John Shipley / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL — The Wild played on an ice sheet this season composed in part of water from all around the state, brought by fans throughout the season, part of a campaign the team called "This is Our Ice." Next year, perhaps, they can tweak it. "This is Our Team (and You're Stuck with It)."
ST. PAUL—Even for a franchise accustomed to disappointment, in a sports market accustomed to having the football pulled away at the last second, the Minnesota Wild are straining credulity. After finally gaining a toehold in their first-round playoff series with the Winnipeg Jets with a lopsided victory on Sunday, the Wild were hours from puck drop in a game they fully expected to win Tuesday when the good vibrations crashed on them like a snow cliff sliding off the roof in the warm April sun.
Football is always a topic of conversation among Kendricks brothers Eric and Mychal, but it carried more weight this offseason after Mychal and the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Vikings in the NFC Championship game, then the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium in February. “Obviously didn’t end well for us, but it was good for my brother and that’s good for the family,” Eric Kendricks said Monday. “It’s one of the things we dreamed of growing up and playing the sport.”
MINNEAPOLIS—The Twins are optimistic about their weather issues being behind them. They were scheduled to fly out of snowy Minnesota for Puerto Rico on Sunday afternoon, April 15, although the forecast for the opener of a two-game series against Cleveland on Tuesday, April 17, calls for a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms. "Yeah, how about that?" manager Paul Molitor said before a light workout at Target Field on Sunday.
MINNEAPOLIS — Kids love a snow day; major league baseball teams do not. Less than three weeks into the 2018 season, the Twins on Friday, April 13, postponed their second game of the season because of snow, with Saturday's matinee against the White Sox almost sure to follow, leaving big scheduling headaches for both teams. Friday's game was called at 3:10 p.m. and will be rescheduled for a date to be determined. Rain moving through the metro on Friday was expected to turn to snow in the evening and continue on and off through Saturday evening.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Timberwolves are in the playoffs for the first time in 14 years, which at least is a milestone and at best is an accomplishment. It's been a long time since the NBA playoffs were in Minnesota, so it seems petty to nitpick at the way the Timberwolves got here, with an overtime win in what amounted to a play-in game against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday at Target Center.
ST. PAUL—Jared Spurgeon went through a full, long practice on Tuesday at Xcel Energy Center but remains questionable for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs Wednesday night at Winnipeg. "He's getting better," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It's still a game-time decision tomorrow." Spurgeon hasn't played since partially tearing a hamstring in a March 13 loss against Colorado. He practiced full on Monday and passed one test Tuesday practicing again. "We still have to see how it responds after two days, so nothing's for sure yet," he said.
ST. PAUL — It's something of a misnomer to call Bruce Boudreau a good coach who can't win in the playoffs. Heading into Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals at Winnipeg on Wednesday, April 11, the second-year Wild coach is 42-43 in postseason games. Boudreau's teams have won in the playoffs, just not often enough.
MINNEAPOLIS — It's been an inauspicious start for new Twins designated hitter Logan Morrison, who signed a one-year deal worth $6.5 million after hitting 38 home runs with Tampa Bay last season. After fouling out with the bases loaded and a chance to put the Twins ahead in the seventh inning Saturday, April 7, Morrison is batting .053 (1 for 19) with a double, one run batted in, five strikeouts and two walks.
MINNEAPOLIS — It was 27 degrees when Jose Berrios threw the first pitch of an 11-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Saturday at Target Field. “Coldest game in all of baseball, right?” outfielder Robbie Grossman said. Not quite, but it might have felt that way for the Twins, who fell behind early and never caught up in their first lousy game of the young season. Minnesota clawed back to pull within 5-3 in the sixth inning but never got the big hit it needed, and things fell apart soon afterward.