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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 set for critical three-game stretch vs. Central Division

Minnesota Wild left wing Jason Zucker

The Wild spent part of its Thanksgiving on the ice at Xcel Energy Center for a tune-up Thursday before a critical three-game stretch against the Central Division that begins Friday when the team hosts the Avalanche.

Wild shortens bench, "play to win" against Sabres

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau considered the upcoming schedule that saw his team face Central Division rivals in the next three games.

Start could be key for Wild against Sabres

Will Butcher (8) and Charlie Coyle (3) fought for the puck in the second period. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ ï - November 20, 2017, St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center, NHL, Hockey, Minnesota Wild vs. New Jersey Devils

The Wild has added a more engaged debut to its to-do list.

Wild sends struggling first-round picks back to minors

The Wild sent former first round draft picks Luke Kunin and Joel Eriksson Ek to Iowa and recalled forward Zack Mitchell on Tuesday

Postgame: Wild looking to discover urgency earlier in games

The Devils' Will Butcher, right, was congratulated by Taylor Hall after his goal past Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk in the third period Monday.

It's unlikely the Wild could rig the scoreboard to read a deficit at puck drop, but that's the exact scenario that seems to elicit its best hockey.

Injured Wild winger Coyle activated, could play tonight

Wild center Charlie Coyle

Injured winger Charlie Coyle will play for the Wild this week, coach Bruce Boudreau announced Monday. He could play tonight against the Devils.

Stalock solid for Wild in loss to Capitals

Wild goalie Alex Stalock hadn't worked a game in almost two weeks and went 17 days in between starts, but the backup didn't appear to show any rust when he returned to the crease Saturday to face the Capitals.

Special-teams battle one to watch when Wild visits Capitals

The Capitals' Alex Ovechkin

The Capitals have had an up-and-down start to the season, but don't expect that to make the Wild view Saturday night's tilt in the nation's capital as being any easier.

Boudreau sticks with reshuffled lines; Dubnyk's turn to rest?

Minnesota Wild right wing Nino Niederreiter (22) scored on this second period shot to bring the Wild within a goal of Nashville.

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said Friday he liked what he saw from his reshuffled lines Thursday, especially with Marcus Foligno on the line with Erik Staal and Nino Niederreiter.

How will comeback win over Nashville affect the Wild's psyche?

Wild center Eric Staal (12) scored the tying goal on Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne

Coach Bruce Boudreau said the Wild played without emotion for much of Thursday's game. But he said the players showed "great character" in the end.

Streaks on the line tonight: Dubnyk's three shutouts, Nashville's five wins

Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) stops a shot from Nashville Predators left wing Austin Watson (51) as Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter (20) defends during the first period.

Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk has posted three straight shutouts but faces a dangerous Nashville team riding a five-game winning streak.

Boudreau riding the hot goalie, will start Dubnyk again Thursday

Philadelphia Flyers right wing Dale Weise (22) couldn't put in his rebound off the pads of Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk in the third period after he was denied on a breakaway.

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said, "There's no decision," when it comes to whom to start in goal for Thursday's game against Nashville.

Postgame: Wild's second periods need work, but all else is thriving

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere dove to poke check the puck away from Minnesota Wild left wing Tyler Ennis (63), who had a breakaway opportunity in the third period.

On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Flyers outshot the Wild 17-7 in the second period but still lost 3-0.

Dubnyk, Boudreau primed for more home-and-home success vs. Flyers

Forward Charlie Coyle also skated for the first time with the team Tuesday since breaking his leg Oct. 12 at Chicago.

Wild's Jason Zucker named NHL's first star of the week

Minnesota Wild left wing Jason Zucker scored six goals over three games last week.

With the goal-scoring heroics of Jason Zucker throughout the past few games, Devan Dubnyk's recent goal-stopping prowess might be getting a little overshadowed.

More magic from Zucker and Dubnyk

Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) looked on during a resurfacing timeout in the second period against the Chicago Blackhawk.

Jason Zucker supplied the offense, and Devan Dubnyk anchored the defense as the Wild on Saturday night won two in a row for just the second time this season.

Dubnyk, Wild will have their hands full with 'Ginger Line'

Montreal Canadiens center Byron Froese (42) is stopped by Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)

When the Wild plays at Philadelphia on Saturday, it will have to contend with three red-hot redheads--Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek--who have combined for 23 goals and 60 points this season.

Lakeville's Lindgren to start against Wild

Montreal Canadiens goalie Charlie Lindgren deflects a shot with his glove as they face the Vegas Golden Knights during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Goalie Charlie Lindgren, the toast of Montreal after starting his NHL career 5-0, will play Thursday night against a Wild team looking to end a three-game losing streak.

Postgame: Boudreau likes effort, but Wild players stung by loss

Minnesota Wild left wing Jason Zucker (16) celebrates after scoring on Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen (31) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

The Wild improved considerably from Monday's poor showing at Boston, earning praise from coach Bruce Boudreau following a 4-2 loss at Toronto.

Goalie Stalock returns to Minnesota; Leafs' star Matthews out tonight

The Wild will be without goalie Alex Stalock, who returned to Minnesota. His wife, Felicia, is expecting the couples' second child.