Good morning Wilderness, and what a wonderful morning it is. It is gameday folks, and Minnesota welcomes an old friend back to the Twin Cities as the Chicago Blackhawks are in town and that means a lot of extra red jerseys floating around St. Paul tonight. If you have never experienced a Blackhawks game at the X it is definitely something you need to do, and as luck would have it, those opportunities are going to become a lot more frequent in the coming years.
Their There were some epic battles back before somebody decided to move hockey to where their there is no ice. Occasionally before they fought, they would play a little of the game, but a pre-game scuffle or two had been known to break out. A bench clearing brawl was also not beyond the realm of probability when those teams faced off, one such occasion bringing us broadcasting gold out of Tom Reid when he said "Well even the players have left the penalty box, which is definitely against the rules."
Maybe I'm sappy and sentimental for the hockey I watched as a kid. Growing up just 15 minutes from the old Met Center had its perks back in those days (as well as having parents who had a decent understanding of the game). It's an old style of hockey that you would be hard pressed to find floating around the NHL these days. If you need to find any inspiration on this, just look up Dino Ciccarelli and Al Secord.
The Minnesota Wild snapped a 3 game losing streak shutting out the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday. They will look to build on that showing against a strong Blackhawks squad that has clinched a spot in the playoffs already (Jerks). Perhaps they feel the need to rest a few guys tonight, I cant say that I would mind. Puck drops at 7pm.
Scoggins: When opportunity knocks, Leipold isn't afraid to listen | StarTribune.com - Is Scoggins giving Leipold credit for the PomPom trade?
Tending The Fields
Puck Daddy chats with St. Cloud State’s Ben Hanowski about Iginla trade, Frozen Four and ‘Locks of Love’ | Puck Daddy - This weekend is the NCAA Frozen Four in Pittsburgh. Leading up to this weekend's events, we're chatting with one player from each of the teams involved. Look for interviews through Thursday. Today, it's Ben Hanowski from St. Cloud State.
Off The Trail
NHL Three Stars: Kessel, Dvorak goals power wins; Schneider blanks Coyotes | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports - Toronto Maple Leafs Kessel scored twice and assisted on another as the Maple Leafs edged the New York Rangers
NHL emerges from lockout gloom in record-breaking fashion - Yahoo! Sports - Damn you Bettman!!!!!
Ranking the 10 NHL Teams with the Brightest Future | Bleacher Report | Bleacher Report - My apologies for the slide show, but I did it for a reason guys. #2 is going to piss you right off though, fair warning.
Oops: Ducks fans boo Nick instead of Justin Schultz | ProHockeyTalk - A step by step instructional for telling Nick Schultz from Justin Schultz.
Giguere ‘embarrassed’ by Avs, says some teammates ‘care more about their trip to Vegas’ than winning games | ProHockeyTalk - Man, it just must suck to be an Avs fan right now ...
Retirement looming? Bolts’ Ohlund (knee) says chances of return ‘smaller and smaller each day’ | ProHockeyTalk - I bet Koivu is all smiles.
Holy crap, Erik Karlsson skated today | Backhand Shelf - Holy crap indeed!
Sidney Crosby’s new hockey smile (Photo) | Puck Daddy - Say "CHEESE!!!!"
Kesler scores in return, Schneider earns shutout as Canucks beat Coyotes 2-0 | StarTribune.com - For those of you rooting for the Nucks last night....
Dvorak scores twice, Hiller makes 27 saves in Ducks' 2-1 win over Oilers | StarTribune.com - Not surprising, as the Oilers suck at ice hockey.
Cammalleri lifts Flames to 3-1 win over Avs to halt 13-game road winless streak | StarTribune.com - Speaking of two futile teams...
Chicago Blackhawks: Minnesota Wild Fighting for Their Playoff Lives - SHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Your telling them all our secrets!
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