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Wilderness Walk 11-8-2013: Shootouts on a Plane Edition

The Wild lose another shootout. I'm sick of it!

Ryan Suter played 36:51 tonight. I guess he should have played more.
Ryan Suter played 36:51 tonight. I guess he should have played more.
Rob Carr

In a game that felt more like it should have been in the beginning of the season, the Wild had another game where they outplayed their competition 5v5, but ended up losing. At least, like the earlier parts of the season, the loss at least came with a consolation point, so there's that. If you're going to lose, at least help with playoff positioning.

But hey, at least the Vikings tanked their tanking with a win, right?

This was, due to things like not having cable, and my work schedule, the first time I got to actually watch the Wild since they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks. What was particularly nice about this was continuing to see Mikael Granlund playing, and he did not disappoint. He looked really good, and seemed to be involved in anything good that happened. I'm pretty sure he played goalie for every shot but the two that the Capitals scored.

Is it time for the Walk? Yes, I think it's time for the Walk.

Wild News

Game Recaps

Wild's win streak snapped in shootout loss to Capitals | Star Tribune

Postgame thoughts after the Wild's shootout loss at Washington | Russo's Rants |

Capitals 3, Wild 2 (SO): Minnesota comes up empty in shootout -

Decent effort not enough in 3-2 shootout loss to Washington

Recap: Minnesota Wild vs Washington Capitals, 3-2 SO Loss - Gone Puck Wild - A Minnesota Wild Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Other News

Wild notes: 'Flyby' celebrations diminishing in popularity | Star Tribune- A silly little debate.

Wild: Clayton Stoner has teammates' back, and coach likes that - So, that's pretty good.

The Team of 18,001: Visting The Nation's Capital- The Wild's winless streak in Washington was not snapped.

Off the Trail

Tampa Bay Lightning answering the Atlantic Division challenge | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Be proud, America.

On slumps, the stages of denial, and Claude Giroux | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | Inside the mind of a carjacker slumping player.

Why is the Metropolitan Division terrible? - Grantland- Answer: Not enough Minnesotans.

Canadiens coach benching P.K. Subban causes controversy in Montreal | Home Ice - Guess who wasn't benched? Ryan Suter.

Why does Tim Thomas have the 5th-best selling jersey in the NHL? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Because MERCA!!

Bakersfield Condors Win Prize for Ugliest Jersey Ever- Again. Because Bakersfield is the worst. It's a sin that the San Diego Gulls disappeared to make room for this garbage.