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Wilderness Walk: Uff. Da. Edition

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After a baaaaaaaad loss, there's not much to do. We pick up our heads, and we look towards Ottawa. The Wild have Wednesday to turn themselves around and get to business.

In the meantime, they also need to hope like heck that Parise is healthy. More on that later. Be sure to check out the "Off the Trail" section- the top 3 especially are fantastic reads.

For now, enjoy this lovely bassoon quartet from the Eastman School of Music. They simultaneously have a GREAT name, and are incredible musicians.

Wild News

Hashtag Hockey Podcast ep. 34 – Better late than never? Question mark? The Beerisode | Hashtag Hockey
Boba Fenwick has another podcast, so give it a listen!

Niklas Backstrom's New Mask Revealed | Gone Puck Wild
Check out Backy's new mask, and vote for the best Wild mask!

Shots, Shots, and More Shots! | Wild Xtra
Giles takes a look at something the Wild are doing a lot this year.

Zach Parise injured in Wild's first home loss of the season | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com
Just a brutal game.

Book Report: Boy on Ice | Wild Xtra
I'm about halfway through it. Definitely worth a read, if you like biographies.

Minnesota Wild's Niklas Backstrom balances roles as backup goalie - TwinCities.com
Interesting read, with quotes from the winning-est goalie in Wild history.

Wild's Parise suffers upper-body injury during Tuesday's loss to Penguins | theScore
Not good.

Game Recaps

Groggy start too much to overcome in 4-1 home loss to Pittsburgh | State of Hockey News
Yeah, it was a brutal game. Hopefully we won't see a repeat anytime soon.

Penguins race to 4-1 victory over Wild | Star Tribune
Not to find a silver lining, moral victory, or anything like that... but holding Sid the Kid to 2 shots is pretty ok, at least.

Wild go down to first home loss | TwinCities.com
For the masochistic of you.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Minnesota Wild | NHL
Greiss? Gross.

Off the Trail

Don't put the Pittsburgh Penguins on the power play, because they'll kill you | SBNation.com
I'll just leave this here: 11 Seconds.

Yakupov, Tarasenko and what advanced stats reveal on young wingers (Puck Momalytics) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
A (lengthy) but interesting read by Jen LC. DEFINITELY worth your time.

Eight Oddities of the Early Days of the NHL Draft | Grantland.com
Really interesting history of the NHL draft.

Alex Ovechkin becomes Capitals' all-time points leader | theScore
Congrats to Ovi! (no, not Noogie's cat)

Blackhawks' Sharp to be 'out for a bit' with apparent leg injury | theScore
"weeks not days" bodes poorly for our Southron neighbors.

Olli Maatta Underwent Successful Surgery | PensBurgh
Fortunately, Maatta avoided complications, and should be back in about a month.

Is the Central Division the Best in Hockey? | The Hockey Writers
This just in: Chicago is a wildcard team, and the Pacific was the best division last season.

Game Recaps

Calgary Flames at Washington Capitals | NHL

St. Louis Blues at New Jersey Devils | NHL

Los Angeles Kings at Dallas Stars | NHL

Chicago Blackhawks at Montréal Canadiens | NHL

Carolina Hurricanes at Columbus Blue Jackets | NHL

Florida Panthers at Boston Bruins | NHL

Edmonton Oilers at Philadelphia Flyers | NHL