After some time to breathe after a season that didn't allow it, and starting a postseason that doesn't often allow it, the Wild head back to Chicago to attempt to tie the series at 1.
So many intriguing things! Will Josh Harding lead the Wild to a victory? Can the Wild's offense step up? Can the Wild overcome their injuries?
Stay tuned to find out!
But here's the Walk for now.
Suter thrives playing 'crazy' minutes for Wild | StarTribune.com- Good thing, too, because the Wild's going to need him to do that.
Wild needs another hot streak from second line | StarTribune.com- I'd settle for anyone having a hot streak. But yeah, Zucker/Cullen/Seto would be fine to do it.
Minnesota Wild need to ramp up scoring punch in Game 2 - TwinCities.com- It's a bold statement to say that the Wild should score more than one goal.
Broken skate plagued Wild's Rupp in Game 1 OT | StarTribune.com- It was a bold move, Cotton.
Special nostalgia edition: North Stars vs. Blackhawks, 1991 first round | StarTribune.com- Hey! You ever hear of the North Stars? Yeah! Minnesota used to have another team!
Tending the Fields
The Third Intermission: Aeros on the brink of extinction after 4-2 loss in Grand Rapids- The recap of the Aeros game from Wednesday night.
First Round Bust: What You Missed: Erik Haula's First Pro Goal & James Sheppard Hits A Guy- James Sheppard still exists?
Off the Trail
Lars Eller on Montreal bloodied by Eric Gryba hit in gruesome scene; suspension worthy? (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- Not interested in seeing it myself, but if it's as bad as it's being hyped to be, this will probably be a big topic.
NHL awards picks & 30 Thoughts | Hockey | CBC Sports- The early part will be of interest to you, especially if you'd like to read about Josh Harding, and Wild award nominees.
Thoughts on Thoughts: NHL award picks, playoffs and much more | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com- Justin Bourne's supplement to 30 Thoughts.
Dave Lozo’s Bag Skate: On Josh Harding, Don Cherry, the Hart Trophy and undisclosed injuries | Backhand Shelf- More Harding talk, plus more.
NHL playoffs: Alex Ovechkin among players with something to prove in 2013 | Home Ice - SI.com- No one of interest to the Wild in this article? Anyone think someone has something to prove on the Wild for this playoff series?
The Bandwagon Fan's Guide to the NHL Playoffs - The Triangle Blog - Grantland- The Wild don't seem to be that hot of a bandwagon ticket.
10 Veteran Players Looking for Their First Stanley Cup - The Triangle Blog - Grantland- There's also everyone on the Wild that aren't Matt Cullen, Mike Rupp, or rookies.
Stanley Cup Beard Watch: Exposing the NHL’s playoff scruff cheaters | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- That Brent Burns, always skirting the ethical bounds of the playoff beard. Anyone out there growing their playoff beard?
Bet On A Game 2 Win - Second City Hockey- Not giving us much of a chance, are you SCH? RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE!
Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa relishes return to playoffs - Chicago Sun-Times- Hopefully Marian Hossa's season merely ends in an embarrassing defeat to the Wild, as opposed to a horrible injury.