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Posted On Wednesday, 12.03.2014 / 2:34 PM

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

At the Rink: Canadiens at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter will miss his first game in four seasons Wednesday when the Minnesota Wild play the Montreal Canadiens at Xcel Energy Center (7 p.m. ET, SN).

Suter has not missed a game since signing with the Wild in July 2012, playing all 153 games in the regular season and 18 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The defenseman is sick; the Wild aren't sure if it's the flu or the mumps.

"We're hoping it's just illness, but we won't know until we get the blood work," coach Mike Yeo said. "He doesn't have swollen glands, but there are a couple of symptoms he has that would make us concerned that it could be that [mumps]."

Suter leads the NHL in average time on ice this season at 29:19 per game. His plus-10 rating is best on the Wild and his 12 assists are tied for the team lead.

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Posted On Saturday, 11.29.2014 / 11:44 AM

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

At the Rink: Blues at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Two teams that each won in overtime Friday will play against each other on the Saturday when the St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild play at Xcel Energy Center.

The Blues defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in St. Louis while the Wild blew a three-goal lead in the second period, then came from behind in the third in a 5-4 win against the Dallas Stars.

St. Louis placed defenseman Jay Bouwmeester on injured reserve Saturday, which was simply a procedural move. Bouwmeester, who had his streak of 737 consecutive games snapped last Sunday against the Winnipeg Jets, has already missed the past three games with a lower-body injury and wasn't going to play against the Wild anyway.

The move allowed the team to recall Petteri Lindbohm from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. Lindbohm leads Wolves defensemen with four goals and seven points in 18 games.

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.26.2014 / 2:06 PM

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

At the Rink: Kings at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Now in his second season with the Minnesota Wild, forward Nino Niederreiter seems to have finally found his groove.

Niederreiter, who has 10 goals this season, including six in his past six games, will look to stay hot Wednesday when the Wild play the Los Angeles Kings at Xcel Energy Center.

Acquired in a trade from the New York Islanders two summers ago, Niederreiter played his first full year in the NHL last season, skating in 81 games and scoring 14 goals and 36 points.

This season, Niederreiter said he's using some adjustments he made over the offseason to increase his goal-scoring.

"I've got to give myself a chance to get more pucks on the net," Niederreiter said. "Even last game, I felt I had a couple of good chances, I'd cut in the middle and shoot, but I missed the net. Those are things I want to work on."

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Posted On Sunday, 11.16.2014 / 4:16 PM

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

At the Rink: Jets at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise will be back in the lineup when the Wild hosts the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday at Xcel Energy Center.

Parise missed the past five games with a concussion but will make his return after participating in several recent practices and morning skates with no setbacks.

Minnesota needs Parise too. The Wild have scored more than two goals in a game once in Parise's absence and went 2-3-0 without him. Parise leads the Wild with 10 points despite missing nearly a third of the team's games so far.

Wild coach Mike Yeo said he doesn’t expect to ease Parise back into the lineup either.

"He's been keeping himself in great shape," Yeo said. "We'll get him out there."

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Posted On Thursday, 11.13.2014 / 2:26 PM

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

At the Rink: Sabres at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Twenty-four hours after the Anaheim Ducks announced Corey Perry and Francois Beauchemin had the mumps, it appears the Minnesota Wild will be dealing with a similar illness for the second time this season.

The Wild host the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday at Xcel Energy Center.

Wild coach Mike Yeo said following the morning skate Thursday that defensemen Marco Scandella and Jonas Brodin are ill and showing similar symptoms to those exhibited by defensemen Christian Folin and Keith Ballard earlier this season.

Ballard confirmed to the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Nov. 5 that he tested positive for the virus. Folin tested negative for mumps but had similar symptoms. Folin missed five games and Ballard missed nine, meaning the Wild could be without two of their top four defensemen for an extended period.

"This came from somewhere else, but obviously there's the possibility that it's inside our locker room right now," Yeo said. "Whatever we have to do to make sure we clean it up and make sure nobody else gets this."

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.04.2014 / 3:15 PM

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

At the Rink: Penguins at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Marc-Andre Fleury is perhaps the hottest goaltender in the NHL, but even that won't get him a start against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday at Xcel Energy Center.

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Johnston said he wants to get Thomas Greiss some games in November after he played in one during the season's first month. Fleury's history against the Wild made the decision a little easier; he is 0-5 in five starts with a 3.76 goals-against average and a .853 save percentage. Minnesota is the only team in the League Fleury has never defeated.

Greiss, who signed a one-year contract with the Penguins on July 1 to serve as Fleury's backup, hasn't played since a 4-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 24.

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Posted On Saturday, 11.01.2014 / 3:12 PM

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

At the Rink: Stars at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild could get three key pieces of their lineup back Saturday when they play the Dallas Stars at Xcel Energy Center.

Defenseman Jonas Brodin could be back after sustaining a hand injury in the first period Monday against the New York Rangers when he was checked into the boards from behind by the Rangers' Chris Kreider. Brodin returned to the game but sat out Tuesday against the Boston Bruins and Thursday against the San Jose Sharks.

Brodin said in addition to his hand he had been sore in a few other spots after the hit, including his neck. But he came to the rink Saturday feeling a little better. He will skate before the game and if he suffers no further setbacks, is expected to rejoin the lineup.

"I'm good but I was pretty sore that day after," Brodin said Saturday.

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Posted On Thursday, 10.30.2014 / 2:06 PM

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

At the Rink: Sharks at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild center Erik Haula will miss a second straight game when his team plays the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.

Haula was injured Monday as the result of an illegal hit to the head by New York Rangers defenseman John Moore, who was suspended five games by the NHL on Wednesday.

On Tuesday Moore reached out to Haula via telephone to apologize.

"I thought that was really nice," Haula said. "I haven't been around long enough to know how this stuff really works. I'm not a person who is going to be mad at him. Whether you mean it or not, I'm sure nobody really wants to hurt anyone in the League."

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Posted On Saturday, 10.25.2014 / 2:06 PM

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

At the Rink: Lightning at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Through the first couple weeks of the season the Minnesota Wild's power play has been somewhat oxymoronic.

The Wild enter play Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning 0-for-19 with the man-advantage and one of two teams in the NHL without a goal on the power play. 

"There's always ebbs and flows with your power play," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "At the beginning of the year it's always nice if you can get off to a good start; the players are putting more points on the board, they feel better about that and we have realistically at least one more win right now."

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Posted On Thursday, 10.23.2014 / 1:57 PM

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

At the Rink: Coyotes at Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild locked up another piece of their future Wednesday when they signed forward Charlie Coyle to a five-year contract extension. The new contract is worth $16 million and has an average annual value of $3.2 million, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Coyle is in his second full NHL season, and has one goal and one assist in four games. He had 12 goals and 30 points in 70 games last season and had three goals in 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

"I'm really excited just to move forward with this organization," Coyle said. "Obviously I'm happy with where I am now. It's nice to know I'm going to be here for the next five years and playing with this team."

Coyle's entry-level contract will expire after this season, and he was to be one of several players the Wild view as a part of their core to be restricted free agents.

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