ST. LOUIS – Forward Tyler Graovac and defenseman Christian Folin, who each began this season with the Minnesota Wild, found themselves on extended stints in the American Hockey League and Iowa this season.
Now, both are happy to be back with the big club and in the lineup as the Wild prepares to play the St. Louis Blues on Saturday
"I knew this would be a process for me all year," Graovac said. "I'm looking forward to getting back. I've never felt better, to be honest. My legs feels great, I'm confident in my game, and I'm looking forward to tonight and bringing a spark."
ST. LOUIS – Without defenseman Jonas Brodin, and with the addition of forward Tyler Graovac, the Minnesota Wild will look to snap a four-game losing streak (0-3-1) on Saturday against the St. Louis Blues.
Brodin sustained a broken foot on Thursday against the New York Rangers, and is expected to miss 3 to 6 weeks. Graovac was recalled Saturday morning, and will draw into the lineup with Thomas Vanek and Jason Zucker scratched.
Defenseman Christian Folin, who was recalled from Iowa on Monday, will play in place of the injured Brodin.
ST. LOUIS – As the Minnesota Wild looks to snap out of a funk that has seen them slip out of the top eight in the Western Conference standings, General Manager said it's incumbent on the players and group to get back to playing better hockey.
"Every year teams go through this stuff," Fletcher said Saturday morning. "What’s disappointing to me is I think everybody’s been focused on the power play and scoring goals, and what we’re not doing now is playing the right way."
As the Wild have lost in different ways over the past month, Fletcher said the process has taken a hit, and results have been too much the principle thought.
NEW YORK – The Minnesota Wild isn’t mincing words when talking about its past 15 games.
Twelve have been losses (3-9-3), and with 31 games remaining on the schedule, and Minnesota finding itself in an unfamiliar position outside the top eight in the Western Conference, the Wild is looking for answers.
"We've been searching for answers for that for quite some time," Head Coach Mike Yeo said after the Wild's latest loss on Thursday. "We've tried some different — whether it's talks, or meetings, or whatever, we're trying a lot right now."
Last night was a historic night in the State of Hockey. Taylor DeForrest made 112 saves in a six-overtime game Wednesday for Apple Valley High School girls hockey team.
In true teammate fashion, Taylor gave stick-taps to her teammates on Twitter.
I could not be more proud to say that I come from AVHS, we have done some remarkable things! I love each & every girl that was on the ice!— Taylor DeForrest (@tayy_deforrest) February 4, 2016
NEW YORK – It's been four years since Zach Parise and two years since Ryan Carter played their home games in the tri-state area, but the luster and allure of skating in one of the world's most iconic arenas hasn't waned.
"It's a really fun building to play in," Parise said. "I've played in a lot of fun, important games here, and a lot of good memories from playing here. Whether you come here once a year or three, four times a year, it's fun to play."
Parise, Carter and the Minnesota Wild will play the New York Rangers on Thursday at Madison Square Garden, looking to snap out of a skid that has seen Minnesota go 3-8-3 in its past 14 games.
NEW YORK -- When the Wild traveled to the West Coast and played the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center, it was a rousing homecoming for a player that won two Stanley Cups for a franchise he spent seven seasons with.
Thursday will be another homecoming of sorts for Jarret Stoll, albeit in an arena he spent significantly less time in.
"It's fun playing in this arena," Stoll said after he and the Wild practiced at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. "It's fun coming in as a visitor, and it's fun playing in it as part of the Rangers."
NEW YORK – In the midst of a slide during which Head Coach Mike Yeo said on Tuesday, " … we're finding different ways to lose hockey games," the Minnesota Wild focused on what it would take to get out of that funk on Wednesday.
The Wild took the ice at Madison Square Garden for an upbeat practice, attempting to keep the focus positive and its energy in the appropriate avenues as it continues to attempt to shake out of its longest slump of the season.
"You're always going to have negative thoughts creep into your mind when things aren't going well; that's just human nature," Yeo said. "We're a group that's aware of that, and we're a group that has the character to get through that, but that said, it's not easy."
NEW YORK – For the Minnesota Wild, the puzzle has been different the past month, while many of the pieces remain the same.
Coming out of the NHL All-Star break against the New York Islanders on Tuesday, the Wild is in the midst of an offensive drought during which Minnesota has taken more shots, but has scored less.
Since Jan. 2, the Wild has scored 23 goals in 13 games, a per-game average of 1.77. The Wild has averaged 28.9 shots on goal per game over that stretch, and has gone 3-7-3.
The Minnesota Wild returned to practice on Monday with a sense of urgency and intensity after the weeklong All-Star break.
It showed on the ice and in talking to Head Coach Mike Yeo and players afterwards.
“I think what you saw today was a real good, crisp, intense practice and we know where we’re at, we know what’s gone on and we’re ready to finish writing the story,” Yeo said.
The characters in this story made no excuses after having time to reflect on the first part of the season, putting the onus on them to find a successful finish.
“We have to start playing better, there’s no way around it,” Zach Parise said.
“We’ve got to start scoring. We’ve got to start winning some games. We were in a pretty comfortable spot and now all of the sudden we’re on the outside looking in. Hopefully we can have a good road trip and start this last thirty-some games the right way.”
Along with urgency and intensity was the constant undertone of accountability in the locker room.
Mikko Koivu agreed the Wild needs to find it’s scoring touch from earlier in the season and noted there is no special approach beyond putting in the necessary time and effort.
“I don’t think there’s any magic on it, you’ve just got to work on it and find it again,” Koivu said.
Building off of Koivu and Parise, both on and off the ice, Charlie Coyle put it square on the guys wearing the Wild jerseys as well.
“It starts with our leaders and we’ve got great leadership in here and we’re going to follow suit and take it upon ourselves … it’s here for us if we want it,” Coyle said.
Now as the Wild heads to New York to face the Islanders and Rangers, before a stop in St. Louis to play the division rival Blues this week, the plot will begin to play out, with the Wild driving to make it similar to past successful second halves under Yeo.
“We’re going into some tough buildings, playing against some good teams, but again, we’re excited about this next chapter in the season,” Yeo said.Today's Videos: