Good morning WILDerness, and what a fantastic day it is! Tonight your Minnesota Wild take on the over-hyped Chicago Blackhawks in game 4 of their Western Conference Quarter Final playoff series. The Wild trail in this series (for the moment) 2-1, and are looking to even things up tonight on home ice. Speaking of tonight, 8:30, really NHL? I mean you already don't watch us on the East coast as it is (more on this in a bit), but you really need to make it harder for our Easterly time zoned friends to enjoy some Wild playoff hockey? (Sorry Ger, gonna be a late(r) night for you.) I get you need to liberal up the start times for the playoffs a bit to ensure everyone has the opportunity to watch, but its a school night for Pete's sake!
As if right on cue too, the NHL and NBC brass are making sure the never wrong folks in the PHWA do not see their correct decision to not include Minnesota Wild's defensive rookie phenom Jonas Brodin destroy the competition. This is nearly as ridiculous as the Vancouver Canucks Kevin Bieksa "calling out" Sharks Logan Couture and Joe Thornton for embellishing. Brodin at the very least deserved to be recognized, nobody here is claiming he should win (#brodinforcalder), but this snub just reminds me of an EA Sports NHL 14 cover contest. Their is nothing we can do about this Wilderness, but I have a couple thoughts for those of you who may be attending the game tonight (tell your friends). Bring a sign, something that reads along the lines of: Brodin > Saad / Brodin for President / Fuck Norm Green. Surely you could start a chant! Chants are always fun, right?
At any rate, we need to move on Wilderness, whats done is done and their is absolutely no sense dwelling on it. Tonight, just like every game night, is the most important game of the season. Going back to Chicago for game 5 with the series tied up at 2 puts a lot of pressure on the Hawks. The same people who aren't giving us a chance are the ones who vote for the individual awards as well, so we obviously cannot listen to them anymore.
On a lighter note, the Reynolds bump put my twitter followers (mostly spam accounts) to push up to 200 yesterday, I feel so loved!
Wild-Blackhawks Game 4 preview | StarTribune.com
A little look-see into tonight's game.
Minnesota Wild Pregame Party - Minnesota Wild - News
Brodin left off short list of Calder Trophy finalists | StarTribune.com
Just plain stupid.
The Calder Trophy Nominees vs Jonas Brodin: Statistical Analysis - Gone Puck Wild - A Minnesota Wild Fan Site
A look at each of the Calder nominees and why they all suck in comparison to our man-boy Jonas Brodin. *Warning: Advanced stats ahead, proceed with caution*
Wild rookies bonding, maturing | StarTribune.com
ROOKIES, ROOKIES, ROOKIES!
Wild's Veilleux comes revved up for action | StarTribune.com
The Red Rocket, Pom-Pom practices, and call ups, call ups, call ups!
Tom Powers: For Wild, Jared Spurgeon is top dog on second sled - TwinCities.com
Its not the size of the dog in the fight ...
Chicago Blackhawks: Wild's physical strategy pays off - TwinCities.com
I can't say the hit disparity will be as big for game 4, but if we stick to our game things should be ok.
Zulgad: Only question is what took Wild so long to get physical? | 1500 ESPN Twin Cities
My thought, its tough to change the way you have played all season, which for the Wild was not very physical.
Tending The Fields
The Houston Aeros Are No More, R.I.P. - Houston - News - Hair Balls
The goodbyes continue.
The Third Intermission: John's Favorite Aeros
A giant thank you from everyone here at HW to the folks at The 3rd Intermission. I absolutely hate that we have to clip this link into the walk...
The Third Intermission: Thank yous from Ms. C...
The Aeros are more than just a hockey team to some ... If you don't read this for shame!
Off The Trail
Jersey Aesthetics: Ranking the 8 first-round playoff series on visual pleasure | Backhand Shelf
A playoff series that looks good, plays good? Can't say I agree with burning the reds, but to each their own.
Pair of 3rd-period goals give Rangers 4-3 win; New York cuts series deficit to 2-1 | StarTribune.com
Rangers get on the board, with goals and a win.
Brunner scores in OT, lifting Red Wings to series-evening, 3-2 win over the Ducks in Game 4 | StarTribune.com
Go ... eh, I don't even care. Go to 7 games, all overtime and beat each other good.
Bruins take 2-1 series lead, beating Maple Leafs 5-2 | StarTribune.com
To the Leafs fan who brought the "Toronto Stronger" sign, your an idiot, and HA HA!!
Maple Leafs fan brings ‘Toronto Stronger’ sign to Game 3 vs. Bruins, invites international scorn | Puck Daddy
Stay classy Toronto. *barf*
Couture’s reply to Bieksa embellishment accusation: ‘Really?’ | ProHockeyTalk
That about sums it up.
Fan cancels pizza pickup because Canucks tied playoff game (Photo) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
As a Canucks fan, he should have known better.
Report: Luongo’s Vancouver penthouse on the market | ProHockeyTalk
This won't be on the market long as Vancouverites will promptly burn the region to the ground upon being swept out of the first round.
Please visit our friends over at Second City Hockey, for all thinks Blackhawks and a few chuckles as well.
As always be sure to check in with the folks over at The Committed Indian where nobody is hitting the panic button yet, but they should be. *wink wink nudge nudge, say no more*
Do the Blackhawks Need to Change up Their Lineup? | NBC Chicago
Shhhhhhh.... Don't give them any ideas!
HockeyBuzz.com - John Jaeckel - Here's What I Know
Examining what went wrong for Chicago.