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Manney goes from Air Force One to Andover bench boss

Retired airman served country for more than two decades in the U.S. Air Force

by Brian Halverson / Special to Wild.com

As time wound down on the Xcel Energy Center scoreboard clock, Mark Manney stood nervously at the top of section 123 in his new No. 10 Minnesota Wild home jersey with his last name across the back.

The retired United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, and current Andover High School boys' varsity hockey coach, was moments away from asking Wild fans to say "Let's Play Hockey" with him prior to Minnesota's Military Appreciation Night matchup with the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals on Tuesday night. 

Addressing the Team of 18,000 wasn't what concerned him, though.

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Minnesota Wild to host Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night Nov. 27

Team will wear lavender warmup jerseys prior to game against Arizona Coyotes

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

SAINT PAUL -- The National Hockey League's (NHL) Minnesota Wild today announced it will host the organization's annual Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night presented by Innovative Office Solutions on Nov. 27, when the team hosts the Arizona Coyotes at Xcel Energy Center for a 7 p.m. CT game on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM. Cancer patients, survivors and cancer charities will be featured throughout the game, and many of the traditional in-game elements will incorporate the theme of Hockey Fights Cancer.

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Wild can't get on track against Caps in home return

Two first-period goals fuels Washington in win against Minnesota

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- The Wild had some momentum early. It hit a pair of posts in the first period. It had its chances to finish. But in the end, the defending Stanley Cup champions showed why that title is theirs until someone takes it away.

Minnesota returned from a 17-day, seven-game road trip Tuesday, losing 5-2 to the Washington Capitals at Xcel Energy Center.

The loss was the Wild's first in regulation on home ice this season.

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Postgame Hat Trick: Capitals 5, Wild 2

Wild loses first game in regulation on home ice this season Tuesday against Washington

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe / Wild.com

Wild.com's Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 5-2 loss against the Washington Capitals at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Tuesday night:

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From the Rink: Back home, Wild aims to be 'dialed' early against Capitals

Minnesota's first game in St. Paul in 17 days on Tuesday against defending Cup champs

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- It's not often players feel strange walking into their own home arena, but for the Wild on Tuesday morning, it was a little weird.

Away for seven games and 17 days, Minnesota will return to Xcel Energy Center for the first time in nearly three weeks tonight when it plays the Washington Capitals.

"It's nice to be home," said Wild defenseman Nick Seeler. "We're excited to be in front of our home crowd and I hope we can get off on the right foot starting tonight."

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Photo blog: Home sweet home

Minnesota returns to Xcel Energy Center after a seven-game road trip

by Katlyn Gambill @mnwild / Wild.com

ST. PAUL - After going 5-2 on a seven-game road trip, the Wild returns home to Xcel Energy Center to host the Washington Capitals Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

It's Military Appreciation Night presented by Thomson Reuters. Catch the game on FOX Sports North, KFAN FM 100.3, FOX Sports app and the Wild app.

The Wild had a team day off on Monday to rest. Scroll on for photos from a full morning skate. 

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Minnesota Wild to host food drive Wednesday, Nov. 21

Presented by Toyota, Wild will collect non-perishable items to benefit Neighborhood House

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

SAINT PAUL -- The Minnesota Wild will host a food drive, presented by Toyota, on Wednesday, Nov. 21 when the Wild takes on the Ottawa Senators at 7 p.m. at Xcel Energy Center. Non-perishable food items and cash donations, benefiting Neighborhood House, will be collected at Gates 1-5 from 5:30 p.m. until the start of the first period.

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The art of the chirp: On-ice talk rarely personal, always fun

Ever wonder what NHL players are saying to each other on the ice? Most of the time, it's rather mundane

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe / Wild.com

All Eric Fehr could do was smile. 

A week prior, Fehr was outed by Wild coach Bruce Boudreau as perhaps the chattiest player on the team. And Boudreau would know: He coached Fehr as a young player in both the American Hockey League and with the Washington Capitals. 

"I don't know how many times he'd come back to the bench and I'd have to tell him to shut up," Boudreau said with a laugh.

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Wild grinds out win in St. Louis to finish marathon trip on a high note

Minnesota's 24 points are its most through 17 games in franchise history

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe / Wild.com

ST. LOUIS -- Dead tired at the tail end of a seven-game road trip -- the longest in franchise history -- the Wild knew Sunday's matinee affair against the St. Louis Blues would be a grind. 

Coming off a dominant 5-1 MInnesota win in the same building just eight days prior, the well-rested Blues were playing just their third game since and were wrapping up a seven-game homestand spanning two weeks. 

Minnesota was playing its third game in four nights following a long day of travel in from the West Coast on Saturday. The fact it was an afternoon game only made the challenge more difficult.

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