Good Morning Wilderness, and a fine Sunday it is shaping up to be indeed. Today we celebrate another game day as your Minnesota Wild are scheduled to face off against the Columbus Blue Jackets today at 5pm cst.
Game time is a little earlier tonight, which is a millions times better than our previous 2 games with 9:30 starts. Your Minnesota Wild is coming off 3 consecutive losses. The Blue Jackets are coming off a loss at St. Louis this past Saturday by a score of 3 - 1.
The Wild have just 11 games left in this lockout shortened season, and a final playoff push is in full swing, although the past 2 games are more representative of a team trying to get their 4 consecutive 1st overall pick in the NHL draft. The Wild will square off against a former forward tonight in the recently traded Marion Gabork will be in the lineup for Culumbus, making his home debut for the Columbus faithful. I wish the guy nothing but the best, but since he's in the West again (for now at least) I'd be fine with him just not showing up for about a dozen more games or so.
The Wild have yet to win in April, and I aint alright with that!
Game Preview: Minnesota Wild vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 4/7/2013 @ 5:00PM CST at Nationwide Arena - Preview brought to you by the State of Hockey News.
NHL Preview - Minnesota Wild at Columbus Blue Jackets - Apr 07, 2013 - CBSSports.com - Given their positions in the postseason race, the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets can't afford to squander points down the stretch.
Gameday: Wild at Columbus | StarTribune.com - Quick hits of what to watch.
Wild Skates In Columbus | - Practice, we're talkin about practice ...
Wild players hope for turnaround victory | StarTribune.com - With the Western Conference standings starting to squeeze more tightly around the slumping Wild, players believe a victory Sunday night over the Columbus Blue Jackets could lower the anxiety temperature a couple of degrees.
Zulgad: Wild have the talent to be successful but consistency is lacking | 1500 ESPN Twin Cities - Yes, it would be nice if they could just win every game and keep the tensions down a bit eh?
Russo's NHL Insider: Larsson hard to part with for Wild | StarTribune.com - When you’re a scout who spends weeks on the road in the heart of winter scouring the world for talent, there is nothing more satisfying than draft day.
New CBA helped make Pominville trade possible | ProHockeyTalk - Buffalo absorbed part of his cap hit. Awe, that was nice of them.
Moorhead's Cullen has sights set on another Stanley Cup | WDAY | Fargo, ND - A little feature on Matt while he's sidelined. This one is a couple days old, forgive me if you've seen this already.
The Team of 18,001: Rest For Backstrom - sleep.... sleep.... sleep...
Tending The Fields
The Last Ever (Possibly Maybe Forever) Disappointing Stand of the Houston Aeros - Houston - News - Hair Balls - This time two years ago, the Houston Aeros were making their final push to secure a Western Division playoff...
The Third Intermission: Aeros Dominate Wolves, Take 5-2 Win - TTI puts their spin on the Aeros most recent win.
Swarm demolish Bandits 21-7, keep playoff hopes alive :: SportsPageMagazine.com - The Minnesota Swarm kept their playoff hopes alive by scoring a franchise-best 21 goals en route to a 21-7 victory over the visiting Buffalo Bandits in front of an announced crowd of 10,167 at the Xcel Energy Center Saturday night.
Off The Trail
espnW -- World Women's Hockey Championship teams still playing catch-up with U.S., Canada - espnW - Other countries have shown significant improvement, but the U.S. and Canada still dominate women's hockey. With a little more money and resources at their disposal, most countries likely would be much more competitive.
Canucks reportedly planning to retire Pavel Bure’s number | Backhand Shelf - Bure was one of my favorite guys growing up. A well deserved honor, even if it is the Canucks.
James Neal leaves game after taking elbow to head | Backhand Shelf - An attempt at the exploding shoulder turned exploding elbow. The injury bug is hitting the Pens at the wrong time of the year.
NHL Recap - Calgary Flames at Vancouver Canucks - Apr 06, 2013 - CBSSports.com - The Canucks' top line combined for eight points, and Cory Schneider made 36 saves as Vancouver beat the reeling Calgary Flames 5-2 on Saturday night.
Nashville Predators' Pekka Rinne to start rest of season | The Tennessean - One less thing to worry about on your fantasy team.
Gophers hockey exodus continues as Mark Alt signs with Flyers | 1500 ESPN Twin Cities - Going to be a much different team next year for the Gophers.
Johan Larsson Scores In Debut, Rochester Americans Lose To Monsters - Dammit! Can we have him back please?
Predators are uncertain if Colin Wilson’s season is over | ProHockeyTalk - He hurt his shoulder on March 9.
Ovechkin posts 12th career hat trick in leading Capitals to 4-3 victory over Panthers. - The Washington Post - My cat, when not testing the dog, is just, ya know .... scoring goals.
New Jersey Devils paying price for lack of shootout success - NHL.com - Inside the Numbers - At least for the Devils, their are no shootouts in the playoffs, assuming you make it to the playoffs...
Russo's NHL short takes | StarTribune.com - Icing controversy contiues.
Smith stops 24 shots, Coyotes top Avalanche 4-0 | StarTribune.com - I heard someone asking for a Avs victory yesterday on twitter ... Sorry Em...
Zebra hunting! Lithuanian player hits referee with flying stick after loss (Video) | Puck Daddy - I do not condone this at all. What a tool...
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Blue Jackets notebook: With Boll out of lineup, Jackets being tested | BlueJackets Xtra - See behind enemy lines.