Wilderness Walk 10-14-2013: Game Day Edition

#VanekWatch - Rick Stewart

The Wild are in Buffalo tonight to take on the punch-less Sabres.

Good morning Wilderness, and a fabulous crisp Autumn morning it is. Your Minnesota Wild are in Buffalo tonight to take on the one-trick pony know as the Sabres. Right now the Sabres are a team without direction, but do not count these guys out. The Wild are coming off a few very impressive games at home and could very well get caught in the trap being set tonight at the First Niagara Center.

The threat soon-to-be Wild forward Thomas Vanek presents is ever-present, and the stone-wall of Ryan Miller between the pipes has the ability to steal any game in front of him. The Wild would be wise to bring the same kind of intensity they have shown increasingly over the first five games.

Welcome back to Eastern Conference games Wilderness, this is something I sorely missed last season. We get 4 of these East Coast games on this particular trip, which starts hopefully with a win tonight.

Wild News

Wild-Buffalo game preview | Star Tribune
The Wild find themselves in Buffalo tonight for a reunion of Jason Pominville with his old team.

NHL Preview - Minnesota Wild at Buffalo Sabres - Oct 14, 2013 - CBSSports.com
The Wild will need to have the scoring touch. Although the Sabres are lifeless on offense right now, Ryan Miller in goal will occasionally steal a game for these guys.

Systems Analysis: What is tracking "above" the puck? | JetsNation
This is billed as a Winnipeg Jets article but the breakdown of how the Wild are finding success right now provides a lot of insight and so this makes is way to the Wild News section today.

Young Guns Stepping Up for Minnesota Wild | Gone Puck Wild
These kids are looking good, that is for sure. Here's to hoping they can keep it up all season.

Sunday Morning Thoughts | The Team of 18,001
A few bullet point thoughts from over the weekend.

Pominville still connected to Vanek, and everybody knows it | Star Tribune
Talking 'bout my best friend.

First Round Bust: FRB Top Prospects: #1.5...Nino Neiderreiter
You already know him, you already love him, now get to know Nino "The Natural" Neiderreiter.

Tending the Fields

Mallards Waive Six As Season Nears - CBS4 - WHBF Quad Cities, IL-IA News Weather Sports
The Mallards have now reduced their roster to 18 players in advance of Saturday night's season opener against the Rapid City Rush.

Off the Trail

Mighty Ducks fly again: Behold glorious throwback Anaheim Ducks jerseys (Photo) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
QUACK! QUACK! QUACK! QUACK! QUACK! QUACK! QUACK!

Ducks slam Sens on Throwback Night | ProHockeyTalk
56 SOG for the "Mighty" Ducks last night.

Don Cherry on Tomas Hertl goal controversy: He didn’t know any better as Czech player | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Don Cherry realized it had been awhile since he'd stuck his foot in his mouth.

The Vent: Losing one’s appetite for hockey fighting; the flaws in the anti-fighting argument | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
A nice piece, or two really. Couple of different opinions on fighting in the NHL, the argument that will never go away.

The Mailbox: No sissified ban on hockey fighting for him | The Columbus Dispatch
Coming in with the dumbest argument in the pro-fighting camp, Mr. Ray Stein: "Are they going to ban cars because, on rare occasions, a bad accident occurs?"

The five most surprising teams of the season’s first two weeks | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
The New York Rangers have to be my biggest surprise so far. You would think Henrik Lundqvist could have stolen a couple but he has been terrible coming out of the gate.

Khudobin limps off ice midway through Sunday’s game | ProHockeyTalk
Former Wild prospect had to be helped off the ice yesterday. Kid has looked good to start this season backing up Cam Ward in Carolina.

Roy: Avalanche asking league, ‘Why not us?’ | ProHockeyTalk
The symptoms of regression to the mean syndrome are starting to creep into the Colorado Avalanche's vocabulary.

Enemy News

Die By The Blade, a Buffalo Sabres community
Your best source for quality Buffalo Sabres news, rumors, analysis, stats and scores from the fan perspective.

The Official Web Site - Buffalo Sabres
Take a trip over the the Sabres NHL site for team news and roster information.

Blackhawks-Sabres: Chicago Blackhawks outlast Buffalo Sabres 2-1 - Chicago Tribune
The Sabres dropped one in Chicago on Saturday, the 2-1 score shows you the kind of goalkeeping we will be up against with Ryan Miller between the pipes.

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