Wilderness Walk: Game-Day Edition

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Tonight we have a double feature for you Minnesota hockey fans out there. The Minnesota Wild will exchange pleasantries with the St. Louis Blues and the University of Minnesota will kick off their NCAA Frozen Four campaign against the University of North Dakota.

What an exciting day WIlderness! Your Minnesota Wild have clinched their second consecutive playoff berth and take to the ice tonight to defend the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul from the St. Louis Blues, and if that is not enough hockey for you sports fans, we've got more! The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers and the University of North Dakota somebodies kick off their bids for an NCAA National Championship by rekindling an electric rivalry.

"But wait! We need more!"

Well kids, from the sounds of it we will likely see the NHL debut of undrafted rookie free agent recently signed to the Wild Christian Folin. Not that I want to start looking ahead to next season anytime soon, but this will give us a good glimpse of what this kid can do for us next season.

Just an all-around great day to be a hockey fan in Minnesota today. Now if you'll excuse me, I must get back to refreshing the tracking page for my new phone which will be arriving today!

Wild News

Wild appear set to rest key players against St. Louis - TwinCities.com
It's OK Suter, we promise you'll get to play in the next game, scouts honor!

New Wild defenseman Folin goes from obscurity to NHL | Star Tribune
Christian Folin has had quite a roller-coaster ride to get himself to the NHL.

Christian Folin's NHL debut, John Curry's Wild debut may come Thursday against St. Louis | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com
The Wild with a day-off yesterday and as they make preparations for the post-season, a couple of newcomers will likely get a taste of the NHL.

Hitting The Post: They're In, Now Win!
The Wild, meeting peoples expectations all over the place!

Tending the Fields

Solar Bears' muddled playoff picture to become clearer - Orlando Sentinel
Throw a dart at a playoff seeding dart board and you will likely hit one of the many places the Solar Bears could end up.

Frazee breaks through for Mallards in Game 3 win
Frazee and the Mallards catch fire in the 3rd period to secure a win and give them a 2-1 series lead in the opening round of the CHL playoffs.

Off the Trail

Paralyzed Monroe hockey player: 'I'm not going to lose to this injury' | NJ.com
Michael Nichols was paralyzed by a hit from behind suffered back in January.

Frozen Four 2014 preview: Minnesota makes triumphant return to college hockey's big stage - SBNation.com
College hockey takes center stage tonight, definitely going to be flipping between the UofM and NoDak game and the Wild game tonight.

Halifax Mooseheads turn ice into 3-D video show in awesome pregame (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
This needs to come to the NHL, so all NHL fans can have one more thing to complain about their team sucking at.

Blue Jackets defeat Stars, clinch playoff berth | ProHockeyTalk
Good for Todd Richards! And good for my dreams of a Dallas vs. Phoenix play-in game this Sunday!

Systems Analyst: How Ryan Johansen’s positioning & instincts thrust Columbus into playoffs | Backhand Shelf
A good break-down of Ryan Johansen here and how he's helped push the Columbus Blue Jackets into the playoffs.

The NHL playoffs: now with wild cards! Postseason seed change still requires strong finish - The Hockey News
Just a lowly 8th seed yet to be settled here in the West. Hopefully this doesn't get sorted out until the last day of the regular season.

Hackett’s rise to NHL starter caps ‘weird year’ - Sports - The Buffalo News
WE DIDN'T NEED HIM!!!!

Report: Leafs interested in Shanahan? | ProHockeyTalk
Big changes could will be coming to Toronto after regular-season collapse.

Welcome back: Vancouver officially names Linden team president | ProHockeyTalk
The Canucks go fishing in their own well.

Canucks owners threaten legal action if you claim they hired John Tortorella | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Anybody else read this with Jeff Dunham's puppet Achmed the Dead Terrorist stuck in their head? "I kill you!", yup, that sounds like an NHL GM.

To fire Torts, or not to fire Torts — that is now the question for Linden | ProHockeyTalk
As much as I don't care what they do either way, the Torts presser after a firing would be epic.

NHL Recap - Columbus Blue Jackets at Dallas Stars - Apr 09, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Artem Anisimov and Mark Letestu added goals to the one Columbus already had when the makeup game started, and the Blue Jackets clinched the second playoff berth in franchise history with a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night.

NHL Recap - Montreal Canadiens at Chicago Blackhawks - Apr 09, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Patrick Sharp set up Marian Hossa 's tying goal in the final minute of regulation and then got the game-winner 43 seconds into overtime to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.

NHL Recap - Detroit Red Wings at Pittsburgh Penguins - Apr 09, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Jussi Jokinen scored in regulation and then got the game-winner in the shootout, lifting the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-3 victory over the playoff-bound Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.

Blues Clues

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