Wilderness Walk: 10-22-2013

The Wild won! Hugs for everyone! Except for the Predators! - Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sport

Celebrate a victory and pray like hell Jonas Brodin is OK.

The Wild returned home after a frustrating and disappointing road trip that saw them net three out of a potential eight points tonight to play the Nashville Predators.

SPOILER ALERT: The Wild won. But it appears that they're still licking their wounds.

Jonas Brodin took a puck to the face, and is now getting X-Rays on it. That's not good. We'll be keeping a collective eye out to bring you any updates.

As for the game itself, we could still see some of the same issues we've been seeing throughout this season. The Wild threw 28 pucks at Pekka Rinne, continuing to stomp their opponents in puck possession, with only one goal to show for it. Getting the two points will gloss over this, and there are very reasonable arguments this is a small sample size fluke, but it is still a bit discouraging to see the Wild dominate in shots only to score two goals or fewer for the 8th time in their 10 games this season.

However, a win is a win, and there are some impressive things about the win. Josh Harding only had to make 16 saves, despite the Wild being short Brodin for almost the entire game, and Marco Scandella for a bit of it. And those 16 saves gave Josh Harding a shutout, continuing his stellar play this season. The penalty kill had only two trips to the ice, and they were successful both times. Justin Fontaine scored the game-winner in his first stint on the top line.

The next few days look something like this: Pray for Brodin to be healthy, and wait until Thursday, when the Wild take on the Carolina Hurricanes, a game I'll be attending(!!!).

You can also look back to where the Wild were at at this stage of the season last year. 4-5-1. And the Wild weren't dictating the play nearly as much as they are doing now. Not too shabby.

In the meantime, on to the Walk.

Wild News

Game Recaps

Plea for net crashers answered by Wild's Fontaine | Star Tribune

Brodin injured during Wild's 2-0 shutout over Nashville | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com

Wild 2, Predators 0: Justin Fontaine, Josh Harding lift Minnesota - TwinCities.com

State of Hockey News: Solid effort rewarded in 2-0 win over Nashville

Wild Game Notes: 10-22-13 vs Nashville (individual Corsi to follow) | hashtaghockey

Other News

Prosser's patience gets him back on ice for Wild | Star Tribune- Ger! How many goals has he been on the ice for this season? #NateProsserExpert

Minnesota Wild's Mathew Dumba to spend game doing homework - TwinCities.com- And as one Wild D-man starts, another sits.

Minnesota Wild Are Aggressive, But Lacking "Attack Mentality"- A nitpick, I'm sure, but the word "menality" in sports is a huge pet peeve of mine. My pettiness aside, this is worth your time.

Hitting The Post: It's just like sex- All right, then...

Dany Heatley, Ottawa Senators finally settle $4M contract bonus grievance | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Is anyone a bigger crybaby than Eugene Melnyk? Anyway, in case you were worried, this is resolved.

Off the Trail

Taylor Hall could miss month with knee injury because his luck stinks | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Jason Whitlock reports that Bryan is cackling and rolling up a (figurative, I'm sure) blunt.

30 Thoughts: Playoff also-rans determined early in NHL | Hockey | CBC Sports- These are more fun when the Wild are involved. Nary a mention.

Thoughts on Thoughts: Playoff also-rans determined early in NHL | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com- Justin Bourne's weekly follow-up.

NHL - Benefit of delaying entry-level deals not enticing teams in 2013-14 - ESPN- And it appears it won't entice the Wild, who appear to be keeping Dumba on their team this season.

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