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POSTED ON Friday, 07.10.2015 / 5:22 PM CT
By Ross Hollebon - Manager of Digital Content / View From the Lighthouse

Day two of Development Camp focused on conditioning, skating and strengthening as part of a traditional approach. But the Minnesota Wild isn’t just working to refine and enhance ice hockey skills of future stars.

The Wild also focuses on the development of these young men off the ice, including classroom sessions with financial literacy professionals, sports psychology experts and a nutritionist to help educate them how to take care of their bodies even better.

Julie Nicoletti, nutritionist from Kinetic fuel, flew in from Boston this morning to take the players through her presentation “Eating to Compete” and a Q&A session to ensure they are adequately prepared for daily life food choices, whether it be on bus rides across the country to games or in their dorm cafeteria.


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POSTED ON Thursday, 07.9.2015 / 5:25 PM CT
By Ross Hollebon - Manager of Digital Content / View From the Lighthouse

The Minnesota Wild took another step towards the 2015-16 NHL season today as prospects hit the ice at Xcel Energy Center for the team’s annual Development Camp.

Forward Alex Tuch and defenseman Louie Belpedio, both draft picks from 2014, were two of the familiar faces pulling on practice sweaters and getting back to work with team white this morning, in what is now a more familiar setting.

“To come in the second year, the comfort level is a lot higher,” said Tuch. “I already have some friends and stuff so hanging out with them the first couple nights is a lot more fun and a lot easier.”

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POSTED ON Thursday, 05.7.2015 / 2:33 PM CT
By Mike Doyle - Manager of Digital Content / View From the Lighthouse

In a do or die Game 4, the Minnesota Wild will do everything in its power against the Chicago Blackhawks to not, well, be eliminated. The not-dying part includes making a number of changes in its line, trying to take the jumper cables to the offenses.

Charlie Coyle will move to the wing with Mikko Koivu and Jason Zucker. The 23-year-old started his NHL career on the wing with the Wild, but made the switch to center this season.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 05.6.2015 / 3:48 PM CT
By Mike Doyle - Manager of Digital Content / View From the Lighthouse

Even at the lowest point of the season after losing six straight games in early January, the Minnesota Wild has been able to blur its vision of the larger picture, like looking into a 3-D Magic Eye image, so smaller details become pronounced.

Down 3-0 to the Chicago Blackhawks and on the edge of elimination in Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Wild knows what it’s up against. However, the Wild isn’t gazing wide-eyed at the enormity of the hole. Instead, the team’s focus is narrowed solely on a single purpose: Game 4 tomorrow night at Xcel Energy Center.

“We’ve got to focus on tomorrow, that’s plain and simple,” forward Matt Cooke said. “The picture is tomorrow, it’s not any larger than that. Doesn’t matter further than that.”

Minnesota came out of the gate fast against Chicago in Monday’s Game 3. However, when the Wild wasn’t able to get anything past goaltender Corey Crawford, the club began to press.

“I thought we started great last game. We had three or four scoring chances in the first three minutes. It didn’t go in and I think we changed,” Cooke said. “We worry too much about scoring the first goal, and we started to take chances which led to us not playing Minnesota Wild hockey, which then brings in frustration.”

After falling behind late in the first on a Patrick Kane power play tally, the Wild had plenty of chance to even the score. Minnesota fired 22 shots on goal in the final two periods but was unable to crack Crawford. The Blackhawks defense collapsed and helped alleviate second chance opportunities.

“The last two periods we pushed hard and just came up short,” forward Kyle Brodziak said. “That’s why it’s extremely important against a team of that caliber that when you have those opportunities you have to take advantage of them.”

While a majority of the attention has been paid on how the Hawks have handled the Wild, the club believes it has better. Minnesota wants to make better decisions with pucks when on the attack, especially in dangerous areas around the blue lines. Forward Zach Parise doesn’t think the team needs to change its system, just execute on its opportunities.

“I don’t think that’s the solution,” Parise said about making changes. “It’s about being better in different areas and doing a little more in the offensive zone and try to break through.”

The Wild can’t try to press the situation against the Hawks, who have showed its ability as counter-punching specialists.

“When we weren’t grabbing the lead in the second-half of the first period, that’s when we started to turn pucks over at the offensive blue line as opposed to continuing to get puck behind their defensemen,” Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo said.

“I think that we started to get impatient that we didn’t grab the lead even though we had a great start. That’s counter-productive to creating offense and it’s counter productive to being successful against a team that counters as well as they do.”

Patience is a virtue against Chicago and the Wild has been a model in perseverance all season.

