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Wilderness Walk for 4-16-2011

Traditionally, not too many of you are hockey fans on the weekend. The numbers also show that most of you don't like hockey that doesn't involve the Wild, so we're headed into a perfect storm today. Still, I get into my little boat and head out to sea, risking life and limb in order to bring you the latest, greatest news. I hope you appreciate it.

Hopefully you all are catching at least some of the playoffs. There have been some outstanding games, such as last night's Hawks / Nucks game. Back and forth scoring, high paced game... it's everything the Wild should be and just aren't. So if you want a look inside why we tell you all season that the Wild are not contenders, you should be watching right now. You'll see why immediately.

On a much more positive note, the Aeros are cruising in the AHL playoffs. We have recieved a few questions about different players that people have now learned who they are, and wonder why they have never been called up. When a guy has been in the AHL for a decade, and has never been called up, trust me, there's a reason. What it might be is less important than the fact that he just hasn't.

Trust me on this.

Make the jump for Aeros headlines, a heartwarming story, and your playoff schedule for the day.

First Things First

Congratulations to Wild PR guru Ryan Stanzel and his wife on the birth of their baby girl yesterday. Ryan now joins the ranks of people who used to know what sleep is.

Aeros News

The Third Intermission: Aeros Beat Peoria 3-2 In OT (A Few Photos) - The big win, caught on "film."

The Third Intermission: View from the Pressbox - Aeros take commandnig 2-0 lead with OT winner from Carson McMillan - Gamer from last night's action.

The Third Intermission: One Defibrillator, Please - As their parent organization, the Aeros don't make things easy.

The Third Intermission: Have A Little Faith, Baby - Nothing but faith up here, folks. Nothing but faith.

Off the Trail

AHL franchise buys house for disabled boy who loves hockey - - Great story. If you don't read this one, you have no heart.

Playoff Schedule

Phoenix Coyotes vs Detroit Red Wings Noon, NBC
Los Angeles Kings vs San Jose Sharks 9PM, Versus

Buffalo Sabres vs Philadelphia Flyers 4PM
Montreal Canadiens vs Boston Bruins 6PM Versus