Wilderness Walk 12-17-2013: Game Day Edition

Hannah Foslien

Tonight the Minnesota Wild play host the the Vancouver Canucks at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN.

Good morning Wilderness, and welcome to the 36th installment of the Wilderness Walk, Game Day Edition for the 2013-2014 NHL season. Tonight your Minnesota Wild host the Vancouver Canucks who have yet to lose in the month of December. This leads me to the only logical conclusion, that they would love to get that monkey off their back and lay an egg on the road.

You guys are in for a real treat tonight. Between the pipes tonight for the Canucks are one Roberto Luongo, who has never had much success playing in Minnesota, or something called Eddie Lack. Lack could be the second coming of Martin Brodeur for all I know, haven't had much an opportunity to keep up with our old friends up there in Vancouver-land. Google tells me Lack has played 8 games, posted 4 wins with a .92 SV% and 2.08 GAA.

Unfortunately for either of them, they are playing the Wild in St. Paul, a place we tend not to lose anyway and with Luongo's given track record here things could get dicey quickly for the Canucks.

It's a beautiful day for a walk folks! Lets get moving, we're burning daylight here!

Wild News

Niederreiter does dirty work for Wild | Star Tribune
I absolutely love what he brings to the dirty areas of the ice.

Minnesota Wild's Mikael Granlund Close to Return
Is Mikael Granlund close to making a return?

The Team of 18,001: Lack of Even Strength Goals
Sure, we all want more 5 on 5 goals, but is that really realistic? I mean, who scores even strength goals anymore?

NHL Preview - Vancouver Canucks at Minnesota Wild - Dec 17, 2013 - CBSSports.com
The Vancouver Canucks come to the X looking for their first loss in December.

Laxidasicle Meanderings

Swarm announce final 20-man roster | Minnesota Swarm
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2014 Minnesota Swarm!

Off the Trail

NHL Capsules - The Hockey News
We had a few games last night, here are your recaps.

Why hockey rules: Capitals fan gashed by puck, forgoes stitches to watch OT win (Photo) | Puck Daddy
Not only are hockey players tough, hockey fans are pretty tough too.

Can Shawn Thornton win his 15-game suspension appeal? | Puck Daddy
No!

Watch St. Louis Blues butcher 12 Days of Christmas, including outtakes (Video) | Puck Daddy
Because you don't have enough torture in your life. Enjoy folks!

San Jose Sharks Christmas party just put your team’s holiday video to shame | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
SNAKES ON A TRAIN!!!!

David Backes injured in Blues’ loss at Ottawa | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Backes leaves game with an "upper body injury". He doesn't miss too many games, but concerns of a concussion could sideline him for a bit.

McLellan wonders if slumping Burns is ‘under control enough to be effective’ | ProHockeyTalk
He really just needs to relax and play his game, the points will come. Especially given the talent he has around him.

Bobby Orr’s flying goal is now NHL ’94-themed desktop wallpaper | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
And I have a new desktop wallpaper for the office...

Behind Enemy Lines

Milan Lucic says he was victim of attack, done defending Vancouver - CBSSports.com
Bruins forward Milan Lucic says he was the victim of an attack in Vancouver on Saturday, the altercation caught on video. He had harsh words for his hometown.

The Official Web Site - Vancouver Canucks
For official team news and silly holiday photos, head over to the teams NHL site.

Nucks Misconduct, a Vancouver Canucks community
Your best source for quality Vancouver Canucks news, rumors, analysis, stats and scores from the fan perspective.

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