Backstrom can only do so much.... - USA TODAY Sports
The Wild played a game last night, on the road, so you know how these things turn out....
Wilderness, I have to take fault for this one. I have yet to write a Game Day Edition of the Walk which results in a 'W' for the Wild at the end of the day. This is completely on me, I must do better. Higher intensity, more focus, and a vocabulary expanding exponentially like a .... dammit, I don't know!!!!
Today we come to you with another loss on the road, a .500 team (4-4-1) and a lot of unanswered questions. The sledge-o-matic worked to a degree but the scoring punch just wasn't there. The post was a friend to the Coyotes last night on more than one occasion, which just tells you the puck was not bouncing our way. I personally thought they played well enough to take 2 points on the road last night but it was not to be. We now have 2 days off again before we welcome the Vancouver Canucks into our home on Thursday. Between now and then, I'll get a little bit older (officially), and the team needs to figure out how to get pucks at the net, especially on the PP.
As I like to say, their is no sense in dwelling on the past, learn from it and move on. Lets get into the links, shall we?
Phoenix holds off Wild 2-1 | StarTribune.com - Wild lose, but we already knew this.
Better effort, same result as Wild are still winless on the road in 2-1 loss to Phoenix - An in depth break down of what went wrong.
Wild unable to muster offense yet again in loss | ESPN 1500AM - If you like more torture, here ya go!
Video: Zach Parise joins father J.P. in 200-goal club | ProHockeyTalk - Nice milestone for the local kid.
Wild’s Devin Setoguchi on the Trading Block; Powe to Rangers - Gone Puck Wild - Seto is on the block, but does anybody want a scoring forward who isn't scoring?
Minnesota Wild trade Darroll Powe, Nick Palmieri for Rangers' Mike Rupp - TwinCities.com - A trade yesterday in an attempt to bring in some size.
Wild holds player-only meeting after latest loss in Arizona | StarTribune.com - Uh oh, sounds like trouble.
Tending the Fields
The Sorta Cautionary Tale Of The Houston Aeros - The cautionary tale of the Houston Aeros lease agreement. Can Oklahoma City learn from this tale?
Solar Bears Mike Liambas earns first trip to AHL - On loan to Wisconsin? They must really want to punish this guy.
Off the Trail
NHL Daily Fix: Revisiting the NHL's championship power outage - CBSSports.com - It sure was nice of the NFL to pay tribute to the NHL like they did Sunday....
NHL rumors: Flyers looking to make 'a big move;' could they seek Iginla? - CBSSports.com - Perennial Wild killer out of the Division? I'LL TAKE IT!!!
Evolution of instigator penalty altered game - NHL.com - 92/93: Greatest Season? - A form of the rule has existed for decades, but it was before the start of the 1992-93 season that the instigator changed and shaped the game today.
High school hockey player nearly DIES when a skate slashes his wrist - Scary, glad the kid is ok.