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Status of injured players still murky

Update on Parise expected Thursday while Granlund, Foligno inch closer to return

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers /

ST. PAUL -- Wild assistant coach Darby Hendrickson practiced so well on Monday he received a promotion from the club's fourth line to its third. 

With the Calgary Flames on the horizon this weekend and 45-year-old Jaromir Jagr expected to play, it's not a completely ridiculous notion. Jagr is, after all, six months older than Hendrickson.

Unfortunately for Wild fans yearning for the days of yesteryear, there are no plans for Hendrickson to suit up for real. Asked how much the current version of Hendrickson measures up against the one Wild coach Bruce Boudreau remembers from a decade ago, Boudreau cracked a wry smile.

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Wild's season so far a battle of attrition

Boudreau focused on righting ship early after injuries, pair of blown-third period leads

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers /

MENDOTA HEIGHTS -- Certainly, the story of the early season for the Wild has centered around its injuries up front. With players out and cap space needed, the team conducted a practice at St. Thomas Ice Arena on Monday with just nine rostered forwards. 

Defenseman Gustav Olofsson and assistant coach Darby Hendrickson filled out two of three fourth-line positions, at least to start practice. By the end, Olofsson was skating in a red sweater, worn by players on the first line.

"It's an experience every day, that's for sure," said Wild coach Bruce Boudreau.

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Fancam unveiled at Xcel Energy Center

Technology allows fans to locate high-definition image of themselves in virtually any seat

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild /

SAINT PAUL -- The NHL's Minnesota Wild announced today that Fancam, an innovative technology that allows fans to locate a high-definition image of themselves in virtually any seat within Xcel Energy Center, has been installed at the arena for the 2017-18 season.

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Zucker family announces #Give16 campaign

Wild forward spearheading effort to fund Zucker Family Suite and Broadcast Studio at U of M Masonic Children's Hospital

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers /

Tucker Helstrom's time on Earth was cut short. But his legacy continues to grow, thanks to eternal friendships he forged during his life.

One of those he touched so dearly was Wild forward Jason Zucker and his wife, Carly. Helstrom battled osteosarcoma -- a rare bone cancer -- for eight months before dying in July of 2016.

During those eight months, Jason and Carly were one of many regular visitors to Helstrom's hospital room at University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.

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Iowa Wild benefits from state's under-the-radar hockey tradition

Junior hockey history, growing AHL fan base make for sneaky good experience

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers /

DES MOINES, Iowa -- It's been five years since the Minnesota Wild moved its American Hockey League affiliate 935 miles north from Houston, Texas, to the heartland of Iowa.

Houston certainly served its purpose; as the nation's fourth-largest city, there wasn't a shortage of fans to potentially reach. The Aeros had a strong following and a good history in Texas as well.

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Minnesota Wild recalls defenseman Mike Reilly from Iowa

Reassigns Christoph Bertschy, Landon Ferraro, Luke Kunin and Zack Mitchell to Iowa

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild /

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher tonight announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled defenseman Mike Reilly from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL) and reassigned forwards Christoph Bertschy (pronounced Burr-chee), Landon Ferraro, Luke Kunin (pronounced KUHN-in) and Zack Mitchell to Iowa.

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Wild roster looks considerably different in wake of injuries

Ailments have provided opportunity for others to step up, earn additional ice time

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers /

ST. PAUL -- When the puck drops at Xcel Energy Center tonight, the Wild will become the final team in the NHL to celebrate its home opener.

Much has changed since Minnesota opened its season nine days ago in Detroit, when the club was without Zach Parise because of an undisclosed injury.

Mikael Granlund re-aggravated a groin injury and hasn't played in the two games since Detroit.

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From the Rink: Kunin readies for NHL debut

Rash of injuries creates opportunity for rookie forward

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers /

ST. PAUL -- The circumstances aren't ideal, but for rookies in the NHL, on the verge of making their debut in the League, they rarely are. 

With its top-six forward group devastated by injury, Luke Kunin was the first name recalled by the Wild on Friday morning. Later in the day, Iowa teammates Christoph Bertschy, Landon Ferraro and Zack Mitchell followed as Minnesota will indeed ice a full 12 forwards for the first time since Opening Night when it hosts the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

The Wild is the last team to have its home opener, a full 10 days into the NHL season and nine days since its season opener in Detroit on Oct. 5.

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Photo Blog: Wild hosts Columbus for season opener

The Wild will play in front of its home crowd for the first time in the 2017-18 season

by Katlyn Gambill @mnwild /

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Wild will finally play in front of its home crowd as the Columbus Blue Jackets visit on Saturday. 

Before the day's festivities get underway, the Wild hit the ice at Xcel Energy Center with some fresh faces after recalling four players on Friday. 

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Wild Warmup: Minnesota vs. Columbus

Wild opens home portion of schedule Saturday

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers /
The essentials

Who: Columbus Blue Jackets at Minnesota Wild 

Puck drop: 7:11 p.m. CT

Watch: FOX Sports North, FOX Sports GO

Listen: KOOL 107.9 FM, Wild Radio Network, Wild NHL App

Follow: @mnwild; GameCenter

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