1. Defense, Not Goaltending, Is the Minnesota Wild's Biggest Problem

    Imagine this: You’re a goaltender in the NHL, or in the AHL, or in any competitive hockey league. The opposing team has the puck on the half boards, while you are in position, sliding ...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about over 4 years ago 210 reads 0 comments

  2. Minnesota Wild-Chicago Blackhawks: Gameday Preview

    If anyone needed a break, it was the Minnesota Wild. After a hot December that saw them tally 10 victories (a team record for the month), the team proceeded to lose three games in five days looking like a very tired team for the majority of those games.

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about over 4 years ago 138 reads 0 comments

  3. Marco Scandella, Minnesota Wild Prospect, Impresses at WJC

    The Minnesota Wild aren’t well-represented at the World Junior Championships, but their lone representative is making the most of his time there...

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  4. Josh Harding's Stock Continues to Fall As Struggles For Wild Continue

    In sports, there’s always a steep learning curve. Whether it be a pitcher learning a new pitch, or a quarterback learning a new offense, there are going to be growing pains...

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  5. Columbus Blue Jackets Send Jason Chimera to Washington Capitals

    As the scuttlebutt has been all day, the Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets finally made a trade. Some anticipated that it might involve Karl Alzner and Nikita Filatov (to those of ...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about over 4 years ago 338 reads 2 comments

  6. Gameday Preview: Minnesota Wild @ Los Angeles Kings

    It’s amazing how much difference a couple months time makes. After a 3-9-0 start, the Wild were looking to be in the running for the Taylor Hall Sweepstakes...

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  7. Injuries Bug Wild: Minnesota Thrives While Regulars are Sidelined

    The Minnesota Wild have struggled through adversity all season long. Injuries, learning a new system, injuries, their equipment fire, sickness, injuries.....

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about over 4 years ago 103 reads 0 comments

  8. Guillaume Latendresse Silent but Steady in His Return to Montreal

    Guillaume Latendresse returned to the scene of the crime, so to speak, last night with Minnesota and had a relatively quiet night. Well, at least quiet by the standards to which Wild fans have become accustomed...

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  9. Martin Havlat Surges And The Wild Keep Winning

    Everyone knows the saying about excuses; I’ll leave the toilet humor out, but the comparison ends with the saying that “Everyone has one and they all stink...

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  10. Marian Gaborik's Problem in Minnesota: Injuries or Lemaire?

    Marian Gaborik has moved on, and in a big way. But there is one constant that will remain with Wild fans for the remainder of what will likely be an illustrious career—what could have been...

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  11. Winter Classic 2011: Feeling Minnesota

    If you’re from the state of Minnesota, you know that hockey isn’t just a sport—it’s an institution...

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  12. Minnesota Wild-Phoenix Coyotes: Gameday Preview

    The Wild roll into Phoenix tonight riding high. They are 6-0-1 in their last seven games, including the fact that they are currently on a five-game winning streak...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about over 4 years ago 76 reads 0 comments

  13. Anaheim Ducks-Minnesota Wild: Gameday Preview

    The good news has been few and far between this season for the Wild; however, they will try to make it four wins in a row tonight as the Anaheim Ducks roll into town for the third meeting between the two teams...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about over 4 years ago 87 reads 3 comments

  14. Newcomers to Minnesota Wild Starting To Pay Dividends

    This article was originally posted at Wild Nation. Right now, it’s looking like Chuck Fletcher might deserve to be locked away for robbery...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about over 4 years ago 139 reads 4 comments

  15. All-Time Minnesota Wild Roster

    Of all of the teams that you could possibly do an all-time roster for, the Minnesota Wild are likely among the easiest...

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  16. Hockey Players Behaving Badly: Should We Expect More?

    Children copy what they see their heroes doing. It’s human nature. I remember, when I was no more than four or five, I used to tape an "S" to my chest, tie a blanket around my neck and run around in my underwear pretending to be Superman...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about over 4 years ago 314 reads 2 comments

  17. In Chuck We Trust: Wild Swap Benoit Pouliot For Montreal's Guillaume Latendresse

    Regardless of what Wild fans think of the moves that Chuck Fletcher has made so far, you can’t deny one thing. He’s an exciting GM...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about almost 5 years ago 506 reads 0 comments

  18. Minnesota Wild Gain Momentum As Chuck Fletcher Builds Team in His Image

    Winning certainly cures all that ails a professional sports team, even if it is as small of a victory as breaking a four-game losing streak against the New York Islanders...

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  19. Minnesota Wild: Drastic Times Call for Drastic Measures

    Hockey sticks beware: The Minnesota Wild are on the prowl. At least, that’s what yesterday’s practice showed, according to Mike Russo of the Star-Tribune...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about almost 5 years ago 148 reads 2 comments

  20. The Minnesota Wild Stumble Out of the Gates, Fall To Phoenix 3-2

    Coming off of a four point road trip that many considered a disappointment, the Wild desperately needed to right the ship on Wednesday night against the Phoenix Coyotes. To be fair, I really consider this loss to be my fault...

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  21. Contemplating the NHL Shootout: Should It Change?

    Many who know me know that there are three hockey blogs that I visit religiously throughout my day. There is my colleague Justin Bourne’s Bourne’s Blog, Mike Russo’s Wild Blog, Russo’s Rants, and the Yahoo...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about almost 5 years ago 141 reads 0 comments

  22. Game Preview: Minnesota Wild @ Washington Capitals

    Tonight will see the no-longer last in the Western Conference, Minnesota Wild, travel to our great nation’s capital to take on the…wait for it…Washington Capitals...

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  23. Minnesota Wild Turning It Around After Slow Start

    After a putrid start to the 2009-10 NHL season, the Minnesota Wild are starting to show signs of life. Everyone expected some growing pains to start the season; however, when the team started 3-9-0, it raised some eyebrows...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about almost 5 years ago 55 reads 0 comments

  24. Gameday Preview: Vancouver Canucks @ Minnesota Wild

    Tonight is the second of six meetings between the Minnesota Wild and Vancouver Canucks as both teams come into the game riding winning streaks...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about almost 5 years ago 125 reads 2 comments

  25. What's Going On in Phoenix: The Root of the Coyotes' Attendance Struggles

    Ok. I get it. The Phoenix Coyotes probably couldn’t draw a crowd if they offered a Ned Braden-esque strip show at the conclusion of every game. It’s shoved in our face in absolutely every single article or every single mention of the team.

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about almost 5 years ago 878 reads 17 comments