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Wild's discipline the key to winning

The Minnesota Wild have the best record in the NHL thanks in large part to a total commitment to Mike Yeo's coaching philosophy. Sunday's comeback against the Blues was the latest example of how the Wild are winning games.
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The Minnesota Wild have the best record in the NHL thanks in large part to a total commitment to Mike Yeo's coaching philosophy. Sunday's comeback against the Blues was the latest example of how the Wild are winning games.

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In the NHL, the worst five teams after each season have a shot at the No. 1 pick in the draft. The Wild, after winning three games in a row, have the seventh worst record in the league, but head coach Mike Yeo says the Wild won't tank the final three games to improve their draft position. He says winning now is "far more important than two, three spots in the draft."

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Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck doesn't think the question is whether the Wild can hang onto a playoff spot. He believes "it's a question of us climbing the ladder from here." The Wild opens the second half of the season Tuesday night against Nashville, and head coach Mike Yeo says every game now "matters."

Wild sends Scandella back to Houston

Marco Scandella was informed Monday that he was being sent back to the Wild's AHL affiliate in Houston. Head coach Mike Yeo said Scandella "shrunk" a little bit after each mistake he's made during the Wild's slump. Yeo hopes a trip back to the minors will help Scandella's confidence.

Yeo gives tired, slumping Wild day off

After back-to-back losses in Vancouver and Calgary, and a five game winless streak, Wild head coach Mike Yeo decided to give players a day off Wednesday. Injuries have forced Yeo to play the likes of Dany Heatley, Matt Cullen and Kyle Brodziak more minutes. The extra ice time is wearing on the players, but Yeo hopes the rest will help put the Wild back in the win column.

Yeo says Heatley was probably Wild's MVP

Head coach Mike Yeo says Dany Heatley was probably the Wild's MVP this season. He hinted that Heatley would have finished with more than 24 goals if Mikko Koivu didn't miss 27 games. Even without his top linemate out of action, Yeo says Heatley "never once complained."

Wild: Yeo staying busy during lockout

With the NHL lockout firmly in place the Wild's coaching staff is trying to stay sharp just in case the lockout ends. Head coach Mike Yeo took in a Gophers hockey practice recently and plans on using a couple of practice drills they did.