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Posted On Thursday, 02.12.2015 / 2:16 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Panthers at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Forward Brandon Pirri did not make the trip north with the Florida Panthers as they prepare to play the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Thursday. He will miss the second game of a back-to-back Friday against the Dallas Stars and could be out up to two weeks.

Pirri sustained an upper-body injury on the first shift Tuesday in a 6-2 win against the Anaheim Ducks. He stayed behind in Florida to get treatment for the injury, believed to be a shoulder ailment.

Florida coach Gerard Galant said defenseman Willie Mitchell is close to returning from an upper-body injury after missing the past three games. He too did not make the trip, but could return Sunday when the Panthers return home against the St. Louis Blues.

The Wild recalled forward Stephane Veilleux from Iowa of the American Hockey League Wednesday and he will skate on the fourth line. For Veilleux, this will mark his 500th NHL game.

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Posted On Monday, 02.09.2015 / 2:47 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Canucks at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Back from his conditioning assignment with Iowa of the American Hockey League, goaltender Darcy Kuemper was at the Minnesota Wild's morning skate Monday ahead of their game against the Vancouver Canucks.

How coach Mike Yeo manages three goaltenders the rest of the season will be an interesting storyline.

Though Devan Dubnyk will likely receive the vast majority of the starts for the foreseeable future, who will back him up is expected to be fluid.

Monday against Vancouver, it will be Niklas Backstrom. Minnesota is at the Winnipeg Jets Tuesday and it's possible Kuemper could get the start.

"My focus is on this game tonight," Yeo said. "How it plays out after that, it will be what it will be."

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Posted On Saturday, 02.07.2015 / 2:40 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Avalanche at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie will not play against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday.

Barrie, who has a sore hip, did not play Thursday in a 3-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings and missed practice Friday. He did make the trip here, and though he didn't skate with teammates Saturday morning, he did on his own afterward.

Coach Patrick Roy said he would be surprised if Barrie played Sunday against the Winnipeg Jets, but did not rule it out.

"Still day-to-day. He won't play [Saturday] but we'll see about tomorrow," Roy said. "Tomorrow is another day and I'll know more [after his skate Saturday]. We'll see how he feels out there on the ice."

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Posted On Monday, 01.19.2015 / 2:22 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blue Jackets at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter will return to the lineup against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Xcel Energy Center on Monday.

Suter missed the past two games after being suspended by the NHL's Department of Player Safety for elbowing Steve Downie of the Pittsburgh Penguins in a game last Tuesday at Consol Energy Center.

The Wild ended a six-game losing streak and won each game Suter was out of the lineup.

"They played really well," Suter said. "[Goaltender Devan Dubnyk] played great, came in and made the saves he had to make and the team responded. Now we just have to keep this thing going."

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Posted On Saturday, 01.17.2015 / 2:36 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Coyotes at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk will see plenty of familiar faces Saturday when his new team plays the Arizona Coyotes at Xcel Energy Center.

Dubnyk was traded by Arizona to Minnesota on Wednesday for a third-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

"It's been a whirlwind," Dubnyk said. "It's a little crazy. I've tried not to think about it as much as I could. I've just been trying to think about coming to the rink and playing hockey, and that's about it. It's weird when I think about it."

Dubnyk made 18 saves in a 7-0 win Thursday against the Buffalo Sabres in his debut with the Wild on Thursday, but the game against Arizona will mark his home debut with Minnesota.

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Posted On Saturday, 01.10.2015 / 7:05 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game blog

Wild's Suter excited to be an All-Star again

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Defenseman Ryan Suter was named Saturday as the the lone representative of the Minnesota Wild to the NHL All-Star Game in Columbus on Jan. 25.

It's been an up-and-down year for Suter, who has battled through some of the most trying times of his career away from the rink to be named to his second All-Star Game.

In September, Suter's father, 1980 U.S. Olympian Bob Suter, passed away suddenly after a heart attack. After a good start to the season, the Wild's play of late has been subpar; Minnesota has lost 10 of its past 12 games, including a 3-1 home loss to the Nashville Predators on Saturday, and is in last place in the Central Division.


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Posted On Thursday, 01.08.2015 / 2:28 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blackhawks at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Defeating the Chicago Blackhawks when your team is at full strength is difficult enough. The Minnesota Wild will try to do it Thursday while playing without a number of critical pieces.

Minnesota trails the Winnipeg Jets and Los Angeles Kings by six points for the two wild-card spots for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Western Conference. The Wild have two games in hand, but must snap out of a stretch where they have lost eight of their past 10 games in order to make a second-half charge.

"[We can't] get caught up in the big-picture stuff," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "We need to be ready to handle adversity over the course of the game. I thought we played a good game last time, but we have to find a way to be better tonight. I know as good as we can be tonight, there are going to be times where they pressure us and we're going to be in our own zone, whether there's a bad call or a bad bounce or a goal against, we're going to have to respond in those situations."

Among the players out for Minnesota are goaltender Darcy Kuemper and defenseman Marco Scandella. Forward Zach Parise is also not expected to play as he spends time with his family following the passing of his father, former NHL player J.P. Parise, Wednesday evening.

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.06.2015 / 7:53 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

Parise out for Wild to be with ailing father

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise will not play against the San Jose Sharks at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday to spend time with his father, former NHL player J.P. Parise, who has stage 4 lung cancer.

"It's hard to watch," Zach Parise told the Star Tribune on Saturday. "It's the hardest thing I've ever had to deal with in my life."

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.06.2015 / 1:42 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Sharks at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Coming off one of their worst losses in franchise history, the Minnesota Wild will come back with goaltender Darcy Kuemper when they play the San Jose Sharks Tuesday at Xcel Energy Center (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

Kuemper started Saturday against the Dallas Stars and allowed four goals on 21 shots in 29 minutes of work before giving way to Niklas Backstrom in what ended up as a 7-1 loss. The six-goal margin of defeat tied a franchise record.

"Let's write the Dallas game off," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "Aside from that, I think he's been pretty good [since Christmas]. There's always lessons to be had … but we're just going to throw that one in the garbage."

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Posted On Friday, 01.02.2015 / 2:16 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Maple Leafs at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild will get defenseman Jonas Brodin back in the lineup Friday when they play the Toronto Maple Leafs at Xcel Energy Center.

Brodin has missed the past two games with an upper-body injury sustained last Saturday against the Winnipeg Jets.

"I feel good right now," Brodin said. "I feel 100 percent. I don't feel like I've missed a lot."

The Wild may also get forward Jason Zucker back in the lineup. Zucker has missed three games because of illness, and before practicing Thursday hadn't been on the ice since before the holiday break.

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