Wilderness Walk 4-1-2013: Game Day Edition

Welcome home Jordan, now get out of the way, we got some winning to do. - Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Your Minnesota Wild look to extend their home winning streak to 5 against the St. Louis Blues tonight at the Excel Energy Center.

Oh, boy Wilderness, here we go again. Another game day is upon us and if your not too busy cleaning up after the weird rabbit that broke into your home last night stashing painted eggs all over your house you should be watching this game. The St. Louis Blues come into the X tonight.

The St. Louis Blues are sitting on 3 days rest and coming off their third consecutive loss. They last met with the Kings last Thursday and were dispatched 4-2 at home. The Blues are a much different team than you may recall from their previous game against the Wild way back on January 27. After a strong start they have been slumping lately and hope to inject a little new energy into their blue line tonight as former Gopher turned St. Louis Blue by way of trade with the Sabers Jordan Leopold makes his debut for the Blues. I know some of you had high hopes the Wild could get Leopold in the firesale that is the Buffalo Sabers franchise right now, but that just wasn't going to happen. Ton of respect for the kid, and he would probably be a good fit around these parts. But if it aint broke don't fix it, and with how your Minnesota Wild are ripping off wins right now it seems less and less likely their going to make any sort of major moves with the trade deadline looming large.

Now, seeing how I have all your attention, I'd like to take a small personal moment to extend my gratitude to all of you for your kind words and thoughts towards my family and me. As many of you know I was married last weekend to my best friend of the last 6 years and mother of my children. My wife (not weird at all to say that) and I appreciate it, and I just wanted to extend a thank you from my family to you.

Now lets get to what you all came for, the links! Happy time wasting folks! Get your gifs ready for the game thread tonight!

Wild News

Blues-Wild Preview - Yahoo! Sports - Leopold is coming home, but not in the color jersey some of you may have hoped. Sorry guys...

Blues vs. Wild - 04/01/2013 - Minnesota Wild - A game preview brought to you by the fine people at wild.com and the Associated Press.

Wild-St. Louis game preview | StarTribune.com - Quick preview of tonight's game.

Wild Q & A: Combination of factors spur team | StarTribune.com - Russo answers your questions, that is of course if you asked and he chose to answer.

Minnesota Wild creating moments and memories beyond playing the game - TwinCities.com - A feel good story about some off the ice stuff you may not have noticed.

First Round Bust: Revisiting The Player's Only Meeting, and On Turning Points - A catalyst to the dream...

Zenon Konopka and His Pet Bunny Rabbit - Seeing how yesterday was a day for bunnies.

Tending The Fields

MINNESOTA RETURNS KUEMPER TO AEROS | aeros.com - The game of musical backup goalies continues.

Off The Trail

Russian forward Dmitri Uchaykin dies after headshot in Kazakhstan hockey league | Puck Daddy - Tragic news out of the Kazakhstan Vyschaya Liga, where Russian forward Dmitri Uchaykin has passed away the morning after being hospitalized due to a hit to the head. Uchaykin suited up Saturday night.

Sidney Crosby out indefinitely with broken jaw | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com - As you've undoubtedly heard and seen, Crosby inadvertently tried to eat a puck Saturday afternoon. Although I have my doubts a team this loaded will fall apart missing 1 piece, this still has to sting a little.

Brandon Saad has 2 goals, 1 assist to lead Blackhawks to 7-1 win over Red Wings | StarTribune.com - The score is no interpretation of just how dominant the Chicago Blackhawks were. Detroit did not even deserve the 1 goal they scored in garbage time. This game was over before the even laced up their skates.

Watch Red Wings’ Jakub Kindl go backhand roof for unfortunate own-goal (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy - Yes, it was this kind of a game for the Red Wings.

Report: Oilers close in on deal with Ladislav Smid | ProHockeyTalk - Because the Oilers need all the help they can get to stay in the cellar.

Vanek wants to stay in Buffalo – unless there’s a lengthy rebuild | ProHockeyTalk - Hidden message: "I Don't want to stay in Buffalo."

NHL-Highlights of Sunday's National Hockey League games - Yahoo! Sports - What you missed Sunday chasing that bunny leaving painted eggs all over your home.

Flyers steal a late one from the Capitals | ProHockeyTalk - You can almost be assured the Caps will miss the playoffs by a point now, but of course the Flyers will be outside looking in as well barring some sort of minor miracle.

Mark Letestu sets up 1 goal, scores the winner in Blue Jackets' 2-1 overtime win over Ducks | StarTribune.com - Jackets move out of the maybes and into the playoffs, until the next game changes the standing again.

Krejci, Horton score third-period goals, Khudobin stops 26 in Bruins 2-0 win over Sabres | StarTribune.com - Former Wild goalie prospect turned Bruins backup earns a shutout for beantown.

NCAA Hockey Tournament: St. Cloud, Quinnipiac power past sleepy opponents en route to Frozen Four | Puck Daddy - Huskies move into the frozen four, kids are lighting up the competition right now.

Respect

Gordie Howe’s 85th birthday sees him in his toughest battle | ProHockeyTalk - Happy Birthday (yesterday) to a real fans player. Saw some pretty "classy" tweets coming out of Chicago about this guy yesterday. And when I say classy, I mean pathetic.

Blues Clues

Blues vs. Wild - 04/01/2013 - St Louis Blues - Preview - A Bluesy preview.

St. Louis Game Time, a St. Louis Blues community - Your best source for quality St. Louis Blues news, rumors, analysis, stats and scores from the fan perspective.

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