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So it’s not uncommon for goaltenders to play a lot.. We’re only halfway through what would normally be a regular season.. So he looks like he’s got a lot of gas in the tank and is excited about playing.” Niemi had lost three consecutive starts to the Wild before turning aside 31 shots in a 4-2 home win April 3.. The Sharks are 10-1-1 in Minnesota’s last 12 visits.. That doesn’t bode well for a Wild team fighting to secure its first playoff berth in four years.. Minnesota (24-16-3), the sixth seed, is four points back of Vancouver for the Northwest Division lead but could also easily fall out of the top eight.. The Wild, though, appear to be on the upswing at the right time, scoring nine goals on the first two stops of their three-game trip.. Minnesota, 2-0-1 in its last three, totaled eight goals during a 1-5-1 slump that preceded the latest two games.. “We went through a definite lull where we weren’t playing the way we should, but as of late, we are starting to find our game again,” center Kyle Brodziak said.. Brodziak ended an 11-game goal drought with two in a 5-3 victory over Edmonton on Tuesday.. Niklas Backstrom earned his first shutout of the season with 33 saves in a 2-0 home victory over the Sharks on March 23. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/wild-sharks-preview-202041047–nhl.html

Report: Minnesota looking to move AHL club from Houston to Iowa

The club will reportedly seek this approval during an AHL Board of Governors conference call.. The Houston Aeros have been Minnesota’s AHL affiliate since 2001 but, in 2003, were purchased by and became an entity of Craig Leipold’s Minnesota Sports and Entertainment.. News of the potential Iowa move has also been reported by the Des Moines Register, which notes the state hasn’t had an AHL team since the Iowa Chops (affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks) left in 2009.. Here’s more, from the Register : Iowa Events Center general manager Chris Connolly would not confirm the impending move but said the interest was “absolutely” there for games to be played at Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines next season.. “Basically we’re just waiting on them.. That’s what it’s coming down to,” Connolly told the Register late Wednesday night.. “We’re waiting for them to work this out with the league.” The Aeros won’t complete their regular season until Sunday.. The Star-Tribune report said the team would be renamed the Iowa Wild, with a news conference scheduled for Monday in Des Moines.. Update: According to the Pioneer Press , the move isn’t just about the Wild wanting to relocate its AHL affiliate.. Reports claim operators of Houston’s Toyota Center — where the Aeros currently play — have “decided they could make more money by hosting concerts and other events.” The PP also reports the Wild’s rent was going to be increased for Aeros games, at which time the organization looked for a new home.. Related source: http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/04/18/report-minnesota-looking-to-move-ahl-club-from-houston-to-iowa/

Expanded NHL outdoor slate works this one time

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Don’t underestimate the value of the game giving both the Islanders and Devils a boost in season-ticket sales.. That’s particularly important for the Islanders, who plan to move to Brooklyn in a couple of seasons.. The NHL has wanted to go to Yankee Stadium since unveiling the outdoor concept in 2008, but a college bowl game has gotten in the way.. By expanding beyond Jan.. 1, the league found a way to get there.. It’s not unthinkable that the game between the Pittsburgh Penguins vs.. Chicago Blackhawks in Soldier Field could end up being a rematch of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.. PHOTOS: Winter Classic jerseys The game in Southern California also gives the league an opportunity to see how the concept works in a non-traditional Winter Classic market.. More important, the NHL will expand its footprint in that marketplace.. These games draw major attention.. You can bet that Wayne Gretzky will be involved in this game, and that there will be a Hollywood celebrity game will accompany the alumni game.. This outdoor game will set an NHL record for most celebrities ever to attend a non-playoff game. source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nhl/columnist/allen/2013/04/17/nhl-column-winter-classic-outdoor-games/2091709/

Minnesota Wild Look Very Dangerous As NHL Playoffs Approach

The losing streak may have re-focused this Wild team though, and that means trouble for the Western Conference.. Niklas Backstrom looks like a goalie that can take a team and carry them on his back.. The addition of Jason Pominville has been a lifesaver for Minnesota.. Pominville has ten points already this month including six points in six games for the Wild since being traded over.. Pominville just adds to a top line for the Wild that includes one of their big free-agent pickups Zach Parise.. Minnesota is in sixth place going into Wednesday’s play in the Western Conference standings.. It is quite possible that the Wild move up to the No.. 4 or No.. 5 seed if they can go out and win at least four of their remaining games.. I think that the Wild would be most dangerous if they can get to the fourth seed to have home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.. The fans in Minnesota have always been some of the loudest in the NHL , and just having a game one there would likely send the Wild towards a series victory.. There is no doubt that the Wild will make some serious noise once the playoffs begin. source: http://www.rantsports.com/nhl/2013/04/17/minnesota-wild-look-very-dangerous-as-nhl-playoffs-approach/


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