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Wilderness Walk for 12-18-2011

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Before we start, Russo is saying on Twitter he expects to see Char Rau and Jed Ortmeyer called up. I did a quick read through, and I don't see anyone else being hurt, so maybe they are just insurance guys for the road trip.

Last night was one of those games. Mike Yeo was not pleased with the way his team played, yet they came away with a point they clearly didn't deserve. As the fans who booed them off the ice last night, and the Isles fans talking big about beating the NHL leading team, there needs to be a reality check here. The Isles beat one top six forward, an outstanding goalie, an NHL third line, and a bunch of grinders, many from the AHL.

Sure, the Isles got the two points, but save the celebration. Your squad needed a shootout to beat a team that may have struggled against the Binghamton Senators. Congrats on that.

Oh, and to the guy in the Isles sweater who chucked the plastic mini stick out on to the ice with an unsuspecting ice crew doing it's job... you're a winner. I hope your mom is proud of you.

Just a friendly reminder to keep your head on straight folks.

Wild News

Short players, and urgency, Wild falls again | StarTribune.com - Game from Russo

Fridley's Jarold Palmer thrilled by sudden debut | StarTribune.com - Best forward on the ice.

Wild lucky to get point in shootout loss to Islanders | StarTribune.com - Post game Rants, including a must read part at the bottom about Charlie Coyle.

Bouchard sits second game in a row, Zanon returns | StarTribune.com - Pre-game Rants

Niklas Backstrom stops 35 as injury-depleted Wild drop third in a row | 1500 ESPN Twin Cities – Minnesota Sports News & Opinion (Twins, Vikings, Wolves, Wild, Gophers) - Radio gamer.

Tending the Fields

The Third Intermission: Stop Me If You've Heard This One - From my count, the Aeros actually lost two shootouts last night.

Off the Trail

Michael Russo's Sunday Insider: Concussion dilemma | StarTribune.com - Good read on the concussion mess in the NHL.