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Wild, Boudreau Getting Acclimated as Camp Continues

Intense workouts, hands-on instruction accelerate learning curve

by Phil Ervin / Wild.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- The left face-off circle at the University of Minnesota's Ridder Arena was considerably carved up Wednesday after the Wild's training camp practice here.

For nearly 20 minutes, players scrapped in no-holds-barred, one-on-one and two-on-two scenarios inside the circle. A goal and goalie were placed at each end. Ryan Suter battled against Erik Haula. Zach Parise took on Chris Stewart. Later, pairs of players worked their way into the mix.

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Wild Assigns Eight Players

Training camp roster reduced to 49 players

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / NHL.com

The Minnesota Wild has reduced its training camp roster to 49 players. 

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Minnesota Wild to Host Kids Day on Oct. 2

Roughly 3,000 Tickets Donated to Kids to Experience Professional Hockey Game

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / NHL.com

The Minnesota Wild announced that Sunday, Oct. 2, will be designated "Wild Kids Day" when the team hosts the Carolina Hurricanes at 5 p.m. in a preseason contest at Xcel Energy Center. Thousands of youth from across the State of Hockey will have the opportunity to experience an NHL game thanks to tickets donated by the Wild and hundreds of season ticket holders. Kids will also take center stage in each of the regular Wild in-game elements.

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A Look at Camp Through the Eyes of Alex Tuch

Rookie hopes to soak up as much as he can from vets before the season

by Alex Tuch @AlexTuch17 / Wild forward

Different players have different views of training camp based on a number of factors. Among them: NHL experience and contract status. 

Wild.com has caught up with several Wild players, all with varying approaches to camp. Over the course of the preseason, you'll read about these views in a series entitled "Camp Through Their Eyes," a glimpse into the mind of a professional tryout, a rookie, a veteran, a superstar and a goaltender.

Today, you'll hear from Alex Tuch, a first-year pro who starred for Boston College last season. The Wild's first-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, Tuch is battling for a spot with the big club this fall:

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Postgame Hat Trick: Avalanche 4, Wild 1

Bartley's goal, several chances not enough in preseason home opener

by Phil Ervin / Wild.com

Three takeaways from the Wild's 4-1 loss to Colorado on Tuesday in Minnesota's first home preseason game of 2016-17.

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Team Canada Takes Game 1 of World Cup Final

Marchand, Stamkos, Bergeron power Canada to 3-1 win over Europe

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / NHL.com

Team Canada continued its World Cup of Hockey 2016 dominance Tuesday night with a convincing 3-1 win over Nino Niederreiter and the rest of Team Europe in Game 1 of the best-of-three finals at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Tomas Tatar scored Europe's only goal of the night seven minutes into the second period.

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Wild Warmup: Minnesota vs. Colorado

The Wild will play in its first home preseason game against the Avalanche tonight at Xcel Energy Center

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / NHL.com

Check back throughout the day as the Wild preps for its first home game of the 2016-17 preseason.

The Minnesota Wild will face off against the Colorado Avalanche tonight at 7 p.m. CT, marking the first time the two rivals will play each other in a preseason contest.

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Vets, Youngsters Seek to Make Impression vs. Colorado

Preseason games serve as Boudreau's best litmus test

by Phil Ervin / Wild.com

Bruce Boudreau didn't hesitate before calling timeout during the waning moments of Monday night's preseason opener against Buffalo at Penn State University's Pegula Ice Arena.

This was a preseason game, yes, but also an opportunity to work on a 4-on-3 power play - something the Wild hadn't touched since opening training camp Friday. Assistant coach John Anderson drew up a simple set play, and some crisscross passing led to a Jason Zucker goal from the doorstep at 19:55 of the third period for a 2-1 victory.

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Postgame Hat Trick: Wild 2, Sabres 1

Zucker's powerplay goal with less than 5 seconds left lifts Minnesota

by Phil Ervin / Wild.com

Three takeaways from the Wild's 2-1 victory over Buffalo in both teams' preseason opener Monday night at Penn State's Pegula Ice Arena in State College, Penn.

 

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World Cup Returners Ready to Turn the Page

by Devin Lowe / Wild.com

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- For the first time since Team USA and Team Finland left Toronto with their World Cup hopes dashed, Wild players on those squads returned to the ice ready to begin a new chapter.

"The tournament, it didn't go as well as we planned, but being home for the last couple days… [I'm] really starting to get excited about joining these guys and get that going here," said Wild forward Zach Parise. "It was a good first day, and I think all of us that were gone for a while were really happy with that."

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