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Wild Warmup: Minnesota at Winnipeg, Game 5

Minnesota aims to keep its playoff series alive in a must-win game at Bell MTS Place on Friday

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /
The essentials

Who: Minnesota Wild at Winnipeg Jets (Jets lead series 3-1)

Puck drop: 6:40 p.m. CT

Watch: FOX Sports North; FOX Sports Go; USA Network

Listen: KFAN 100.3 FM, Wild Radio NetworkWild NHL App

Follow: @mnwild; GameCenter

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Wild taking things one game at a time

Minnesota focusing on next game rather than sizable hill of must-win contests

by Kayleigh Jackson /

ST. PAUL -- For the Wild to make it out of the First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs intact, it needs to win all three of its next games against the Winnipeg Jets. That's no short order. But it helps to break things down, to take it one game, one period, or one shift at a time. 

That's how Minnesota is approaching Game 5 on Friday night in Winnipeg. It's just the next game on the schedule -- potentially the last game on the schedule, too, but only one game nonetheless. 

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Wild doesn't have to look far for comeback inspiration

Minnesota twice rallied from 3-1 series deficits during its magical run to the Western Conference Finals in 2003

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

ST. PAUL -- Facing a 3-1 series deficit with a win in Winnipeg needed just to keep its season alive, the Wild doesn't have to search far for inspiration as it looks for precedent to rally back to win a series.

A handful of members of the 2003 Wild team that rallied from 3-1 deficits, not just once, but twice, becoming the first (and only) NHL team to accomplish it twice in one playoff run, are around the rink on a daily or semi-daily basis.

And while it's been 15 years since Minnesota staged its memorable comebacks, the lessons of that team ring true today. 

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Wild can't let injury frustrations mount

Parise's fractured sternum just the latest in a mountain of injuries to key players

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

ST. PAUL -- Over the course of an 82-game regular season, and good fortune willing, a Stanley Cup Playoff run, any team will have to overcome its fair share of injuries along the way.

The most frustrating part for the Wild this season has been the sheer number of injuries to core parts of its roster.

Whether it was Zach Parise missing half of the season following a microdiscectomy operation, Mikael Granlund missing time early on because of a groin injury, Charlie Coyle or Nino Niederreiter with their leg injuries, Jonas Brodin because of a broken hand or Jared Spurgeon because of groin and hamstring injuries, Minnesota was forced to play a vast majority of its season without the lineup coach Bruce Boudreau preferred coming out of training camp.

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Wild readies for most difficult test yet as series shifts to Winnipeg

In need of three straight wins to continue its season, Minnesota taking next challenge piecemeal

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

ST. PAUL -- The Wild has been at its best this season when it has seemingly faced some of its greatest adversity. 

Despite a slow start to the season, fueled by a mountain of injuries to key players, Minnesota rallied to reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a sixth consecutive season.

Now that its there, the Wild will be tasked with its stiffest test yet.

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Postgame Hat Trick: Jets 2, Wild 0

Three takeaways from the Wild's loss against Winnipeg in Game 4 on Tuesday at Xcel Energy Center

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /'s Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 2-0 loss against the Winnipeg Jets in Game 4 of a First Round Stanley Cup Playoff series at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Tuesday night:

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From the Rink: Wild not resting on their Game 3 laurels

'Must win' Game 4 on tap for Minnesota as it looks to even the series before heading back to Winnipeg

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

UPDATE: The Wild announced Tuesday afternoon that winger Zach Parise will miss Tuesday's game and is week-to-week due to a fractured sternum suffered in Game 3 vs. Winnipeg. Updated lineups are below.

ST. PAUL -- The Wild accomplished its goal of getting back into its First Round Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Winnipeg Jets with a win in Game 3. Now it will do what it can to draw even.

The Wild and Jets play Game 4 at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday night, and despite a dominating 6-2 win Sunday night, the Wild knows it's going to have to bring another level to its game Tuesday. 

Winnipeg, which dealt with travel nightmares associated with the weekend's blizzard, has been comfortably in St. Paul for two days now. It's also listened to fans and prognosticators doubt its game.

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Wild recalls six players from Iowa

Anas, Lodnia, Mitchell, Grant, Menell, Palmquist join team in Minnesota

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild /

SAINT PAUL -- Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the NHL club has recalled forwards Sam Anas, Ivan Lodnia and Zack Mitchell and defensemen Alex Grant, Brennan Menell and Zach Palmquist from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League.

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NHL announces start time for Game 5 between Wild, Jets on Friday

Series shifts back to Winnipeg for 6:30 p.m. tilt on FOX Sports North

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild /

ST. PAUL -- The NHL today announced the start time of Game 5 of the First Round Series between the Minnesota Wild and Winnipeg Jets has been set for 6:30 p.m. CT Friday in Winnipeg.

The game will be televised on FOX Sports North and USA and can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM. FOX Sports North's coverage will begin at 6 p.m. with a half-hour Wild Live pregame show and conclude with extensive postgame coverage.

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Zach Parise week-to-week with fractured sternum

Forward to miss Game 4 on Tuesday vs. Winnipeg

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild /

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced that forward Zach Parise will miss tonight's game and is week-to-week due to a fractured sternum suffered in Game 3 vs. Winnipeg.

Minnesota hosts the Winnipeg Jets in Game 4 of its Western Conference First Round series tonight at 7 p.m. on FOX Sports North, CNBC and KFAN 100.3 FM.

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