In Head Coach Mike Yeo's words, the Wild's victory on Thursday was the perfect balance of a lesson learned and still coming away with two points. The Wild fell behind 3-0 after the first period, and trailed 4-1 entering the third before scoring four goals in record-setting 5:07 span (the fastest four goals scored in franchise history) to storm back and defeat the Colorado Avalanche 5-4.
"You do get a win, but you also get a bit of reminder, a bit of a wakeup call as far as the things you need to be doing to be successful," Yeo said. "The beginning of the year for every team, the best teams in the League and the teams that are struggling, it's all the same. You're not going to be on top of your game, and the teams that can get there the quickest are the teams that are going to give themselves the best chance."
A season-opening game always brings lots of energy with it. From a revved up crowd, to two teams excited to get back to hockey, there's no shortage of combustible elements.
Add a divisional rivalry into that formula, and the Minnesota Wild's opener Thursday against the Colorado Avalanche has all the ingredients to be an intense game.
"There's always a lot of excitement going into every season, but it's nice to start with a game like that," Head Coach Mike Yeo said. "We know what to expect from them. It will be fast, it will be intense, and hopefully we use that to make sure we're at our best."
Matt Dumba is turning each of his hits on the Xcel Energy Center ice this season into a charitable donation.
With the Wild playing its first home game on Saturday against the St. Louis Blues, Dumba and Defending The Blue Line announced on Wednesday the launch of "Hits For Heroes." For each hit Dumba records on home ice this season, he will donate $100 to the charity.
"Defending the Blue Line provides great assistance for military families and I’m proud to support them with a program fans can get excited for and track throughout the Wild season," said Dumba. "While I’ve worn the number 24 throughout my career, I wanted to do something special to acknowledge the history and excitement the number holds for Wild fans."
The Taste of the Wild preview event of new food and beverage offerings for the 2015-16 Wild season energized senses and satiated appetites of media and select VIPs in the Audi quattro Club at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday.
Levy Restaurants rolled out seemingly endless amounts of dishes including unique combinations like buffalo chicken fries and bacon sundaes. The comfort food front was supplied with a twist as classic mac and cheese was intermingled with brisket and the sweet tooth was tempted by the apple piewich, including grilled cinnamon brioche and vanilla ice cream.
VIEW: 2015 Taste of the Wild Photo Gallery
A local favorite also joined the party as Snuffy’s Malt Shop made their first appearance at the event joining other new items and the already established fan favorites at Xcel Energy Center this season.
Be sure to check out the full recap video above as Mike Greenlay talks to Jason Steidle, Levy Restaurants Executive Chef, and below to learn more about Mike Drash’s Chankaska Creek wines.
As training camp opened, Tyler Graovac said he had a vision of what making the Minnesota Wild would look like.
On Tuesday, that vision became a reality. "The chairs were a little different than I visualized," Graovac said with a laugh. "But besides that, I'm kind of used to everything, and how it works here. I've been here since I was 18, and I'm not used to them saying 'you're going to stick.'"Graovac was told on Tuesday that he made the Wild's opening night roster. He'll center a line between left wing Thomas Vanek, and right wing Charlie Coyle.
The start of October means great events to drop the puck on the 2015-16 season for the Minnesota Wild.
Two of these events took place over the past few days at Xcel Energy Center and Saint Paul RiverCentre, respectively, as the Wild organization continues to engage with the community.
Thousands of pieces of donated hockey equipment were distributed for free to local hockey families and hockey associations on Saturday morning, Oct. 3 at Xcel Energy Center (video above). The Minnesota Wild, Let’s Play Hockey and Minnesota Hockey partnered for the seventh year on the annual Used Hockey Equipment Drive across the Twin Cities.
The 2015 Minnesota Wild Face-Off Luncheon, presented by Wells Fargo, was hosted in conjunction with the Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce on Monday at Saint Paul RiverCentre. The outing provided an opportunity for fans to meet players and coaches over lunch prior to the season opener on Thursday in Colorado. Anthony LaPanta and Mike Greenlay teamed to emcee the event that included one Q&A session with Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher and Head Coach Mike Yeo, and another with Mikko Koivu, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.
Greenlay was also able to catch-up with Devan Dubnyk to get his thoughts on the luncheon (below).
Over the weekend, the best and brightest in television and video production in the Upper Midwest were celebrated at the 2015 Regional Emmy® Gala in Bloomington.
The Wild, along with team television partner FOX Sports North, the Minnesota National Guard, the Metropolitan Airports Commission, and the Serving Our Troops organization, were all recognized with the 2015 Board of Governors Award for outstanding achievement in staging the Hockey Day Minnesota event at Holman Field last January.
In addition to the Governors Award, our partners at FOX Sports North received an Emmy for their coverage of the 2014-2015 Wild season, and our own Wes Walz was recognized for his talents as studio analyst on Wild Live pre- and post-game shows.
When it comes to shooting a puck into a very small goal, Charlie Coyle proved his sauce is saucier than most.
Coyle won the 2015 Sauce Hockey Challenge, and has split its $10,000 prize between two charities of his choice.
A lifestyle apparel company, Sauce Hockey collaborated with more 20 NHL players and television host Mike Kelly to put on the challenge. Players were given 10 shots at a mini-goal that was 12 yards away and was eight-by-12 inches.
Coyle split the prize money evenly between Defending the Blue Line, and Humor to Fight the Tumor. He won the challenge after scoring on six of his 10 shots.
Chris Porter, the newest Wild player, was on the ice Friday for practice following being claimed off waivers on Thursday.
Porter said he would have liked to make it to Minnesota in time to play in the Wild's preseason finale against the Buffalo Sabres—a 6-1 win—but was unable to because of the travel involved.
The Eden Prairie native is now back at home in Minnesota, and quite happy about it.
Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher said a lot can change week-to-week, but claiming forward Chris Porter off waivers only increases Minnesota's talent pool and adds depth to an already deep team.
"Our cap situation was tight this summer," Fletcher said. "We were trying to keep our powder dry, and leave as much cap space as possible until we could see what happened in training camp."
Porter, who has played 173 career NHL games, all with the St. Louis Blues, said he feels his style of play would mesh well with what the Wild do having seen them so often in the Central Division.