02/24/2024

STL:

1

DET:

6

Final

MTL:

3

NJD:

4

Final

TBL:

4

NYI:

2

Final

NYR:

2

PHI:

1

Final

WSH:

2

FLA:

3

Final

TOR:

4

COL:

3

Final

VGK:

3

OTT:

4

Final

BOS:

2

VAN:

3

Final

DAL:

2

CAR:

1

Final

CGY:

6

EDM:

3

Final

MIN:

5

SEA:

2

Final

NSH:

4

SJS:

2

Final

ANA:

2

LAK:

3

Final

02/25/2024

TBL:

4

NJD:

1

Final

PHI:

6

PIT:

7

Final

CAR:

2

BUF:

3

Final

NYR:

2

CBJ:

4

Final

DET:

3

CHI:

2

Final

ARI:

3

WPG:

4

Final

NSH:

4

ANA:

2

Final

02/26/2024

OTT:

3

WSH:

6

Final

NYI:

3

DAL:

2

Final

LAK:

2

EDM:

4

Final

BOS:

3

SEA:

4

Final

02/27/2024

WSH:

3

DET:

8

Final

BUF:

2

FLA:

3

Final

ARI:

2

MTL:

4

Final

TBL:

2

PHI:

6

Final

VGK:

6

TOR:

2

Final

CAR:

3

MIN:

2

Final

OTT:

1

NSH:

4

Final

STL:

2

WPG:

4

Final

LAK:

2

CGY:

4

Final

DAL:

1

COL:

5

Final

PIT:

4

VAN:

3

Final

NJD:

7

SJS:

2

Final

02/28/2024

CBJ:

0

NYR:

0

07:00 ET

STL:

0

EDM:

0

08:30 ET

02/29/2024

VGK:

0

BOS:

0

07:00 ET

CAR:

0

CBJ:

0

07:00 ET

NYI:

0

DET:

0

07:00 ET

MTL:

0

FLA:

0

07:00 ET

BUF:

0

TBL:

0

07:00 ET

ARI:

0

TOR:

0

07:00 ET

WPG:

0

DAL:

0

08:00 ET

MIN:

0

NSH:

0

08:00 ET

COL:

0

CHI:

0

09:00 ET

PIT:

0

SEA:

0

10:00 ET

LAK:

0

VAN:

0

10:00 ET

ANA:

0

SJS:

0

10:30 ET

03/01/2024

ARI:

0

OTT:

0

07:00 ET

PHI:

0

WSH:

0

07:00 ET

NJD:

0

ANA:

0

10:00 ET

The MN Wild Are Gritty Again

Claudio Bresciani/TT via AP

The Minnesota Wild came into the NHL Global Series with a losing record. They flew to Sweden a day after a massive 8-3 loss to the Dallas Stars at home. They faced the Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs. If there was ever a time that the Wild needed a kick in the rear, this was it. And the trip to Sweden looks like it might’ve done the trick.

Penalty Kill Was Better

Before this trip, the Wild special teams were downright horrible. During the Senators game, the Wild killed all four penalties. During the game against the Leafs, they only killed one of the two penalties. But when compared to the five power-play goals that they handed to the Stars before flying across the pond, it was a complete improvement.

The Gus Bus Was Back

Filip Gustavsson has struggled. Goaltending in general has struggled for the Wild this season. But against the Senators, Gustavsson put on a goaltending clinic, keeping the Wild in the game all the way to a shootout. He played so well that they considered starting him against the Leafs a short 18 hours later, but ended up turning to Marc-Andre Fleury instead.

Marco Rossi Is Carrying the Team

While the superstars of the team have been invisible since the start of the season, Marco Rossi has stepped up. After being a highly touted prospect who needed extra time to develop, many weren’t sure how to feel about him. But after committing to a summer in Minnesota, Rossi has played the first quarter of the season as one of the best rookies in the league. Rossi is currently tied for 4th among rookies for points and 2nd among rookies for goals. During the first 17 games of the season, Rossi has 10 points (six goals and four assists). Recently, he’s started to get rewarded for his good play with a promotion to the top line and increased ice time. If Rossi keeps it up, he’ll be considered the 3rd star of the team.

The Regular Roster Is Back

For the first time this season, the MN Wild roster will be back to full strength. While most of the call-ups from the Iowa Wild held their own in the NHL, the last injured player is expected to be in the line-up this week. After dealing with injuries with Jared Spurgeon, Matt Boldy, and Freddy Gaudreau, Alex Goligoski is the last roster regular to come back. Technically, he’s still on Long Term Injured Reserve but is expected to be taken off soon.

Getting Back to Basics

The Wild are known for their gritty, physical play. They are good at applying pressure and keeping teams out of the Wild’s side of the ice. When they aren’t playing that way, it is a very obvious struggle. They’ve been soft on the puck with lots of turnovers. Then, they get frustrated and take stupid penalties. All the while, they’re trying for pretty plays instead of taking a greasy goal to get points on the board. But in Sweden, the Wild were back to their gritty identity.

What Now?

Hopefully, this trip to Sweden is a turning point in the season. Things are slowly getting back to normal for the Wild and they are certainly still a team who can secure a spot in the playoffs.

If you’d like more of a recap of the trip to Sweden, listen to the newest episode of Her Wild Side Hockey Podcast below.

Boldy Is Awkward and So Am I Her Wild Side Hockey Podcast

In this episode, Mikki delights in the plethora of social media content lately, along with Kaprizov getting the first NHL star of the week. She also totally understands Boldy's awkward shower answer and commiserates with an awkward story of her own. Links:Her Wild Side Merch Shop!Ticketmaster Affiliate LinkSocial Media:TwitterInstagramFacebookFor more from us, visit Inside The RinkHow to support us and our sponsors:Columbia Sports ApparelESPN+ SubscriptionFanaticsDraft Kings – CODE ITR    
  1. Boldy Is Awkward and So Am I
  2. A Bonkers MN Wild Game Calls for a Bonkers Podcast Episode
  3. In Which the Fourth Line Carried the Team in Chicago
  4. In Which the All-Star Break Starts
  5. In Which We Talk Wild Lore and PWHL Minnesota

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