After falling to 1-8 in games decided in three-on-three on Tuesday with a 4-3 loss against the Dallas Stars, Head Coach Mike Yeo did not want to talk about the negatives of the Wild's loss in the postgame.
But on Wednesday, Yeo addressed the Wild's three-on-three struggles, saying change is on the way.
"Hopefully we get there a whole bunch more times and you guys get to see," Yeo said. "Going forward, I've got some different ideas we have that we're going to try, and we'll continue to do that."
Defenseman Jared Spurgeon, who missed the Minnesota Wild's game on Tuesday with a deep bruise, returned to practice on Wednesday, and said he could play on Thursday when the Minnesota Wild hosts the Washington Capitals.
"It's up to the coaching staff obviously, but if I can go, I can go," Spurgeon said. "I want to get in there and help the team out, and if there's any possible way to do that, I will."
Spurgeon left in the second period of the Wild's game on Saturday against the St. Louis Blues after taking two shifts coming out of the intermission.
When Head Coach Mike Yeo got to Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday, he wrote a quote on the board in the Minnesota Wild locker room.
While he wasn't quite sure of its wording when sharing it postgame, the message was crystal clear.
"I think it kind of reflects where we're at right now," Yeo said. "Tough times, they don't last, but tough people do, and that's what we have to do right now, and this is how we've gotten ourselves out of it before."
The Minnesota Wild won't be at full strength on Tuesday against the Dallas Stars, but it will have one key player remain in its the lineup.
Captain Mikko Koivu, who left the Wild's practice on Monday due to discomfort, will suit up as the Wild looks to end a five-game losing streak (0-4-1) and get out of a slide that has seen it lose 10 of its past 11 (1-9-1).
Facing one of the NHL's top offenses, Koivu and the rest of the Wild's defensive game will take center stage at Xcel Energy Center.
In the midst of a five-game losing streak (0-4-1), and having dropped 10 of its past 11 (1-9-1), Head Coach Mike Yeo said he was trying to send a message by scratching two forwards who had played in each of Minnesota's games up until that point.
With Vanek and Zucker, and as is the case with the rest of the roster, Head Coach Mike Yeo said he's looking for a response.
Already missing defenseman Jonas Brodin, the Minnesota Wild was also without Jared Spurgeon on Monday at practice and will likely be without him Tuesday when the Wild begins a three-game homestand against the Dallas Stars.
Spurgeon sustained a deep bruise during Minnesota's 4-1 loss against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday. He played two shifts in the second period totaling 1:53, and then left the game and did not return.
"Obviously he's in a lot of discomfort today, and feeling pretty sore, and consider him doubtful tomorrow, but not something long-term," Head Coach Mike Yeo said.
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."