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The Wild are 0-2 in the preseason. Has the panic set in yet Wilderness?

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The Wild can't even win a game in the preseason, how are they supposed to win a game in the regular season? Not even news of the pretty new scoreboard at the X can cheer me up Wilderness. Full-on panic has set in! It's a good thing I didn't put my torches and pitchforks away from last season.

Wild News

Penguins 3, Wild 2 (OT): Thomas Vanek makes presence felt on power play - TwinCities.com
PITTSBURGH -- Heading into the season, Wild coach Mike Yeo isn't much concerned about his team's 5-on-5 play.

Yeo splits up Parise, Koivu in their first exhibiton game | Star Tribune
Of course, it's just preseason. It really doesn't matter.

Wild's Justin Fontaine: Small-town boy starting to make big impact - TwinCities.com
For the first time in his NHL career, the Minnesota Wild's Justin Fontaine has job security.

Thomas Vanek of Minnesota Wild happy for chance to come home - 2014-2015 Season Preview
Thomas Vanek makes his offseason home not far from where the Minnesota Wild play. Now that he signed with the Wild, he can live at home year-round.

Wild: Stu Bickel putting versatility, aggressiveness on display - TwinCities.com
Don't encourage him Chad Graff.

Minnesota Wild ready to prove themselves as Stanley Cup title contender - 2014-2015 Season Preview
Not so sure this will be our year, but I'd love nothing more than to be wrong.

What if Zach Parise and Ryan Suter chose the Pens? - PensBurgh
You wouldn't be writing this story, but rather something along the lines of 'How the cap recapture penalty will affect the Pens when Suter and Parise retire early'

Tending the Fields

FOX Sports North announces extensive college hockey TV package | FOX Sports
FOX Sports North on Wednesday announced an extensive 2014-15 television schedule that represents all of the Division I college hockey programs in the region.

Off the Trail

Marek vs. Wyshynski - Sportsnet.ca
#ICYMI Russo appeared on the Marek vs. Wyshnski's podcast yesterday. Give it a listen here.

NHL Fantasy Hockey: 15 hunches heading into the 2014-15 season | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
I wasn't going to clip this, but then I read the first hunch, laughed, and well, you know the rest.

Habs lose ’13 1st-rounder McCarron (shoulder) for six weeks | ProHockeyTalk
Another preseason injury.

Nathan Horton has a degenerative back condition | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
More bad news on the injury front.

Predators' Viktor Stalberg out 2-4 weeks with lower-body injury - CBSSports.com
The Predators could be without Viktor Stalberg when the regular-season opens in two weeks. The veteran winger is on the shelf for two to four weeks with a lower-body injury.

Jordan Staal needs surgery on fractured fibula, out 3-4 months - CBSSports.com
Jordan Staal is out three to four months after needing surgery to repair a fractured fibula in his right leg. The team's No. 2 center will not be easily replaced.

NHL vs. KHL showdown looming over 2016 World Cup of Hockey | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
While a vast majority of Russia's best players are in the NHL, there are enough in the KHL where it'll feel incomplete without their participation -- let alone without the KHL's promotion and endorsement of the event.