Wilderness Walk: Game-Day Edition

Doug Pensinger

Your Minnesota Wild look to get the monkey off their back and get their playoff glory back on track tonight against the Colorado Avalanche.

You know what I like? Winning! It is a rather enjoyable experience to win something. You don't even have to be involved in some sort of sporting like event. Occasionally finding money in your pants pocket that has been buried at the bottom of your hamper for 2 weeks for example. Well, I'd call that a win!

Or maybe you had one of those morning where the alarm clock didn't do it's job effectively. You scrambled to get yourself put together, get the thermos of coffee going and manage to still slide into your office desk right on time. That's a humungous-big win as not only did you efficiently get through your morning routine but you managed to squeeze a few extra Z's into that process!

A win we have all been without this past week is one that comes from our favorite team, the Minnesota Wild. Tonight they have a great opportunity to put a big smile on a lot of faces and get their first win in this series. Looks as if Coach Yeo has a few roster adjustments he's been mulling over we may see in tonight's game. Perhaps Justin Fontaine gets the call, or maybe Jonathon Blum finds his way into the roster, and it definitely sounds like Darcy Kuemper will get his first career playoff start tonight at the X.

You will not get to game time any faster if you run, so lets just take a walk.

Wild News

Chip Scoggins: Roy stays mellow as his stars mature | Star Tribune
Lavishing Roy with love, kind of makes me sick.

Wild returns home with hopes of slowing Colorado's top line | Star Tribune
Time to turn this train around folks. 4 more games till the Wild clinch the series!

Wild likely to make changes, but Mike Yeo not tipping hand yet | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com
So, Darcy Kuemper had a concussion.

Minnesota Wild: Darcy Kuemper likely takes lead in goalie carousel - TwinCities.com
I don't think Bryzgalov was a giant issue, but something needs to change and it starts from the back. Next, Blum please?

Wild could look to Matt Cooke to slow down Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon - TwinCities.com
The Wild will get a chance to staple their shutdown lone to the top line for the Avalanche. Let's hope it works, or I might have to start rethinking my "Wild in 6" prediction.

Minnesota Wild Unable to Address Nathan MacKinnon's Dominance
The theme here is that the dump-truck sized hole Nathan MacKinnon is driving through the Wild is just plain painful.

Tending the Fields

Iowa Wild’s initial season ends in spiraling fashion | Des Moines Register
The Iowa Wild continue to fall flat on their face as their season comes to a grinding halt.

Solar Bears fall 7-3 to Cincinnati as Orlando falls into 0-2 series deficit - Orlando Sentinel
The Solar Bears are in a tough spot right now in their ECHL playoff season.

Mallards lose Frazee, then get shut out in Game 2 loss | Quad-City Times
The Quad-City Mallards lose a couple players and the game to have their second-round playoffs even up at 1 game a piece. From the sounds of it Frazee was being treated for dehydration prior to the game after he collapsed in the pre-game warmups.

Off the Trail

Trotz says goodbye to Nashville with full-page ad in newspaper | ProHockeyTalk
Your next coach of the Minnesota Wild.

Stamkos was ‘good to go’ after second-period injury, says Lightning coach | ProHockeyTalk
Steven Stamkos returned in the third-period after taking a knee to the head. Said he had a headache but the medical staff said "Eh ..."

Canadiens’ pre-game 3-D light/laser show was pretty friggin’ awesome | Post-to-Post
Can't wait to see how the Wild answer to this tonight!

Brent Seabrook gets three-game suspension for charging David Backes | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
3 games is perfectly fair in this situation. Seabrook is just a goon anyway.

Controversial disallowed goal, Stamkos injury steal Lightning momentum in Game 3 (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
So you're saying Carey Price has a future in Hollywood?

NHL Recap - Philadelphia Flyers at New York Rangers - Apr 20, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Luke Schenn scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, and backup Ray Emery made 31 saves for the Philadelphia Flyers, who rallied to beat the New York Rangers 4-2 on Sunday to even the first-round playoff series.

NHL Recap - Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens - Apr 20, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Tomas Plekanec scored at 5:43 of the third period, and Carey Price made 27 saves to give the Montreal Canadiens a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning and a 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven playoff series on Sunday.

NHL Recap - Detroit Red Wings at Boston Bruins - Apr 20, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Justin Florek and Reilly Smith scored in a three-minute span in the first period and the Boston Bruins evened their playoff series with a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings in the Game 2 on Sunday.

NHL Recap - Los Angeles Kings at San Jose Sharks - Apr 20, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Fourth-liners Mike Brown and Raffi Torres scored second-period goals to spark a San Jose comeback and lead the Sharks to a 7-2 victory Sunday over the Los Angeles Kings and a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.

Enemy News

Avalanche’s Duchene (knee) expected to skate Monday | ProHockeyTalk
Matt Duchene will practice today but he is still unlikely to return for the series.

Kiszla: Nathan "Razor" MacKinnon is making Minnesota Wild look silly - The Denver Post
So it sounds like Denver drafted this kid last summer who is kind of a big deal, ever heard of him?

The Official Web Site - Colorado Avalanche
Make sure you stop by the teams NHL site for the latest official Avalanche news.

Mile High Hockey - For Colorado Avalanche Fans
Your best source for quality Colorado Avalanche news, rumors, analysis, stats and scores from the fan perspective.

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