Good morning Wilderness, and welcome to your Monday morning edition of the Walk. Last night the Minnesota Wild hosted the Winnipeg Jets and although they seemed to fall asleep for portions of the game were able to come out of it with a win. Your favorite person to want to rip letters from their jersey scored both Wild goals last night while netminder Josh Harding continued to impress despite Jets fans in the house attempting to rattle his cage with their chants of "Harding."
I don't get the chants, but whatever. It's your thing and nobody is trying to take that away from you. It was also very cute of you to loudly represent your ownership group in the Canadian National Anthem despite James Bohn singing a majority of it in French. I know it wasn't televised, but I was tweeting with some Jets fans last night and asked them what was up with the "True North" bit they did during the anthem. My guess was it was something they did back when the North Stars were here and it came back despite the lack of North in the Wild's name. It pays homage to the ownership group, True North Sports & Entertainment according to those I talked to. So there is your fun-fact of the day.
The Wild kick off a 4 game road tour starting Tuesday as they travel to Montreal to face the Candiens. Before we get there, we must walk.
Koivu's two goals carry Wild past Winnipeg | Star Tribune
The Wild might be the best home team in the NHL, but it sure felt like a road game Sunday night.
Koivu scores twice as Wild shoot down the Jets in important 2-1 home victory | State of Hockey News
The Wild struggled through much of the game but were able to dig down and grind out a win.
Koivu, Harding prove Wild are hotter than Jets | ProHockeyTalk
There can be only one.
Minnesota Wild: Big minutes no big deal for defenseman Ryan Suter - TwinCities.com
The way Ryan Suter sees it, anyone could play the 35 minutes or so that he regularly logs for the Wild.
Minnesota Wild: Marco Scandella making most of second chance - TwinCities.com
Wild coach Mike Yeo says it was simply a numbers game when Marco Scandella was scratched for three games in mid-October.
Off the Trail
Statement made? Blackhawks beat Sharks 5-1 | ProHockeyTalk
And with that, the Wild's dreams of sharing the top spot in the Central Division are trounced.
Gophers women's hockey: Streak ends at 62 with 3-2 loss to North Dakota - TwinCities.com
The Gophers women's hockey team has its winning streak snapped at 62. In that span the ladies won 2 national championships. Very impressive ladies! Now it's time to start another one!
Don Cherry to Nazem Kadri: ‘Smarten up… You played stupid’ | ProHockeyTalk
Don Cherry, you are an idiot. I find your opinions moronic at best and you tend to have some of the worst foot in mouth disease around. That said, you hit this one on the head. You may now go back to your regularly scheduled idiocy.
Is the Colorado Avalanche honeymoon over? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Regression, it's not just a Minnesota thing.
Edmonton Oilers recall Ilya Bryzgalov - NHL.com - News
That's it! All problems in Edmonton are now solved. Their hockey team will get back on the winning track, cats and dogs will start getting along and those left and right of the isle will start working together!
NHL Capsules - The Hockey News
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