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Over the Slump

Minnesota Wild fans, management, and players alike dreaded this part of the season the past few years as they always seemed to sit in a slump. But 2016 has finally seen a new trend: winning. The Wild won their 7th straight game against Arizona on Saturday afternoon. Let’s dive into what finally got the Wild over the hump (slump).


What I Like About Bruce...

When pro sports teams re-tool their coaching staffs, a shift in philosophy is usually at the core of the change. That was certainly the case this summer when Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher decided to hire Bruce Boudreau as the fifth head coach in franchise history. More than one-third of the way through the season, that move is looking pretty shrewd right now.


Giles & The Goalie: Swoon Cushion

Giles and Ben meet during bar bingo, and talk about the streaking Wild. You can find it on iTunes, or you can listen here.


The Week in Hockey – December 11-17

It’s been an interesting week in the NHL, and WildXtra has your weekly digest on the news and happenings, as well as a look ahead at next week.


Wild 5 Nashville 2 - The Story in GIFs

The Wild continued piling up points on Thursday night in Nashville, beating the Perds by a score of 5-2. Here are some highlights of key plays. Please share with us any thoughts or observations you may have on any of these plays in our comments section.


Wild Sign WWE Superstar John Cena, Immediately Add Him to Fourth Line


In a surprising move, the Minnesota Wild have announced they're signing current WWE Superstar John Cena to contract, presumably to take over the enforcer role on the team despite the recent success of winger Kurtis Gabriel facing off against other NHL tough guys.


Fourth Line Factor

Teams in all sports are constantly searching for a winning formula. The Minnesota Wild are on a nice roll right now. One key component to the Wild’s recent success has been the play of the fourth line of Kurtis Gabriel, Tyler Graovac, and Chris Stewart.


The Best Goal Scored At Xcel Energy Center

A shrine to Minnesota hockey history, Xcel Energy Center reaches the status of holding its own. Here are the 13 best goals scored in the 16 years of the arena.


Winning makes everything better

Originally, I thought about writing a piece about high school hockey. But when the Wild win five in a row, I suppose I’d be doing a disservice if I didn’t write about these suddenly red-hot men in green and red. The Minnesota Wild are 16-8-4 overall, that includes three one-goal victories in the latest winning streak, an overtime win in Edmonton and a shootout (that probably went too many rounds) against Edmonton in St. Paul.


The What Ifs: What if Doug Risebrough Did Everything Right?

Imagine if you could fall asleep tonight and wake up in 1999, and somehow got a job as Doug Risebrough’s right hand man (or woman). Say, with your foreknowledge, that you could tell Dougie which players would be great, and which would fizzle out? Let’s head on down to the Beatrix Loman Memorial Meditation Zone and ponder what might have been.


A Sluggish Division

Through the first two months of the regular season, the Wild haven't exactly given a strong reason for hope when it comes to having a different finish for the postseason. Whether its giving a full 60 minute effort or giving goal support to their Vezina Trophy worthy goalie, the team has left much to be desired. But one reason for hope, is the fact the rest of the Central Division has struggled just as much as the Wild have.


Giles & The Goalie: Elite Level Fourth Liner

Giles and Ben meet up after a few drinks and discuss the streaking Wild. You can subscribe on iTunes or listen below!