Wilderness Walk 11-26-2013: A Sour Shutout Edition

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Your Minnesota Wild suffered their first shutout of the season last night against the St. Louis Blues.

Good morning Wilderness! The Minnesota Wild put up a decent effort late in last nights game but were unable to solve St. Louis Blues netminder Jaroslav Halak as they fell to the Blues 3 - 0 and suffered their first shutout of the season. While it was rough sledding to start, and the Wild could not for the life of them win a faceoff all night, they managed to get a little more pressure on the Blues as the game went on and were perfect on the penalty kill against the leagues top-ranked power play.

Their is not a whole lot more I can say about last nights game here that I didn't write in last nights recap. It was a rough night for the Wild, exasperated by a foot injury suffered by Minnesota's golden child Zach Parise. Hopefully we learn today the injury will not cost him too many games, but from the sounds of it things may not be to good for the Wild winger's foot right now.

The Wild bring the party back home tomorrow night as they welcome in the surprisingly good Phoenix Coyotes. We'll know more about Parise and hopefully get some good new about Mikael Granlund and Josh Harding while we're at it today.

Wild News

Steen and Blues too much for the Wild as they roll to 3-0 win, Parise hurt | State of Hockey News
The State of Hockey News with an in depth look at last nights game.

Wild falls victim to surging Blues | Star Tribune
Russo recaps last nights game in St. Louis.

Blues 3, Wild 0: Minnesota suffers first shutout of season - TwinCities.com
Chad Graff breaks down what went wrong, and what little went right for the Wild last night.

The Team of 18,001: Keith Ballard, Ryan Suter, and Stuff About Their TOI
A healthy Keith Ballard = less time on the ice for Ryan Suter.

Minnesota Wild star Zach Parise suffers injured foot in shutout loss to Blues - TwinCities.com
A tale of the unraveling of the Minnesota Wild in St. Louis.

Minnesota Wild: Olympic loyalties on hold for now - TwinCities.com
Very likely these guys won't be friendly until the Olympic break.

Wild notes: Three of Team USA's leaders on ice in St. Louis | Star Tribune
Team USA was well represented at the Scottrade Center as the Wild took on the Blues.

Off the Trail

NHL faces concussion lawsuit, as 10 former players allege failure on head injuries | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
It is now the NHL's turn to claim they have done everything within their power to protect the safety of its players, and for us to all laugh at it because they still allow fighting.

Take a number: On patience, and waiting to take a shot at the guy who wronged you | Backhand Shelf
I really don't think Stamkos is the kind of guy to hold a grudge. This piece goes beyond that though, and reminds me less of exacting a physical revenge and more of this.

NHL franchise values: Canada making fortune, Columbus league’s least valuable | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Guess how "valuable" your Minnesota Wild are.

Why So Serious? On mid-game giggles and the importance of proper body language from players | Backhand Shelf
I've never been one to get upset with players having a good time while getting destroyed on the field of battle. If we can joke about it, why can't they?

What We Learned: In the East, it’s the Boston Bruins and everyone else | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Wait, they still play hockey in the East?

Pass or turd burger: Buffalo’s new third jerseys | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Eh .... I'm impartial.

Ryan Suter among owners of new Madison Capitols USHL team : Ct
Ryan Suter is dipping his toes into the ownership business. I wonder how he can afford to buy a stake in a USHL team ...

Laxidasicle Meanderings

Swarm sign top pick Schuss | National Lacrosse League
The Swarm welcome a couple of draftees into the hive.

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