Wild play at Ottawa in Canadian Thanksgiving matinee

Wild still without a win in 2019-20 season

October 13, 2019 - 7:18 am
Bruce Boudreau

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   ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Wild are back in action Monday afternoon to take on the Ottawa Senators in a Canadian Thanksgiving Day matinee.

  The Wild come into the game as one of three winless teams in the NHL.

  Their 0-4 mark is the worst in the league.

  New Jersey and Chicago are also looking for their first victories of the season, but both have managed to take games into overtime.

   "Yeah, it is frustrating right now, especially start of the season," Minnesota captain Mikko Koivu said after Saturday's home loss to Pittsburgh. "I think you always want that first one, obviously, as soon as you can. Things are not going our way right now. We can be here and whine about it, but you got to go forward."

   Minnesota goalie Devan Dubnyk gave up five goals on 23 shots and was pulled midway through the second period of the 7-4 setback. Alex Stalock made seven saves in relief.

   Jason Zucker, Jared Spurgeon, Brad Hunt and Luke Kunin scored for the Wild, who lost their home opener.

   "I think the formula has been the same every game," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. "They score three goals in 2 1/2 minutes ... It's like we get a woe is me attitude. We're down instead of picking up our shoes like we did the last five minutes and saying let's go get them. Until we learn how to quit feeling sorry for ourselves, it's not going to work."

   NOTES: Canada has been celebrating Thanksgiving on the second Monday of October since 1957. ... Minnesota fell to 14-1-4 in home openers in franchise history. They entered the game first in league history in point percentage in home openers. ... The Wild honored the National Anthem singer for the Minnesota North Stars, Jim Bowers, before the game. Bowers died in the offseason and the team used a video rendition of Bowers signing the anthem on Saturday. Minnesota's new executive advisor, Mike Modano, did the customary "Let's play hockey" call before the game. ... The Wild play six of their first seven and 17 of 26 games on the road this season. The nine home games in October and November are the fewest in franchise history.


   The Wild play at Ottawa on Monday, with opening faceoff at noon Central Time.

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