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Wilderness Walk: 11-7-2013: Game Day Edition

The Wild go to the Verizon Center to take on Brovechkin and the Washington Capitals.

Ain't nobody more deserving of hugs than Josh Harding right now.
Ain't nobody more deserving of hugs than Josh Harding right now.
Hannah Foslien

The Wild go to Washington, looking to extend their winning streak to four games against the Capitals. Quick outlook: Washington brings the offense, but the Wild can definitely take advantage of them defensively.

That's why they pay me the big bucks.

Not a lot of news on the Wild front. Lineups haven't been out or anything like that, but don't expect major changes, except Keith Ballard to be replaced by someone due to injury.

On to the Walk. Enjoy the game tonight, Wilderness!

Wild News

Keith Ballard sidelined with upper-body injury | Russo's Rants | Bad break for Ballard, again. This is why the Wild haven't sent Mathew Dumba to the WHL yet. Look for him to maybe play his 10th game tonight.

First Round Bust: Josh Harding And What Is Really Important- It is absolutely incredible what Josh Harding has done this season, even when you disregard anything but his play.

Wild notes: Heatley 'total pro' about move to fourth line | Star Tribune- Do they want us to give him a cookie or something? Still...

The Team of 18,001: The Fourth Line Resurgence- It's nice to see the Wild get some production from their fourth line.


Ex-Gopher Schmidt gets big shot in the NHL with Caps | Star Tribune- Nate Schmidt gets a feature because he was a former Gopher.

Minnesota Wild: Former Gopher Nate Schmidt adjusting to NHL - St. Cloud Native Nate Schmidt gets another feature because he's a St. Cloud Native.

Nate-ive Son Plays Nate-ive Team | I made this link up.

Off the Trail

Larry Robinson Effect and the San Jose Sharks | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Nothing the Sharks do matter until the playoffs. Unless Joe Thornton takes his cock out.

30 Thoughts: Manny Malholtra celebrates return to NHL | Hockey | CBC Sports- Malholtra's story is pretty cool.

Thoughts on Thoughts: Manny Malhotra celebrates return to the NHL | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | Companion piece to 30 thoughts.

What’s going on with Brent Burns? | ProHockeyTalk- He's probably being fangoriously devoured by his beard. Hillary's legs are being digested.

NHL - Claude Giroux among 10 biggest disappointments of the 2013-14 season - ESPN- And that makes us saaaaaad pandas.

Ryan Miller, Carey Price top Team USA Team Canada Sochi Olympics goalie power rankings | Home Ice - No goalie rankings right now can be completed without Josh Harding. I don't care what you all say.

Pass or Fail: Finland’s flag-o-riffic Sochi Olympic jerseys | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Your thoughts?

Why are names of Kanye West, Oprah engraved on Wayne Gretzky Stanley Cup statue? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Maybe Gretzky won the Kanye Western Conference?

NHL players have mostly terrible celebrity crushes (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Any crush list without Emma Watson, Jewel Staite, Summer Glau, or Aubrey Plaza is just an embarrassment.

Behind Enemy Lines

Gameday preview: Wild at Washington | Star Tribune- Read up on the Caps.

Capitals on a roll, but they never make it easy - The Washington Post- I tried reading this, but there weren't any references to some 80s movie in this column, so I couldn't.