Victoria Matiash has her weekly defensemen rankings and notes the top surprises along the blue line halfway through the season.
After missing the entire 2010-11 season with post-concussion symptoms, Paul Kariya on Wednesday announced his retirement from the NHL after 15 seasons.
Mikko Koivu tied the game in regulation and scored on Minnesota's first shot in the shootout, sending the Wild to a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night.
Todd White scored 1:03 into overtime and Minnesota overcame two goals by Colorado's Brad Richardson for a 3-2 victory over the Avalanche on Thursday night in the Wild's season opener.
Paul Maurice was dubbed a "teacher" in the minors. Scott Burnside thinks that attribute will serve the coach well in his return to the NHL.
COLORADO 2, MINNESOTA 1
Todd White and Marian Gaborik scored 26 seconds apart and the Wild netted three goals in the final 5:12 to rally for a 5-3 victory over the Avalanche.
Todd White scored twice and the Minnesota defense held Columbus to just 16 shots on goal in the Wild's 3-1 win Saturday night.
Marc Chouinard recorded the season's first hat trick as the Minnesota Wild beat the Calgary Flames, 6-3.
So much for the notion that a youth movement will save American hockey. The old red, white and blue is headed for the World Cup of Hockey's final four.