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The Week in Hockey – December 4-10

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


Dubnyk Awful In One Stat

"If he was in Toronto, there would be no Carey Price."

That was Wild coach Bruce Boudreau, speaking about his #1 netminder, Devan Dubnyk, after the Wild's game in Toronto earlier this week. But, while Dubnyk has been great for the most part this season, it hasn't been all good for him.


Doubles’ Takes, in GIF Form: Wild 3, Leafs 2

The Wild closed out a weirdly-scheduled five-game road trip in Toronto on Wednesday night with a hard fought 3-2 victory. Like every Wild win, the game provided some noteworthy moments. Let us now review, in GIF form:


Mike Yeo's Return to Minnesota Itinerary


With Mike Yeo coming back into town, The Stand Up Goalie has obtained his itinerary for his triumphant return to St. Paul this week. It appears the Blues will be arriving Saturday afternoon…


Coyle: May I have some more, please?

As the Wild head into the final game of the very lengthy Canadian road trip, I decided to take a look at the player stats sheet. At the top, there’s a tie with 17 points between Charlie Coyle and Eric Staal. Coyle leads the team in goals with nine. I’ll admit, it’s a little surprising.


Giles & The Goalie: Blame Yeo

Giles and Ben return to their favorite unnamed bar and recorded a midweek podcast. You can subscribe on iTunes or you can listen below.


Quarter Awards

We’re just a few games past the quarter mark of the 82-game NHL season. It may be early to start thinking about awards, but if the season ended today, which players would be taking home some hardware? Today, I take a look and give my thoughts by listing some leading candidates for a few of the major awards and my pick for the winner.


The Week in Hockey – November 27- December 3

It’s been a busy 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 Offense Still Offensive

Unquestionably, the Wild's team MVP so far has to be goalie Devan Dubnyk. But his steady, consistent play also stands in stark contrast to the erratic, inconsistent play of the rest of the team in front of him. And that's a problem.


Gap Control

One of the most critical elements to being a successful defenseman is gap control. We sometimes hear announcers refer to it. But what does it really mean? Let’s take a look at some good, and not so good, examples of we have seen in recent Minnesota Wild games.


Wild 2017 RFA Tracker: November Update

The Wild have three key restricted free agents at the end of the season, and with the salary cap not expected to go up a whole lot next year, the Wild will more than likely be forced to part ways with one of those RFAs. Every month, we will look at how these players are doing and look at what their status might be for returning next season.


Wild roller coaster keeps on moving

In a bit of an odd game, the Wild lost to the lowly Canucks on Tuesday, 5-4. Each side blew that dreaded, two-goal hockey lead, and Vancouver scored the game-winner with 2:35 left to get the two points. Jason Pominville scored two goals for the Wild, Jason Zucker scored on a breakaway and neither of the Sedin twins scored (unless you count the goal that was disallowed). See, told you it was an odd night.