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Rickard Rakell broke a tie with his second goal with 2:34 to play, and the Anaheim Ducks snapped Boston's four-game winning streak under new coach Bruce Cassidy with a 5-3 victory over the Bruins on Wednesday night.
If the Wild wants to survive potential injuries and fatigue during the stretch run and chore through what it hopes is four playoff rounds, improving the forward depth may be the team's biggest need.
Back from the All-Star break, Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau declined to address that there have been negotiations to trade Ricky Rubio. The deadline is 2 p.m. Thursday.
The Vikings and Twins must ponder the worth of Adrian Peterson and Joe Mauer as their mighty contracts come due.
The Gophers likely sealed their first NCAA tournament bid since 2013 with a sixth straight victory and ninth Big Ten win after Wednesday's upset over the Terrapins. .