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Tonight, the Wild look to even this series up at 2 games a piece.

Here Peter Forsberg is seen in his native diving habitat!
Here Peter Forsberg is seen in his native diving habitat!
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Wilderness Walk: Game Day Edition

When I think of the Colorado Avalanche a few things instantly come to mind:
•    Fingers in a snow blower
•    Peter Forsberg diving 4-5 times a game
•    Andrew Brunette ending Patrick Roy’s career in style.
•    And an odd mountain-yeti-foot logo that makes are Minnesota man-bear-pig-forest logo look good.

Game 4 of the Wild vs. Avalanche playoff series is tonight at 8:30pm! If you’re not excited about this game you may want to recheck your pulse. The main story line is of course the Matt Cooke suspension drama. Was seven games to many? How will the loss of Cooke affect the lineup, specifically the pk. How will Colorado respond? Will Patrick Roy and Mike Yeo meet at the center of the ice and settle this like men? But I would like to focus on a completely different topic.

…Why are we not bigger rivals with the Colorado Avalanche?

For two teams that have been consistently playing one another over the past 14 years, we seem to have very little animosity towards each other. In the old Northwest division all anyone talked about was the hated ginger twin lead Vancouver Canucks. When the new Central division was created all anyone could talk about was how excited they were to play Chicago, Winnipeg, Dallas, and St. Louis. Even playing Nashville garnered more attention than Colorado, you know you are all secretly wondering if Tennessee can honestly booo Ryan Suter for the next 11 seasons!! No one, and I repeat no one said a thing about Colorado. Divisional foes, playoff history, and still nothing.

Why don’t these two teams hate each other?

Maybe this Matt Cooke hit was exactly what we all needed!!! Nothing builds a rivalry like a swift knee on knee collision. Here’s to the Central

Here is the rest of your Walk

Wild News

Wild faces crucial Game 4 against Colorado at the X | Star Tribune
Yes this is a big game

Hartman: Wild owner Leipold likes team's direction | Star Tribune
Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold thoughts on the season and the direction the team is on.

Wild's Cooke suspended seven games | Star Tribune
Minnesota's reaction to the Suspension

Wild's Cooke suspended seven games for kneeing
Canada's response to the Matt Cooke suspension

Matt Cooke of Minnesota Wild suspended 7 game for hit on Tyson Barrie - ESPN
Who knew ESPN covered hockey? America's uneducated response to the Cooke Suspension

Cooke gets 7 games for knee on Barrie - Mile High Hockey
Colorado's reaction to the Cooke suspension

Game 4 preview: Colorado at Wild | Star Tribune
Game 4 preview

Avalanche News

Patrick Roy is ‘one of the worst people I’ve met’: former goalie | Hockey | Sports | Toronto Sun
This former player hates Patrick Roy

Kiszla: Matt Duchene skate encouraging for ailing Avs - The Denver Post
Matt Duchene makes any team better!

NHL dream to become reality for Avs call-up Joey Hishon - The Denver Post
He is the Marky Mark or Rudy of the Avalanche

Avalanche and Wild adjust lineups for Game 4; Joey Hishon in for Colorado
lineups changes for Game 4

Other News

High school report: Former Wild center Wes Walz to lead East Ridge boys program -
Wes Walz will be the head coach of the Wild in 10 years.

Torres knows what Cooke is dealing with - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
If there's one guy who knows what Matt Cooke is going through again, it's Raffi Torres.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Columbus Blue Jackets - 04/23/2014
Go Columbus Go!! Game 4 recap. Columbus win

Without Getzlaf, Ducks fall to Stars in Game 4; even series
Stars even the Series at 2-2

Lightning feel future is bright, despite early exit
The Lightning may be good in the future

Dave Lozo's Bag Skate: Inconsistent Refereeing Continues to Plague Playoffs | Bleacher Report
When you can't win blame the refs

Rare footage shows pre-Mad Men Jon Hamm talking Blues – and talking smack about Blackhawks | Post-to-Post

Blues C Backes scratched for Game 4 - Yahoo Sports
Blues forward, and former Mankato star, David Backes is still feeling the effects of the Chicago cheap shot.