They call Minnesota the state of hockey, so naturally hockey found itself in a state of shock when owner Norm Green moved the Minnesota North Stars, who'd called the state home since entering the NHL as an expansion team in 1967, to Dallas following the 1992-93 season. Hockey-mad Minnesota went without an NHL team for seven seasons and it just seemed wrong that there were mutliple NHL teams in Florida and California, but not in an area of the U.S.A. where a vast majority of American-born NHLers were produced.
That all changed when the Wild entered the league as an expansion franchise in 2000. While they've struggled to find postseason success, no one can question that the Wild have been a solid success off the ice.
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The foundation of the hockey world was shaken just a little bit when in the summer of 2012, the two most sought-after unrestricted free agents in the NHL - forward Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter - chose the Wild over the most traditional and traditonally powerful destinations that not only were available to them but coveted adding the pair of stars to their roster.
This was supposed to be a sign that the Wild had arrived and were ready to skate with the big boys in the NHL but in reality that just hasn't been the case. Instead, Parise (New Jersey Devils) and Suter (Nashville Predators) have found themselves playing for a team not unlike the teams they left - all about checking and shy of scoring depth.
The Minnesota Wild game scores and season schedule are listed right here. One thing you can count on when the Wild take the ice is that the game will be both close and low scoring.
The Wild have sought to shake their reputation and play more of an attacking style of game in recent years, but the bedrock of this franchise remains a solid defense-first philosophy.
Minnesota Wild Standings Right Now
This is where you can find out where the Minnesota Wild are currently located in the NHL standings, in both the Central Division and wildcard picture.
The Wild are a franchise that's played solid hockey season after season. But that doesn't add up to a hill a beans in the ultra-competitive NHL Central Division.
Despite that consistently solid regular-season performance, Minnesota has struggled to make headway in the deep division, or among the equally talented Western Conference clubs.
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A lack of depth at all positions is one key element that's held the Wild back from moving up the NHL ladder and nowhere is this more evident than with the club's defensive corps. If the Wild are on the ice there's an almost 50 per cent chance that Ryan Suter will be occupying one of the two spots along the Minnesota blueline.
The veteran defenseman plays nearly half the game every night and is always among the NHL leaders in average ice time
Like father, like son. J.P. Parise was an original Minnesota North Star in 1967, and in 2012, the Wild signed his son Zach as a free agent.
The name Parise is synonymous with the game of hockey in Minnesota. While J.P. played for Team Canada in the 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union, Zach has represented the USA in the Winter Olympics and World Cup of Hockey.