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.
After completing its second-longest homestand of the season with six out of a possible 10 points, a showing that kept the Wild in the mix for a wild-card berth in the Western Conference, the team returns to the road for a three-game set in New York and New Jersey.
It made sense for Wild coach Bruce Boudreau to scramble the forward lines during practice Friday after the team was upended 5-2 by the Capitals Thursday to snap a franchise-record 13-game point streak on home ice.
The Wild looks ahead to Saturday with the Ducks only one point behind for that last Wild Card spot.
Even when the Wild is in the midst of battle, vying for two more crucial points, coach Bruce Boudreau will take a glance at the out-of-town scoreboard.
The Wild will roll out a new look in front of goalie Devan Dubnyk on Tuesday, as defenseman Nick Seeler will make his NHL debut.
Devan Dubnyk went 2-0-1 with a 1.96 goals-against average and .950 save percentage last week, which helped the Wild snag five out of a possible six points.
The Wild continued to tweak with its blue line Sunday, recalling defenseman and Eden Prairie native Nick Seeler from the American Hockey League while assigning Viktor Loov to Iowa.
Wild players added extra layers to their usual practice ensemble Sunday, as the team took its session outside to the Recreation Outdoor Center in St. Louis Park.
Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk was air-tight, gobbling up every puck that came his way.
The Blackhawks are stuck at the bottom of the Central Division, but that hasn't made Chicago less of a challenge in the Wild's eyes.
A 4-3 overtime loss to the Coyotes Thursday at Xcel Energy Center was the latest letdown for the Wild after a feel-good 6-2 triumph Tuesday over the Blues on the road.
The Wild opens its five games at the X against Arizona, but then moves on to play teams that are jostling for playoff position.
Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin took a hard check in Wednesday's victory at St. Louis and endured an upper-body injury.
Defenseman Jonas Brodin disappeared in the second period after suffering an upper-body injury.
After getting overwhelmed in Dallas, the Wild resumes play Tuesday in St. Louis with a revamped lineup that features a bigger role for veteran for Matt Cullen.
Ensuring that Saturday's one-sided loss is an isolated incident rather than the beginning of a spiral down the standings is key going into the Wild's game at St. Louis on Tuesday.
Dallas earned only two power-play opportunities but capitalized on both, continuing a tough stretch for the Wild's penalty killers on the road.
The Wild was able to capitalize on a Golden Knights team completing a back-to-back on the road, and now it'll try to avoid the same fate Saturday in Dallas.
The Wild handed Vegas its biggest loss in two months.
Winger Nino Niederreiter will return from injury against the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday.