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Wilderness Walk: Game Day Edition

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The Wild take on the San Jose Sharks at home tonight.

Former fan-favorite Wild Defenseman Brent Burns returns to the X tonight.
Former fan-favorite Wild Defenseman Brent Burns returns to the X tonight.
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After losing and winning (Thanks, #RallyRuckus!) a game involving a 3rd period comeback, the Minnesota Wild return to the friendly confines of the Xcel Energy Center to play against San Jose. Yes, this means the return of Brent Burns (and his robotic sex pants) and James Sheppard. This is always entertaining.

But, this Walk is already getting up late, so I won't spend too much time on that topic. Go Wild, hope they win, etc., etc.

I do want to take a brief moment and mention that yesterday marked seven years since my girlfriend, Alicia, and I began dating. Obviously, I'm biased, and I haven't looked up her 5v5 Fenwick Close%, but in my estimation, she's sublime. She's the Pizza to my Tank. I'm done being overly sentimental, except to say that I am so happy I have her as my best friend, and I love 'Licia so much!

On to the Walk.

Wild News

Wild hopes to get Koivu, Vanek up to speed | Star Tribune- The Wild doing so well without the benefit of the Power Play clicking or Vanek and Koivu going off should be encouraging.

Did threat of appeal reduce John Moore suspension? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- The length of the suspension that John Moore received eliminated the possibility of an appeal by the NHLPA.

Wild's Ryan Carter 'hungry' for another Stanley Cup, and a bigger role in getting it - Carter will be locked to the fourth line, so it's not going to be *that* much of a bigger role.

John Moore suspended five games for hit on Erik Haula | Russo's Rants | There was a fair bit of outcry that the hit on Haula deserved... Moore... games. (I'll go to sleep now) Honestly, I didn't get worked up about the suspension. 5 games isn't exactly a light punishment, and it's not like the Rangers getting Moore back in a timely manner hurts the Wild's playoff chances.

Wild Game Recap: 10-28-14 at Boston – Turning the tables | Hashtag Hockey- Bob breaks down the Wild-Bruins game. Though no mention of #RallyRuckus, which was definitely the turning point.

John Moore Suspended Five Games For Hit on Erik Haula- Gone Puck Wild gives their take.

Minnesota Wild: Do They Need an Enforcer?- I do not know how an enforcer does anything about preventing the Kreider-Brodin or the Moore-Haula hits, or even give any payback, as both players were immediately booted from the game.

Tending the Fields

Minnesota Wild Prospects 3 Stars (October 29, 2014) - Articles - Articles - Homepage - Wild Xtra- Nate looks out some good prospect performances, including a nice stretch by Wild 2014 6th-rounder Reid Duke.

Off the Trail

Why Score Effects are the key to your fancy stats (Puck Momalytics) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Friend of the podcast Jen LC kills it in her Puck Daddy debut (I believe). Well-deserved, Jen! We're rooting for you!

Ted Nolan just realized what’s going on with Sabres this season | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Ted Nolan isn't taking being hung out to dry by his GM anymore.

Mike Smith stinks but Coyotes are sticking with him | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Good news for the Western Conference.

Torey Krug to miss 2-3 weeks with broken finger as Bruins lose another defenseman | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Gross. Krug lost the top of his pinky. This could have been prevented, if only the Bruins were tougher.

The NHL’s Hit Parade: Classic Takedowns That Went Unpunished- Grantland- Sean MacIndoe looks at some insanely dirty hits from the NHL's past. I couldn't even believe that Bure hit wasn't suspension-worthy, even in the pre-DoPS days.

Alexander Ovechkin Held Pointless in 5 Games For First Time in His Career- The Score- STRIP THE C! HE'S A THIRD-LINE WINGER!

Roy remains confident that Avs will start winning | ProHockeyTalk- They might, once they draft Connor McDavid.

Frederik Andersen's New Reservoir Dogs-Themed Mask - Battle of California- As someone who watched "Reservoir Dogs" for the first time last weekend, I got really excited over this. Now I hope Andersen makes John Gibson wear a helmet that says "Mr. Pink".

Behind Enemy Lines

Please visit our friends at Fear the Fin for all of your Sharks news and analysis. Also, you can choose to visit our frenemies at the Battle of California, where they will ruthlessly take shots at Minnesota. However, if it's just not your cup of tea, or you are incensed by anything they say, we ask you to not engage.

Sharks Gameday: 1 of the Minnesota Wild's 82 indoor games - Battle of California- Some trolling that you should either laugh at or not respond to, to combat the notion that Minnesota Wild fans are a bunch of thin-skinned, crybaby morons that are almost too easy to troll.

League suspends John Scott, unfortunately for just two games - Fear The Fin- Maybe the Wild should start F***ing Stu Bickel to get a toughness advantage.