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Matt Dumba Selected No. 7 Overall By Minnesota Wild

 

With the No. 7 selection the Minnesota Wild have selected Matthew Dumba. Dumba, 17, is coming off a productive season with the Red Deer Rebels in theWestern Hockey League. The six-foot, 183-pound offensive defenseman notched 20 goals and 57 points in 69games. Said to model his game after Dion Phaneuf, the Calgary-native ranked second ingoals among defensemen in the WHL, but played five fewer games than the leader,James Bettauer, who scored 21 goals. Dumba, a right-handed shooter, had a 31-point increase compared to his 2010-11campaign, in which he produced a respectable 15 goals and 26 points in 62 games. A physical defenseman that won’t shy away f...

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Wild prevail 2-1 over Hawks in Shootout

In a game that saw the return of Duncan Keith, which also saw a much tighter defensive effort yet the Blackhawks lose this game in the last four minutes of the game. The bigger picture and more importantly was that the fourth seeding in the Western Conference and home ice advantage in the playoffs was at stake.

Not making an excuse but the Hawks lineup was fairly depleted with Toews, Montador, Lepisto, Bolland and Brunette all out of the line-up. This impacted the lines on the ice and the match ups coach Q could employ.

The Blackhawks with only gaining one point and Nashville defeating Dallas can not capture the 4th seed and home ice in the first round. They can only get as hi...

Blackhawks face the Wild in final home game of the regular season

Early in the season, the Minnesota Wild was one of the Cinderella stories of the NHL: under the guidance of freshman NHL bench boss Mike Yeo, the Wild surged to the top of the Western conference.

The last time these two teams met was January 12th, when the Blackhawks won 5-2 at the United Center. Since that time, the Wild slowly tumbled out of the top eight in the West (all the way down to 13th, 33-35-10), and the Blackhawks (44-26-9) just clinched a playoff berth. They will now face each other twice in the next few days. Last year, it was Minnesota's game 82 that made the difference for Chicago to go to the playoffs; now these final games of the season could make the diffe...

Caps tame Wild, jump back into 8th in East

A day after being sent out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture by the Buffalo Sabres, the Washington Capitals responded with one of their best performances of the year to leap back into the playoff picture. 

Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist, Braden Holtby made __ saves, as the Capitals shut out the Minnesota Wild 3-0 on Sunday night. 

But the captain's  best play of the night was a defensive one, when he nullified a short-handed chance for the Wild with a sliding breakup of a Mikko Koivu pass on a two-on-one for the Wild. 

After a scoreless first period in which the Caps squandered two powerplay chances, the offense awoke in the s...

Game Preview: Flames vs Minnesota Wild

Beep… Beep… Beep. The Flames playoff heart is still beating but with their current three game losing streak, the blood flow is slowing down.

The Flames head into Minnesota tonight to face the struggling Wild in a game where a W is a must. This will be the 6th and final meeting between the clubs this season and facing the Wild could be exactly what the Flames need to get back on the playoff track. After losing their first meeting of the season, the Flames have won the last four meetings against the Wild, outscoring them 14-7 in that process.

Game Preview: Flames vs Minnesota Wild

Injuries have been the big story for both teams all season long as the Flames head into Minnesota to face the Wild this afternoon. This will be the fifth of six meetings between the clubs as the Flames have taken three straight over the Wild. Minnesota has been on a downward spiral ever since they had a league best 20-7-3 record on Dec. 10th, now sitting in 13th spot in the Western Conference and 8 points out of the final playoff spot. The Flames on the other hand, while being inconsistent have gone on a nice run recently, going 3-1-1 in their past five games and now only sit 2 points back of the 8th seeded Colorado Avalanche with two games in hand.

Wings Tame the Wild in Dominating Fashion

It was the type of game you could only dream about, as far as the Detroit Red Wings are concerned.

What began as a game that could still be turned around after the first period, turned into domination in every aspect of the game as the Wings crushed the Minnesota Wild in 6-0 victory at home.

Surely, the Minnesota bench lost a bit of confidence as Valtteri Filppula scored off a Zetterberg and Kronwall assist 35 seconds into the first period. The forward would get his 20th goal of the season, but maybe he was just lucky.

The Wild tried to regroup, but that led to no positive results as Brendan Smith earned his first NHL career goal before the end of the first period, givin...

Injury-Riddled Wings and Wild Meet Tonight

It's been four months since the Wings and Wild met, and much has changed since. Tonight's game (7:30 PM, Joe Louis Arena) will be their final matchup of the regular season. The Wild stormed out of the gate and held a top spot in the West until December, but have fallen to playoff bubble status since. Detroit overcame an inconsistent first quarter of the season and is mired in a gridlock with Vancouver, St. Louis and the New York Rangers for the top spot in the league.

Minnesota leads the season series 2-1 and 2 of the 3 games have gone to overtime. Mikko Koivu (1G, 2A) and Devin Setoguchi (1G, 1A) lead the Wild in points against Detroit. Ian White and Johan Franzen both have...

Power From the Point; Flyers Dominate Wild, 5-1

When the Philadelphia Flyers announced that Chris Pronger was going to be out for the remainder of the season, many questions arose as to how the injury was going to affect the team.

Of course, there was the concern about his contributions in the defensive zone, but one of the most glaring issues that arose was how the team was going to replace his booming shot from the point.

While the team has yet to find any one to fill Pronger’s role in the offensive zone, the team successfully utilized point shots on way to dominating the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night, 5-1.