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Pominville netted not one, not two, but three consecutive goals last night against a Crosby-less, Malkin-less Pittsburge. It was a great victory, with Darcy Kuemper looking GREAT, and Stu Bickel looking... you know what there are no words. He was really really bad.

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For now, on to the walk. Enjoy this old-timey version of a Macklemore song.

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In the Penalty Box

MSHSL voting this week to decide transgender athletes' fate | TwinCities.com
So.... apparently keeping games "fair" is more important than treating people as... you know... people.

Wild News

Fletcher, Yeo on Wild's roster cuts, Dumba, Folin, Bickel, Graovac, team toughness and more | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com
Cut Veilleux, Sutter, Gogol, Bickel, Ballard, and make your job easier, Yeo.

The Team of 18,001: 2014-15 Outlook: Colorado Avalanche | Team of 18,001
LOL at the Avs top 3 possession players. 2 of them are Gonzo.

Wild Send 7 To Iowa | Gone Puck Wild
Unfortunately, none of them are named Bickel (yes, I really really don't like him).

Gustav Olofsson Injured Saturday, Parise Held Out of Practice | Gone Puck Wild
No worries, Parise is not injured

Wild notes: Yeo looking for roster hopefuls to step up | Star Tribune
Keranen and Dumba have stepped up, but it's time for some other youngsters to kick Bickel to the curb

Game Recap: Jason Pominville Hat Trick Lifts Wild Over Penguins 4-1 | Gone Puck Wild - A Minnesota Wild Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Zach Parise's power play tally, Jason Pominville Hat Trick help the Minnesota Wild beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 at the Xcel Energy Center.

Wild Move To Reassign Zack Phillips and Jordan Schroeder | Gone Puck Wild
Cut Gogol, Veilleux, Sutter, Zucker, Bickel, and Ballard. Problem SOLVED.

Wild Defensive Pairings This Season | Gone Puck Wild
By now, you know which name I don't want to see in that third pairing.

The Ice Hole

Minnesota tops USCHO Preseason Poll | SB Nation College Hockey
Things bode well for the maroon and gold.

Minnesota State Picked First in WCHA Coaches/Media Poll | SB Nation College Hockey
Another poll, another Minnesota team on top.

Tending the Fields

Jack Eichel, the next face of American hockey | SBNation.com
Come meet the newest face of American Hockey (whom the Wild will hopefully have no chance of drafting)

Off the Trail

5 Teams Poised to Take a Step Forward in 2014-15 | The Hockey Writers
Numbers 1 and 2 are some solid picks...

NHL predictions 2014-15: Which team takes home the Stanley Cup this season? | SBNation.com
I think these guys are a bit high on a team from Colorado.

Ducks' Heatley expected to miss at least 1 week due to groin ailment | theScore
*insert groin joke here*

Entire Blue Jackets first line out after Boone Jenner injury | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Brutal... Hoping this doesn't happen to the Wild.

One down, one to go as Stars re-sign Eakin — two years, $3.8M | ProHockeyTalk
Eakin will remain in Dallas.

2014-15 NHL Preview: The Bottom Feeders | Grantland.com
GREAT read, but few surprises.

Stars' Kari Lehtonen suffers concussion, to miss a couple days | theScore
Darcy Kuemper isn't the only goalie to have concussion problems.