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Wilderness Walk: 2-17-2013 Game Day Edition

Its Sunday funday and the Wild square off against the Detroit Red Wings tonight. The Wild have called up Johan Larsson and Jason Zucker to hopefully add some spark to a struggling offense.

Detroit "claims" to be Hockeytown, Welcome to The State of Hockey
Detroit "claims" to be Hockeytown, Welcome to The State of Hockey
Aaron Holm

Good morning Wilderness, and a good morning it is! Your Minnesota Wild are looking for some good ole home cooking tonight against the Detroit Red Wings. You all recall the 5-3 debacle in the motor city back in January, which is about when the proverbial wheels came off the bus for the squad. Detroit is coming off their own debacle at home last night Friday night at the hands of the Ducks, losing 5-2. We get an early evening game today, puck drops at 5 pm so be ready.

The front office made a few moves which I'm assuming make more than a few of you happy. Jason Zucker and Johan Larsson have been called up while Josh Harding has been placed on IR as he tries to get a grip on his meds and MS. We hope Josh gets well soon, guy is super tough and has been through a ton over the last few years. As of right now, we'd expect him to get this under control and be back on the ice as soon as possible.

Lets get into the links then, shall we?

Wild News

Preview: Wild vs. Detroit | - Preview brief from the Star Tribune.

Zucker will finally hit ice at Xcel | - You got your wish Wilderness, lets hope this pans out like you hope!

Wild places Josh Harding on IR, recalls Johan Larsson and Jason Zucker | 1500 ESPN Twin Cities - Harding placed on IR as he struggles to feel up to par battling MS. If anyone can do it, its this guy. We all know the battle he fought through with his knee not long ago.

UPDATED: Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Justin Falk Missing from Practice; Two Recalled - Gone Puck Wild - Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Justin Falk are under the weather, but could there be a trade brewing between the Minnesota Wild and Pittsburgh?

Wild recalls Jason Zucker, Johan Larsson; Bouchard, Falk sick, Clutterbuck practices | - Its what you have all been waiting for, Jason Zucker is back with the Wild.

Minnesota Wild call up Jason Zucker, Johan Larsson, place Josh Harding on IR - - East side paper talks Harding on IR, Zucker and Larsson called up.

Myers: Ugly hockey might still be Wild's calling card after all | 1500 ESPN Twin Cities - Ugly hockey? Isn't that what we are getting already?

WILD PUCK BANTER: Bring Back Ralph! - Amidst the chorus of you calling for Yeo's head, this guy is calling for LaPanta's.

Tending the Fields HAT TRICK LEADS BULLDOGS PAST AEROS 4-2 - Aeros give up 3 goals in 3rd and lose to Hamilton.

Stingrays beat Solar Bears 3-1 - - ECHL hockey: South Carolina Stingrays tops Orlando Solar Bears.

Waiting game continues for Pats defenceman Jobke - A little update on Colton Jobke's knee.

Laxidasical Meanderings

Dickson, Ranger Help Roughnecks Edge Swarm | Lacrosse Magazine - Swarm drop a tough one at home last night. Sorry Bryan ...

Dickson scores two late goals to help Roughnecks top Swarm - Another recap of last nights loss.

Off the Trail

Five NHL teams that need to start wearing their third jerseys full-time | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports - A lot of 3rd jersey's look better than the home standards. It does make you wonder why they don't switch it up.

‘Outraged’ Senators owner Eugene Melnyk wants Cooke out of the league | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports - As big of a goon and as worthless as I personally think Cooke is, I can't say this was on purpose like a lot of people are.

Russo's NHL Insider: Kevlar socks are the answer | - Russo's take on Erik Karlsson's unfortunate situation.

Oilers storm back, use team-record 56 shots to top Avalanche 6-4 | - Dear Wild coaching staff, put this game tape on a loop so the team learns what it looks like to shoot the puck. Thanks, Fans.

New Phoenix Coyotes promotion basically ensures they get shelled March 9th | Backhand Shelf - In an effort to put fanny's in the stands, 'Yotes have an interesting ticket package available.

File this NHL ’94 chair mat under "want" | Backhand Shelf - If anyone wants to find/acquire this chair mat for me at my office, I would have absolutely no problem with that!

Enemy News

Winging It In Motown - For Detroit Red Wings Fans - Head on over to WIIM and make your presence known. Word to the wise, if this is your first time over there, try your best to not call everyone idiots lest ye face the ban hammer!

Red Wings' Johan Franzen placed on injured reserve; rookie goalie Petr Mrazek to start today | Detroit Free Press - No Franzen and a rookie goalie? Sounds good to me!

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, captain Henrik Zetterberg not happy with turnovers | Detroit Free Press - Wings got thumped by the Ducks last night Friday night.


Blackhawks skate with wounded veterans of USA Warriors at Soldier Field | ProHockeyTalk - Respect!

Parise Supports "Puck For A Buck" | - And you should too!