After a tough road trip, the Wild came home tonight in order to let some home cooking propel them to a much-needed win. While the outcome was in doubt for quite some time, the Wild came back from behind on a red-hot Vancouver team to win. Thank you, Zach Parise, Charlie Coyle, and Jason Pominville. And Josh Harding. And the defense. You guys are the best.
The news only gets better from here. For one, while the Wild go out on the road again, this time it's in the much-weaker Eastern Conference, and it appears Mikael Granlund could return as soon as Thursday's game against the Penguins. Both encouraging signs. Hopefully, the Wild can do well with it.
But in the meantime, it's not just the hockey world that the Wilderness is dipping their toes in. Today, Agnes (Brigid22) will be hosting the premiere episode of The Swarm Show on The Lacrosse Network today at 11:30. Whether you're a Swarm die-hard, or a curious outsider, we'd love to see you support the show. It can be heard through this link, I'm told. This will be a weekly show, and after today's premiere at 11:30, it will move to a regular time slot of 2:30 starting the Wednesday after Christmas.
That all said, let's go to the Walk.
Wild notes: Ballard tries to find early-season form | Star Tribune- Keith Ballard is trying to get his groove back, Mikael Granlund is doing well in practice, and Erik Haula did something that almost demonstrated why we can't have nice things.
Minnesota Wild: Mikael Granlund could return Thursday - TwinCities.com- This would be oh, so needed.
Chuck Fletcher’s Cultivation of the Wild in Full Bloom- A look at Chuck Fletcher's Wild career from The Hockey Writers.
Off the Trail
Shawn Thornton appeal actually a win/win for the NHL? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Do you like reading about suspensions? I don't!
10. Ryan Johansen - Columbus Blue Jackets - Ten Best NHL Player Surprises - Photos - SI.com- Other than Josh Harding, who is the biggest surprise on the Wild this season?
The 10 Worst Mistakes of 2013 (Puck Daddy Year In Review) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- The Perds didn't make this list, weirdly enough.
The 10 greatest hockey games of 2013 (Puck Daddy Year in Review) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- The Gophers made this list, but you probably won't like why.