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ST. PAUL — In a past life, Nick Seeler probably would have snapped. After getting into it with Blues winger David Perron late in Sunday’s game in St. Louis, Seeler continued to chirp as both players took a seat in their respective penalty boxes. The exchange was caught on camera: Seeler shouting toward Perron, clearly not quite ready to squash the beef.
LOUIS — There was a time not too long ago when former Wild winger Mark Parrish thought he’d be able to sail off into the sunset and enjoy retirement without a care in the world. As it turns out, he isn’t wired that way. “I thought I was going to be able to be one of those guys that just sits around and does nothing all day,” said Parrish, 41. “That got old extremely fast. I just didn’t realize it at first.”
LOUIS — Looking at the schedule a couple of weeks ago, the task seemed daunting to say the least. Never mind the Wild had won five games in a row at the time. They were about to embark on a franchise-record, seven-game road trip and weren’t exactly playing well away from the Xcel Energy Center.
LOS ANGELES — Bob Naegele Jr., the hometown kid who played the most pivotal role in bringing the NHL back to the Twin Cities two decades ago, died on Wednesday night due to complications from cancer.
ST. PAUL -- After each Minnesota Wild victory, Matt Benz performs perhaps the quietest big job in the organization. While players celebrate on the ice, and coaches exchange high-fives on the bench, Benz makes a mad dash back to the locker room to get everything set up for the postgame festivities. The job, he knows, isn’t so much taxing as it is important.
ST. PAUL — Three weeks ago, with the NHL season barely underway, it looked as if the Wild were inexplicably careening into the abyss. A playoff team in each of the past six seasons, they looked old and uninterested on the ice as they lost four of their first five games. There was cause for concern all around, especially considering the Wild lack a bonafide superstar to lift them when needed.
ST. PAUL -- After his worst game in recent memory at Vancouver on Monday, Oct. 29, veteran Wild center Eric Staal wanted to get back on the ice as quickly as possible. He knew it wasn’t the best way to kick off a franchise-long, seven-game road trip. “You just hope there’s another one right away,” Staal said. “Luckily there was.”
ST. PAUL — After an offseason without the tweaks owner Craig Leipold was so adamant about, the Wild finally made some — just not to the roster. Instead, those tweaks have come on the power play, and they seem to be working wonders. The Wild have scored five power-play goals in the past three games.
ST. PAUL -- Even Marcus Foligno had to do a double take from the bench during their game Thursday, Oct. 25, against the Los Angeles Kings. With the Wild matching up 4 on 4 with the Kings late in the first period, coach Bruce Boudreau yelled for Foligno and fellow fourth-liner Eric Fehr and sent them onto the ice. It was an interesting decision considering there’s more time and space during 4 on 4, and, well, Foligno and Fehr aren’t exactly the fleetest skaters on the roster.
ST. PAUL — In the hours leading up to Saturday’s game pretty much the only topic of conversation inside the Wild locker room was how to limit the Avalanche, namely the top line of Nathan MacKinnon centering Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen. “That’s arguably the best line in the league right now,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “We know it’s going to be a tough haul today, because they’re feeling pretty good about themselves.”