Skip to main content

Minnesota sports fans need to savor the rarity of the Wild's winning streak

The Wild have a chance to reach rare air by winning 10 straight games Friday night in New York.
  • Author:
  • Updated:

The Minnesota Wild have a chance to reach rare air in Minnesota sports history by winning 10 games in a row.

Minnesota tied the 2006 Wild with a ninth straight win Thursday night over Montreal. Head coach Bruce Boudreau, who we recently profiled as the king of winning streaks, says tying the franchise record is "like kissing your sister."

"Our job is not done, and we're going to try our butts off tomorrow," Boudreau added after Thursday win in Canada, according to

A win for the Wild Friday night in New York against the Rangers would set a franchise record for consecutive victories. If they lose, it'll hurt. But not like the pain and misery Minnesota fans are usually mired in.

Let's take a look at how the other teams have done.

The Lynx and Wolves

One of the few bright spots here is the Lynx, who have gone on four double-digit winning streaks since 2012.

  • 13 straight in 2012
  • 11 straight in 2012 and 2014
  • 10 straight in 2013

Their Target Center brethren can barely win two in a row. No joke. The Timberwolves' first two-game winning streak this season came two days ago. And in nearly 30 years as a franchise they've reached double-digit win streaks just twice: 11 in a row in 2001 and 2004 (the latter includes two playoff games).

The Twins

Target Field hasn't seen a winning streak longer than eight games and the Twins in general haven't gone on a 10-plus-game winning streak since 2008. Ron Gardenhire's teams in 2003 and 2006 won 11 straight and the 2008 Twins went on a 10-game run.

It seems like a lifetime ago that Johan Santana and Francisco Liriano were dominating on the mound while Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau were crushing at the plate, fueling the 2006 Twins to 36 wins in 42 games.

And the Vikes?

The Vikings? They barely count since winning 10 straight in the NFL is nearly impossible, although they did win 12 straight in 1969.

Losing sucks

“It’s like dying,” Kirby Puckett described the 1991 Twins' 15-game winning streak coming to an end, according to the Star Tribune. “You know it’s gonna happen. The only questions are when and how.”

Our advice: Let Friday's Wild-Rangers game soak deep into your soul. If they win, repeat that when they go for 11 straight next week.

If they lose, it might feel like dying, but at least you'll be able to savor a rare sweet feat for a Minnesota team.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-08-13 at 1.26.13 PM

Workers at Minneapolis Trader Joe's become 2nd in nation to unionize

The vote was certified by the National Labor Relations Board Friday.

ATV, all-terrain vehicle

Driver killed in ATV crash in Brooklyn Park

The crash occurred in Monroe Park Friday night.


Woman killed by suspected drunk-driver in St. Louis County

The crash occurred on Highway 21 in Embarrass Township Friday night.

Jaelyn Campbell

11-year-old girl missing from Mille Lacs County

Jaelyn Campbell was last seen in Onamia.

Screen Shot 2022-08-12 at 1.58.08 PM

2 ejected, 1 killed in crash that closed southbound I-35

The State Patrol says neither were wearing seat belts.

best buy

Best Buy makes job cuts weeks after warning of soft sales

The Richfield retailer has been dealing with a shift in consumer trends.

Screen Shot 2022-08-12 at 10.26.20 PM

Man makes 'vague comments' about Jewish people, smashes own car with club

It happened at a course that was founded as a Jewish country club 100 years ago.

Screen Shot 2022-08-12 at 9.59.07 PM

4 abandoned puppies found in a bucket in Willmar

The puppies were in good health when they were discovered.

Minneapolis police

Suspect of home invasion, murder in Minneapolis arrested in Wisconsin

There have been 57 deaths reported as homicides in Minneapolis this year.

Carson McCoy

Charges: Man stole handgun from house, fired at motorcyclists from car

A chaotic scene that led to a police chase unfolded after an alleged burglary in Ham Lake.

Mounds view 7 - crime scene

BCA's Uniform Crime Report shows violent crime in MN spiked in 2021

The report details violent crime trends in the seven-county metro and Greater Minnesota.

Screen Shot 2022-08-12 at 4.49.22 PM

Search for vulnerable man, 66, missing from Brooklyn Park

Alex Ramirez was last seen in the early hours of Thursday morning.


Bruce Boudreau is the king of winning streaks

Bruce Boudreau has the Wild winning in bunches just like he did in Anaheim and Washington.

Must see: Spurgeon's OT goal extends Wild win streak to 11 games

The Wild haven't lost since falling to Calgary in a shootout on Dec. 2.

Watch: Staal's shorthanded goal extends the Wild's winning streak to 9 games

With the win the Wild are 20-8-4 which is the second-best record in the Western Conference.

Wild have a chance to go where only 4 teams have before

120 points is super rare. The Wild have a chance to get there.

Like it or not, Game 2 is a must-win for the Minnesota Wild

Now trailing, the Wild find themselves in a must-win situation.

Wild beat the Sharks to reclaim Central lead from Chicago

The Wild have been perfect on the penalty kill 10 games in a row.

On the line tonight: A playoff spot for the Minnesota Wild

The Wild can clinch a playoff spot by beating the Flyers tonight.