Good morning Wilderness, I hope you all survived Halloween. The Wild begin the month of November with a tough matchup tonight against the Dallas Stars at home. The Stars have had a decent start to the year, going 4-2-4 after falling to the Ducks last night.
The Stars' offense is lethal, so the Wild will have to be on their game despite being without Jared Spurgeon. Jonas Brodin and Christian Folin may be healthy enough to reenter the lineup. Erik Haula may as well, but it will depend on today's morning skate. Make sure you read the articles below for a full update on the injuries as well as the further developments in the Thomas Vanek case. According to his agent, Vanek has done nothing wrong and is fully cooperating. So we'll just have to wait and see where this goes.
On to the Walk:
NHL watching, but Thomas Vanek's agent reiterates client is in no criminal trouble | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com - Russo seems to think the NHL will not take any action against Vanek.
Jared Spurgeon sidelined with a shoulder injury; Jonas Brodin, Erik Haula, Christian Folin may return vs. Dallas | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com - Not good news on the Spurgeon injury. Yeo didn't give a timetable, but "it's definitely more than a few games." Ouch.
Minnesota Wild: Injuries testing team's defensive depth - TwinCities.com - Let's just hope that defensive depth doesn't eventually lead to Justin Falk and Stu Bickel playing a major role.
Justin Falk Will Return To Iowa - Speaking of Justin Falk....
At Long Last, Zucker is Seizing the Moment - Articles - A nice article on Jason Zucker's great start to the year and how team management stuck with the young forward.
The Gopher Hole
Minnesota Women's Hockey: TDG Interviews Gopher Star Hannah Brandt! - The Daily Gopher - Interview with Hannah Brandt, who leads the nation in points this season (18 pts in 8 games).
Off The Trail
The NHL Redux: The California alpha dogs and the real state of hockey | theScore - GASP! This writer seems to think California is the new state of hockey! Well they do have some good teams...
The Sabres are... bad? No way! (Trending Topics) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports - We may be witnessing the worst team in NHL history. And that's saying something.
Trick or treat Alexandre Burrows, you get a 3-game suspension for late hit | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports - Is 3 games too much? Too little? Hard to say, but the hit was definitely dirty. Hard to believe Burrows hasn't been suspended before.
Connor McDavid Power Rankings: The Oilers Dynasty has risen again - SBNation.com - Your favorite hockey team finds its way onto the McDavid Rankings for some reason.
Woe is Leafs, Lupul out indefinitely with broken bone in hand | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports - Lupol breaks a bone after tripping over a stick at practice. That's almost as bad as doing knuckle pushups.
Finally, if you didn't see the prank the Flyers staff played on their players, watch this: