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Wilderness Walk: Winning By Losing Edition

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The Minnesota Wild got a loser point against the Chicago Blackhawks. That's actually pretty good.

Bryz wasn't enough to save the Wild's offense from sabotaging them.
Bryz wasn't enough to save the Wild's offense from sabotaging them.
Jonathan Daniel

The Minnesota Wild fell in the shootout to a very beatable Chicago Blackhawks team. Under normal circumstances, that would be disheartening, and it kind of is. I guess. But it's not, thanks to Dallas dropping a very winnable game themselves, falling to the Carolina Hurricanes in regulation.

That means that Minnesota gains a point in the standings on Dallas and Phoenix, and have a 5 point lead on each, who have 6 and 5 games remaining, respectively. That's pretty good news for the Wild, who can go .500 (2-2-1) the rest of the season, and guarantee themselves a playoff spot. The Wild play Phoenix Pittsburgh on Saturday.

I am also going to plug the Hockey Wilderness Podcast again, which will be recording on Sunday. Please send questions in to the HWP Twitter feed (@HWildernessCast), or post questions in the comments here, and I'll make sure they find their way into the discussion.

A lot to talk about, on to the Walk.

Wild News

Game Recaps

Wild rallies in Chicago but loses in a shootout | Star Tribune

Wild loses shootout but returns home with five points out of eight on road trip | Russo's Rants |

Blackhawks 3, Wild 2: Minnesota rallies for a point, falls in shootout -

Haula’s late 3rd period goal helps Wild salvage valuable point against Chicago in 3-2 shootout loss | State of Hockey News

Wild Game Notes: 4-3-14 at Blackhawks plus individual Corsi and win expectancy | Hashtag Hockey

Other News

Minnesota Wild: Bollig's hit on Parise bothers Yeo - He's not the only one it bothered. It bothered Mike Rupp's agent, who is Twit-campaigning for the Wild to introduce his brand of face-punchery back into the lineup.

Wild ponders how to keep Granlund healthy | Star Tribune- This is a pretty big concern, as it's absolutely in the Wild's interests to make it so Granlund isn't "PMB 2.0".

Josh Harding taking things day-to-day after return to Wild practice | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- We knew this yesterday, but here's the Puck Daddy article on it.

Cautious Wild will sit Nino Niederreiter against Blackhawks - The same cautious Wild threw out Zach Parise back out on the ice mere minutes after being elbowed in the back of the head- the head that would hit the ice after the elbow. Parise noted that he had a bit of a headache, too, so that ought to be fun.

Wild: Christian Folin already intriguing his NHL coach - He may have to play forward in the last week and a half.

Tending the Fields

Jack Eichel & Minnesotans Headline U.S. Under-18 Team Announcement- The US U-18 team is going to be super good, then.

Off the Trail

The Best Possible NHL First-Round Matchups — Ranked!- Grantland- A Blackhawks-Kings matchup would be a treat to see...

NHL playoff format: Is the new system working for you? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- But because of the stupid format, it can't work. So boooooooo, NHL. Boooooooooo!

The post-injury self-exam, and why Jonathan Toews’ return will be difficult | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | Mikko Koivu's already had to deal with this, luckily it wasn't a playoff match.

Canucks GM Mike Gillis makes ‘John Tortorella or me’ ultimatum | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- And guess who doesn't have a 5 year contract?

Evander Kane faces civil assault suit, which should quiet his critics | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Ah. That's not good, if the allegations are true.

Washington Capitals should strip Alex Ovechkin of captain's C | Home Ice - STRIP THE C! STRIP THE C!

Offseason compliance buyout candidates include Marc-Andre Fleury, Brad Richards - NHL - ESPN- Remember, Niklas Backstrom can't be bought out.