.

Dubnyk in net vs. Canucks to finish Wild's back-to-back

Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) made a glove save in the third period.

With plenty of rest on the horizon, the Wild is tabbing goalie Devan Dubnyk to finish out the team's back-to-back Sunday against the Canucks before the team pauses for its bye week.

Wild has chance to achieve 'great' week after upending Jets

The opportunity to improve to 3-0-1 on the brink of its bye week is very much on the team's radar.

Wild seeking first win in season series vs. Jets

The Wild thrived against the Jets last season, but the opposite has happened in 2017-18.

Four points up for grabs this weekend before Wild pauses for bye week

The Wild will pause its season next week for a five-day break in the schedule and the team could make the timeout a little easier to take with four more points in its own stash.

Postgame: 'Embarrassing' start reversed after Boudreau challenges team

Minnesota Wild's Jonas Brodin (25) celebrates his goal with teammates Mikael Granlund (64) Matt Dumba (24) and Mikko Koivu during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Although the Wild was overwhelmed by the Blackhawks in the first period en route to a one-goal deficit, the team cleaned up its play the rest of the way to rally for a critical 2-1 win over its division rival at United Center.

Wild in Chicago to battle for better Wild Card position

Possession of the second wild-card berth in the Western Conference is up for grabs during Wednesday's tilt between the Wild and Blackhawks in Chicago, the second half of a back-to-back for both teams.

Postgame: Boudreau says Wild 'needs three and four lines contributing'

Nino Niederreiter will be out for the next week, but coach Bruce Boudreau still expects production from across his lineup.

Koivu has the flu, might miss Tuesday night's game against Flames

Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu (9)

The captain did not practice on Monday at the X. "I guess you'd have to call him questionable at this moment for tomorrow," coach Bruce Boudreau said.

Postgame: Tensions flare in Avalanche's rout of Wild

Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk, back, pushes Colorado Avalanche center Alexander Kerfoot out of the crease during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, in Denver. The Avalanche won 7-2. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The Avalanche set a physical tone early in Saturday's meeting with the Wild, even before it began to pump the net with pucks en route to a 7-2 rout of the Wild at Pepsi Center.

More shots key for Wild to maintain offensive surge vs. Avalanche

To try to maintain its rhythm in the offensive zone, the Wild's objective is clear Saturday against the Avalanche: keep getting shots on goal.

With parents in attendance, Niederreiter puts on a show

Nino Niederreiter (22) scored his third goal of the game

Wild winger Nino Niederreiter's parents were able watch him play only once before returning to Switzerland after their visit, but Niederreiter sure put on a memorable performance when he finally got on the ice.

Wild finish up-and-down first half of season tonight against Sabres

Minnesota Wild's Mikael Granlund (64) celebrated his third goal of the game with Wild teammates Mikko Koivu (9) and Eric Staal (12) against the Nashville Predators during the third period of an NHL hockey game on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in St. Paul, Minn. The Wild beat the Predators 4-2.

Inconsistency and injury headlined the first half of the Wild's season, a chapter that will end Thursday when it hosts Buffalo with the team at full health for the first time.

Niederreiter ready to return; Wild at full strength for first time this season

The Wild will complete the first half of its season Thursday after hosting the Sabres, and the midway mark holds extra significance because it'll be the first time this campaign the team will have every player on its roster available.

Postgame: Lineup decision looming for Boudreau after Wild's impressive win over Panthers

Minnesota Wild's Daniel Winnik, right, congratulates Matt Cullen on his his goal against Florida Panthers goalie James Reimer, top, during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

On the brink of having a complete roster at his disposal, it looks like Boudreau could have plenty to ponder after a solid 5-1 win over the Panthers Tuesday at Xcel Energy Center that appeared to flatter most.

Parise nervous, excited to return to Wild lineup

Zach Parise during the pregame warm ups. Parise is playing for the first time this season after missing 39 games due to an injury. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ � - January 2, 2018, St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center, NHL, Hockey, Minnesota Wild vs. Florida Panthers

Winger Zach Parise will make his long-awaited return to the Wild lineup Tuesday against the Panthers.

Wild places Mitchell on waivers with Parise ready to return

Wild forward Zach Parise

It took until Game No.40, but winger Zach Parise will finally make his season debut Tuesday when the Wild plays host to the Panthers to begin an abbreviated two-game homestand.

Penalty kill taking its toll on Wild's offense

Another string of shorthanded play in a 3-0 loss to the Predators Saturday seems to drain the Wild's offensive talent.

Wild closes out 2017 with another division game vs. Predators

After dispatching the Predators 4-2 Friday and shrugging off the Stars by the same score Wednesday, the Wild hustled to Nashville to complete a back-to-back Saturday against the Predators.

Dubnyk makes 41 saves in his return from injury

Devan Dubnyk's performance helped the Wild beat Nashville 4-2 on Friday.