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POSTED ON Monday, 12.22.2014 / 3:16 PM
By Mike Doyle - Managing Editor / View From the Lighthouse
Like Santa’s elves, the Minnesota Wild has been putting in overtime in its games leading up to Christmas. In the club’s first 27 contests, the team skated beyond regulation just four times. In its last four games, the Wild has played more than 60 minutes three times.

While Minnesota has secured victory in only one of its recent OT games, a 4-3 shootout win against the Arizona Coyotes on Dec. 13, the team has showed its resolve in the third period. In its last two games against the Boston Bruins and Nashville Predators, the Wild has tied the contest in the third period to force overtime and earn an extra point.

“I give our guys a lot of credit. Again, it is tough to be battling back all the time,” Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo said. “I am pleased that our guys continue to battle back, and that shows something to me, but now let’s make sure not to put ourselves in that position so many times.”

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POSTED ON Monday, 12.22.2014 / 1:20 PM
By Mike Doyle - Managing Editor / View From the Lighthouse

"Just thinking of you..."

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POSTED ON Sunday, 12.21.2014 / 8:31 PM
By Mike Doyle - Managing Editor / View From the Lighthouse

"Hey Charlie, where'd you get that spiffy sweater?"

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POSTED ON Saturday, 12.20.2014 / 12:57 PM
By Mike Doyle - Managing Editor / View From the Lighthouse

We will fight to the end, we will stand and defend...the awesomeness of these ugly sweaters.

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POSTED ON Friday, 12.19.2014 / 3:00 PM
By Mike Doyle - Managing Editor / View From the Lighthouse

Yesterday’s rest was good for three Minnesota Wild players, who are all hoping to get back to action tomorrow when the club hosts Central Division foe, Nashville Predators, at 7 p.m. at Xcel Energy Center.


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POSTED ON Thursday, 12.18.2014 / 3:55 PM
By Mike Doyle - Managing Editor / View From the Lighthouse

Peek-a-boo!

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POSTED ON Monday, 12.15.2014 / 3:42 PM
By Mike Doyle - Managing Editor / View From the Lighthouse

It’s been a long time coming for Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke.

The 36-year-old returned to practice for the first time in more than a month and a half, before the team departs for Chicago facing the Blackhawks tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. at the United Center. The wing has been sidelined with a lower-body injury, missing 19 games. Last year, he skated in all 82 of the team’s regular season games.

Cooke will not be in the lineup tomorrow, or Wednesday when the Wild returns home to host the Boston Bruins. However, today’s practice was a large step in what has been a lengthy road to recovery.

“It’s been a long process. A lot longer than anybody would’ve liked, especially myself,” Cooke said. “Today it felt awesome to get back with the guys.”

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POSTED ON Friday, 12.12.2014 / 6:55 PM
By Mike Doyle - Managing Editor / View From the Lighthouse

The Minnesota Wild believes it’s better than its current 15-11-1 record and 10th spot in the Western Conference standings indicates. However, the club needs to play up to its lofty standards. That was the message during today’s Wild practice in Glendale, Arizona at Gila River Arena before taking on the Arizona Coyotes tomorrow night at 7 p.m. State of Hockey Time.

“We’re tired of being on the cusp, tired of being close,” Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo said. “We need to demand better than what we’ve been brining.

“We’re better than what we’ve been showing, consistently.”

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POSTED ON Thursday, 12.11.2014 / 4:48 PM
By Mike Doyle - Managing Editor / View From the Lighthouse

I’ll know my song well before I start singin’

— Bob Dylan, A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall

With a Flash Flood Watch in the San Francisco Bay Area, a shorthanded Minnesota Wild defensive corps will again have to rise to the occasion against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center. It’s been an all too familiar tune for the Wild in the early going this season, as the team again will be without a pair of contributing blueliners.

Marco Scandella will serve the first of a two-game suspension following an illegal check to the head against the New York Islanders’ Brock Nelson on Tuesday. It was the second hit of the season that was reviewed by the Department of Player Safety, the first coming the St. Louis Blues’ T.J. Oshie on Nov. 30, which warranted no suspension.


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POSTED ON Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 7:21 PM
By Mike Doyle - Managing Editor / View From the Lighthouse

Yesterday’s emotional Minnesota Wild comeback win against the New York Islanders came at a price. During the second period, defenseman Keith Ballard was run hard into the boards by Islanders forward Matt Martin and was taken to Regions Hospital. Ballard suffered three facial fractures, a concussion. He was released today and is out indefinitely.

“I haven’t spoken to him yet, but I know that he’s feeling better, and that’s very encouraging,” Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo said. “It’s a significant injury.”

After the hit the Wild was charged up, engaging in scrums and jawing after nearly every stoppage. Minnesota was trailing, 3-0, at the time of the hit and went into the third period down, 4-1. However, the club used its emotions to rally to a four-straight third period goals and a 5-4 win.

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