Wilderness Walk 10-25-2013: WILD WIN AGAIN!!!! Edition

I finally got to meet another one of our fellow Wilderness writers, Tony! Hockey Wilderness meetups FTW!

The Wild are on a roll now. Can they keep this going with a home-and-home against the mighty Blackhawks?

Hello, Wilderness!

As you all have noticed over these past 2 games, the Wild are finally starting to see some wins again.

Last night, they got themselves another W against the Canes with a score of 3-1. Also, Heatley scored his first goal of the year! Huzzah! Even though it was an empty-netter, it was still a goal nevertheless.

I must be the Wild's good luck charm right now as I got to be at this game and Tuesday's to witness these wins!

Celebrating aside, the Wild's next 2 games aren't going to come easy.

Today, they get the day off and travel to Chicago to take on the Hawks. They then play them again on Monday (but back at the X), which makes this a home-and-home.

If the Wild want to keep their win streak alive, they are going to have to work their tails off these next 2 games.

Ready to walk?

If so, get your hiking boots on and join me!

Wild News

First Round Bust: FRB Top 20 Prospects: #1...Mikael Granlund - Granlund has made leaps and bounds from where he was last season.

Goalies go down, and Minnesota Wild beat Carolina Hurricanes - FOX Sports on MSN - Despite the fact that Harding went out (with an unspecified injury at this point in time), Backstrom came in for him and got us the win. Seriously though, could we stop with all these injuries? Please?

Wild upend Hurricanes 3-1 | West Central Tribune - You betcha they did!

Wild 3, Hurricanes 1: Minnesota uses fast start to win - TwinCities.com - That fast start sure did help. I knew it was going to be a great game since they scored 2 goals right in the first period. Once again, an empty-netter (this time via Heatley) was the nail in the coffin.

Tending the Fields

Iowa Wild player returns to the ice after suspension | Des Moines Register - He's baaaaack!

Another Wild first is accomplished in victory | The Des Moines Register - Way to go, baby Wild!

Laxidasical Meanderings (yup, it's back now)

NLL CBA Reached Through 2020 Season | Lacrosse Magazine - Who knew you could get an agreement between owners and players without a lockout or strike?! Bizarre!

Off the Trail

Should Preds trade Shea Weber? The answer may surprise you - The Hockey News - Allow me to rewrite the headline here: Should the (fill in the blank team) take on the 7.8 million dollar a year cap hit for Shea Weber through 2026?

Predators’ Rinne out four weeks with hip infection; can inexperienced backups handle the load? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports - The next four weeks will be a challenge for the Predators, and the Wild get to play in the Rinne-less Preds a whopping zero times in this stretch.

Gary Bettman upholds Patrick Kaleta’s 10-game suspension | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports - Thank you Bettman, for not caving on a suspension like some other "more popular" leagues have done recently when their players target the heads of opposing players.

Lightning give up embarrassing own goal, Jonathan Toews gets the credit (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports - Toews, is there anything this kid can't do?

Mike Milbury calls for firing of Buffalo coach Ron Rolston for John Scott’s antics | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports - Milbury, and rightfully so, absolutely buries John Scott and Coach Rolston.

Video: Watch MSG’s $1 billion renovation | ProHockeyTalk - Hope you're ready for some time-lapsed fun!

Luongo 2, Schneider 0: Canucks edge Devils in shootout | ProHockeyTalk - Probably not very fun to be Schneider right now. Goes from being a part-time starter in Vancouver to trading time with a living legend on a horrible team.

Update: Hurricanes say Ward will miss 3-4 weeks | ProHockeyTalk - Carolina's goalie situation goes from bad, to worse, to "HOLY S!@%!".

24/7 on HBO to feature 2014 NHL Winter Classic, Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs - Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic - Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings - Here's probably the best way to get yourself ready for the Winter Classic.

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