Wilderness Walk for 12-27-2011

First question - anyone else hurt over night? Any Wild players toe pick while walking along the side walk?

Quite a day, eh? Mikko Koivu returns to the ice, Jared Spurgeon gets shoved into the boards, Wild lose seven straight. Last night, you all read the stat from Elias Sports: The Minnesota Wild become the first team since the 1999 Colorado Avalanche to win seven straight and then immediately follow that with a seven game losing streak. Clearly this is a bad omen, and the Wild are going to regress so hard they miss the playoffs, right?

Well, the 1999 Colorado Avalanche won the Northwest, finished third in the West, and lost in the Western Conference Finals. Any Wild fans going to complain about that if that is the end result? Didn't think so.

Always remember that stats need context.

After the jump, your links and news.

Wild News

Yeo takes exception to hits on Spurgeon | StarTribune.com - Him, the team, media, fans from both sides...

Spurgeon hurt in boarding incident | StarTribune.com - Hurt pretty bad from the looks of it.

Minnesota Wild: Sloppy play means loss to Avalanche - TwinCities.com - Indeed. Ugly third period.

Mikko Koivu returns to lineup with assist - Not quite enough, though.

Mikko Returns, Wild Still Lose; Whose Leg You Gotta Hump?: Spurgeon Edition; WJC update | Jacques Lemaire's Trap - Exactly. All of that.

Power Rankings: Punchless Wild giving goaltenders no room for error - NHL - CBSSports.com News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy Advice - Wild drop three spots to 11. Hard to argue that.

Tending the Fields

First Round Bust: 2012 WJC: The Good, Bad & Ugly On Day 1 - Good read. Must read.

2012 WJC: USA vs. Denmark Reviewed | The United States of Hockey - More details on a great day for a couple Wild prospects. Anyone who doesn't get a little "hockey wood" reading about this needs to be checked out.

NHL.com - Sweden's Larsson exits game against Latvia - 2012 World Junior Championship - Ugh.

Wild prospects power U.S. | StarTribune.com - Prospects in the newspaper. Gotta love it.

Station Nation: Charlie Coyle Is Good - He certainly seems to be.

The Third Intermission: Aeros Defeat Rampage 2-1 (IN OVERTIME!!!!!) - Aeros win! Aeros win!

Off the Trail

Disgrace: ESPN SportsCenter Year in Review snubs hockey tragedies - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog - Yahoo! Sports - Quite simply one of the best things you will read all day. I considered a post about this and then figured it was wasted energy. Good to see the biggest name in hockey blogs taking a poke, though. Maybe they'll listen. Yeah, right.

To lighten the mood a bit:

Enjoy your day, all.

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