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Your Minnesota Wild are in a tough spot. That window towards playoff glory is closing fast.

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Uhg ...

Wild News

Ricochet goal lifts Winnipeg over Wild in overtime | Star Tribune
Stupid weird bounces ...

Slumping Niederreiter still searching for answers | Star Tribune
It's not just him. The whole team needs a boost in the right direction.

Minnesota Wild: Crazy bounce gives Jets overtime win - TwinCities.com
Wild and funky bounces off the glass or stanchions are a theme I'm pretty tired of.

Ladd scores in OT, Jets beat Wild 4-3 - Yahoo Sports
Things can't be going much better for the Winnipeg Jets - or worse for the Minnesota Wild.

Controversial ‘no goal’ call comes back to haunt Wild in 4-3 overtime loss to Winnipeg | State of Hockey News
Technically, it was 'no goal' by the rules. The real controversy here is that they would not be allowed to review such a play which makes absolutely no sense. Whether the Wild would have been credited the goal or not, how that can't go to Toronto is beyond me.

Off the Trail

Jack Eichel, Captain America; Charles Barkley, NHL Commish; WJC news (Puck Headlines) | Puck Daddy
Sometimes it's nice to let Puck Daddy find the links for you. After last nights deflating loss, this is one of those times.

"That Guy" In Beer League - Articles - Articles - Articles - Wild Xtra
People have been picking on That Guy a lot lately.

Top 10 Jersey Fouls of 2014 (Puck Daddy Year in Review) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Some of these are fun. Some are just, wrong ... so very, very wrong.

Shea Weber bobblehead night trumps Lavy's match up against Philly | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
The bobblehead is missing something. Like, a signed offer sheet from Philly.

Milan Lucic looks to avenge 'one-punch' in fight with Dalton Prout | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Looks like Lucic can actually fight when he's expecting it...

Ice Shavings

Canada beats Germany 4-0 in world junior hockey - Yahoo Sports
Erie Otters star Connor McDavid had a goal and two assists in Canada's 4-0 victory over Germany on Saturday night in the World Junior Championship.

Slovakia upsets defending champion Finland at World Junior Championship - NHL.com - News
Slovakia goaltender Denis Godla led his team to a 2-1 upset of defending champion Finland at the World Junior Championship on Saturday.

Sweden tops Denmark, Switzerland defeats Czech Republic at World Junior Championship behind Jacob de la Rose - 2015 World Junior Championship
Captain Jacob de la Rose had one goal and two assists Saturday to lead Sweden to a 5-1 win against Denmark at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

NHL Recap - Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins - Dec 27, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Braden Holtby stopped 31 shots and Eric Fehr scored two goals as the Washington Capitals defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-0, on Saturday.

NHL Recap - Detroit Red Wings at Ottawa Senators - Dec 27, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Gustav Nyquist scored at 4:12 of overtime to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.

NHL Recap - Boston Bruins at Columbus Blue Jackets - Dec 27, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Kevin Connauton had a goal and two assists and the Columbus Blue Jackets scored four times in the second period for a 6-2 win against the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.

NHL Recap - New York Islanders at Buffalo Sabres - Dec 27, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Nicolas Deslauriers didn't even see his goal that ignited Buffalo's comeback victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

NHL Recap - Carolina Hurricanes at Tampa Bay Lightning - Dec 27, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Ben Bishop made 25 saves in his return from an injury and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 on Saturday night.

NHL Recap - New Jersey Devils at New York Rangers - Dec 27, 2014 - CBSSports.com
After a three-day break, the New York Rangers kept on winning, while the New Jersey Devils remained on the skids even with a brand new coaching staff behind the bench.

NHL Recap - Anaheim Ducks at Arizona Coyotes - Dec 27, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Shane Doan scored the only goal in the shootout with a broken stick, Devan Dubnyk stopped 36 shots and the Arizona Coyotes beat the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 on Saturday night.

NHL Recap - Philadelphia Flyers at Nashville Predators - Dec 27, 2014 - CBSSports.com
The Nashville Predators have the power and they know how to use it.

NHL Recap - Chicago Blackhawks at Colorado Avalanche - Dec 27, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Brent Seabrook has never played better defense than he is right now. And that's powering his recent offensive surge.