Nico Sturm is Capable of Centering a Line by Himself
By Joe Bouley - Apr 9, 2021
Head coaches are supposed to send out a lineup every night that gives their team the very best chance to win. But putting lines together requires a […]
The Sweep in San Jose Revealed A Lot About the Wild
By Joe Bouley - Apr 2, 2021
The Minnesota Wild came roaring back this week after finally getting three days off.  Wait. No, they didn’t. The Wild indeed got a mini-break last weekend after […]
Exposing What’s Really Plaguing the Wild Power Play
By Joe Bouley - Mar 27, 2021
Kevin Fiala and Kirill Kaprizov. Matt Dumba and Jared Spurgeon. Mats Zuccarello and Zach Parise. It hasn’t mattered who Dean Evason placed on the power play, because […]
Zach Parise Has Become Replaceable
By Joe Bouley - Mar 15, 2021
In the aftermath of the Wild signing Zach Parise in the Summer of 2012, Lou Lamoriello wasn’t sure where to turn to next. “You just don’t replace […]
Could the ESPN’s NHL Deal Force RSNs to Provide Better Streaming Options?
By Joe Bouley - Mar 12, 2021
Outside of the Monday Night Football theme music, there might not be more recognizable theme music for a single sport than ESPN’s National Hockey Night. Gary Thorne’s […]
Coming to Terms With COVID in the NHL and the Rest of Hockey
By Joe Bouley - Feb 5, 2021
The Minnesota Wild were scheduled to take on the Colorado Avalanche to finish a four-game regular-season series on Thursday. Of course, this season has been anything but […]
It’s Time to Sound the Alarm on the Power Play
By Joe Bouley - Feb 3, 2021
It’s not that the Minnesota Wild can’t score goals. They have shown through nine games that the team is far from snake-bitten. Scoring 2.9 goals per game […]
The Second Pairing is Leading the Way Offensively
By Joe Bouley - Jan 22, 2021
Bill Guerin swore that things were going to be different this year. Through three games, the Minnesota Wild are figuring out what “different” actually means. There is […]
The Wild Are Wasting Their Time Worrying About Faceoffs
By Joe Bouley - Jan 20, 2021
They say in football that if you have two quarterbacks, you don’t have a quarterback. What happens when you have six third-line centers in hockey? The Minnesota […]
The “Power Kill” is One More Way to Feature Kaprizov and Fiala
By Joe Bouley - Jan 15, 2021
If the Minnesota Vikings own the worst special teams conundrum in the Twin Cities, the Minnesota Wild are right behind them. For years the power play was […]
What are Evason’s Options Without a No. 1 Center On the Roster?
By Joe Bouley - Jan 11, 2021
Perhaps the best chess play Chuck Fletcher ever executed as general manager of the Minnesota Wild was the free agent signing of Eric Staal. On its face, […]
Naming Spurgeon Captain Sends the Right Message About the Wild’s Future
By Joe Bouley - Jan 4, 2021
The doors have officially opened a Tria Rink for Minnesota Wild training camp, and with it, a new era has been ushered in. On Sunday general manager […]