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The Minnesota Wild will try to not get their equipment destroyed in a fire when they face the Ottawa Senators tonight.

Swedes vs. Finns! Mike Granlund and the Wild take on Erik Karlsson and the Senators.
Swedes vs. Finns! Mike Granlund and the Wild take on Erik Karlsson and the Senators.
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Hey, the Wild are in Ottawa tonight, they'll play the Senators. Four years ago, their equipment van burned up in Ottawa, and you'll no doubt see some jokes about it throughout the day.

Zach Parise is still hurt, we don't know how, and he's not playing tonight.

That was fun, let's go for a Walk.

Wild News

Are the Minnesota Wild the Best Team in the West? | The Score- Justin Bourne examines whether the Wild have become the best team in a loaded Western Conference.

Minnesota Wild: Zach Parise injury gives team's depth first real test - Truth. Vanek will be playing in Parise's spot tonight.

Vanek rejoins Pominville on Wild's top line | Star Tribune- It'll be interesting to see whether Vanek can have the same amount of chemistry with Pominville and Granlund that Parise enjoyed. Being fed passes from Mike can't hurt his scoring totals.

Wild practice: Injured Parise will not go on road trip | Russo's Rants | Still nothing disclosed about Parise's injury. When all you have to go on is "upper body", that tends to not be good on the "Please don't let it be a head injury" front.

Off the Trail

Jake Marchment f*cked up - Jewels From The Crown- With the Voynov case, and now this, Jewels from the Crown has had to discuss some very serious issues.

On Context: The NHL's All-Minus Team Would Be Nothing But a Plus | The Score- Putting the flaws of +/- on display.

How teams can improve their possession numbers, Corsi - NHL - ESPN- In the Minnesota Wild's case, it was by not having anywhere to go but up.

Tomas Hertl and the sophomore slump | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Jonas Brodin knows that feels, Tom.

No one’s tanking for Connor McDavid, according to NHL | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Buffalo fans react:

Rick Nash scores butt goal, sticks Red Wings goalie in face (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- What is a Butt Goal?

USHL team's 'Political Loser Night' rewards fans thanks to losing candidates | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Pretty awesome promotion. Handing over my (theoretical) Mary Burke sign in exchange for cheaper hockey tickets would have been a small consolation.

Behind Enemy Lines

You can keep up with the latest Ottawa Senators news with our friends at Silver Seven.