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Wilderness Walk for 2-5-2013: Dehydrated in the Desert Edition

The Wild played a game last night, on the road, so you know how these things turn out....

Backstrom can only do so much....
Backstrom can only do so much....

Wilderness, I have to take fault for this one. I have yet to write a Game Day Edition of the Walk which results in a 'W' for the Wild at the end of the day. This is completely on me, I must do better. Higher intensity, more focus, and a vocabulary expanding exponentially like a .... dammit, I don't know!!!!

Today we come to you with another loss on the road, a .500 team (4-4-1) and a lot of unanswered questions. The sledge-o-matic worked to a degree but the scoring punch just wasn't there. The post was a friend to the Coyotes last night on more than one occasion, which just tells you the puck was not bouncing our way. I personally thought they played well enough to take 2 points on the road last night but it was not to be. We now have 2 days off again before we welcome the Vancouver Canucks into our home on Thursday. Between now and then, I'll get a little bit older (officially), and the team needs to figure out how to get pucks at the net, especially on the PP.

As I like to say, their is no sense in dwelling on the past, learn from it and move on. Lets get into the links, shall we?

Wild News

Phoenix holds off Wild 2-1 | - Wild lose, but we already knew this.

Better effort, same result as Wild are still winless on the road in 2-1 loss to Phoenix - An in depth break down of what went wrong.

Wild unable to muster offense yet again in loss | ESPN 1500AM - If you like more torture, here ya go!

Video: Zach Parise joins father J.P. in 200-goal club | ProHockeyTalk - Nice milestone for the local kid.

Wild’s Devin Setoguchi on the Trading Block; Powe to Rangers - Gone Puck Wild - Seto is on the block, but does anybody want a scoring forward who isn't scoring?

Minnesota Wild trade Darroll Powe, Nick Palmieri for Rangers' Mike Rupp - - A trade yesterday in an attempt to bring in some size.

Wild holds player-only meeting after latest loss in Arizona | - Uh oh, sounds like trouble.

Tending the Fields

The Third Intermission: Aeros kinda whooped by Rampage, 5-2 - Ouch...

The Sorta Cautionary Tale Of The Houston Aeros - The cautionary tale of the Houston Aeros lease agreement. Can Oklahoma City learn from this tale?

Solar Bears Mike Liambas earns first trip to AHL - On loan to Wisconsin? They must really want to punish this guy.

Off the Trail

NHL Daily Fix: Revisiting the NHL's championship power outage - - It sure was nice of the NFL to pay tribute to the NHL like they did Sunday....

NHL rumors: Flyers looking to make 'a big move;' could they seek Iginla? - - Perennial Wild killer out of the Division? I'LL TAKE IT!!!

Evolution of instigator penalty altered game - - 92/93: Greatest Season? - A form of the rule has existed for decades, but it was before the start of the 1992-93 season that the instigator changed and shaped the game today.

High school hockey player nearly DIES when a skate slashes his wrist - Scary, glad the kid is ok.