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Wilderness Walk 11-17-2013: Game Day Edition

Tonight at the Excel Energy Center your Minnesota Wild welcome the Winnipeg Jets to town for an important divisional game.

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Hannah Foslien

Another game day is upon us Wilderness as your Minnesota Wild run into the divisional rival Winnipeg Jets tonight at the Excel Energy Center. This will be the Jets second trip to the X this season, dropping the first contest 2 - 1 on October 10th. The West is a tight race from top to bottom, unless you're the Calgary Flames or Edmonton Oilers, and these conference and divisional games are going to be huge as the season moves along.

The Wild have a shot at a tie at the top spot in the division tonight with a win as the Chicago Blackhawks were trounced by the Nashville Predators last night. They would also need some help out in Washington D.C. as the St. Louis Blues faceoff against the Washington Capitals and a Blues win would put them up by a point over the Blackhawks and Wild (assuming the Wild get the win tonight as well).

We have some good nuggets for you to chew on in the walk today folks which should make for some good discussion topics for your Sunday. Enjoy the walk kids, see ya in the Game-Day Thread later.

Wild News

Minnesota Wild Win as Search for a Possible Backup Goalie Begins
Rumor has it Paul Deutsch is available.

Q&A with C.J.: Zenon Konopka, Wild yet cuddly NHL enforcer | Star Tribune
Konopka talks about head trauma, his bunny and his soon to be wife.

Wild-Winnipeg game preview | Star Tribune
Just a little blurb about tonight's game against our old friend back from the dead.

Winning a must for Wild to stay afloat in Western Conference | Star Tribune
It is nuts folks. How good the West is this year it is nearly impossible to get a leg up on the competition. I think we'll start seeing some separation as we get into more games against the West.

The Team of 18,001: 3-on-3: Wild After 20 Games
The good and the bad through 20 games, courtesy of the great Giles Ferrell.

NHL Preview - Winnipeg Jets at Minnesota Wild - Nov 17, 2013 -
The Wild welcome our friends to the North into the Xcel Energy Center tonight to show them how to play hockey.

Tending the Fields

Wild roll out red carpet for cancer-stricken teen | The Des Moines Register |
When Jackie Mason hopped into a limousine with her son and headed back to Iowa, she thought the family had heard the last of the Wild organization.

Off the Trail

Michael Russo's Sunday Insider: Cap hurts swap meet | Star Tribune
Overtime, this needs to change in the NHL. I've been of the opinion that a 10 minute 4 on 4 overtime would be the way to go. Think of it NHL, it gives you enough time to squeeze in another commercial break which equals ad revenue. However Russo brought something up last game (I believe he was quoting Zach Parise) on the points system being adjusted as well, and I like where that was going. The Parise system I'll call it would be 3 points for a regulation win, 2 points for an overtime or shootout win and 1 point for an overtime or shootout loss. This puts the emphasis on getting wins in regulation which should be the goal folks.

Russo's short takes | Star Tribune
Martin Brodeur anyone?

Saturday's NHL Capsules - The Hockey News
Recaps galore from Saturday's NHL action!

Predators dominate defending champs with 7-2 victory over Blackhawks - The Hockey News
If the Wild can win today, they will pull into a tie with the Blackhawks for the top spot in the division.

Florida Panthers at Colorado Avalanche - 11/16/2013
It seems regression to the mean is a term starting to apply to the Colorado Avalanche.

NHL rumors: Pat LaFontaine willing to move Ryan Miller before hiring GM -
Dear Chuck Fletcher, just say no!

Sabres’ John Scott on Maple Leafs captain: ‘He’s Princess Phaneuf’ | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Whats with the misogynistic insult Scott? Get beat up by a girl recently?

Gophers women's hockey: Big second period helps U run win streak to 62 -
All they do is win ..... literally!

Islanders rally to hand Detroit Red Wings 6th straight loss - The Hockey News
I can't help but to smile knowing that the Red Wings are getting knocked off left and right.

Watch Artem Anisimov score what might be the stupidest goal of the year (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
You have sloppy goals, and you have this. About as disgusting as it gets.

KHL player Mikhail Anisin hospitalizes teammate, has contract terminated | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Well that's not how you're supposed to treat a teammate.

Scouting the Jets

Arctic Ice Hockey, For Winnipeg Jets Fans
Covering the latest news and opinion around the new Winnipeg Jets franchise.

The Official Web Site - Winnipeg Jets
Get all the news, ticket information, videos and photos at the official website of the Winnipeg Jets NHL club.

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