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The Wild are back tonight, as they take on the New York Islanders. Which Wild will we see? The team that played poorly ish but won against Montreal? Or the team that played MISERABLY and gave up 3 goals against Anaheim? Or the team that dominated and out-scored Anaheim 4-2 through the rest of the game? WHO KNOWS!?

Head over to Lighthouse hockey for all your Islanders needs, whether that be reading about the joys of Cal Clutterbuck, how much hatred there is for Nino, or how much Leddy hates the Wild. It's all there!

Be sure to listen to our newest podcast, first, though.

For your musical enjoyment, an oldie but a goodie. One of my favorites from a (regrettably) Canadian trio:

Wild News

LONG Update | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com
But lots of info here.

HockeyBuzz.com - Tony Dean - WildHBcommunity: Wild Power Play has EARNED Boos from Fans so Fix it
Tony makes up for his absence lately with a long one, and a big announcement! Congratulations to the Dean family. #BabyTheDean

Will Top Minutes Bring Top Production from Vanek? | Wild Xtra
YEAH! WILL THE TEAM 5V5 LEADER IN ASSISTS AND FIRST ASSISTS START PRODUCING?

Ryan Suter says Wild has pieces, but not consistency, of a playoff team | TwinCities.com
So, "The pieces are in place," with "correctable mistakes"?

Wild's Niklas Backstrom gets start Tuesday vs. Islanders | TwinCities.com
Guess who's back? ... err.... Backs...

Wild's Suter expected back in lineup Tuesday against Islanders | TwinCities.com
Woof. Remind me not to get Mumps.

Tending the Fields

Iowa Wild Recalls Johan Gustafsson | Gone Puck Wild
Magic Bus does well in the ECHL, and so does Goose. But now he's back in Iowa.

Minnesota Wild Prospects Report: Dylan Labbé's Big Week | Gone Puck Wild
Labbé and co. had a cumulatively good week, though there are a few injuries.

The Frozen Pond

College Hockey Rankings | SB Nation College Hockey
Another week, another new leader... my these are fickle.

Gophers hockey: Leon Bristedt added to Sweden's roster | TwinCities.com
Another Minnesota... Swissisotan? Swedeoatan? makes it to IIHF.

Brady Skjei Injured: Minnesota Could Lose Star Defenseman For Mariucci Classic - The Daily Gopher
Well that's not good.

Numbers, Stats, and Trends, Oh My!

Possession Isn’t Everything… with the Exception of Defensemen | Own The Puck
Worth a read, but heavy on the numbers. Summary is: no one has influence in their team's Sv%, and Sh% is not random, but is subject to variance.

Stimson: How passing relates to shooting percentage | Hockey Prospectus
Shooting immediately after a pass is much... MUCH better than shooting on your own.

On the strong relationship between winning the Jack Adams and getting really good goaltending | ProHockeyTalk
Funny how that goes, isn't it?

Off the Trail

NHL power rankings: Blackhawks rise to the top | SBNation.com
Minnesota falls...

Coyotes co-owner says team's sale on track to close by year's end | theScore

VIDEO: Devils' Jagr passes Marcel Dionne on all-time points list in 1,500th NHL game | theScore
Oh, Jagr...

Evander Kane suspended two games for boarding Clayton Stoner | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
E-Kane was E-vikted for two E-games. Ok, just regular games.

Why did NHL wait 48 hours before giving Anders Lee hit hearing? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Yes, by all means, continuing only to penalize players for injury. That's effective!

NHL Weekend: Welcome Back, Marty | Grantland.com
Brody's Back in Louis.

Dave Cameron hired to 'teach' Senators how to win | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Oh, their compete level is gonna be so much higher... like... at least 10 higher.

NHL takes first step towards expansion in Las Vegas | SBNation.com

RECAPS

New Jersey Devils at Carolina Hurricanes

Florida Panthers at St. Louis Blues

Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers