Wilderness Walk 4-29-2013: Has it sunk in yet? Edition

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Has it sunk in yet Wilderness? After a 5 year hiatus playoff hockey has returned for your Minnesota Wild. Games being this Tuesday in Chicago.

Good morning Wilderness, how are you feeling this fine Monday morning? Theirs going to be plenty to talk about around the water cooler at work this week with playoff hockey coming back to Minnesota. Wait, water coolers, do people still have those? Perhaps my office is sheltered, no water coolers anywhere, and I highly doubt anybody would stand around the thing just to talk ....

Anyway, enough from me, lets get you to the information you so desperately crave. Give you something to talk about around that imaginary water cooler.

Wild News

Setoguchi could be 'X' factor in playoffs | StarTribune.com
Seto needs to get a fire lit under his arse, a non-update on Pom Pom and a few extra notes about the playoffs.

Rand: Minnesota playoff successes and failures | StarTribune.com
A slightly depressing, yet somehow optimistic look at the coming second season.

Mighty Blackhawks present formidable challenge for Wild | StarTribune.com
Jebus, Russo makes winning in Chicago seem like an impossible task, and he's mostly right ... dammit!

Wild goalie Backstrom shows calm amid the storm | StarTribune.com
Dig a little deeper with Niklas Backstrom.

Myers: Travel schedule may be only good news for Wild in playoffs | 1500 ESPN Twin Cities
I am a huge fan that we won't be looking at 9:30 pm starts against Anaheim.

Five Questions: Minnesota Wild ready to start anew in postseason - Blackhawks vs Wild - 2013 SCP Conference Quarterfinals
NHL.com presents five questions facing the Minnesota Wild entering the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The emphasis on newcomers with playoff experience and thoughts on Jason Pominville " Wild Now
Playoff experience for the kids on this squad will be invaluable going forward.

2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Rivals scout the Minnesota Wild - NHL - ESPN
Breakdown the strength of this Wild squad, because we have no weakness!

Minnesota Wild might dangle Cal Clutterbuck this summer. How about the Oilers? | Edmonton Journal
Edmonton has interest in Cal Clutterbuck?

Wild In The Play-Offs: 5 Blackhawks You Should Get To Know - Gone Puck Wild - A Minnesota Wild Fan Site
Get to know a few of the people you'll be wishing weren't on the ice in the upcoming series.

Tending The Fields

Aeros' impending departure stokes playoff intensity - Houston Chronicle
A small peak behind the curtain in the Wild's AHL team's final post-season in Houston.

AEROS COMEBACK FALLS SHORT, GRIFFINS TAKE GAME 2 | aeros.com
Aeros lose game 2, series is tied at 1 a piece.

The Third Intermission: Aeros Lose Game Two 3-2 to Grand Rapids
Aeros game recap from our friends at The 3rd Intermission.

Laxidasicle Meanderings

Swarm Run Past Rock 20-11 In East Division Semifinal | Minnesota Swarm
The Swarm stomped the Toronto Rock, at least I think. I don't know much about lacrosse, is 20-11 a drubbing?

Off The Trail

Your 2013 Stanley Cup Playoff first-round TV schedule | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Your DVR guide and inevitable annoyance of your significant other who doesn't quite understand your hockey obsession.

Draft lottery odds are now set | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com
Lets all watch as Edmonton tries to win it yet again with their 4.7% odds of maintaining their only winning streak.

Person familiar with decision tells AP Stars hire Jim Nill to replace fired GM Joe Nieuwendyk | StarTribune.com
Although not officially announced, its printed on the internet so it has to be true.

Avalanche fire coach Joe Sacco after missing playoffs for 3rd straight season | StarTribune.com
So do we get to claim we somehow got him fired?

Pageau's goal with 3:34 left gives Senators 4-2 win over Bruins and No. 7 seed in playoffs | StarTribune.com
The actual final day of the NHL season was Sunday, as Boston and Ottawa made up a game which was postponed due to some selfish asshole.

Ilya Bryzgalov’s parting words to Flyers’ media: ‘What have you done besides only criticize?’ | Puck Daddy
Oh those poor members of the media ...

Stanley Cup Playoffs 2013: 16 people facing the most pressure in NHL postseason | Puck Daddy
I dunno, Parise feel pressure in the playoffs? I just don't see it, he has performed before, he's just wearing a new sweater now.

Canada tops U.S. to win 2013 IIHF U18 tournament gold | ProHockeyTalk
I guess Canada has to win something sometime.

Blackhawks’ Crawford, Emery win William Jennings Trophy | ProHockeyTalk
And we have to play these guys? Shit...

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