Wilderness Walk: Groundhog's Day Edition

Derek Leung

Will that giant ground rat see his shadow and thus bring in 6 more weeks of hard winter? Does any of that really matter or actually mean anything?

Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today!

The Wild have spent much of January living in Bill Murray's 1993 movie Groudhogs Day hell. A lot of the same repeated effort, slight variations in results. The Wild dropped one to the recently surging Calgary Flames last night after 2 periods of very little effort, a 3rd period surge which did gain them a precious point in the standings. Eventually though Calgary proved victorious and we are left to wake up this morning to the same Sonny and Cher song again.

Some other league is playing a pretty big game today as well, if you're into that sort of thing.

Wild News

Minnesota Wild stumble in Calgary to conclude road trip - TwinCities.com
Chad Graff breaks down last nights action in Calgary.

Calgary tops Wild in overtime | Star Tribune
The Wild earn a point in Calgary, well ... You can't really say they worked for it too hard.

Late-game rally allows Wild to salvage point in 4-3 overtime loss to Calgary | State of Hockey News
The SOHN breaks down last nights action with a bonus for all you nostalgic cartage video games nerds. They got it right folks, Blades of Steel was and will always be far superior to Ice Hockey for NES!

Wild's Koivu uncertain for Team Finland in Olympics | Star Tribune
Kaptain Koivu's availability for Team Finland is up in the air still.

The Team of 18,001: January Wrapup
The Team of 18001 looks back at the Wild's month of January.

Tending the Fields

Take five, Iowa: Tired Wild drop another OT tilt | The Des Moines Register | desmoinesregister.com
These extra sessions are becoming merely routine for the Iowa Wild.

Mallards fall in Missouri
The Quad-City Mallards couldn’t carry over the momentum from Friday night’s victory over Tulsa, losing to the Missouri Mavericks 3-1 on Saturday night.

Solar Bears slide continues in 3-2 loss to Gladiators - Orlando Sentinel

Laxidasical Meanderings

Mammoth 'W': Powell's return helps fuel 14-12 win over Swarm | National Lacrosse League
The Swarm drop yet another one on the road.

Off the Trail

Controversy in college shootout after Minnesota goaltender kicks the net off (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
That's one way to prevent a goal in a shootout.

NHL Recap - Ottawa Senators at Toronto Maple Leafs - Feb 01, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Phil Kessel scored three goals, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Ottawa Senators 6-3 on Saturday night for their sixth straight win at home.

Kadri hit leads to goal: supplemental discipline? Argument for coach’s challenge? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Don't act all surprised Kadri is gooning it up again.

NHL Recap - Nashville Predators at St. Louis Blues - Feb 01, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Vladimir Tarasenko scored and added an assist in regulation, and then netted the deciding goal in the shootout to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.

Blues' Vladimir Sobotka placed on IR, will miss Olympics - CBSSports.com
Vladimir Sobotka has been placed on injured reserve by the St. Louis Blues and will miss the Olympics where he was due to represent the Czech Republic.

NHL Recap - Chicago Blackhawks at San Jose Sharks - Feb 01, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Joe Thornton capped San Jose's perfect shootout with a nifty move past Corey Crawford that helped the Sharks snap a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.

Video: Joe Thornton pulls off beautiful toe-drag shootout goal | ProHockeyTalk
Is "posterizing" a thing in hockey?

NHL Recap - Pittsburgh Penguins at Phoenix Coyotes - Feb 01, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Zbynek Michalek scored against his former team, his first goal in 83 games, and the Phoenix Coyotes became the first Pacific Division team to beat the Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh Penguins in regulation this season with a 3-1 victory on Saturday night.

NHL Recap - Philadelphia Flyers at Los Angeles Kings - Feb 01, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Steve Mason posted his second shutout in three games with 35 saves and Wayne Simmonds scored his 100th NHL goal, leading the Philadelphia Flyers to a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

NHL Recap - Buffalo Sabres at Colorado Avalanche - Feb 01, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Jamie McGinn had two goals and an assist, Gabriel Landeskog also had two goals and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Buffalo Sabres 7-1 on Saturday.

NHL Recap - Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens - Feb 01, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Nate Thompson scored twice, including the winner at 4:36 of overtime, to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday afternoon.

NHL Recap - Edmonton Oilers at Boston Bruins - Feb 01, 2014 - CBSSports.com
David Krejci scored a second-period power-play goal and Chad Johnson made 22 saves for his second career shutout and the Boston Bruins earned a 4-0 victory over the last-place Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.

NHL Recap - Dallas Stars at Anaheim Ducks - Feb 01, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Dan Ellis made 26 saves against his former team in his 14th career shutout, and Trevor Daley scored in the Dallas Stars' 2-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night.

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