Through the early portion of the season, Head Coach Mike Yeo has maintained one of the most important things for the Wild is using each game to get better.
A 4-1-1 start is also very important, and after reviewing the Wild's Thursday 3-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Yeo liked what he saw.
"There are certain games where it looks better live, and then you watch the tape, and you realize it wasn't as good as you thought it was, and vice versa," Yeo said. "Actually last, when I watched the tape, it was pretty darn close to a 60-minute effort."
Between October 19, and November 13, the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association are putting on the 17th annual Hockey Fights Cancer Campaign. Beginning in 1998, the joint initiative has raised over $15 million that has been donated to national and local organizations in cancer research and care.
This year, four local cancer charities will partner with the Wild throughout October: Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and Movember.
The Wild will host its official Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Tuesday, October 27, against the Edmonton Oilers. There are a number of ways fans can get involved, key dates, and upcoming events.
There are plenty of ulterior storylines facing the Wild tonight, playing a winless Columbus Blue Jackets team, and one with a new coach.
That's why, as always, the Wild is keeping the focus on itself.
"It's going to be a tough game," Jonas Brodin said. "They just fired their coach, and they got a new coach, so they're going to come out hard and work a lot. We have to be ready from the start, and just play our game, and don't focus on them."
Pace, for the Minnesota Wild, can take on a number of meanings.
"There are things that go into it. Playing fast isn't just skating around 100 miles per hour," Zach Parise said. "You can't play fast if you play through the neutral zone like we have been. The way we've been turning pucks over in the neutral zone, you can't play fast."
As Head Coach Mike Yeo opened practice Wednesday, he addressed his players at center ice, stressing pace and execution, which to the Wild, are intertwined.
As the Wild go through the early season checklist of shoring up different elements of its game, the focus in practice on Tuesday was the defensive zone.
It's an area the Wild has excelled in the past, so an area that it would like to get back to its old standards after returning from a three-game, West coast road trip.
"Certainly one focal point for us is how we come into our defensive zone coverage," Head Coach Mike Yeo said. "It resulted in a few goals against last game, and usually an area where we're pretty sharp."
After losing to the Los Angeles Kings in overtime on Friday, Head Coach Mike Yeo said the Wild's game on Sunday against the Ducks could be a similar challenge.
"We keep facing teams that are a little ornery right now, so it will be another good test on Sunday," Yeo said.
That's what the Wild is expecting at Honda Center when it faces the Anaheim Ducks, a winless team (0-3-1), but a team with a lot of size and skill.
There was a lot of talk during preseason about the Wild's young core, and how it was ready to take the next step and potentially take the Wild to the next level.
Not to be forgotten over Minnesota's first three games, all wins, are the veterans.
"We talk about a lot of our veterans, and you've got to be pleased with all of them, the way that they're playing," Head Coach Mike Yeo said.
The wait is over for the Wild. After playing in its home opener on Saturday, an energetic, intense game against a division rival in the St. Louis Blues, Minnesota is back in game-action Thursday against the Arizona Coyotes.
Head Coach Mike Yeo said after the 3-2 victory against St. Louis on Saturday he wanted to use the next four days and three practices to tighten up certain areas of the Wild's game. Playing against an up-tempo Coyotes team, with such a long break between games, it's imperative, Yeo said, the Wild don't wait to get going.
"It's hard to replicate the battle level and the pace (in practice)," Yeo said. "With that, having to execute at that speed, you do your best, you do what you can to try to practice hard, and try to practice fast."
Three days after being traded the Minnesota Wild, Devan Dubnyk played against his former team the Arizona Coyotoes.
"I got a chance to play against them pretty quickly last year, so at least I got that one out of the way," Dubnyk said.
Dubnyk will again get to play against Arizona when the Wild play against the Coyotes on Thursday.
The Minnesota Wild will likely dress its third different lineup in three games on Thursday in Arizona against the Coyotes, with another player likely making his Wild season debut.
Head Coach Mike Yeo said rookie forward Tyler Graovac will be out a couple of weeks with a lower-body injury. Groavac played in the season-opener in Colorado, but not on Saturday against St. Louis, making way for Jordan Schroeder.
With Schroeder now in Iowa, it could mean that Justin Fontaine is ready to see his first action of the regular season. After missing part of training camp and landing on injured-reserve with an upper-body injury, Fontaine has been practicing with his teammates, and back on a line with Thomas Vanek and Charlie Coyle, where he was to begin camp.