Wilderness Walk: Game Day Edition

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Wild look to further solidify their playoff position against the surging Los Angeles Kings.

Tonight the Minnesota Wild continue their difficult march to solidify their place in the playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings who are on a tear right now. The Kings are coming into tonight's game having won their last 6 consecutive games and 11 of their last 14 games. Their defense is ranked 2nd in the NHL and is tops in the West, which is not good news for a team as goal starved as the Wild.

The wild card race is still pretty tight as currently the Wild sit 3 points ahead of the Phoenix Coyotes and 4 points ahead of the Dallas Stars who are outside looking in. The Vancouver Canucks need some major help here but are not out of it yet. Here is how the playoff picture looks going into tonight's action.

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The game is in L.A. which means we'll all be up pretty late tonight. Sounds like Ilya Bryzgalov will get the nod tonight as Darcy Kuemper is struggling to find his game lately. Things can always change though, Southern California has been plagued with earthquakes lately so who knows if it will even be there for the game tonight.

Wild News

Wild-Kings Preview - Yahoo Sports
The Kings are on fire right now. This will be a remarkable accomplishment if the Wild can skate out of there with a win.

Wild looks to build off Saturday's solid effort Monday in L.A. | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com
Russo writes while he's on his way to L.A. where he may be fortunate if the ground doesn't open up and swallow the whole city. Earth is a crazy place to live sometimes.

Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov playing a leading role - TwinCities.com
Bryzgalov is helping the Wild and Kuemper get through a poor stretch of games.

The Team of 18,001: Time To Roll With Bryzgalov
As much as we've all fallen in love with Darcy Kuemper, it may be time to let him sit and relax, try to get back to the game we all have seen him play.

Tending the Fields

Iowa Wild's three-game road win streak snapped | Des Moines Register
The Iowa Wild give up a 2 goal lead and lose to the Utica Comets.

Streaking Mallards enter playoffs with win | Quad-City Times
The Mallards close out their season taking a win and some momentum with them into the CHL playoffs.

Off the Trail

2014 NCAA Hockey Tournament: Minnesota Bound for Frozen Four - The Daily Gopher
The Gophers looked in top form as they dispatched the Huskies and booked their tickets to the Frozen Four.

Top-seeded Boston College beats UMass-Lowell 4-3 in NCAA Northeast Regional final | Star Tribune
Boston College makes their way to the Frozen Four again, which if the last few times they've made it this far is any indicator you may as well just give them the NCAA title now.

Jonathan Toews knocked out of game vs. Penguins after Brooks Orpik hit (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
The Blackhawks, already without Patrick Kane can ill afford this blow if they wish to retain any sort of home-ice advantage in the playoffs.

Gustav Nyquist continues hot streak with ridiculous individual effort for goal (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Good God, is there anything this kid cannot do? What a beast.

NHL Playoff Death Watch: Wild make statement; Leafs' bubble bursting | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Hear that guys? We made a statement! Hopefully we are not contradicting that statement tonight.

Martin Brodeur set on testing free agency, 80 percent he'll play again - CBSSports.com
This will probably be one of the more interesting stories to come out of free-agency this summer. Just where will Brodeur land? Winnipeg may be an option as they need all the goalie help they can get.

Preds play it safe as Jones deals with concussion-like symptoms | ProHockeyTalk
I'll never get why the call it "concussion-like symptoms". He either has one or he doesn't (he does) and why dance around the issue when the league as a whole is trying to do all they can to treat and prevent these things?

Sunday's NHL Capsules - The Hockey News
Recaps from Sunday's action across the NHL.

Scouting the Enemy

NHL Recap - Winnipeg Jets at Los Angeles Kings - Mar 29, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Anze Kopitar scored two goals in the first period, Jonathan Quick made 24 saves, and the Los Angeles Kings kept rolling toward the playoffs with their sixth straight victory, 4-2 over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night.

Jewels From The Crown, a Los Angeles Kings community
Your best source for quality Los Angeles Kings news, rumors, analysis, stats and scores from the fan perspective.

Battle of California - Kings, Sharks, and Ducks
Be sure to stop by the Battle of California as well today. A lot of interesting folks to be found here.

The Official Website - Los Angeles Kings
Stop by the teams website for all the latest official team news.

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