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POSTED ON Wednesday, 03.9.2016 / 6:39 PM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

The organization's slogan is simple: "If you can play, you can play."

Now, it's being embraced by more and more of the hockey and sports world.

On Thursday, the Minnesota Wild and the You Can Play Organization, a partner of the Wild's, will host a You Can Play awareness night when the Wild plays the Edmonton Oilers.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 03.9.2016 / 1:30 PM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

Though it was two days ago the Minnesota Wild last found itself on the ice, playing on Sunday against the St. Louis Blues, Mikko Koivu said, "It feels like a week."

The Wild returned to the ice at Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday for practice, having taken Monday and Tuesday off. That came on the heels of having played a back-to-back, three games in four nights, and eight in the past 13.

"It was awesome, and every guy in the room would probably tell you the same," Jason Zucker said. "It was really nice to have two days. It felt really weird. Yesterday, it felt like I was supposed to be doing something, and I just forgot."

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.8.2016 / 3:31 PM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

As Matt Dumba said after the Minnesota Wild played the St. Louis Blues on Sunday, finishing up one of Minnesota's busiest stretches on the schedule, "The last couple of weeks we've been all over the map."

The path traveled for the Wild went on a temporary hiatus after its loss against the Blues, with three days separating it from its next game, a Thursday matchup against the Edmonton Oilers in Saint Paul.

The Wild's game against St. Louis was the second half of a back-to-back, Minnesota's third game in four days, its eighth in 13, and 15th in the past 29 days.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 03.6.2016 / 10:57 AM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

As Minnesota Wild interim Head Coach John Torchetti stood behind the bench on Saturday for three-on-three overtime, it was far from his first rodeo.

Six-skater extra sessions are new in the NHL, but were experimented on in the American Hockey League last season before being adopted by big brother.

But what was new, or at least newer, was the Wild getting past regulation and winning. When Minnesota defeated the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 in a shootout at First Niagara Center, it was the second time in 12 games the Wild has played past 60 minutes, and earned two points.

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POSTED ON Friday, 03.4.2016 / 2:27 PM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

BUFFALO -- Forward Jason Zucker practiced with the Minnesota Wild on Friday at First Niagara Center, and will play on Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres.

Zucker, who was activated from Injured Reserve earlier in the day, has missed the past six games with a concussion he sustained during the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game against the Chicago Blackhawks Feb. 21.

In the second period of that game, Zucker was checked in the open ice by Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival, who was subsequently assessed a five-minute major interference penalty, and a game misconduct.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.3.2016 / 12:13 PM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

The Minnesota Wild will get defenseman Jonas Brodin back on Tuesday, and will add forward David Jones to its lineup when it plays the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Brodin has missed the past 13 games after he sustained a broken foot on Feb. 4, but after practicing with the Wild on Wednesday, and taking two morning skates, declared himself good to go.

"I did a lot of rehab, and workouts, and I've been on the ice a couple of times here, so I feel I'm in good shape, and I'm ready to get back," Brodin said.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 03.2.2016 / 4:12 PM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

Charlie Coyle, who turned 24 on Wednesday, got an early birthday gift Tuesday night when he broke a 3-3 tie early in the third period against Colorado, for what amounted to the game-winning-goal.

Coyle added an empty-net goal later, and has three empty-netters in the past eight games, a different kind of gift.

"It's weird. I couldn't remember the last time I scored an empty-net goal before, what was it, Edmonton?" Coyle said. "Or the game before that? Sometimes they go in for you, and you get lucky bounces, and you're at the end of it."

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 03.2.2016 / 4:01 PM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

Defenseman Jonas Brodin, and forwards Jason Zucker and David Jones all practiced with the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday before the team departed for a two-game road trip.

The former two have been out with injuries: Brodin has missed the past 13 games with a broken foot, and Zucker the past five with a concussion. Jones was acquired by the Wild from the Calgary Flames on Monday prior to the NHL trade deadline.

It's possible all three could be in the lineup on Thursday when the Wild plays the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 03.2.2016 / 10:42 AM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

When Erik Haula, Nino Niederreiter, and Jason Pominville hop over the boards for shifts together, they communicate in English. It's none of their first-language, but a common denominator for the three forwards.

Well that, and since the line was formed nine games ago, it can't stop scoring, and can't stop doing things to help the Minnesota Wild win.

"I feel like we talk a lot on the bench to support each other and try to get better as a line," Niederreiter said after the line scored four times on Tuesday to help the Minnesota Wild defeat the Colorado Avalanche, 6-3. "Tonight we talked beforehand of what we had to do, our game plan, and we stuck with it the whole game."

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 03.2.2016 / 3:10 AM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

Forwards Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund were both named to Finland's preliminary roster for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey on Wednesday.

Koivu has previously played in 13 international tournaments for Finland. He captained his country in both the 2011 and 2012 IIHF World Championships. Koivu led the team in scoring in 2012, and Finland captured gold in 2011, defeating Sweden 6-1 in the tournament's championship game.

A participant in the last World Cup of Hockey, Koivu won a silver medal with Finland in 2004, and also earned silver medals at the 2006 Olympics, and the 2007 World Championships.

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