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Vets, youngsters seek to make impression vs. Colorado

Preseason games serve as Boudreau's best litmus test

by Phil Ervin /

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 /

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 /

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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FOX Sports North to stream Wild preseason games

All home exhibitions available via FOX Sports GO

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild /

FOX Sports North and the Minnesota Wild today announced plans to live stream three NHL preseason games. The games will be available exclusively via the FOX Sports GO app.

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Wild Warmup: Minnesota vs. Buffalo at Penn State

Wild opens preseason play against the Sabres tonight in State College, Penn.

by Minnesota Wild / @mnwild

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

The Wild has touched down in State College, Penn., and, after a short bus ride to Penn State University, is prepping for its inaugural preseason clash of 2016.

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Preseason opener to showcase new staff's tweaks

Minnesota, Buffalo meet Monday night at Penn State

by Phil Ervin /

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Skating tests. Whiteboard work. Neutral-zone situations. These are the nuances. The minute details that can make the difference between mediocre and masterful.

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Lineup set for preseason opener against Buffalo

Wild will travel to Penn State for game against Sabres on Monday

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Digital Content Coordinator

After weeks of playing against one another at Braemar Arena in Edina and three more days of training camp at Xcel Energy Center, the Minnesota Wild is on the verge of facing a team with a different crest on the front of its jersey.

Most players can't wait. 

The Wild will hit the road for its preseason opener on Monday when it travels to State College, Penn. to face the Buffalo Sabres at Penn State University's Pegula Ice Arena.

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Ryder Cup draws the attention of Wild dressing room

International event gets underway this week at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers /

Perhaps the most common place to find a hockey player during the offseason is at the golf course. 

Even with training camp in full swing, there's a good chance you might see a few Wild players there this week when the Ryder Cup gets underway at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska.

Like many in the Twin Cities, the Wild dressing room has been buzzing with anticipation for the tournament to begin. While love for one's homeland has been a common theme in many locker rooms around the NHL as the World Cup of Hockey winds down in Toronto, it's the Ryder Cup, featuring players from Team USA facing off with their counterparts from Europe, that will capture the imaginations of Wild players this week.

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Wild continues adding pieces to new system

Neutral zone work, special teams installation the highlights on day two of camp

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers /

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- On the ice for the second day of training camp, the Minnesota Wild worked more on its neutral zone play in an effort to understand and execute the system new coach Bruce Boudreau is installing.

The morning session took place in front of a couple hundred fans who wandered into Xcel Energy Center for a first glimpse of Boudreau on the ice in a Wild cap. 

Fans that showed up got to see the Wild again work through a fast-paced practice. Despite it being early in camp, players said they are starting to catch on to the nuances of Boudreau's system.

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A look at camp through the eyes of Ryan Carter

Veteran forward is trying to earn his way onto the Wild roster with a strong preseason

by Ryan Carter @CartersStache /

Different players have different views of training camp based on a number of factors. Among them: NHL experience and contract status. 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 Ryan Carter, a two-year Wild veteran attending this year's camp on a professional tryout. With no guaranteed contract, all that's promised for Carter at this point is an opportunity to show up to the rink tomorrow.

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