Good morning Wildeness, and my oh my isn't it just a lovely morning indeed? Your Minnesota Wild rolled into Rogers Arena last night riding 2 wins in a row against the Avalanche to square off against the Vancouver Canucks in a winner take all duel over 1st place in the Northwest Division. The Wild would be victorious, and turn 2 in a row, into a winning streak. For the first time this season the Wild have managed to string together 3 consecutive wins, 2 of which on the road.
After sputtering out of the gate to start the season, managing to score more than 1 goal/game 5 times in the first 10 games, you wild have turned it all around and have marked 15 of the last 18 games with 2 or more goals. Ryan Suter is quietly mumbling something about a Norris, Jonas Brodin is making his bid for the Calder, and even the struggling Pierre-Marc Bouchard has seemed to find his game as of late being (gulp) productive on the ice.
At any rate, Your Minnesota Wild sit on top of the Northwest Division, 2 points ahead of Vancouver and 4 points ahead of the Edmonton Oilers. The Wild sit 3rd in the Western Conference as a result of their lead in the Division, but are also tied in points with LA and St. Louis who are currently holding down the 4th and 5th playoff spots respectively. In the Conference, just 4 points separate 3rd place from 9th. We have a little cushion, but nothing to get cozy with.
We find the Wild next strolling into Michigan to square off against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday. A quick turn around to our next game means we should be still perched up in 3rd by the time we hit the ice again.
Wild ends rivalry, tops Canucks | StarTribune.com - Russo Recap
Hitting The Post: Post-Game Haiku Reax: Wild @ Canucks, 3/18/13 - A great big dose of zen coming your way through Haiku!
Canucks start strong but fade in 3-1 loss to Wild - The view from Vancouver
Minnesota Wild end four-year Vancouver dry spell with a big road win - TwinCities.com - Play that sweet sweet music one last time.
Minnesota Wild Kicking Butt in the Northwest - I'm happy to agree with you kind sir!
Wild have a brighter future than Canucks, and the present doesn't look too bad either - More recognition from Canada?
Success Of Minnesota Wild Increasing Mike Yeo's Job Security - We are just overflowing with praise here today folks!
Ryan Suter—Best Defenseman in the West? - Gone Puck Wild - #SuterForNorris ????
Tending The Fields
Former Edge hockey player to play post-season with Rebels | Rocky View Weekly - How have you been doing Dumba55?
First Round Bust: What To Make Of Erik Haula - Kid is lighting up the WCHA, perhaps a trip to Houston is in his future?
Orlando makes two deadline deals | The Official Website of the Orlando Solar Bears - Solar Bears Send Ginand to Gwinnett for Three Players
Off The Trail
All aboard: NHL GM meetings will focus on boarding embellishment, icing alternatives | Puck Daddy - They can watch last nights game, using the Canucks as the example.
Anaheim Ducks sign Corey Perry to eight-year contract extension - NHL.com - The Anaheim Ducks announced they've agreed to an eighty-year extension with right wing Corey Perry.
Tampa Bay Lightning superstar Steven Stamkos scores his 200th NHL goal in Monday's game vs. Philadelphia Flyers - NHL.com - Steven Stamkos with a milestone empty netter.
NHL Rumors: Winnipeg Jets GM seeking scoring winger - CBSSports.com - cough cough, bouchard, cough .... I honestly don't know what we could get back, maybe a prospect and a pick?
Ranking NHL's top 2013 college hockey free agents | Home Ice - SI.com - A few moves have already been made, with the College hockey season winding down, take a look at were some kids may extend their game further.
Emery stops 17 shots, Kane has goal and 2 assists as Blackhawks beat Avalanche 5-2 | StarTribune - Chicago gets a little payback for the Av's busting up "The Streak".
Loui Eriksson scores twice to help lead Stars to 4-3 victory over Flames | StarTribune - Making the Wild the only team withing the division getting a win last night.
Wild brawl in AHL, as Rockford and Chicago fight inside the benches (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy - Can't we all just get along?