Minnesota Wild Plagued By Mumps Outbreak

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Today star Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter is set to return to action after missing two games due to a mumps infection. Suter is the fifth (!) Wild defenseman to get catch mumps this season.

What the heck are mumps? We reached out to Minnesota Department of Health epidemiologist Emily Banerjee to find out more.

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Game 7 in Colorado worked out well for Wild first time around [VIDEO]

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The greatest moment in franchise history so far happened during the last Game 7 against the Avs.
Tonight, the Wild face a decisive Game 7 in Colorado. It's not the first time they've been in this situation.

Back in 2003, the Wild traveled to Denver in the same circumstance -- Game 7 of a first-round playoff series. Tonight, once again, they're up against Patrick Roy, as the Avs' '03 goalie is now Colorado's head coach.

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Zach Parise's Wild teammates humiliate him with this GQ picture


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#LadyInPink Alyssa Nelson is the sexy star of the Wild's huge Game 6 win [VIDEO, PHOTOS]

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In the span of one Vine video, Nelson became everyone's favorite Wild fan.
Late in the second period of last night's do-or-die Game 6, the Wild needed a lift. The hometown team had already blown a two-goal lead and weren't dominating play like they had for much of the series. It felt like they were on the ropes.

Then, the #LadyInPink happened.

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This super cute photo of a Wild player waving to a little kid is ridiculously viral


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Was this hit by Wild's Matt Cooke dirty? [VIDEO]

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Wild forward Matt Cooke has earned a reputation as a dirty player. (Check out our post about his five nastiest hits here.) But when he signed with the Minnesota Wild last summer, the 35-year-old Cooke said he had turned a new leaf. We profiled the "new Cooke" in an October feature story.

Cooke managed to keep his nose clean most of this season, but last night, he embroiled himself in controversy once again with a very questionable hit on star Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie.

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Matt Cooke was not the cause of reporter's facial wound [UPDATE]

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Matt Cooke found himself in a universally enviable position last week -- whacking a reporter in the face. Only it wasn't intentional. Seriously.

SEE ALSO: Matt Cooke: The soul of an agitator

Watch in the GIF below as the Rangers' Mats Zuccarello checks the Wild forward. Cooke's stick rockets into the left cheek of Fox Sports North reporter and former NHL goalie Mike Greenlay, who normally has the best seat in the house, smashed between team benches.

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Surprise reunion of soldier and his wife at Wild game will make you cry happy tears [VIDEO]

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The Minnesota Wild helped make Jamie Jenn's birthday very special.

Jenn thought she was taking part in a run of the mill intermission contest last night when, out of nowhere, the scoreboard's video feed was interrupted by her husband, Crystal native Specialist Nick Jenn, who's currently on leave from his third tour of duty in Kuwait.

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Wild acquire philosopher-goalie Ilya Bryzgalov [VIDEOS]

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Bryzgalov: "The solar system is so huMANgous big."
Today, the surging Minnesota Wild acquired some goaltending insurance by acquiring 33-year-old Russian veteran Ilya Bryzgalov for a fourth-round pick.

SEE ALSO: Ricky Rubio gets Zen on Alexey Shved [VIDEO]

Bryzgalov will probably be slotted behind Darcy Kuemper on the goalie depth chart, but as evidenced by a 2011 HBO documentary, he immediately becomes the team's foremost philosopher.

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Zach Parise humbled to be named captain of Team USA

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The Wild's Zach Parise has been named leader of a small army known as the U.S. Olympic Men's Hockey Team, which is expected later this month to invade the resort coastal city of Sochi, Russia.

Friday's announcement brings an end to speculation of the last few weeks about which American-born player would don the mighty letter "C."

"The majority of the guys wear a letter with their own team so there's going to be plenty of guys over there capable of doing it," Parise told Wild.com, "but I'm pretty humbled to be named the captain."

SEE ALSO: Zach Parise: New Minnesota Wild star's top 10 goals [VIDEOS]

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Zach Parise's Wild teammates humiliate him with this GQ picture

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Hockey locker rooms are a fortress of ball-breaking, where half-naked and sweaty muscle men pit testosterone against wit.

So it should come as no surprise that Zach Parise's Wild teammates got a hold of this glam shot and used it to make a point. Parise returns tonight after missing 14 games, and nothing says welcome back like good ol' fashion humiliation.


The Wild's star player is also fresh off a calendar shoot for the team. Our Page 6 sources tells us, sadly, that he's fitted in traditional team garb.

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Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom gives up embarrassing goal on fanned shot [VIDEO]

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Last night, Backstrom gave up the sort of goal you'd expect to see during pickup games on Lake of the Isles.
With Josh Harding out for a few games for multiple sclerosis treatment, Niklas Backstrom has been holding down the net-minding duties for the Wild.

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Suffice it to say the results haven't been pretty. Backstrom gave up five goals to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday and then four more to the New York Rangers last night. Minnesota lost both games and after a hot start, and the Wild are now uncomfortably perched on the precipice of the Western Conference playoff picture.

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