Wilderness Walk 4/1/12: Game Day Edition

The Habs gather around in celebration that they are still ever so close to costing JS $40. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

I'm Rescue Pack! Comin to the rescue! Apparently Jason Zucker has got your back, he can turn into a parasail or a kayak.

Ok, I am mixing my metaphors and Ingrid's watching Diego before we head out to the zoo for Farm Babies so I'm pretty confused in general, which is nothing new.

Anyway, nice win last night. Served no purpose other than potentially screwing with the future of the franchise as a result of a lower draft choice, but hey, yay for meaningless wins.

Follow the trail after the jump

Oh, game at 6:00 tonight against the Blackhawks.

Current Draft Positioning

Wild are currently in 4th (76 points), three points behind Montreal for 3rd and five points behind Edmonton for 2nd. However, they are perilously close to falling behind the Maple Leafs, Islanders and the Ducks who all have 77 and the Hurricanes (78) and Lightning (79) aren't too far behind. As I said, this could get very ugly very quickly. #DiveForFive

Wild news

Kings Vs. Wild Final Score: Minnesota Sends Los Angeles Home With 4-3 Shootout Loss - SB Nation Minnesota
The Minnesota Wild won their second straight game against a playoff contender when they handed the Los Angeles Kings a key loss, 4-3 in an overtime shootout.

Minnesota Wild beat Kings as new guys star - TwinCities.com - In a Wild season that has spun out of control, new guys are showing that it might not finish as a total disaster.

Los Angeles Kings at Minnesota Wild Game Recap - 03/31/2012 - While the Minnesota Wild would like to be in the playoff mix right now, they are certainly relishing their role as spoiler.

Zucker and Christensen lead way for Wild - Jason Zucker showed a knack for creating offense in just his second NHL game. Linemate Erik Christiansen has done the same thing for more than two weeks.

Newcomer Jason Zucker buoys Wild in shootout victory against Kings | 1500 ESPN Twin Cities – Minnesota Sports News & Opinion (Twins, Vikings, Wolves, Wild, Gophers) - The playoffs are no longer a possibility, but that isn't preventing the Minnesota Wild from showing a bit of fight in the wake of their lost season.

Tending the Fields

Zucker gives Wild a jolt of energy | StarTribune.com - Before Zucker took his game to another level Saturday, Wild coach Mike Yeo was talking about Zucker's confidence, how he wasn't going to be awed by the leap from college hockey to the NHL.

Wild succeeding in role of spoiler | StarTribune.com - Before Saturday's game against Los Angeles at Xcel Energy Center, Wild coach Mike Yeo had a meeting with the players. The subject: the Wild's identity, both now and moving forward. "One word kept coming up: persistence," Yeo said.

Bulmer and Caron Heading To Houston: View From The Lighthouse - Minnesota Wild - The Wild will assign both Brett Bulmer and Josh Caron to the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League for the remainder of the season and playoffs. The move will likely come later today or over the weekend. Both will be eligible for the Calder Cup playoffs because they are signed junior players.

Game Preview

Enemy Perspective - Second City Hockey

NHL Preview - Minnesota Wild at Chicago Blackhawks - Apr 01, 2012 - CBSSports.com - The Blackhawks host the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night in the first of two meetings between the teams in the next five days. Chicago clinched a fourth straight playoff berth after holding on for a 5-4 win at Nashville on Saturday.

Wild-Chicago game preview | StarTribune.com - Preview: The Wild faces yet another opponent fighting for position in the playoff stretch

Big lead disappears before Hawks capture win, playoff berth - The Blackhawks wanted to end their series against the Nashville Predators the way they began it: with a win. And while their comfortable lead turned into a late-game push for the winning goal, they got their wish.

Jonathan Toews' return from a concussion looks imminent - Inside the Blackhawks - The good news just keeps on coming. Every day Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews inches closer to his return from a concussion. Toews, who last played on Feb. 21, didn't travel with the Hawks to Nashville for their game Saturday against the Predators, but he skated back in Chicago.

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