Good Morning Wilderness! I hope you enjoyed the extra sunlight today on your way into work. Your Minnesota Wild came out of the gate pretty slow last night, and things didn't look like they would end well for the boys wearing iron-range red. Justice prevailed though as Josh Harding and the Minnesota Wild shut out the New Jersey Devils. Doesn't seem like it is much of a daunting task these days, as that was the Devils second-consecutive scoreless game.
The Wild have now won five of their last six games and seem to have found that scoring touch lately. Even struggling forward Dany Heatley managed to get a goal last night on a nice deflection in the slot. Of course, I would be remiss if I did not recognize TC Mooch, the prognosticator of prognosticators for not only calling the heater goal last night, but also the role reversal in Jason Pominville getting the assist on a Mikael Granlund goal for a change. Well played sir!
The Wild play next on Tuesday night as we welcome the Calgary Flames into town, sounds like they may be greeted here with some pretty shoddy weather as well. Hooray! Winter is here!
Postgame: PK comes up large, and other thoughts after Wild's shutout over Devils | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com
2 points are always extra delicious in a shutout.
Wild shuts out New Jersey | Star Tribune
Josh Harding, the machine ladies and gentleman!
Minnesota Wild Shutout New Jersey Devils 4-0 - Gone Puck Wild
A nice recap for our friends over at GPW.
Tending the Fields
Hockey: Iowa Wild undone by dominant Milwaukee third period | The Des Moines Register | desmoinesregister.com
Not a good night for the boys across our southern border.
Off the Trail
Bettman: League will look at rules after Emery-Holtby goalie fight - CBSSports.com
Because the NHL likes to be one-step ahead of the curve.
The Vent: A plea to the media on fighting and dangerous hits | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Rants against the media are always fun.
Ruff’s advice to Seguin on faceoff struggles: ‘Get mad’ | ProHockeyTalk
After you "Get mad" please stay off Twitter.
Kaleta clears waivers, next stop: Rochester | ProHockeyTalk
So now he can do what he does to your up and coming prospects on your minor-league affiliate teams, oh boy!
Senators’ Borowiecki scores own-goal with backhander past Craig Anderson (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
We've all had days like this. Fortunately for us our job isn't televised and watched by 20,000 rabid fans in an arena.
HockeyBuzz.com - Erik Marsh - Why I 'Hate' Edmonton, Wing Things
Really, don't we all have our reasons for hating Edmonton?
On the Pitch
Minnesota Scene: Goal-starved United scores six in last match | Star Tribune
Omar Daley scored three goals and set up another as Minnesota United FC ended its NASL season with a 6-4 road victory over the Tampa Bay Rowdies on Saturday.