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.
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.
With each win, the Wild has started to get closer to the style of play it needs to rely on to have success.
The Stars' Jamie Benn clocked Devan Dubnyk on a play at the net, but Dubnyk still recovered and regained form.
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.
The Wild didn't have much room for error, and that didn't seem to bother the team.
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.
Despite a competitive showing, the Wild dropped to 1-2-2.
Goalie Devan Dubnyk will have a little more time to rest and recover after posting 52 saves in Saturday's overtime loss.
How goalie Devan Dubnyk has emerged as an early-season bright spot isn't flattering for the Wild.
Whether or not the Wild uses the same lineup that helped it to a 4-3 overtime win over the Blackhawks Thursday is unclear.
Center Eric Staal, winger Jason Zucker and defenseman Ryan Suter combined for four goals and nine points.
The Wild will resume play after a four-day break with a new look to its forward group.
Wild forward Luke Kunin continues to progress from a torn ACL.
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.
The Wild will roll out the same lineup it used Thursday when it debuts on home ice Saturday against the Golden Knights.
The Wild started off 2018-19 with a 4-1 loss to the Avalanche after going 1-3 against its division rival last season.
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.
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.
The Wild trimmed its roster by 17 Saturday.
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.