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Wilderness Walk: Look at Us, We're Winner! Edition

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Good morning, Wilderness, and it IS a good morning too! It could be I'm finally getting over my caffeine withdrawal (no coffee since Sunday, that's a big deal for me) or it could be the Wild winning in regulation for the first time in almost 3 weeks (20 days).

The day is bright, the sun is shining, the temperature is... well, let's not go there.

In any case, there's tons to get to today, and there should be a new podcast up today or tomorrow. In the meantime, enjoy this anthem for the Wild, and let's get to the Walk!

Stick Taps

Why Dressing Tanner Glass Matters | Blueshirt Banter
THIS. Except insert "Bickel" or "Falk" in for "Glass" and "Dumba" or "Folin" in for the other guys.

Hashtag Hockey Fights Domestic Violence – My Pledge! | Hashtag Hockey
Boba Fenwick not only supports a great cause, but features one of the greatest #mnwild pictures of the year.

Remebering Jean Beliveau, and Others Lost in 2014 | The Hockey Writers
Jean Beliveau is one of a number of hockey legends that were lost in 2014. Inside, we remember their tremendous contributions to the sport we love.

Wild News

Depleted Wild earn huge 3-2 regulation road win over Winnipeg | State of Hockey News
The Wild earn their first regulation win since December 9th. Hopefully it's never that long a time again. This includes a recap of the Iowa Wild

Mikael Granlund to Miss One Month Following Surgery | Gone Puck Wild
Granny broke his wrist when Big Buff Bodyslammed him. Thankfully, his surgery was successful.

3-goal 2nd period, Kuemper, 2 bottom-six forwards, a minor-league journeyman and a pointshot bomb lifts Wild | Russo's Rants |
Some insight into the Wild victory.

Granlund undergoes wrist surgery; Graovac's NHL debut; Bigtime message to Haula; Hackett on waivers and lots more | Russo's Rants |
Russo points out: if the Wild did claim Hackett, they'd need to put him on waivers to assign him to Iowa. Which would seem silly, but there it is.

Wild rallies, ends losing streak by beating Jets | Star Tribune
Wild Win in Winnipeg.

Wild role players come up big in win over Jets |
How do you know it was a good night for the Wild? They got pizza.

Wild send bold message to underachieving Erik Haula |

We should have known Haula was over-achieving in the playoffs. Still, he hasn't been particularly productive this year.

Tending the Fields

Iowa Wild Beat Milwaukee Admirals in Overtime | Gone Puck Wild
The Iowa Wild defeated the Milwaukee Admirals and their mascot "Roscoe" tonight after a rather embarrassing 9-2 defeat.

Parker Milner Signed to PTO by Iowa Wild | Gone Puck Wild
The Iowa Wild have signed Quad City Mallards goaltender Parker Milner to a professional tryout with John Curry playing with the Minnesota Wild.

NHL Draft: Top 5 Average-Sized Forwards Not Named McDavid or Eichel | The Hockey Writers
Any interest in these kids, Wilderness?

2015 NHL Draft War Room: The Top Five Goalies | The Hockey Writers
What are the odds the Wild grab one of these kids?

2015 NHL Draft War Room: The Top Five Defensemen | The Hockey Writers
Might one of these guys have a place on the Iron Range Red Blue Line?

T-t-t-today in Junior (Championships)

Forsling, Nylander lead Sweden past Russia | ProHockeyTalk
The Swedes remain undefeated in Group B.

U.S. readies for junior showdown vs. Canada by blanking Slovakia | ProHockeyTalk
Sonny Milano's goal was pretty ridiculous. And pretty lucky. But ridiculous. too.

Canada beats Finland to stay perfect at World Junior Championship | 2015 World Junior Championship
Canada stayed perfect at the World Junior Championship, beating Finland 4-1 on Monday to set up a showdown with the United States on New Year's Eve.

Thatcher Demko, United States shut out Slovakia at World Junior Championship | 2015 World Junior Championship
Thatcher Demko made 17 saves, and forwards Sonny Milano, Dylan Larkin and John Hayden scored to lead the United States to a 3-0 win against Slovakia.

Czech Republic defeats Denmark at World Junior Championship | 2015 World Junior Championship
David Pastrnak scored 1:01 into overtime to give the Czech Republic a 4-3 win against Denmark at the World Junior Champion Championship.

Off the Trail

Dallas Stars scoreboard picks the all-time greatest Rangers | Bar Down
The Dallas Stars scoreboard picks the all-time greatest Rangers

Top 5 Under Achieving Stars So Far in 2014-15 | The Hockey Writers
You'll NEVER guess which Wild member appears here (hint: it ain't Nino).

Ducks' Perry practices, will be 'game-time decision at all times' until return | theScore
Perry is getting close to returning after a Ballard Hip-Bomb.

NHL confirms it's investigating Ducks' on-ice activity over holidays | theScore
First the Kings, now the Ducks... those Cali teams can't get the rules straight!

Voynov to stand trial March 2 after pleading not guilty to domestic assault charge | theScore

Top 10 Saves of 2014 (Puck Daddy Year in Review) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
The top three are anti-climactic, in my opinion... but that's just me. Still a fun list!

Kalamazoo Wings to ring in New Year with tuxedo jerseys (Photo) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Great idea! Too bad it's already been done.


Nashville Predators at Chicago Blackhawks

Washington Capitals at New York Islanders

Pittsburgh Penguins at New Jersey Devils

Colorado Avalanche at St. Louis Blues

New York Rangers at Dallas Stars