Wilderness Walk: Game Day Edition

Hannah Foslien

The Wild try to get back to winning ways against the Edmonton Oilers tonight.

The Minnesota Wild had a lackluster effort against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night, and the message was "Eh, just toss it in the garbage." The Wild will have a chance to do just that tonight against Edmonton.

There's not a whole lot of news on the Minnesota Wild front, they're mainly focused on getting healthy. The same can't be said for Edmonton, who pulled off two trades yesterday, flipping their goalie Devan Dubnyk to Nashville for very little, while also acquiring Ben Scrivens from Los Angeles for not much. No word as who will be the Oiler's starter tonight, I believe (UPDATE: He is.), but regardless of who is in net, it shows that the Oilers are looking at trades, and perhaps no one's job will be safe. So, there's some thought that the Oilers could be fired up tonight.

I don't really care. The Oilers are a team that the Wild should beat, and they can't be in the business of losing games they ought to win.

So, get ready for tonight's game, and get on to the Walk.

Wild News

Wild's Parise back on the ice with teammates | Star Tribune- Yay! Nothing imminent in terms of him playing, but yay!

Minnesota Wild: Parise leads injured stars on comeback trail - TwinCities.com

Keith Ballard’s woes and the game-day routine of the healthy scratched | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com

Wild's Parise says fatherhood '10 times better than the way people describe it' - TwinCities.com- A Bill Cosby-esque comedy album will follow.

Minnesota Wild's compressed schedule feels like last year's short season - TwinCities.com- It's really interesting that the Wild have played about the same kind of schedule they did in last year's shortened season. Maybe the extra rest down the stretch will help?

Off the Trail

Why Alex Semin was left off of Team Russia | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

Jamie Langenbrunner retires after 16 NHL seasons, two Stanley Cups | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- He, of course, didn't succeed in his

HockeyBuzz.com - Travis Yost - What Teams Are Legitimitely Improving (Or, Sliding)?- Comparing possession numbers from the season's first quarter to it's second. I don't think you have to guess which way the Wild trended.

Game-Winning Goals: Do They Matter as a Statistic?- No. Not really.

Behind Enemy Lines

For news and analysis on the Edmonton Oilers, you may visit our partners at The Copper and Blue. You don't have to, and if you do choose to go there, I strongly encourage you to be civil.

Oilers trade Devan Dubnyk to Nashville for Matt Hendricks for some reason | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

Ben Scrivens, welcome to Edmonton Oilers goaltending | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

Moving parts: Scrivens and Dubnyk and Hendricks, oh my | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com

Wild Minute: Expect a motivated Oilers team up next | Star Tribune

Gameday preview: Edmonton at Wild | Star Tribune

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