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Wild gains crucial point ahead of four-day break

Short-term disappointment could be offset by long-term gain following overtime loss to Kings

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

ST. PAUL -- With a four-day hole in the schedule on the horizon, the Wild captured one point in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings at Xcel Energy Center on Monday.

That fact alone assures itself that the Wild won't be passed by other teams in the standings while it takes an unusual extended March break. 

During its recent three-game span against the Vegas Golden Knights, the Arizona Coyotes and the Los Angeles Kings -- a stretch that occurred over four days -- Minnesota captured five out of a possible six points.

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Postgame Hat Trick: Kings 4, Wild 3 (OT)

Three takeaways from Minnesota's overtime loss against Los Angeles at Xcel Energy Center on Monday

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /'s Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 4-3 overtime loss against the Los Angeles Kings at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Monday night:

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Wild welcomes gold medal-winning USA curling team

Minnesota natives, hockey diehards receive warm greetings from fans, players

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild /

ST. PAUL -- Since John Shuster and his gold-medal winning United States curling teammates stepped off their flight Feb. 27 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, it's been one big traveling party.

The celebration of Team USA's first gold in the sport made its way to Xcel Energy Center for the Wild's game Monday against Los Angeles, and Shuster, Tyler George, Matt Hamilton, John Landsteiner and Joe Polo -- all Minnesota natives -- received a warm, loud welcome. Shuster, the victorious Americans' skip and a self-described "huge Wild fan," couldn't move far in the concourse without absorbing a hug, high five or selfie request. And when the quintet took part in a ceremonial puck drop before face-off, a volumous roar followed by chants of "U-S-A" shook the arena.

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From the Rink: Murphy excited for shot during playoff race

Sixth-year veteran is in the midst of his first postseason push since junior hockey

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

ST. PAUL -- Ryan Murphy has played in just 11 games with the Minnesota Wild this season. But he's been involved in a chase for the playoffs for months.

Murphy, recalled from Iowa of the American Hockey League when Jared Spurgeon sustained a hamstring injury, has parachuted into the Wild's pursuit of a Stanley Cup Playoff spot, but has been an important cog for Iowa all season as it aims for its first-ever spot in the Calder Cup playoffs.

Murphy is expected to play in game No. 12 with Minnesota on Monday when the Wild hosts the Los Angeles Kings at Xcel Energy Center.

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Photo blog: Home cooking

Minnesota begins a three-game homestand against Los Angeles

by Katlyn Gambill @mnwild /

ST. PAUL - After a successful two games on the road, the Wild returns to Saint Paul to begin a three-game homestand.

The Los Angeles Kings are up first on Monday night at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Network and KFAN 100.3 FM. Scroll on for photos from morning skate.

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Wild Warmup: Minnesota vs. Los Angeles

Minnesota aims for third straight victory Monday against Kings in St. Paul

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /
The essentials

Who: Los Angeles Kings (39-27-6, 84 points, fourth in Pacific) at Minnesota Wild (41-24-7, 89 points, third in Central)

Puck drop: 7:10 p.m. CT

Watch: NBCSN, NBC Sports Live

Listen: KFAN FM 100.3, Wild Radio NetworkWild NHL App

Follow: @mnwild; GameCenter

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Baby boom keeping Wild players busy away from rink

More than a half dozen current or former members of team have expanded their families since the beginning of the season

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

It's been a busy season for a handful of current and former Wild players. And that doesn't even count the stuff happening at the rink.

Wild players have experienced a baby boom of sorts this season, with as many as seven current or former players and their wives having children born since the beginning of September.

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Wild's fourth line comes up big in win over Coyotes

Foligno's third-period goal lifts Minnesota Saturday in Glendale

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- They don't award extra points for pretty wins. And they don't take 'em away when they're ugly. 

This time of year, with a host of teams breathing down its neck in the Western Conference standings, the Wild will take two points any way it can get them.

It certainly wasn't pretty Saturday against the Arizona Coyotes, but the Wild was able to grind out a 3-1 win in the desert, a crucial two points for Minnesota as it heads home to begin the final stretch run of its 2017-18 regular season. 

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Postgame Hat Trick: Wild 3, Coyotes 1

Three takeaways from the Wild's win against Arizona Saturday in Glendale

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /'s Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 3-1 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona on Saturday night:

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From the Rink: Wild hopes to turn tide against surging Coyotes

Minnesota has dropped each of first two games against Arizona this season

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Only in the NHL it seems can you finish off a season sweep of a division-leading club, then 24 hours later, hope to fend off being swept by a last-place outfit. 

That's what the Wild are up against on Saturday when it plays the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. 

Coming off a 4-2 victory in its first-ever trip to Vegas on Friday, a win that improved the Wild to 3-0 against the Pacific Division-leading Golden Knights, Minnesota now shifts its focus to the Coyotes -- currently last in the Pacific -- who have won each of the first two games against the Wild this season, including a 5-3 defeat in this same building just 16 days ago. 

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