Wilderness Walk 11-19-2013: Game Day Edition

Richard Wolowicz

The Wild travel to Montreal to face off against the Canadiens tonight.

Good morning Wilderness! In a stark contrast from my Walk schedule last week where I had no game day walks to put together, this is my second for this week. The Minnesota Wild square off against the Montreal Canadiens tonight and are looking to extend their winning ways on road.

The Wild also traded backup goalies with Iowa yesterday, sending Johan Gustofsson back to Iowa to bring Darcy Kuemper on the road with them while Nicklas Backstrom recovers from a concussion. The Wild have been winning a lot lately, but have been playing at home as well. It time to take this test on the road, it is nice that it's against the East who seem to struggle against the dominant West.

Wild News

Wild Blog: Josh Harding — Best Story In The NHL? " CBS Minnesota
Think it is safe to assume Harding has taken over the reigns between the pipes.

Wild: Marco Scandella taking new, improved game home to Montreal - TwinCities.com
Marco Scandella is prepared for an expensive trip home.

Josh Harding named NHL's Third Star of Week; Darcy Kuemper recalled | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com
Kuemps up, Gustafsson down, #HardingforVezina, #HardingforHart

Recovering Rupp not in any rush to return | Star Tribune
Mike Rupp was in Minnesota on Sunday visiting family, but the Wild veteran plans to get back on Interstate 35 this week and drive south to extend his conditioning stint.

Wild-Montreal game preview | Star Tribune
Wild play their first of 4 road games tonight in Montreal, here is a quick glimpse at the details.

Wild captain and brother are leaders of Finnish team | Star Tribune
Oh Kaptain, team Finland's Kaptain?

Ladd, Harding for Team Canada? - The Hockey News
Harding getting some buzz for team Canada. Even if it means nothing at this point, the conversation has to start somewhere.

The Fourth Period :: Minnesota Wild :: Minnesota has turned up the heat
I love it when people's ears perk up with positive praise for our favorite squad.

The Team of 18,001: Taking The Foot Off The Pedal
There is one thing that can usually spell doom when either playing a game of hockey or getting on the freeway, and that is taking your foot off the gas pedal.

Off the Trail

NHL Power Rankings: Defensive issues aside, Blackhawks back on top - NHL - CBSSports.com
As this weeks power rankings start coming out we are starting to see the Wild make a significant push towards the lower numbers. This isn't some chump at Bleacher Report just throwing numbers out randomly (Wild ranked 2 on BR), much more realistic over at CBS Sports.

NHL Capsules - The Hockey News
Only 3 games in the NHL last night.

Chicago Blackhawks to sell melted ice from title run - ESPN Chicago
For the low-low price of just 100 bucks, you can own a vile of dirty water. At least the proceeds go towards charity, but do you really want a vile of water?

Video: Orr says there ‘should be a policeman’ to protect skill players | ProHockeyTalk
Bobby Orr really showing his age here.

P.K. Subban protest song demands ice time, uses Village People | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
This is a pathetic attempt, just sad really ...

Pass or Fail: NHL player snuggies are your new nightmare fuel (Photo) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Dear Santa ...

John Collins on NHL outdoor games, overdoing rivalries and making hockey $4 billion business | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
John Collins has performed an admirable balancing act for the NHL since joining it in 2006, both honoring the traditions of hockey while exploiting them as much as possible for profit.

Video: This week’s top bloopers | ProHockeyTalk
Oh bloopers ... wait, these aren't funny.

Enemy News

The Official Web Site - Montréal Canadiens
The Official Site of the Montréal Canadiens

Eyes On The Prize, a Montreal Canadiens community
Your best source for quality Montreal Canadiens news, rumors, analysis, stats and scores from the fan perspective.

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