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Kyle Brodziak proceeds to rip ass on Corey Crawford. Hey, who ever smelt it, dealt it.
Kyle Brodziak proceeds to rip ass on Corey Crawford. Hey, who ever smelt it, dealt it.
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Zach Parise was back at practice which is great news for the Wild. Marco Scandella is rumored to be ready to play tonight. Nashville is still one of the best stories this season and their head coach has been selected as one of the All-Star game coaches.

Pretty tough goings on around here after the Wild had such lofty expectations. The best hope for Minnesota is to play the game like they played the other night against Chicago. The Wild had controlled play for most of the game and the goaltending let them down. I'm getting to the point where I think they just need to keep playing that high possession game and just hope that their goalie is on that night. Basically force the netminders to figure it out. If they lose because the goaltending was poor, but they dominated possession, out-shot the opponent, and limited the shots against, then so be it. At least it was an entertaining game, rather than this lifeless, sloppy, out-of-position, trying to protect the goalie, kind of play that started this downward spiral.

But for now, we Walk.

Wild News

Grieving Parise rejoins Wild for practice - Yahoo Sports

Zach Parise back at practice and hopeful for the Nashville game. He spoke about his father and the benefits of being in a place close to home.

Wife urged Wild's Parise to rejoin teammates | Star Tribune

How does the saying go? Behind every great man is a strong woman? Alisha Parise knew her husband could find some semblance of solace in his grieving process by getting back to hockey.

Reusse: Tight-knit North Stars group kept J.P. Parise on his toes | Star Tribune
Reusse walks down memory lane with Tom Reid and Lou Nanne about J.P. Parise

Minnesota Wild need an upgrade at goaltender | For The Win
Jhonas Enroth and Cam Ward have been rumored as being available via trade. Frankly, Cam Ward does nothing for me and I'm tired of giving Buffalo picks and players for their players in the case of Enroth.

On The Frozen Pond

Big Ten Hockey: Michigan defeats Minnesota 4-3 in overtime Friday - SB Nation College Hockey
In other high expectations not being met news...

NHL News

Darryl Sutter and Peter Laviolette will coach the 2015 All-Star Game - CBSSports.com
Bench bosses chosen for the ASG, but did you see those god awful sweaters?

NHL reveals All-Star jerseys and they’re…interesting | For The Win
These fall under a new breed of Jersey - Ickus Hideous.

Todd Bertuzzi to sign tryout contract with AHL's Binghamton Senators - CBSSports.com
FTB is still trying to play. Give it up buddy!

Sergei Bobrovsky signs new deal with Jackets, trading money for term | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Columbus re-ups Bob. Sure would be nice to have a goalie of his caliber around these parts.

Previously-untold Sean Avery/Joe Sakic story shows how NHL veterans enforce on-ice respect | Post-to-Post
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Peter Horachek to coach Toronto Maple Leafs for the rest of the season - ESPN
Peter Horachek will coach the Toronto Maple Leafs for the rest of the season. Which of course is when Shanahan can try and woo Mike Babcock after his contract with the Red Wings expires.

RECAPS

NHL Recap - Chicago Blackhawks at Edmonton Oilers - Jan 09, 2015 - CBSSports.com
The Oil, for god's sake, beat the Blackhawks.

NHL Recap - Florida Panthers at Calgary Flames - Jan 09, 2015 - CBSSports.com
Panthers and Flames made a trade yesterday. Panthers also hand Flames a loss.

NHL Recap - Columbus Blue Jackets at Toronto Maple Leafs - Jan 09, 2015 - CBSSports.com
Toronto handed Bob a little signing gag gift.

NHL Recap - Buffalo Sabres at Tampa Bay Lightning - Jan 09, 2015 - CBSSports.com

NHL Recap - Buffalo Sabres at Tampa Bay Lightning - Jan 09, 2015 - CBSSports.com

Today's music selection: QOTSA