Wilderness Walk: Game Day Edition

Jonathan Daniel

Hello, Wilderness!

Well now that the snow storm which I thought we weren't going to get (because this was being reported on April Fools Day) has come and gone, you can now get back to your regularly scheduled spring activities.

Among those, one of those is watching the Wild continue their push towards the playoffs.

This continues tonight, as your Minnesota Wild return home for their last of their 2 games against the Penguins.

The last time the Wild and Pens met, it was at Consol Energy Center, where the Pens ended thumping the Wild with a final score of 5-2.

Now it's our turn to see if we can get some redemption by playing them in our house.

Game time tonight is at the usual 7 PM. As I mentioned in the postgame thread after Thursday night's contest with the Hawks, there's also going to be a viewing party for this game (I thought they only did this for away games). It's going to be at Billy's on Grand in St. Paul starting at 5 PM with free appetizers until 7, as well as drawing for tickets to this Tuesday's game against the Bruins and an autographed Parise jersey. If any of you are planning on going, let me know, and I may consider joining.

Wherever you decide to watch the game tonight, enjoy!

Until then, let's take a walk, shall we?

Wild News

Minnesota Wild Needs to Take Precautions with Granlund - Gone Puck Wild - The Minnesota Wild needs to take things slow with injured top-6 center Mikael Granlund, before he turns into Pierre-Marc Bouchard 2.0.

St. Louis Blues vs Minnesota Wild: Potential First-Round Preview - Bleedin' Blue - Yikes. I don't want to see this happen. By all means, we absolutely need to keep holding on to that first wild card spot to avoid playing the powerhouse that is the Blues in the first round.

Minnesota Wild vs Pittsburgh Penquins: Preview - Gone Puck Wild

Wild looks to improve at home tonight against Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com - The Wild's magic number to get into the playoffs is 5.  If they want to avoid the Blues in the first round, that magic number to hold the top wild card spot is 8.

NHL's Mock Drafts Have Minnesota Wild Drafting a Goalie - Gone Puck Wild - The Wild have yet to draft a goaltender within its top selection.   Could that change in this year's draft?

Tending the Fields

Iowa Wild's late-season tailspin continues at Milwaukee - The Des Moines Register - Ouch. For some reason, this hasn't been the greatest season for our baby Wild. Maybe it's because so many of their players have came up to play with the big club here in Minnesota...

Behind Enemy Lines

For the Pittsburgh Penguins perspective of tonight's game, visit our friends over at PensBurgh.

Off the Trail

Official: Nashville close to getting NHL All-Star Game - The Tennessean - Get ready Preds fans, because your city could be the site of one of the next NHL all-star games...

Red Wings hold off Sabres for 3-2 win | Reuters - And that just keeps their playoff hopes alive...

Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier out for remainder of season - Canoe.ca - ♪Wah wah wah waaaaah...♪

Pacioretty scores 3 as Canadiens beat Senators 7-4 - ourmidland.com - Well, would you look at this. The player we let get a hat trick earlier this season when we played them got another one. Thie time, against the Sens.

Friday's NHL Capsules | News Tribune - Here's your roundup of all the action from last night's games.

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