Wilderness Walk 11-5-2013: Game Day Edition

Can Heater pocket another one tonight? - Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Wild look for their third 3-game winning streak on the season against the Calgary Flames tonight at the Xcel Energy Center.

Good morning Wilderness! Welcome to another game day edition of your favorite daily walk! Tonight the Minnesota Wild finish off their four game home stand with a game against the Calgary Flames. The Flames are coming off a 3 - 2 victory over the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks while your Wild are looking to extend their winning ways to 3 straight games for the third time this season by winning their 6th game in their last 7 tries.

One thing you will notice that is markedly different about this years Calgary Flames, no Miikka Kiprusoff. That's right folks, for the first time in 10 years the Kipper is not playing for Calgary as his retirement from the NHL was announced on September 9th.

Tonight, we will look for Dany Heatley to continue to heat, Torrey Mitchell to shine on the top line, and the impervious line of Jason Pominville, Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter to keep doing exactly what they have been doing.

Wild News

Jason Pominville named NHL's First Star of the Week | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com
The Mayor of Pominville gets recognized!

Wild gameday vs. Calgary | Star Tribune
Another gameday, another preview!

Wild notes: Heatley handles fourth-line duties 'the right way' | Star Tribune
Heater's confidence looks to be on the rise after demotion, lets hope his point production follows his confidence level.

Mitchell gets his turn at Wild's top-line roulette | Star Tribune
Have to admit, Mitchell stepped it up a notch when given the opportunity.

Off the Trail

Chill Magazine - An Ode to Beer League
Why rec, men's, and beer league hockey is one of the greatest pastimes on earth.

Former NHL defenceman worries about head injuries as feds announces new funding - The Hockey News
In the first few years after his retirement, former NHL defenceman Jamie Macoun would talk about the knee, ankle and back injuries he suffered during a rugged 1,128-game career.

Report: NHL to discuss 10-game suspension for goalie fights | ProHockeyTalk
Would this be the prelude to banning fights all-together? 10 games for a goalie leads to suspensions for skaters.

Blame referee, Gary Bettman for Ray Emery skating on goalie assault | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
And blame Emery, the Philadelphia Flyers, the city of Philadelphia and the surrounding metropolitan area as well.

Frank Seravalli explains honoring Ray Emery with 3rd Star for beating up Braden Holtby (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Ah, yes... The obligatory defense of the indefensible.

French hockey team’s player photos will haunt your dreams | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Wow ... That's, artistic?

NHL Capsules - The Hockey News
Scores from around the league.

President Obama celebrates Chicago Blackhawks, chirps Corey Crawford (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
The Blackhawks visit with the President, Tim Thomas still hasn't made it.

NHL Fantasy Hockey: Kunitz Most Valuable, Nugent-Hopkins Least Valuable Player for Week 5 | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
I would substitute the least valuable player for everyone on my team.

National Hockey League being overrun by teens - San Jose Mercury News
San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl one of 21 teens playing on NHL teams.

Enemy News

Matchsticks and Gasoline, a Calgary Flames community
For all things Flames related, visit the folks over at M&G.

The Official Website - Calgary Flames
Be sure to check out the Flames official website for more Fiery news.

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