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 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 coach Bruce Boudreau considered the upcoming schedule that saw his team face Central Division rivals in the next three games.
The Wild has added a more engaged debut to its to-do list.
The Wild sent former first round draft picks Luke Kunin and Joel Eriksson Ek to Iowa and recalled forward Zack Mitchell on Tuesday
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 winger Charlie Coyle will play for the Wild this week, coach Bruce Boudreau announced Monday. He could play tonight against the Devils.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk has posted three straight shutouts but faces a dangerous Nashville team riding a five-game winning streak.
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said, "There's no decision," when it comes to whom to start in goal for Thursday's game against Nashville.
On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Flyers outshot the Wild 17-7 in the second period but still lost 3-0.
Forward Charlie Coyle also skated for the first time with the team Tuesday since breaking his leg Oct. 12 at Chicago.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Wild improved considerably from Monday's poor showing at Boston, earning praise from coach Bruce Boudreau following a 4-2 loss at Toronto.
The Wild will be without goalie Alex Stalock, who returned to Minnesota. His wife, Felicia, is expecting the couples' second child.