Wilderness, what we have tonight is a match that needs no buildup, no extra words or superfluous phrases. We have a game 6 that the Wild need to win.You could say the Wild are.... Under Pressure
With that.... on to the Walk (beware, it's a lengthy one! Lots of news)
Star Tribune (Scoggins): Pain Doesn't Hurt when you're Chasing the Cup- Is Suter playing hurt? It sure looks that way.
Russo's Rants: Here We Go Again... Another Do or Die- The Hawks are 11-2 in clinching games since Toews and Kane teamed up. The Wild will try to make that 11-3 tonight.
Star Tribune (Blount): The Wild Feed Off Fan Noise- Hopefully there's plenty of it tonight.
Star Tribune: Game 6 Preview- Some Quick Facts about Tonight's Showdown
Star Tribune (Russo): Wild Must Dig Deep to Avoid Elimination- Win or Go Home (really, probably should be 'win or stay home').
Pioneer Press: Wild Lines Solar Powered from the Land of the Midnight Sun- Tom Powers gets credit for the Zeppelin reference... but that is a weak effort. At least the Finnesotans are getting some love.
Gone Puck Wild: Ballard, Moulson Return to Practice- I doubt we'll see them tonight, though.
Gone Puck Wild: Off Day News and Notes- Title says it all.
Team of 18,000: Lack of Focus- Giles with (yet another) brilliant sports take. Love that guy.
The Hockey Writers: A Marco Scandella Story- A brief bio of one of our best D-men. Good read.
The Hockey Writers: Emotional Roller Coaster of the Wild's Playoffs- Worth it if only to commiserate about Chelsea Dagger.
Chicago Tribune (via Star Tribune): Blackhawks Adjusting to Life Without "Fireball"- Apparently that's Shaw's nickname.
On the Pitch
MN United: United Drops 3 points to Cosmos, First Loss of Season- MNU couldn't find the net last night against the New York Cosmos, losing their first game of the season. They are now 4-1.
Off the Trail
Grantland.com: NHL Struggle Watch- Interesting read about struggling players