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Wilderness Walk 11-1-2013: Game Day Edition

The Wild take on the Montreal Canadiens in tonight's tilt.

The Wild hope for a better result against the Montreal Canadiens tonight.
The Wild hope for a better result against the Montreal Canadiens tonight.
Hannah Foslien

Basically, a lot of people are getting healthy, and they play tonight.

Montreal has a 8-5 record, led by their outstanding goaltending, along with the offense Tomas Plekanec, Lars Eller, Alexander Galchenyuk, and not-as-deserving-as-Ryan-Suter Norris Winner P.K. Subban.

We'll see how it shakes out.

On to the Walk.

Wild News

Coyle's return breaks up Parise and Koivu | Star Tribune- Mike Yeo definitely is in the right pointing out that you're going to have to "pick your poison" in defending these lines.

Wild practice: Coyle back in lineup Friday as new lines debut | Russo's Rants | It's pretty exciting to see the Wild get back to full strength at forward. Now if only we could get back to full health on defense. Oh, wait...

Wild notes: Brodin returns to practice, unknown when he'll play | Star Tribune- Let's hope Brodin comes back tonight. If not sooner.

Minnesota Wild: Charlie Coyle ready to hit the ice again - Feature on Charlie Coyle.

Minnesota Wild: Keith Ballard set to return - Keith Ballard is also coming back.

WILD PUCK BANTER: The Vanek Question- When asked whether to sign Havlat, this was the response we got.

Tending the Fields

Minnesota Wild Forward Stephane Veilleux Clears Waivers, Joins Iowa- Just in case you were worried about it.

Nikita Kucherov tops breakdown of best AHL prospects - NHL - ESPN- The best AHL starts to this season. Sadly, Jason Zucker and the Iowa Wild do not make this list.

Off the Trail

Details emerge on Semyon Varlamov alleged domestic violence incident | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Disgusting. Absolutely disgusting.

Avs send Steve Downie to Flyers in exchange for Max Talbot | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- The horrible Varlamov incident overshadows what should be the big news for the Avs today.

How better shooting has changed "soft spots" for forwards | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | Justin Bourne looks at the changes in offensive positioning.

NHL Halloween: Puck Daddy presents greatest hockey-related costumes in 2013 | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Pretty awesome Halloween costumes for you to not wear today.

Behind Enemy (blue)Lines

Alexei Emelin extended, 4 years, $16.4M - Eyes On The Prize- Find out who Alexei Emelin is!

Improving the NHL's "Real Time Stats" - Eyes On The Prize- An attempt to make hits and blocked shots meaningful statistics.