Our long, national nightmare is over! Finally, we have a hockey game on tonight! And it's not just any game. The Wild get to face a team whose core went 1-6 against their AHL team this season. Sounds pretty awesome, right?
Well, there's not a whole lot of Wild news going on today. But fortunately, the NHL is picking up the slack a bit on that front. A goalie has gotten a 2 year deal after 9 games. A potentially devastating injury to a star on a top Western Conference team occurred. And the longest tenured coach in the league recently got fired. But don't take my word for it, on to the links.
Wild lineup uncertain heading into Thursday | StarTribune.com- A lot of notes leading into tonight's game. On another note, congratulations to Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Ryan Suter for being new parents!
Preview: Wild at Edmonton | StarTribune.com- Basic primer for tonight's game.
Minnesota Wild: Flu keeps Mikko Koivu off ice - TwinCities.com- Also, tumbleweeds have been spotted on the blogosphere today.
Tom Gilbert-Nick Schultz trade a win-win for both Oilers, Wild last season | Edmonton Journal- That's good, except for the part where the Oilers win, too.
Has Jason Zucker Earned a One-Way Ticket to the NHL? - Gone Puck Wild - A Minnesota Wild Fan Site- A nice topic, as Zucker's game against Detroit was impressive. But I can't see Granlund staying on the fourth line, or Bouchard sitting in the press box all year. Someone's going to have to get traded or sent to Houston. But a few more goals like he had against Detroit, and it'll be harder to justify taking him out of the lineup.
Tending the Fields
Orlando Solar Bears top Evansville IceMen 6-1 in ECHL play. - OrlandoSentinel.com- This makes sense. In Pokèmon, SolarBear always had the advantage against IceMan.
Off the Trail
Ron Rolston of AHL Rochester named interim head coach of Buffalo Sabres after Lindy Ruff firing | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- Congrats to Rolston, who is Brian's brother. That's pretty neat!
Will new voice get Sabres into postseason? - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN- Scott Burnside and Craig Custance discuss where Buffalo goes from here.
Viktor Fasth signs 2-year extension with Anaheim Ducks after just 9 games | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- Well, that escalated quickly.
Court of Public Opinion: Was Hansen’s blow to the back of Hossa’s head intentional? | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com- Some talk about Hansen's hit on Hossa last night. Hope for nothing serious on Hossa's end.
Jannik Hansen suspended one game for ‘careless’ hit on Blackhawks’ Hossa | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- And the results of that from the Wheel of Justice. One game less than Bouchard got for having Matt Calvert high-stick himself with PMB's stick last year.
Oilers-Horrible Wild Game Preview- The Copper and Blue- The Copper and Blue's Game Preview.
99 Hot Corsi-Raising Tips- The Copper and Blue- I have been trying to get my Corsi raised, so I can start thrilling Fenwicks in bed. These tips helped, especially #48.
Taylor Hall Isn't A Bust, Because Numbers- The Copper and Blue- A compelling argument. There certainly are numbers.
Tomorrow promises to be a bigger news day. Enjoy the game, Wilderness!