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The Wild gear up to take on a tough Lightning team tonight at the X.

Hold me close, never let go.
Hold me close, never let go.
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Happy weekend Wild fans!  Isn't it nice when we have games at normal intervals for once?  Thursday night's victory over Arizona was fun and all, but we want more hockey.  Enter the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Lightning may play in the weaker Eastern Conference, but they can be a very good team.  Steven Stamkos is always a threat, and it looks like Jonathan Drouin may be the real deal.  Even with Victor Hedman out with injury, their blueline is still solid.  Evgeni Nabokov will get the start in net, with the Lightning coming off a back-to-back with Winnipeg.

Christian Folin and Keith Ballard are still sick, so Matt Dumba and Nate Prosser will get the start on the 3rd pairing.  Everything else appears to be the same as Thursday.

Hang around the Wilderness today for more coverage and join us tonight on the Gamethread!  On to the Walk:

Wild News

Wild has sense of humor about its '0-for' power play | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com - The team continued to work the power play in practice.  You get the sense that once this team gets its first goal, then they'll all start going in.

Minnesota Wild focus on keeping young talent for years to come - TwinCities.com - Chuck Fletcher has this team mapped out for years to come.  There isn't one scenario he hasn't thought about.

Fire at Wild retreat almost turned tragic | Star Tribune- One crazy story from Russo about the Wild offseason.  Be sure to check this out.

Trending the Fields

Iowa Wild - A Week in Review 10-24-2014 - Gone Puck Wild - GPW takes a look at what the Baby Wild have been up to.

The Gopher Hole

Gophers' hockey big freshmen can take time adjusting | Star Tribune- In case you missed it from yesterday, an article about the expectations of the Gopher freshman who can make an impact on an already talented team.

Off The Trail

Lock up your young defensemen, NHL teams (Trending Topics) | Puck Daddy - An interesting take by Lambert on how teams are locking up talented defensemen cheap for longer term (Brodin).  It could be a case of where GMs are actually ahead of the market.

Story of Slava Voynov's wife will not be 'radically different' | Puck Daddy - More updates on the Voynov case, this could get messy.

3-on-3: Season subplots - The writers at The Score debate which teams are for real and which will fall.

The only reason Phil Kessel's snapshot is any good is because it's awesome- Justin Bourne takes an in-depth look at Kessel's powerful shot.

Video: Drouin scores first NHL goal, shows early chemistry with Stamkos | ProHockeyTalk- A preview of what rolls into St. Paul tonight.

Super 16 NHL power rankings: Time needed to judge young goalies - Super 16: NHL Power Rankings- The Wild move up two spots in the weekly rankings.

Blues recall Jaskin, place Stastny on IR | ProHockeyTalk- The Blues are off to a rough start and putting Stastny on IR won't help things.

Connor McDavid power rankings: The vast conspiracy behind Toronto's jersey throwing - SBNation.com- Must read hilarious stuff here.

NHL Grab Bag: What Would Phil Kessel Do? - Your weekly grab bag.