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POSTED ON Friday, 06.3.2016 / 2:00 PM 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.

When it comes to the Minnesota Wild's personnel, all the ingredients exist for a team that can be very effective in transition.

Consistently good defensively, with team speed and creative playmakers like Mikael Granlund and Mikko Koivu, not only does the Wild have the makeup of a good transition team, it's something built into its identity, and part of its strategy.

~ READ: FREEZE FRAME: ACTIVE DEFENSE BUOYS WILD SUCCESS ~

Add in a defense corps equally as speedy with a mind for the offensive, and the Wild, in stretches of 2015-16, showed how much of a weapon its rush game can be.

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POSTED ON Friday, 06.3.2016 / 9:16 AM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

As a rookie in the NHL, Mike Reilly said he had his Minnesota Wild teammates to provide leadership and guide him as he embarked on his pro hockey career.

But as a student at the Breck School in Golden Valley, Reilly said he had different kinds of leaders, and people who were instrumental in getting him through a very different time.

Reilly talked about all kinds of leadership when he spoke to approximately 60 fourth graders at Breck on Thursday, returning to his old stomping grounds.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 06.2.2016 / 4:01 PM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

For Zach Parise, getting behind an organization like United Heroes League, formerly known as Defending the Blue Line, was a simple decision.

"In the grand scheme of things it's not really fair that's how it works out," Parise said. "Unfortunately, we play a sport that is pretty ridiculously expensive at a young age. You have these great people that are serving our country, and can't afford to have their kids sign up to play hockey and get them the gear, so it's not fair."

Parise was one of five local athletes on hand Thursday, along with Defending the Blue Line President and Founder Shane Hudella, to announce a name change to United Heroes League, and its mission.

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POSTED ON Friday, 05.27.2016 / 5:30 PM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

Minnesota Wild forwards Erik Haula and Nino Niederreiter were named to their respective country's rosters on Friday for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Haula was chosen by Finland in the final round of payer additions; Niederreiter was chosen by Team Europe, a collection of players from the European countries not represented in the upcoming international tournament.

Haula and Niederreiter join Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund (Finland), Zach Parise and Ryan Suter (United States), and Thomas Vanek (Europe) as the Wild players who will play in the 2016 tournament.

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POSTED ON Friday, 05.27.2016 / 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.

Though it didn’t have the greater share of shots or shot-attempts, the Minnesota Wild finished in the top-third in the NHL in terms of shot-suppression in 2015-16, not allowing a high number of shots against.

The Wild played some of the lowest event hockey in the regular season, meaning, Minnesota and its opponents combined for a very low number of total shot-attempts on a game-by-game basis. The Wild averaged just over 105 total shot-attempts — for and against — per 60 minutes this season. That was the sixth-lowest in the NHL.

It's why, in spite of finishing in the bottom-third in team shot-attempts percentage, Minnesota still finished 10th in fewest shots against in the NHL.

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POSTED ON Friday, 05.27.2016 / 4:30 AM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

Minnesota Wild forward Erik Haula was named to Finland's World Cup of Hockey roster on Friday in the final round of player additions prior to the international tournament.

Haula joins countrymen Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter (United States), and Thomas Vanek (Europe) as the Wild players who will play in the 2016 tournament.

Haula had a career year for the Wild, establishing new highs in goals, assists and points.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 05.26.2016 / 7:08 PM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

Forward Zach Parise said he is pleased with how his rehab is going with his back, and he is still on schedule to play in the World Cup of Hockey in September.

"I'm happy with the way everything is going, and how everything is progressing," Parise said.

The decision was made to continue with his current regimen, and not undergo surgery, one that Parise said was the right call.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 05.26.2016 / 6:58 PM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

Deb Kostka has family in Canada, so she said she had been following the story surrounding the wild fires raging in Alberta for weeks.

Then, she said, when she read the article written by Danielle and Jared Spurgeon about how the fires affected Danielle's family, it was easy to place herself in that situation.

"It really hits home," Kostka said.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 05.25.2016 / 9:00 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 all the Minnesota Wild's strengths and deficiencies during the 2015-16 season, there was perhaps no trend harder to explain than its lack of success in the new three-on-three overtime format.

The Wild lost 11 games that went past regulation this season, nine of which were decided in the three-on-three. Of the 10 games Minnesota played that were decided in overtime, it won once. That's a 414-point drop in winning percentage from the Wild's pace in games decided in regulation.

So something was amiss, but the answer isn't as simple as, the Wild played that much worse.

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POSTED ON Monday, 05.23.2016 / 11:08 AM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

Minnesota Wild prospect Reid Duke scored, but the Brandon Wheat Kings lost their opening game at the Memorial Cup on Saturday, 5-3, against Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.

Duke, a sixth round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, scoring 2:44 into the first period to give the Wheat Kings a 1-0 lead.

But the Huskies would score the next five goals though, and took a 5-1 lead into the third period.

Photo via Rob Wallator

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