There's not much to say for this one.
The Wild lost to the St. Louis Blues 2-1, and while we can all agree it was a better effort, and that losing to St. Louis isn't a crime, it's not enough. We're past the point of effort. The Wild needed results, and they didn't get any. They just didn't.
The general feeling around the Wild is best summarized by the second Peter in The Room when he says "I feel like I'm sitting on an atomic bomb waiting for it to go off."
We're going on a Walk.
Oh, and Happy New Year, Wilderness!
Better defensive effort, but Blues still suffocate the Wild in 2-1 loss at home, losing streak extends to 6 games- 27-10-3 is the record the Wild would need to make the playoffs, given the current paces in the Western Conference. I don't think it'll take that much, but this is the kind of margin for error that they're dealing with here.
First Round Bust: Summing up 2013 in 150 Words- More eloquent than I could come up with.
Injury Bug Running through Minnesota- On the topic of injuries, I don't want to hear about it. Tell Tampa Bay about injuries. Or Pittsburgh.
What comes next as tension, losses overtake the tumbling Wild? | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com- Russo talks about the state of the Wild right now. One interesting thing he mentioned that there's concern that Laviolette's offensive system may not fit the Wild. For the rest, you're going to have to read it.
People Who Barely Pay Attention To Hockey, But All of a Sudden Decide To Have an Opinion Now That Things Are Bad, and People May Get Fired For It.
Reusse: Next Wild coach could come from Recycling Club | Star Tribune- The noted wordsmith Patrick Reusse made everyone stand in awe at his coining of the phrase "Recycling Club".
Tom Powers: Is new coach the jolt Wild need? - TwinCities.com- Such poetry. Very hockey knowledge. Much smart. wow. Among the gems in here, there's the suggestion that Matt Cooke give someone a concussion and get suspended to put a jolt in this team. wow.
Tending the Fields
The Things I Thought: Notes from Canada’s 3-2 win over the US | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com- Justin Bourne has some thoughts. Here they are.
Off the Trail
Top 10 goals of 2013 (Puck Daddy Year in Review) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- It's all been building up to this. All those "Goal of the Year" candidates are sifted through, and only the worthy make it. Enjoy. They're pretty good.
Leafs make Dion Phaneuf’s new 7-year deal official; is he worth it? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- He's worth it in my fantasy league, for what that's worth.
Who’s leading the great Canadian goaltending race? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Someone, no doubt.
Bobby Ryan left off U.S. Olympic roster for Sochi 2014? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Maybe Parise's injury will free up a spot? It'd be bad news for Parise, good news for Ryan.
Top 13 NHL stories of 2013 | Home Ice - SI.com- A year-end review.
Former top prospect Brule tells Coyotes he’s quitting hockey | ProHockeyTalk- A First Round Bust's career ends.
Will someone please just put Sean Monahan on the IR? | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com- And a current top prospect struggles.
What Winter Classic looks like from best, worst seats in Big House (Photos) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- In case you're thinking about making it over there.