“It’s about going out tomorrow and winning that first period. And if it’s tied after the first, you win the second. We all want to get that goal and make that difference. But be patient and let it come to us,” Parise said. “That’ll help us. Not try and win the game in the first 10 minutes and not try to erase a 3-0 deficit in the first 10 minutes. Win shift and win periods. Hopefully that will add up to winning games.”

Keeping things in focus is something the club has done all season. So, despite being in a hole that looms like the Grand Canyon, the club is keeping things in perspective.

“You don’t want to look at the big picture at this time right now,” Brodziak said. “It’s important for us to come to the rink tomorrow to try to win one hockey game. When you look at the big picture it might seem a little daunting, but I think the only way to go about it is take it one game at a time. Tomorrow night’s the first game, we’ve got to come out with our best and try and get a win and go from there after.”

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.5.2015 / 1:22 PM CT
By Mike Doyle - Manager of Digital Content / View From the Lighthouse

It’s no secret, after a pair of losses in the Windy City the Minnesota Wild will have to play better in Game 3 if it’s going to get back into its second round series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

In a 4-1 loss on Sunday, the Wild was careless with the puck, which led to odd-man opportunities for the Blackhawks. Minnesota knows that it has to be more meticulous with plays coming out of the defensive zone and at the offensive zone blue line.

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POSTED ON Monday, 05.4.2015 / 3:31 PM CT
By Kelly Erickson - Special To Wild.com / View From the Lighthouse

Heading into the Second Round series with the Blackhawks, the Wild had a new hope in this year’s installment of the matchup.

The club felt their alliance was stronger than in years past, as did many around them, strong enough to make a real move against Chicago. The anticipation was building to Death Star proportions.

But in Games 1 and 2 of the series, when the puck finally dropped, Chicago — led by a dark-helmeted Corey Crawford in goal — put the Wild in an extremely familiar position: down 2-0 in the series as it shifts back to the State of Hockey.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 05.3.2015 / 2:10 PM CT
By Mike Doyle - Manager of Digital Content / View From the Lighthouse

The Minnesota Wild hasn’t lost back-to-back games in regulation since it acquired Devan Dubnyk on Jan. 14. Tonight, the club looks to do something it never has: win a playoff game at the United Center. The Wild will try to split the series in Game 2 against the Chicago Blackhawks in Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Forward Erik Haula will enter the lineup for an injured Justin Fontaine, who suffered a lower-body injury in Game 1. Haula hasn’t suited up for a playoff contest this year.

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POSTED ON Friday, 05.1.2015 / 2:56 PM CT
By Mike Doyle - Manager of Digital Content / View From the Lighthouse

“Duh-duh-duh-da-da-da-duh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuuh”

The opening salvo of “Chelsea Dagger” by the Fratellis is instantly recognizable; an earworm of a tune that can echo inside the listener’s head for hours after the needle is pulled from the record. While it’s one of the catchiest hooks in music, it is a switchblade to the ears of visiting hockey teams at Chicago’s United Center. The Dagger is the Blackhawks’ goal song and the 20,000 plus fans in the arena jovially bounce along with the onomatopoeia crescendo when the team scores.

In the last two Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Minnesota Wild has heard the tune 23 times in the Windy City, as the Hawks have won all six contests at the United Center on its way to eliminating the Wild in both meetings.

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POSTED ON Friday, 05.1.2015 / 2:56 PM CT
By Mike Doyle - Manager of Digital Content / View From the Lighthouse

“Duh-duh-duh-da-da-da-duh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuuh”

The opening salvo of “Chelsea Dagger” by the Fratellis is instantly recognizable; an earworm of a tune that can echo inside the listener’s head for hours after the needle is pulled from the record. While it’s one of the catchiest hooks in music, it is a switchblade to the ears of visiting hockey teams at Chicago’s United Center. The Dagger is the Blackhawks’ goal song and the 20,000 plus fans in the arena jovially bounce along with the onomatopoeia crescendo when the team scores.

In the last two Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Minnesota Wild has heard the tune 23 times in the Windy City, as the Hawks have won all six contests at the United Center on its way to eliminating the Wild in both meetings.


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POSTED ON Thursday, 04.30.2015 / 2:34 PM CT
By Kelly Erickson - Special To Wild.com / View From the Lighthouse

It’s been a long wait — and the end is still another day away.

The Wild and Blackhawks will get underway tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. State of Hockey time. But puck drop feels like it's inching closer at the pace of a child learning to walk for the first time; minor steps forward seem like huge accomplishments.

“Well, at least we get to travel there today,” Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo quipped to open his press conference Thursday.

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