Can the Wild’s Season be Saved?

After last night’s victory against the New York Rangers, the Minnesota Wild completed a three-game road sweep. The latest win propelled the Wild to third place in the Central Division, and Minnesota has quickly turned things around after looking like an afterthought this season. Most teams still have 20-22 games left, so the playoff bracket is still far from being complete. Piling on the Points This past week, the Wild…

February 25, 2018
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Blue Jackets Discuss Deadline & Beyond

February 25, 2018

With the National Hockey League trade deadline rapidly approaching, it’s the topic that is top-of-mind for everyone involved: the front office, team locker rooms and fans alike. While players say their main focus remains game results, they admit they think about the looming deadline. After Saturday night’s 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, the Columbus Blue Jackets’ players said the deadline is definitely on their mind—who might dress for Monday…

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Who Would Replace Joel Quenneville?

February 24, 2018

This is Joel Quenneville’s 21st season coaching in the NHL, and to date, his teams have only missed the playoffs once. Quenneville was named Blackhawks head coach in October of 2008, and since then, they have never missed the playoffs. Barring a miracle, it seems that this is the first year that they will do so. After two disappointing post seasons in a row, Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman promised…

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Staal Soaring with Wild

A change of scenery turned out to be just the thing that Eric Staal needed to rejuvenate his NHL career that started with a Stanley Cup championship as a second-year player scoring 100 points in the regular season with the Carolina Hurricanes. Technically it was his second change of scenery after making a mistake of a pit stop with the New York Rangers in a situation that turned out to…

February 24, 2018
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Rinne Notches 300th in Rout of the Sharks

It was a historic night in Nashville with the visiting San Jose Sharks falling 7-1 to the Predators. The game was anything but interesting as the Preds dominated from the puck drop. By the end of the second period, the Sharks looked disinterested and the Preds took advantage of their sub-par effort, scoring almost at will. No matter what stat you look at, the Predators won. Here are some of…

February 23, 2018
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Blue Jackets Management Under Deadline Microscope

February 23, 2018

The Columbus Blue Jackets lost to the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 on Thursday night. Even despite the loss, the Blue Jackets stay in a playoff spot. They are tied in the standings with the New York Islanders and stay a single point up on the Carolina Hurricanes. The Blue Jackets held a 1-0 lead after two periods thanks to a strong second period. Things fell apart in the third period thanks…

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Jones And Jackets a Perfect Fit

February 22, 2018

You have to give something up to get something, and when the Columbus Blue Jackets traded center Ryan Johansen to the Nashville Predators for Seth Jones in January 2016 they sacrificed one of their young, playmaking forwards for a player they believed could be a pillar on their blueline, and cornerstone of their franchise for years to come. After two and a half seasons playing alongside Shea Weber, Roman Josi,…

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Wild’s Most Prominent Rivalries

Every team has rivalries. The Minnesota Wild are no different. From divisional opponents to playoff kryptonite there is little shortage of headaches for the Wild. Some have gone on since their inception. Others have begun with division realignment. This article will look into only the most intense and significant rivalries that the Wild have developed. Columbus Blue Jackets The Blue Jackets are the team that joined as an expansion in…

February 22, 2018
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Scott Harrington’s Patient Approach Paying Dividends

February 21, 2018

Imagine for a moment what the life of a seventh defenseman is in the NHL. There’s six guys ahead of you on the depth chart. They get to play before you. You want to do everything you can to show that you are the best option for the team. Days, weeks and even months go by and you never hear your name called. The waiting game is a frustrating one….

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Blackhawks Forward Lines: A Change is a Comin’

February 21, 2018

While the Chicago Blackhawks, for all intents and purposes, are outside of playoff contention, they also find themselves in a very interesting situation. No longer do they have to double-shift Patrick Kane, or lean on Jonathan Toews to take all the faceoffs so the team can win. Sure, the veterans still have their place, and a responsibility to lead by example. But the team is in a unique position, one…

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