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Guys in a boat.
Guys in a boat.
Richard Heathcote

Ah, it's prediction season. The time when oh so many expert show the size of their expertise by experting all over the experts. You gotta love a good expert. Prediction season is useless. Only one of two things can happen. Either they are right, and they can beat their chest, or they are wrong, and everyone can mock them. Sounds like a great time.

Any predictions out in the Wilderness?

Wild News

NHL 2013 Preview: Northwest Division | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports - Fourth. In the Northwest. Ouch.

Rhythm of schedule to challenge NHL goalies | StarTribune.com - Indeed.

Minnesota Wild: 'Underrated' Jared Spurgeon a defensive rock - TwinCities.com - Indeed.

Minnesota Wild expect shootout success this season - TwinCities.com - So... only Josh Harding is starting this year?

Minnesota Wild Reignite Fan Interest - NYTimes.com - Yep.

The NHL's Travel Injustice—Minnesota Wild Will Rack Up the Miles - WSJ.com - The Wall Street Journal. No. Really.

Minnesota Wild sell out games with Colorado Avalanche, Detroit Red Wings - Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal - Remember when a sellout was a foregone conclusion?

Zulgad: Wild coach is going to spend shortened season adjusting on fly | 1500 ESPN Twin Cities – Minnesota Sports News & Opinion (Twins, Vikings, Wolves, Wild, Gophers) | Sportswire: Minnesota Wild - Indeed. Short.

Palmieri, Veilleux, Dowell on waivers; Kampfer sent down; Dumba sticking; Bouchard off IR | StarTribune.com - Enjoy the weather, boys.

Tending the Fields

First-round pick Dumba makes roster for Wild opener | StarTribune.com - Calm down...

Zucker Named To AHL All-Star Team - Minnesota Wild - News - Congrats, kid.

Laxidasical Meanderings

Who Ya Got? National Lacrosse League Week 3 Picks | IL Indoor - So?

Today’s NLL: Younger, Faster and Cheaper | IL Indoor - They forgot "better."

Off the Trail

End of the Minnesota - North Dakota Rivalry A Loss for College Hockey - Bruce with a great take on the end of an era.

Russo predicts the 2013 NHL award winners | StarTribune.com - For the 10th year in a row, biggest dickhead goes to Gary Bettman.

NHL Eastern Conference predicted order of finish | StarTribune.com - There's an Eastern Conference? Huh.

NHL Western Conference predicted order of finish | StarTribune.com - I feel dirty.

10 things to know about the upcoming NHL season | StarTribune.com - My list would be different. 1-9 would be "Do you care yet?"

NHL takes out full-page ads across US and Canada to tell fans it is sorry | StarTribune.com - You buy it?

10 things to do on Hockey Day Minnesota - Get on it.