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Wild, Minnesota Hockey to honor state champs at 'Skate for State Night'

Team will recognize title winners in youth, girls and junior gold levels at Monday, March 25 game vs. Predators

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

SAINT PAUL -- The Minnesota Wild and Minnesota Hockey on Wednesday announced details for "Skate for State Night" on Monday, March 25, when the Wild hosts the Nashville Predators at Xcel Energy Center presented by Visit Duluth. "Skate for State" is an initiative designed to recognize and honor all of the youth hockey state champions in Minnesota.

All 2019 state championship teams in the Youth, Girls and Junior Gold levels (listed below) will be honored by the Wild and select members of each team will be recognized on the ice during the first intermission.

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Wild's UMD connections reminisce on championship moments in hometown

Stalock, Brown and Swaney reflect on experiences as Bulldogs in Xcel Energy Center

by Dean Spiros / Special to Wild.com

Xcel Energy Center, the home of the Minnesota Wild, will host the National Collegiate Hockey Conference's (NCHC) Frozen Faceoff championship tournament March 22-23, 2019. Leading up to the Frozen Faceoff, Wild.com will feature different aspects of the NCHC related to the Wild and Xcel Energy Center. More information, including tickets, is available at the Xcel Energy Center's Frozen Faceoff page.

Wild goaltender Alex Stalock, 10 years removed from his playing days at Minnesota Duluth, said the Bulldogs' rise to prominence in recent years has helped make the alumni golf tournaments a whole lot more fun these days.

While a salute to the Bulldogs' national championships in 2011 and 2018 surely has been -- and will continue to be -- a highlight of the day, raising a glass to St. Paul and the Xcel Energy Center would seem to be in order as well.

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Wild's path to the playoffs will come away from home

Five of Minnesota's final eight games come away from Xcel Energy Center, where the Wild has had plenty of success this season

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- The path to the Stanley Cup Playoffs will come on the road for the Wild. 

Following a disappointing five-game homestand where the Wild captured just three of a possible 10 points, Minnesota will have to summon all of its might and reel off some wins away from home if it desires to reach the postseason for a seventh consecutive season.

That's just the reality.

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Postgame Hat Trick: Avalanche 3, Wild 1

Minnesota can't find offense in loss to Colorado Tuesday in St. Paul

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe / Wild.com

Wild.com's Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 3-1 loss against the Colorado Avalanche at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Tuesday night:

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Wild signs Khovanov to entry-level deal

Third-round pick in 2018 has 25 goals, 74 points with Moncton in QMJHL this season

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed forward Alexander Khovanov to a three-year, entry-level contract starting with the 2019-20 season.

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From the Rink: Wild hopes power play stays hot Tuesday against Avs

Minnesota has converted on the man advantage in three-straight games

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe / Wild.com

Greetings from downtown St. Paul, where the Wild and Colorado Avalanche will tangle tonight in a crucial battle, with postseason positioning on the line.

Minnesota is wrapping up a five-game homestand where it will try and even its record. Through four games, the Wild is 1-2-1 but has played better of late, earning all three of its points in its back-to-back games over the weekend.

A big part of that success came via the power play, which has now converted in three consecutive games after going six-straight without a single man-advantage tally.

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Wild Warmup: Minnesota vs. Colorado

Wild concludes five-game homestand on Tuesday against division-rival Avs

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe / Wild.com
The essentials

Who: Minnesota Wild (34-30-9) vs. Colorado Avalanche (31-29-12)

Puck drop: 7:08 p.m. CT

Watch: FOX Sports North PLUS, FOX Sports App

Listen: KFAN FM 100.3, Wild Radio NetworkWild NHL App

Follow: @mnwild; GameCenter

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Setbacks couldn't sever Robson's NHL aspirations

Newest Wild goaltender overcame injuries, roadblocks on way to NHL contract

by Phil Ervin / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- Six-year-old Mat Robson, his father Stephen and the rest of Mat's select hockey team stared all around the rink in Mississauga, Ontario, but their goaltender was nowhere to be found.

Turns out the kid never showed up for practice. So who got to strap on the pads instead? The coach's son, of course.

Robson hasn't taken them off since.

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Wild signs Mat Robson to entry-level contract

Goaltender posted .921 save percentage in 31 games at University of Minnesota

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

ST. PAUL - Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed free agent goaltender Mat Robson to a two-year, entry-level contract starting with the 2018-19 season.

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Wild misses out on much-deserved second point Sunday against Islanders

Despite overtime loss, Minnesota has found its game with nine games remaining in regular season

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- With nine games left in the regular season, the Wild is one point out of a playoff spot.

That's the bad news.

The good news is the Wild has found the pace and the game it must play if it wants to reach the postseason for a seventh consecutive season. It was a recipe unveiled in Tampa, copied Saturday night against the New York Rangers and duplicated once again Sunday versus the New York Islanders.

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