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Wilderness Walk 3-4-2013: Act like you've been here before Edition

Minnesota Wild dominant in 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Wild close within 2 points of divisional leader Vancouver Canucks.


Good morning Wilderness, and what a beautiful morning it truly is! Last night your Minnesota Wild squad put some work in against the lowly Edmonton Oilers. It is definitely an exciting victory for the good guys, and any win we are not giving up an extra point in this short season is a good thing. But act like you've been here before Wilderness...

Because you have, many many many times before. The Wild in their last 20 home meetings against the Oilers are 19-1-0, and Backstrom turns into a nuclear blast shield against these guys now sporting a 17-0 record against the Oilers at the X which I believe gives Backs a Corsi of infinity. So yes, Wilderness, you have indeed been here before.

Taylor Hall (sissy) had a convenient little hammy which kept him out of the contest, and of course, Clutterbuck is still sidelined due to a dirty hit 11 days ago.

Celebrate good times Wilderness, but we got a big one Tuesday against a team I hear is pretty good.

Wild News

Myers: Wild's home domination of Oilers continues and goals follow | 1500 ESPN Twin Cities - This guy claims he's actually going to miss Edmonton when realignment happens.

Mikko Koivu scores key goal, shifts momentum as Wild take down Oilers | 1500 ESPN Twin Cities - First line, power play and defensive goals makes for some real boring hockey.

Wild dominate the Oilers with strong offense and defense in 4-2 win at home | SOHN - Folks over at the SOHN bring you a period by period breakdown of last nights game and a sweet gif courtesy of Blades Of Steel.

Wild gets solid effort in one-sided win over Oilers, moves into 6th in the West | - Russo Recap.

Tending The Fields

Hockey World: Willing bodyguards can’t find NHL work - A story about a turtle, and a man. Get your minds out of the gutter Wilderness.

First Round Bust: Minnesota Looking To Go Big With 2013 Draft Class? - Yes, but are they from Minnesota?

Laxidasical Meanderings

Shoo-t! Stealth get rid of Swarm, 11-8 | National Lacrosse League - Swarm fall to Stealth after a very slow first half.

Off The Trail

Anisimov's wrister in overtime, Bobrovsky's 18 saves lead Blue Jackets past Avalanche, 2-1 | - Colorado also gets a point yesterday, woo hoo!

Jarome Iginla lifts Flames to 4-2 win over Canucks, ending Calgary's 2-game slide | - Calgary dices up the Canucks, helping the Wild gain some ground on the division leading Vancouver squad.

Kaleta hits Richards from behind | Backhand Shelf - What a jerk, Kaleta will definitely be hearing from the Dept. of Player Safety Jokes. All the right ingredients for a healthy suspension.

Kane keeps Blackhawks streaking, scoring late in regulation and shootout of win over Red Wings | - If you missed the end of this game yesterday for shame!

Flyers’ Zolnierczyk suspended four games for leaping headshot on Senators’ Lundin | Puck Daddy - And the hammer drops...

Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers coping with NHL realignment travel nightmares | Puck Daddy - Not everyone is excited for realignment. I don't care, but here it is.

Bieksa’s groin injury opens door for Barker’s Canucks debut | ProHockeyTalk