Wilderness Walk: Game Day Edition

QUACK! QUACK! QUACK! QUACK! QUACK! QUACK! - Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight, your Minnesota Wild take on the Anaheim (Mighty) Ducks. We're about due for a win against this Western Conference power-house.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! The Wild are not getting rid of Mikael Granlund or Charlie Coyle!

That was a fun yesterday Wilderness, wasn't it? Around 9:30 in the morning the world was turned upside down when some guy who doesn't know which way is up made his own attempt to drive up the price of Buffalo Sabres soon to be free-agent goalie Ryan Miller by putting out into the world a rumor stating the Wild were ready to mortgage their future for an ageing goalie, they may not even need.

Now can we please turn around and focus on a very difficult opponent tonight? Tonight's game doesn't start until 9 pm central. Another late night in the Wilderness folks. It's going to be another chilly one out there today, so once again, stay warm, and stay safe!

Wild News

Minnesota Wild Eyeing Sabres' Ryan Miller? Not So Fast.
In case this wasn't made abundantly clear to you yesterday. Ryan Miller is NOT Minnesota bound.

Minnesota Wild: Trade deadline not a big deal this season - TwinCities.com
Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press easing the minds of a rabid fan base as rumors of a stupid, illogical trade are swirling.

Is There A Place For Jason Zucker? | The Team of 18,001
Zucker has not been getting the kind of minutes most would consider productive, and it probably has something to do with his defensive lapses. He is a project still, but he will get his chance.

Wild trying to fix its faceoff struggles | Star Tribune
The Wild's struggles in the faceoff dot are something that needs an immediate fix.

NHL Preview - Minnesota Wild at Anaheim Ducks - Jan 28, 2014 - CBSSports.com
The Anaheim Ducks have won six straight over the Minnesota Wild, with five coming by one goal. So, we're due, right?

Off the Trail

Dancin' KHL Goalie Does Back Flip In Full Gear | deadspin.com
Ilya Ezhov, goaltender for the KHL's SKA St. Petersburg, showing off some moves. WOW!

NHL rumors: Is P.A. Parenteau on the trade block in Colorado? - CBSSports.com
P.A. Parenteau made a somewhat surprising appearance in the rumor mill on Monday, especially after the Avs forward was announced as a healthy scratch for Monday night.

Stamkos a little frustrated after missing practice | ProHockeyTalk
Lightning coach Jon Cooper insists that it's not a setback.

KHL defenseman prevents empty-netter with glove save of the year candidate (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Perhaps this gentleman has a chance at changing positions.

Five team stats you may find interesting | ProHockeyTalk
The Buffalo Sabres still haven't reached the 100-goal mark, but they're getting close.

Sabres GM Murray: ‘Teams are just trying to feel us out’ on trades | ProHockeyTalk
Buffalo could be busy at the deadline, but don't worry Wilderness, Coyle and Granlund are going nowhere!

NHL won't commit to Winter Olympics after Sochi Games - Olympics - SI.com
The NHL has not decided whether to let its players participate in the Olympics beyond this year, meaning the Sochi Games could be the finale for dozens of players.

FAQ: What’s the fallout after San Francisco Bulls fold during ECHL season? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
What happens when a hockey team folds mid-season? Wysh gives you the dirty details.

NHL Recap - Colorado Avalanche at Dallas Stars - Jan 27, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Alex Tanguay scored the winning goal early in the third period, and Semyon Varlamov made it stand up for the Colorado Avalanche in a 4-3 victory against the Dallas Stars on Monday night.

NHL Recap - Columbus Blue Jackets at Carolina Hurricanes - Jan 27, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Jordan Staal scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:55 remaining to help the Carolina Hurricanes rally for a 3-2 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night.

NHL Recap - Buffalo Sabres at Pittsburgh Penguins - Jan 27, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 24 shots for his fourth shutout and Chris Kunitz and Deryk Engelland scored second-period goals, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the Buffalo Sabres 3-0 on Monday night.

NHL Recap - Boston Bruins at New York Islanders - Jan 27, 2014 - CBSSports.com
The line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith combined for three goals and six assists to lead the Boston Bruins to a seesaw 6-3 victory against the New York Islanders on Monday night.

Duck Hunting

Anaheim Calling, an Anaheim Ducks community
Your best source for quality Anaheim Ducks news, rumors, analysis, stats and scores from the fan perspective.

Battle of California - Kings, Sharks, and Ducks
News, analysis and opinion from the fan perspective.

The Official Web Site - Anaheim Ducks
Get the latest official team news from the Ducks website.

NHL Recap - Anaheim Ducks at Los Angeles Kings - Jan 25, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Corey Perry and Matt Beleskey scored first-period goals, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night in the NHL's first warm-weather outdoor game.

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