The Wild get a rematch tonight to avenge their worst loss of the season.
On October 15th, the Wild marched into Toronto, and promptly started kicking their asses. They held the Maple Leafs to 14 shots, while outshooting them by 23, their biggest margin since February 2nd, 2010.
Except that they lost 4-1.
So, like that game from the days of Todd Richards, the Wild ended up losing that game, and by a lot. It was basically the Edmonton Oilers game from last year, without the stakes.
Toronto will now be visiting the X, where the Wild have dominated to the tune of a 7-1-2 record, so they'll actually have to be on their game, rather than rely on them having a hot goalie to contrast with a not-so-hot goalie on the other end. Expect Harding to get the start on three days of rest, and as you'll read, Ryan Suter to play like 80 million bajillion minutes.
Enjoy the game tonight! Let's go on to the Walk.
To Wild's Suter, big workload is just part of the game | Star Tribune- Though it may be "all in The Game", being in The Game is what got Omar killed. Let's hope a similar fate doesn't befall Ryan Suter.
Stoner returns to practice for Wild | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com- That's good for the Wild, who have been banged up on the blue line.
Wild goalie Josh Harding deserves Olympic consideration, coach says - TwinCities.com- It'd be really, really, really cool, but it's not happening. Not unless it turns out he was a Slovakian citizen this entire time.
The Team of 18,001: Ryan Suter: Minnesota's Iron Man- More on Ryan Suter munching all the minutes.
Mike Rupp Joins Iowa Wild for Conditioning Stint- Mike Rupp nears a return, not that there appears to be much room for him in the lineup right now.
Mikael Granlund Emerging as a Top NHL Forward- You know this already, but it's just cool to hear it said over and over again. Remember two months ago when Mikael Granlund was a bust?
Off the Trail
Will Steven Stamkos play in Sochi Olympics, despite surgery? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- I would hope not, if I were Tampa Bay. The Lighting come first. It's not like Stamkos is Canada's only hope for Gold.
NHL GMs try to reduce shootouts, make sense of new playoff format | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Solution for the playoffs: Realign the Wild to the Eastern Conference. Please and thank you.
GMs meeting: Overtime, fighting hot topics - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN- The way to solve overtime, of course, is to devalue the shootout. There's no incentive for a team to risk losing in overtime if they feel they can win in the shootout.
Who's Next for the Hockey Hall of Fame? - The Triangle Blog - Grantland- A look at HoF candidates who are still on the ballot.
Hockey Hall of Fame: Which active players are in, which are on bubble? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- A look at active players HoF chances. Mostly older guys.
Anaheim Ducks soar to top of Week 6 NHL Power Rankings - NHL - Allan Muir - SI.com- Power rankings for the week.
Nail Yakupov drama becoming distraction for Oilers, says GM | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- I'm not really sure where this whole thing even started.
Behind Enemy Lines
To read more stuff about the Toronto Maple Leafs, go to virtually any hockey website, ever, and our friends at Pension Plan Puppets.
[Tuesday's Leafs Links] More Than 30 Thoughts - Pension Plan Puppets- On why Toronto fans are jelly of the Wild.
Morgan Rielly: Artist - Pension Plan Puppets- On Morgan Rielly's BobRossian artistic prowress. Happy little pucks.