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Wilderness Walk: Game Day Edition

The Minnesota Wild look for their second consecutive win against the Dallas Stars.

Hannah Foslien

Good morning Wilderness! It's another frosty day here in the State of Hockey and your Minnesota Wild have flown south to warmer climates to take on the Dallas Stars for the second time in as many games. Minnesota found the winners circle when they last met, all the way back on Saturday, in overtime off the stick of Minnesota's native son Nate Prosser.

The Wild's red-hot netminder, Darcy Kuemper will have to fly without the safety net of Niklas Backstrom or Josh Harding as both have found their way to the infirmary and the Wild have had to call up Johan Gustafsson to back up the child prodige'.

At any rate, I thought it would be fun to take a little trip down memory lane here this morning and take a peak at just how ridiculous we all looked some twenty-odd years ago.

Oh boy! That sure was fun wasn't it Wilderness!? All the mullets, just truly an amazing sight. But who was this Norm Green person everyone seems to have taken an issue with? Some things I will never understand.

Wild News

Backstrom, Harding both sidelined | Star Tribune
The Wild's goalie woes continue as Darcy Kuemper will be backed up by Johan Gustafsson in Dallas tonight.

Wild's Zach Parise returns to full-contact practice -
Parise is getting closer to rejoining the team, and with the upcoming schedule its not a moment too soon.

When The Tough Gets Going... | The Team of 18,001
Giles looks at the tough road ahead going into the Olympic break for your Minnesota Wild.

Minnesota Wild: To fight or not to fight in retaliation for hit on Cooke? -
Ummm, not to fight. Sure, Jamie Benn pulled a dick move, but we need to keep looking forward and not holding grudges from the past if we want to get through tonight's game with a win.

Prosser goes from ‘runt’ to Wild hero | Star Tribune
The Elk River native is definitely enjoying his day in the limelight.

Wild-Dallas game preview | Star Tribune
Some quick game notes for your perusal.

Tending the Fields

Florida Everblades down Orlando Solar Bears 6-5 in ECHL - Orlando Sentinel
The Solar Bears lose one with some late game dominance out of the Everblades.

Off the Trail

John Tortorella banned from Canucks for 15 days, without pay; NHL fines Hartley $25K | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Tortella suspended, Hartley fined for what is probably going to go down as the dumbest moment of the NHL 2013-2014 season.

Report: Flames’ Westgarth was told to ‘make something happen’ | ProHockeyTalk
Make something happen huh? Well, mission accomplished.

Edmonton Oilers owner’s ‘hang in there’ letter to fans: The Puck Daddy translation | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
This is priceless, read it. Then, read it again.

Skater forced to play goalie, without pads, in Czech hockey game (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
I have never in all my days seen anything like this. The video, is hilarious! Stick tap to SK Kravina for taking it easy on the guy in net.

NHL Recap - Los Angeles Kings at Boston Bruins - Jan 20, 2014 -
Brad Marchand continued his recent hot scoring stretch with a pair of goals Monday, lifting the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings.

Brad Marchand dekes through LA Kings for gorgeous shorthanded goal (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
How embarrassing ...

NHL Recap - Philadelphia Flyers at New York Islanders - Jan 20, 2014 -
Kyle Okposo scored the tying goal on a power play late in regulation and then netted the decisive tally in the shootout for the New York Islanders, who rallied past Philadelphia 4-3 Monday to earn a rare win over the Flyers.

NHL Recap - Toronto Maple Leafs at Phoenix Coyotes - Jan 20, 2014 -
Jonathan Bernier stopped 39 shots and the Toronto Maple Leafs had another big scoring night to beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-2 Monday for their first five-game winning streak in seven years.

NHL Recap - Florida Panthers at Pittsburgh Penguins - Jan 20, 2014 -
Drew Shore scored twice for the first multi-goal game of his career and the Florida Panthers ended Pittsburgh's club-record 13-game home winning streak with a 5-1 win on Monday night.

NHL Recap - St. Louis Blues at Detroit Red Wings - Jan 20, 2014 -
Magnus Paarjarvi, Barret Jackman, Kevin Shattenkirk and Jay Bouwmeester scored to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night.

NHL Recap - Calgary Flames at San Jose Sharks - Jan 20, 2014 -
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Joe Pavelski scored two goals to move into a tie for the second most in the NHL this season and the San Jose Sharks beat the Calgary Flames 3-2 on Monday night.

Behind Enemy Lines

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Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill answers some basic trade talk questions | Dallas Morning News
Trade talks are hot down in Dallas.

Need to know: Stars must be able to break Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter | Dallas Morning News
I wouldn't so much be worried about Ryan Suter as I would about the kid between the pipes tonight.

NHL Recap - Dallas Stars at Nashville Predators - Jan 20, 2014 -
Roman Josi had a goal and an assist to lead the Nashville Predators to a 4-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday night.