Wilderness Walk 3-5-2013: Game Day Edition

Wild faceoff at Chicago, tonight: 7:30 pm. - Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE

Tonight, join us in celebration as the Minnesota Wild square off against the yet to be defeated in regulation Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center.

WAKE UP WILDERNESS!!! Its game-day! Again! I don't know about you guys, but I am loving the pace of this season. Always a game on, or some new "How Many Games" spin-the-wheel-o-justice Dept. of Player Safety jokes spreading the twittersphere. October is a distant memory, faded long into the deep reaches of mind, never to be heard from again (officially: 63 periods closer to the next lockout). It is a new day WILDerness, we have a fresh blanket of snow on the ground, we just put the wallop to the Oilers, and now we are walking tall into the United Center to try and put a stop to all this points in every game sillyness goings on.

This WILDerness, is to be no easy task indeed! It will be a large effort with many perils to be fought! The Hawks are surely an offensive power house ranked 4th in the league in goals/game with 3.04, stack that in front of their league leading 1.41 GAA netminder in Corey Crawford, and your task becomes just a bit more daunting. Being nothing but fair here, we must mention the Wild are but 1 of 3 teams that have managed to get 2 points out of Chicago this year, despite giving 1 in return. Tonight we also get another close look in on former Wild prospect turned Blackhawk blue liner Nick Leddy. I forgot how that happened, you'd think him being so young we would of, got some kind of compensation for him.... huh ....

Anyhow! Puck drops at 7:30 central (something I could get used to in a divisional game), Game threads coming later, and maybe somebody has a rabbit up their sleeve or something, stay tuned!

*EDIT*

Its on ladies and gentleman! Join us this evening on the internet airwaves of Hockey Wilderness on Blogtalk Radio. That's right folks, you've seen us in print, now hear us over the interwebs. This party starts tentatively at 5 pm central. I'd have to have somebody confirm this, but I'm willing to bet you can even listen on your mobile device (data charges may apply). So check it out, its been fun testing this out the last couple weeks. I believe you can even call in if so inclined. So tune in at Hockey Wilderness on Blogtalk Radio at 5, we'll keep ya updated on any changes.

Wild News

First Round Bust: Game 22: The Hangover - Always like to put one of these in the day after. The Hangover is the only choice in this case.

Wild hopes to end Blackhawks' near-record streak | StarTribune.com - Kent Youngblood bringing you some pre-game previews!

NHL Preview - Minnesota Wild at Chicago Blackhawks - Mar 05, 2013 - CBSSports.com - An outside look in at the game this evening.

North Stars stopped NHL record streak in 1980 -- could history repeat itself? | StarTribune.com - You know, except this game isn't in Minnesota, and ummm, we aren't the North Stars either ... but GO HISTORY!!!

Max Pacioretty, Patrice Bergeron, Niklas Backstrom named 'Three Stars' of the week - NHL.com - Well earned, guy has been on fire lately and you can't fault him for what little gets past him.

Time For An Upgrade | Team of 18,001 - I'm typically watching the ice, so the scoreboard is this kind of a numbers thing, I don't like numbers.

Tending The Fields

Mario Lucia Named CCHA Postgame Offensive Player Of The Week - UND.COM - I don't know what this means, but congratulations kid!!!

Off The Trail...

2013 Boys' State Hockey Tournament Preview & Predictions - It's that time of year ladies and gents! I'm such a poser (do kids still say poser?) high school hockey fan too since I only watch the State Tournament.

What’d I Miss? Zolniercyzk’s suspended, Kaleta’s next, O’Reilly’s back and more | Backhand Shelf - A nice rundown of the best and worst in the NHL last week.

Looking at the 5 best General Managers in the NHL | Backhand Shelf - Hmmmm, no mention of Fletch ... Must be the Leddy trade.

NHL Draft lottery set for Apr. 29, all non-playoff teams eligible for No. 1 pick | ProHockeyTalk - The day Edmonton realizes the dream.... 4-peat!

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith believes ‘3 ties’ make Blackhawks’ NHL record inferior to Miami Heat’s streak (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy - Oh Stephen ... really, its gotta be the prep work and attention to detail that just got to me ... Simply amazing!

Cam Ward out up to two months with MCL sprain; are the Hurricanes done? | Puck Daddy - Queue the Backstrom trade rumors? Or are they more of a "Team Luongo" kinda gal?

NHL suspends Sabres RW Kaleta 5 games for hit on Rangers' Brad Richards | StarTribune.com - Yowza!! Can't say I'm surprised. I mean, I'm surprised Shanahan did something. Since Richards decidedly didn't trip on his toe-pick.

Enemy News

Be sure to cruise over and say hello to the folks at Second City Hockey, and get up to date on everything Blackhawks.

Chicago Blackhawks: Minnesota Wild at Chicago Blackhawks - chicagotribune.com
What the folks in Chicagoland think about tonight's game.

Blackhawks off to NHL record-breaking start thanks to luxury of having 2 good goaltenders | StarTribune.com
A local focus on the Blackhawks backstop tandem.

Blackhawks to honor Marian Hossa's 1,000th NHL game - Chicago Blackhawks - News - This could go under respect too. Wonder if I'll get a special shirt just for showing up to work for my thousandth career day.

Respect

NHL veteran Dominic Moore opens up about his wife, their life and her death - The Globe and Mail - In case you didn't see Emilie post this link in yesterday's Wilderness Walk.

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