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POSTED ON Sunday, 11.16.2014 / 12:00 PM
By Mike Doyle - Managing Editor / View From the Lighthouse

The Minnesota Wild has activated forward Zach Parise from Injured Reserve. The 30-year-old has missed the previous five games after suffering a concussion on Nov. 4 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Wild also places defenseman Jonas Brodin on IR, retroactive Nov. 11. He's missed two games due to illness.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 11.13.2014 / 2:36 PM
By Mike Doyle - Managing Editor / View From the Lighthouse

When pressure mounts on an object, the weight of the force can crush it or the body can develop a tough exterior.

On a four-game losing streak, the Minnesota Wild’s resolve will be tested yet again as the team hosts the Buffalo Sabres. Defensemen Jonas Brodin and Marco Scandella will be out with an illness. They are experiencing comparable symptoms to Christian Folin and Keith Ballard, which kept them out for multiple games.

With the health of four players affected in less than a month, Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo has reasons to be concerned. It seems as though the virus is circling the team’s locker room.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 11.12.2014 / 5:04 PM
By Mike Doyle - Managing Editor / View From the Lighthouse
The Minnesota Wild needs something to snap out of its four-game cold spell as the team hosts the Buffalo Sabres at Xcel Energy Center tomorrow night.

It will not come from forward Zach Parise, who is doubtful as he recovers from a concussion. Parise has missed the last three games after leaving during the team’s Oct. 4 loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The team could see a blue line boost from Jared Spurgeon. The defenseman went into the boards awkwardly against the San Jose Sharks and has missed five games. Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo said that the team will know his availably tomorrow, but sounded optimistic about his return.
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POSTED ON Monday, 11.10.2014 / 4:07 PM
By Mike Doyle - Managing Editor / View From the Lighthouse

Amidst a three-game road swing, the Minnesota Wild returned to the State of Hockey for a few days before shipping out to take on the New Jersey Devils tomorrow night at 6 p.m. CST. Today, the team traversed the snow-slicked streets for a ‘road’ practice, skating at Ridder Arena on the University of Minnesota campus before leaving for the Garden State.

It might’ve been a dreary day for the snow-anxious outside, but despite a three-game losing streak, spirits were much higher than the sidewalk slush, as the three injured players re-joined the Wild for practice. Goaltender Josh Harding, forward Zach Parise and defenseman Jared Spurgeon all wore red non-contact jerseys during the practice. Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo could feel an uptick in energy.


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POSTED ON Saturday, 11.08.2014 / 1:25 PM
By Mike Doyle - Managing Editor / View From the Lighthouse
During today’s Minnesota Wild morning skate at Bell Centre in Montreal, there was a large blue and red No. 5 imprinted on the ice behind both nets. Tonight, that number, which belongs to former Canadiens defenseman and Head of Amateur Scoring for the Wild, Guy Lapointe, will hang from the raters. The Habs will retire it before tonight’s game with Minnesota.

Lapointe helped the Canadiens raise six Stanley Cups in the 1970s. He played 777 games with the Canadiens, scoring 166 goals and adding 406 assists for 572 points. The blueliner also played for the St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins before ending his Hall of Fame career in 1984. He finished with 622 points (171-451=622) in 894 games.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 11.06.2014 / 1:36 PM
By Mike Doyle - Managing Editor / View From the Lighthouse


In an 82-game season, every National Hockey League team will have to deal with injuries at some point. Without its leading scorer, Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild will be put to the test tonight as the team kicks off a three-game road trip against the Ottawa Senators.

Parise left Tuesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins and after seeing doctors yesterday was diagnosed with a concussion. He didn’t travel with the team and there is no timetable on his return.

“Obviously, a big blow to us,” Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo said. “It came on during the course of the game; luckily he was talking to our trainers and our trainers took the appropriate steps to meet with the doctors.”

In Parise’s absence, Thomas Vanek will move to the wing with Mikael Granlund and Jason Pominville. Vanek and Pominville have experience playing together as members of the Buffalo Sabres and hope to rekindle the chemistry they had there.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.04.2014 / 2:45 PM
By Mike Doyle - Managing Editor / View From the Lighthouse

The early exit polls show that the Minnesota Wild and Pittsburgh Penguins are statistically two of the best teams in the National Hockey League. Both are among the league leaders in a number of categories including: goals for (Wild’s 3.4 is third, Pens’ 4.1 is first); goals against (Wild first 1.8, Pens’ 2.2 is 11th); shots on goal (Wild’s 35 per game is second, Pens’ 31.1 is ninth); and scoring differential (Wild’s 1.6 is second, Pens’ 1.9 is first).

The lone statistical disparity comes on the power play. However, even political numerical prognosticator, Nate Silver, couldn’t have forecast the statistical anomalies on the man advantage of both teams through 10 games.

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POSTED ON Monday, 11.03.2014 / 3:43 PM
By Mike Doyle - Managing Editor / View From the Lighthouse

Thomas Vanek, Kyle Brodziak and Nino Niederreiter had never practiced together before Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo put them together on a line against the Boston Bruins. It took the trio less than five minutes to make an impact on the game.

After a dump into the corner, Brodziak finished a check on B’s defenseman Zach Trotman. The hit forced a bad pass and Vanek stole the puck from his defensive partner, Matt Bartkowski. Vanek found Niederreiter, who was cutting through the slot, with a tape-to-tape pass for a goal.

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POSTED ON Friday, 10.31.2014 / 3:37 PM
By Mike Doyle - Managing Editor / View From the Lighthouse

The ice at Xcel Energy Center was spookily undermanned during today’s optional Minnesota Wild practice. It wasn’t a quite ghost town, but a handful of players took the option along with those ailing from injuries.

Defenseman Jared Spurgeon didn’t skate and will miss tomorrow’s game against the Dallas Stars. The blueliner left during the third period of yesterday’s game against the San Jose Sharks following a Joe Pavalski hit. Spurgeon didn’t finish the game after suffering an upper-body injury. Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo said that Spurgeon will likely miss multiple games and didn’t put a timetable on a return, but is hopeful it’s not a long-term injury.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 10.30.2014 / 2:26 PM
By Mike Doyle - Managing Editor / View From the Lighthouse

The Minnesota Wild’s motto has been to always look forward, focus on the next game and forget about what happened in the last outing.

However, for the Lighthouse it’s not always that easy.

It was especially difficult to supplant the Wild’s last game, a 4-3 comeback win in Boston on Tuesday, during Head Coach Mike Yeo’s media availability today. That’s because someone turned the speakers in the Wild locker room up to 11 and was blaring the Dropkick Murphys’ “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” while Yeo fielded questions from media members.

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