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Wilderness Walk: 10-17-2013: Game Day Edition

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The Wild try to give themselves a successful road trip with a win against Tampa Bay tonight.

This photo was selected because the description said the words "chin music", and I like that phrase.
This photo was selected because the description said the words "chin music", and I like that phrase.

Hello, Wilderness.

One of the great things about having a bad game, is that it's just that: a bad game. As in one. It can easily be forgotten- even negated- with a win in the next game.

And tonight, the Minnesota Wild travel to Tampa Bay in order to do that.

Tampa Bay has had a good start to this season, going 4-2 in their first six games. When you can boast Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis on your top line, you can clearly see why this could be the case. Their offensive success (5th in the NHL in goals) is primarily on the back of the 19 points the two players have put up so far.

But St. Louis, as you'll read later, may not be able to play after taking a puck off of his foot. This can be a pretty big game-changer for tonight, so keep an eye on it.

Anyway, on to the Walk. Enjoy the game tonight!

Wild News

Wild looks to regroup against the Tampa Bay Lightning | Russo's Rants | Russo recaps the off day and previews what might happen in the lineup for tonight.

Wild's Dumba has nights he'll sit and learn | Star Tribune- A look by Russo into how the Wild are developing Mathew Dumba.

Wild: With Josh Harding in goal, everything coming up 'W' - Harding actually took a loss in the Nashville game, but yes, he's done exceedingly well to start this season. If he keeps this up, it will be hard to put Niklas Backstrom in net anytime soon.

Matt Cooke believes he can save Patrick Kaleta, who appeals 10-game ban | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Matt Cooke, top scorer, prime reformer, and elite mentor.

Cooke to Kaleta: I can help you change - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN- I mean seriously, is this an Onion headline from two years ago?

Tending the Fields

The Team of 18,001: Leave Darcy Kuemper Alone- Giles feels that Darcy Kuemper's development will not be best served by being called up and down whenever the Wild need a backup goalie.

Off the Trail

Tim Thomas gets his shot at Boston Bruins; Tuukka Rask should fight him | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- This is going to be the most hyped game of the evening. Please watch the Wild game instead, I implore thee.

Ranking the 10 best skaters in the NHL | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | Today is a day for lists, and Sidney Crosby is on it.

Who Is the Most Complete Forward in the NHL? | The Hockey Writers- This was made so Sidney Crosby couldn't win everything.

Behind Enemy Lines

For more news and analysis of the Tampa Bay Lightning, please visit our friends at Raw Charge.

Lightning recall Brett Connolly; Martin St. Louis day to day - Raw Charge- Even with St. Louis potentially out, Brett Connolly isn't to be slept on. He's a top prospect, and his offensive ability will make him a threat whenever he hits the ice.