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We're getting down to the nitty-gritty of the season. Where boys become men, heroes are made, and clichés come out like gangbusters.

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Wilderness, we are deep in the playoffs now. It's looking very much like the Rangers will have their shot at the cup. The Kings and Hawks are in a much closer series... oh wait, they're both 3-1. So right now, odds are good that the SC-Finals will be Rangers v Kings. BUT, it's the playoffs, anything can happen.

What's more, there's a ton of goings-on in the league. See the Walk for all the details.

Wild News:

State of Hockey News: Minnesota Wild 2013-14 Autopsy- Great article, much like our end-of-season grades. Read it!

Gone Puck Wild: Wild's Erik Haula, Finland Fall 5-2 to Russia- Not new news, but a great read nonetheless.

Hockey Wilderness: Podcast Episode 9- Some great discussion by the bigwigs here at HW. Give it a listen!

Minnesota Hockey Mag: No One-Hit Wonder, Mix of Youngsters and Veteran's Set the Stage for Future Cup Runs- Do you feel bad that the Wild aren't still "in the hunt"? Read this.

The Hockey Writers: Déjà Koivu; Assessing Mikko Koivu's Postseason Performance- The final nail in the Koffin: Koivu is a great player, and was stellar this postseason.

In the Hunt:

Second City Hockey: Kings Score 3 in 1st, Take Game 4- Second City Hockey's take on the game.

Jewels From the Crown: Kings Keep Rolling, Win Game 4- JFTC's take on the game

NHL: Kings Down Blackhawks, 1 Win From FInal- The Blakchawks continue to seem uninterested in these playoffs.

Sports Illustrated: Canadiens' Price Skates Before Practice- Promising News for the Habs, but could be too late?

The Score: Rangers Won't Rule Out Stepan for Game 5- Jaw? He don't need no stinking jaw.

LFR: (VIDEO) The Best Defence- Steve Dangle breaks down why the Kings are beating the Blackhawks.

LFR: (VIDEO) Marty Bar Down- Dangle reacts to MSL's absolute snipe to end game 4

Puck Daddy: Kane has been Quiet... Too Quiet- The Kings have silenced Kane for now... but will it last?

The Score: Carcillo's Suspension Appeal Hearing Set for Friday- These usually don't work, and he deserved it... so there's that.

The Hockey Writers: Therrien: The Man Behind the Bench- Some insight into Mr. Therrien

Puck Daddy: What We Learned: Why the Western Conference Final is Embarrassing the East- Yeah! See how much closer the Western Conference is! The East is 3-1 after game 4! The West is.... oh wait. In all seriousness... get ready for some serious snark here.

Off the Trail:

CBC: Friedman's Thoughts- Worth a read. Great thoughts.

Star Tribune: Capitals Hire Trotz, promote MacLellan to GM

Pro Hockey Talk: "Nothing Iminent" for Stastny- He's not 18, why would the Av's be interested?

Puck Daddy: Giguere Set to Retire- That's ok. MacKinnon will pick up the slack I'm sure.

The Hockey Writers: The Kesler Conundrum: Part 1- Part of a 3-part series regarding who Kesler might get traded to, and what his price will be.

Puck Daddy: Iconic LA Donut->Hockey Puck- Neato.

Pro Hockey Talk: Should a Team Take a Chance on Dubnyk?- Hopefully the Wild will not.

Pro Hockey Talk: Yak and Eakins Getting Along Fine- A popular name around here for a trade target for the Wild.