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.
During this downtime in the schedule, the Wild has been able to survey the rest of the teams in the league and notice just how close the races for playoff spots are in both conferences.
The Wild spent more than an hour on the ice Wednesday inside Xcel Energy Center chasing the puck and each other in an intense session that capped off with even more skating.
From a bird's eye view, the past four days have been a resounding success for the Wild.
The Wild's competition will be able to close the gap on the team during its layoff this week, a reality that makes the game Monday against the Kings at Xcel Energy Center even more important.
The Wild was able to persevere with a resilient 3-1 win over the Coyotes at Gila River Arena.
A night after clinching a season sweep of the Golden Knights via a 4-2 win, the Wild will try to avoid dropping its third and final matchup to the Coyotes Saturday when the team concludes a back-to-back in Arizona.
It's unclear just how many of the announced 18,295 in attendance Friday at T-Mobile Arena were cheering on the visitors, but they sure made their presence known.
In its first trip to Vegas this season, the Wild will try to extend a recent rough patch for the Golden Knights on home ice.
Sarah McLellan takes a look at the goaltending duo, Matt Dumba's performance and whether or not the line juggling by coach Bruce Boudreau will continue.
After getting thumped 5-1 by the Avalanche at Xcel Energy Center, the Wild's lead for the third spot in the Central Division deteriorated with Colorado trimming a five-point deficit to three.
The Wild hasn't had much success against the Avalanche this season, going 1-2 with the team surrendering 14 goals in the pair of losses.
The Wild didn't just trail the Oilers in the goals department Saturday. It was also overmatched in the special-teams duel.
Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk has a chance to secure the 200th win of his career in Edmonton against an Oilers team that gave him his start in the NHL.
Center Matt Cullen embodied the workmanlike effort the Wild needed to finally shrug off the Canucks 5-2 at Rogers Arena after falling to the team in its previous two matchups.
Goalie Devan Dubnyk will handle the first game of the Wild's back-to-back this weekend, as he's slated to start Friday against the Canucks in Vancouver.
Coach Bruce Boudreau decided to give the team a tough workout today rather count on being able to get one in after landing in Vancouver on Thursday for back-to-back games.
Each line chipped in at least a goal in a well-balanced performance by the Wild's forwards.
Defenseman Nick Seeler helped stoke the Wild's rally Sunday over the Red Wings with a fight that flipped the momentum, but he won't be on the ice tonight.
The Wild will be without forward Luke Kunin for the rest of the season after Kunin tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Sunday's game against the Red Wings.
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau dubbed it probably the best fight in the NHL this season.