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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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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.1.2016 / 1:20 PM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

As David Jones watched and waited on Monday to see if the Calgary Flames would trade the 31-year-old forward, time was winding down.

As the 3 p.m. ET deadline approached, Jones had yet to be moved, while the Flames had already shipped defenseman Kris Russell and forward Jiri Hudler in separate moves.

"My family and I were just hoping I would get a chance to go to a team that's going to make a run for it," Jones said, holding court in Saint Paul on Tuesday for the first time. "Three o'clock came and went, and I got a call a little bit afterwards that I got moved."

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.1.2016 / 1:01 PM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

With the second wild card spot into the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs up for grabs, the Minnesota Wild will host the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday in Saint Paul, but still be without two key pieces in its lineup.

Defenseman Jonas Brodin, who sustained a broken foot on Feb. 4, and has missed the past 12 games, was activated off Injured Reserve on Monday, but will not play on Tuesday in the key Central Division showdown.

Forward Jason Zucker, who has missed the past three games with a concussion, is also getting closer to a return, but remains on Injured Reserve, and will also be out.

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.29.2016 / 7:48 PM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

In the 2012-13 season, Niklas Backstrom led all NHL goalies with 24 wins. He started 42 games over a 98-day stretch, and helped lead the Wild into the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Backstrom holds just about every record there is for the Wild when it comes to goaltenders, but his workload in that shortened season three years ago still sticks out to General Manager Chuck Fletcher.

"He honestly almost played every game for us that year, and single-handedly got us in the playoffs," Fletcher said. "Zach and Ryan were great, Mikko was great, but this guy played every night. It was a truncated schedule a short season, we had a lot of back-to-backs, a lot of three-in-fours, and he won a lot of games for us."



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POSTED ON Monday, 02.29.2016 / 7:26 PM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

The Wild made three moves on Monday prior to the 3 p.m. ET trade deadline, acquiring forward David Jones from the Calgary Flames in exchange for goalie Niklas Backstrom.

Minnesota also added minor league forward Scott Sabourin from the Los Angeles Kings, and minor league defenseman Conor Allen from the Ottawa Senators, sending forwards Brett Sutter and Michael Kernanen the other way.

General Manager Chuck Fletcher said the Wild's play over the past three weeks, which he feels has improved, coupled with Minnesota getting healthier impacted his approach to the deadline. 



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POSTED ON Monday, 02.29.2016 / 10:21 AM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

It's game number 64 on the schedule, but the Minnesota Wild knows its Tuesday showdown with the Colorado Avalanche will feel like game number 83, and go a long way in determining if there is one.

"That’s a playoff game," Devan Dubnyk said, after making 17 saves on Sunday to draw the Wild two points closer to Colorado. "That’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s going to be an opportunity for us to get back in a playoff spot. You don’t have to say much more than that. We’re going into a game against a team that we’ve had some pretty good battles against."

A quick glance at the standings will support Dubnyk's analysis, and also call to attention the importance of the Wild and Avalanche's latest tilt in Saint Paul.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 02.28.2016 / 7:00 AM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

It's been a season of milestones for Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu, and on Sunday against the Florida Panthers, Koivu's name will again jump to the top of the Wild's record books.

Koivu enters Sunday tied with Nick Schultz atop Minnesota's all-time games played list. A mainstay in the Wild's lineup, Koivu is in his 11th season in the State of Hockey, will become Minnesota's true iron man during the Wild's Sunday matinee.

Earlier this season, the Wild honored Schultz — now a member of the Philadelphia Flyers — for approaching his 1,000th career game. Schultz accomplished the milestone two games after his return to Saint Paul in January.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 02.27.2016 / 6:52 PM CT
By Dan Myers - Special to Wild.com / View From the Lighthouse




EDINA -- The Minnesota Wild returned to the State of Hockey with a full complement of skaters at practice on Saturday at Braemar Arena.

That includes previously injured forwards Zach Parise and Jason Zucker, defenseman Jonas Brodin and goaltender Devan Dubnyk.


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