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POSTED ON Monday, 05.9.2016 / 5:59 PM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

For the third consecutive game, forwards Mikael Granlund and Mikko Koivu each recorded at least a point, and for the third time in as many tries, Finland won at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, on Monday, when it defeated the United States 3-2.

Koivu and Granlund, who finished their Minnesota Wild seasons skating on a line together, have been reunited for Finland in this tournament. They teamed up in the first period when Granlund sent a backhand pass from the facecoff circle to Koivu in the slot. The Wild's captain wasted little time, snapping a shot under the crossbar and past Montreal Canadiens goalie Mike Condon to make it 1-0 Finland midway through the first period.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 05.8.2016 / 3:50 PM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

Forward Mikko Koivu had an assist, Mikael Granlund had two, and Finland remained undefeated at the 2016 IIHF World Championship with a 5-1 win against Germany on Sunday.

After both recorded multi-point games in Finland's tournament-opening win on Friday, Granlund assisted on Finland's third goal against Germany, and he and Koivu each picked up assists on a Patrik Laine power-play goal with three seconds remaining in regulation to cap off the victory.

Finland next plays against the United States on Monday at 12 p.m. CT (NBCSN).

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POSTED ON Saturday, 05.7.2016 / 10:00 AM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

Over the next few months, Wild.com will take a closer look at some of the areas of the Minnesota Wild's 2015-16 season, from players, to systems, and everything between.

Of the Minnesota Wild's 38 victories this season, in 23 of those games, the Wild scored on the power play.

Conversely, 30 of Minnesota's 44 losses did not feature a power play goal.

When it clicks, a power play can provide a major boost, but when it flounders, a power play can become a sore subject and a momentum killer.

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POSTED ON Friday, 05.6.2016 / 3:02 PM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

Mikael Granlund had a three-point game, Mikko Koivu had a goal and an assist, and Finland defeated Belarus 6-2 in its opening game at the 2016 IIHF World Championship on Friday.

Koivu scored midway through the second period to push Finland's lead to 2-0. Granlund picked up the primary assist on the goal. After finishing their NHL seasons on the same line, the two countrymen skated together again to open the tournament.

After Belarus scored 5:27 after Koivu's goal to cut its deficit back to one, Koivu assisted on a power-play goal to get Finland's lead back to two at 3-1.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 05.5.2016 / 10:00 AM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

Over the next few months, Wild.com will take a closer look at some of the areas of the Minnesota Wild's 2015-16 season, from players, to systems, and everything between.

Two seasons ago, the Wild boasted the top-ranked penalty kill in the NHL, erasing power plays at an 86.3 percent effectiveness-rate. It was an area of its game that, entering the 2015-16 season, Minnesota felt was a commodity it had in its back pocket, a strength it could expect to remain a strength.

And at times, the Wild looked the part of a team with the league's best penalty kill. But in other stretches, the penalty kill became leaky, and overall, the Wild dropped nearly 10 percentage-points, down to 77.9 from season-to-season.

Like other areas of the Wild's play, the penalty kill could be characterized by streaks.

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POSTED ON Friday, 04.29.2016 / 2:30 PM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

General Manager Chuck Fletcher said the Minnesota Wild had good players, but did not consistently play like a good team in 2015-16, one of its major flaws.

"Our goal was to make the playoffs, which we did, but our goal was not to have 87 points," he said on Thursday, addressing the media for the final time for the 2015-16 season.

How that happened, in Fletcher's eyes, was two stretches that made up nearly a quarter of the Wild's season that were not consistent with the success Minnesota sustained throughout other portions of the calendar.

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POSTED ON Friday, 04.29.2016 / 10:36 AM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

General Manager Chuck Fletcher said he doesn’t like to rush the development curve when it comes to the Minnesota Wild's prospects, but that doesn't have him less excited about the influx of talent in the organization.

"Our forward depth next year is going to be substantially better," Fletcher said. "How quickly these kids can make an impact, we'll see, but we'll certainly have a lot more talent in Iowa to start the season."

In addressing the personnel moves he needs to make this offseason, Fletcher was quick to cite some of the prospects in the Wild's system, like the newly signed Alex Tuch, who was Minnesota's 2014 first round pick.

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POSTED ON Friday, 04.29.2016 / 9:29 AM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

Defenseman Matt Dumba has been added to Canada's roster for the upcoming 2016 IIHF World Championship.

The tournament begins Friday, May 6 in Russia and runs until May 22. Canada opens play May 6 against the United States (8:15 a.m. CT).

Dumba served as an alternate captain for Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championship. He also captained Canada at the 2012 Under-18 Championship, led the tournament with 12 points, and was named the tournament's Best Defenseman, and Canada won a bronze medal.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 04.28.2016 / 3:24 PM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

Though he said there's no specific timeline on when he would like to make a hire, Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher laid out some of the characteristics he's looking for in a new head coach on Thursday.

He also left open the possibility the Wild's current interim gets promoted into a full-time role.

"Every day has been Game 7," Fletcher said. "It's been triage. You're trying to do whatever you can to win the next game to get into the playoffs, and once we got into the playoffs, to win a series."

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POSTED ON Thursday, 04.28.2016 / 3:09 PM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

Of the Minnesota Wild’s lineup mainstays — players who appeared in at least 30 regular season games this season, or multiple playoff games — five face free agency this summer, leaving decisions for General Manager Chuck Fletcher and whomever becomes the next Wild head coach.

The list does not include backup goaltender Darcy Keumper, set to become a restricted free agent July 1, and Tyler Graovac, a 23-year-old prospect who made the Wild’s opening night roster out of training camp, but then battled injuries most of the season.

“I haven’t put a ton of thought into it yet,” Kuemper said. “I love the group and love the city, so I hope to be back."

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