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Seeler's blocks the turning point for Wild in win over Avs

Defenseman stands in front of trio of blasts to keep puck out of his own net, Minnesota scores moments later to take control

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe / Wild.com

DENVER -- In scramble mode, protecting a one-goal lead late in the second period, Minnesota had its third defensive pairing and its fourth line on the ice against the most explosive line in the NHL.

The Wild couldn't gain control of the puck, couldn't get a clear and certainly couldn't get a much-needed line change.

With its lead hanging tenuously, at best, defenseman Nick Seeler took center stage.

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Postgame Hat Trick: Wild 5, Avalanche 2

Minnesota heads to the All-Star break riding a three-game win streak following win in Colorado

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe / Wild.com

Wild.com's Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 5-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center in Denver on Wednesday night:

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From the Rink: Wild preps for final game before the break in Denver

Minnesota and Colorado tangle with crucial Central Division points on the line Wednesday at Pepsi Center

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe / Wild.com

Good morning from the Mile High City where the Wild will play its final game before the All-Star break tonight at Pepsi Center against the Colorado Avalanche. 

Minnesota has seen an influx of new players over the past week, with three separate trades bringing in a trio of fresh faces. Another one of those players will make his debut with the team tonight when defenseman Brad Hunt scratches into the lineup.

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Hunt's fresh start comes in a familiar spot

Former Bemidji State standout was buried on the depth chart in Vegas but is expected to jump right into the lineup with Wild

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe / Wild.com

DENVER -- The Wild went nearly two decades without a single former Bemidji State Beaver in its lineup. Now it could have two in the span of just a few months.

Matt Read broke that trend with a five-game stint with Minnesota back in October, but it's possible a second former Beaver could join the mix as soon as Wednesday after the Wild acquired defenseman Brad Hunt in a trade from the Vegas Golden Knights late Monday evening.

After the Wild defeated the Golden Knights, Hunt was on his way home, a couple of blocks from his house, when his phone rang. On the other end was Vegas General Manager George McPhee.

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Third-period penalty kill boosts Wild in win over Vegas

Extended 5-on-3 kill early in the third period turns momentum in Minnesota's favor

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe / Wild.com

LAS VEGAS -- Just over one minute into the third period of its game with the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday at T-Mobile Arena, the Wild knew it would be facing perhaps its defining moment of the day.

With the game tied 2-2 and Vegas coming off a second period in which it had seemingly taken some of the momentum, Minnesota took consecutive penalties 49 seconds apart, giving the Golden Knights an extended 5-on-3 power play.

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Minnesota Wild acquires defenseman Brad Hunt from Vegas Golden Knights

Wild obtains 30-year-old, left-shot blueliner, Vegas' 2019 sixth-round draft pick in exchange for Minnesota's conditional fifth-round pick

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

SAINT PAUL -- Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton today announced the NHL club has acquired defenseman Brad Hunt and a sixth-round selection in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for Minnesota's 2019 conditional fifth-round pick. In addition, the Wild reassigned defenseman Louie Belpedio to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL).

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Postgame Hat Trick: Wild 4, Golden Knights 2

Coyle's late goal lifts Minnesota Monday afternoon in Las Vegas

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe / Wild.com

Wild.com's Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 4-2 win against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Monday afternoon:

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Wild Warmup: Minnesota at Vegas

Final road trip before the All-Star break begins Monday at T-Mobile Arena

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe / Wild.com
The essentials

Who: Minnesota Wild (24-21-3) at Vegas Golden Knights (29-17-4)

Puck drop: 5:08 p.m. CT

Watch: FOX Sports North; FOX Sports app

Listen: KFAN FM 100.3, Wild Radio NetworkWild NHL App

Follow: @mnwild; GameCenter

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After tough week, Wild bounces back in gut-check win over Columbus

With a tweaked roster and renewed commitment to readiness, Minnesota caps Hockey Day with 2-1 victory

by Phil Ervin / Wild.com

Video: Greenway, Parise lead Wild past Blue Jackets, 2-1

ST. PAUL -- Jordan Greenway was one of the last Wild players to leave the ice after practice Friday.

Collecting passes from assistant coach Darby Hendrickson, the Wild's gargantuan winger worked on collecting the puck in the left slot, turning his wrists over to prepare for a shot, then letting it rip toward the opposite top corner of the goal at TRIA Rink. A water bottle resting feet in front of him served as a marker; shoot too low, and the bottle would get smashed. Too high, and if not for the tinted glass on the fifth floor of Treasure Island Center, the puck would end up on Wabasha Street.

Greenway hit the same exact target in Saturday's 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets, beating Sergei Bobrovsky on a perfectly-placed wrister the goaltender never even saw and giving Minnesota (24-21-3) a rare early lead from which to build upon; too many times this season, the Wild has given up the first goal and been unable to recover.

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