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Wilderness Walk 9-23-2013: Pre-season Game Day Edition

Tonight the Minnesota Wild visit the Columbus Blue Jackets to exact some revenge for a 3-1 loss at the Xcel Energy Center last Tuesday.

Hannah Foslien

Good morning Wilderness! Another pre-season game-day is upon us as your Minnesota Wild are in Ohio to take on the Columbus Blue Jackets. This will be the second time these squads square off in the pre-season, the Jackets came to the X last week and dropped the Wild 3-1.

Pre-season cuts should start coming this week as the Iowa Wild roster will start to take shape and the Minnesota Wild roster will start to shrink. The competition is heating up among the young guns and they are certainly not making Coach Yeo and GMCF's job any easier. Barring some trade before the season some of the kids are going to have to swallow some disappointment and take their lumps in the AHL until a spot becomes available.

Tonight's game is of course not on TV, again. Of course we do have the radio broadcast with the friendly voices of Bob Kurtz and Tom Reid helping you visualize the action. Puck drops at 6 pm on your radio home for the Wild, KFAN 100.3 FM, also streaming on iheartradio.

Wild News

Zucker expected to play in Columbus; Granlund has "slight injury" | Russo's Rants |
Left wing Jason Zucker, looking to win the second-line left wing spot or third-line right wing spot in training camp, returned to practice this morning after missing the past four days with a groin injury.

Meet the Minnesota Wild--Training Camp Hints at Bright Future
Gone Puck Wild wraps up Minnesota Wild Week with a mid-preseason recap.

Zucker eager to return to lineup | Star Tribune
The clock is tick tick ticking away, but I'm sure Zucker gets the benefit of the doubt before a few others.

Tending the Fields

First Round Bust: FRB Top 20 Prospects: #5...Erik Haula
Get to know Erik "The Other Fin" Haula.

Off the Trail

Brutal hockey hit from Finland’s Jere Karalahti would get all the Shanabans in NHL (Video) - Yahoo Sports

Leafs-Sabres line brawl includes Miller vs. Bernier, potential Clarkson suspension | ProHockeyTalk
The listing of penalties at the 10:01 mark of the third period is impressive to say the least.

Leafs’ Kessel explains slashing Sabres’ Scott: ‘He said he was going to jump me’ | ProHockeyTalk
Playing the self-defense card may work, if you didn't go spear Scott a bit later ...

Assessing the impact of Clarkson’s potential 10-game suspension on Leafs | ProHockeyTalk
I'm sorry, but what is it with players leaving the bench? This is just stupid, and it's the pre-season nonetheless! I get the brawl was a big deal, but is it worth 10 games?

The Team of 18,001: Meet The Central Division: Chicago Blackhawks
Who are these guys? Never heard of them before.

Oilers’ Gagner out indefinitely with broken jaw | ProHockeyTalk
No wonder, in the picture they have him eating his own stick. That cannot be good for the old mandible.

Canucks’ Kassian, Weise indeed face discipline hearings | ProHockeyTalk
Couple guys may spend some time in the corner thinking about what they have done.

Devils coach believes Jagr will be ready for season opener | ProHockeyTalk
Not sure I'd be so worried about how he starts the season but how he finishes the season.

Enemy News

The Cannon, a Columbus Blue Jackets community
Your best source for quality Columbus Blue Jackets news, rumors, analysis, stats and scores from the fan perspective.

On the Pitch

NASL ROUNDUP Minnesota United tops FC Edmonton 2-1
Your MN United FC held on to win after Edmonton scores a goal in injury time.

Woodbury: Minnesota United pro soccer club partners with city in Bielenberg expansion -
Come spring, Minnesotas only professional soccer team will be making Woodbury its home.