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Wilderness Walk: Return of the Sad (and Game Day) Edition

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Zucker, much like Wild fans, needs a hug.
Zucker, much like Wild fans, needs a hug.
Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

Do you want the good news or the bad new first? If you said anything other than "bad" you're wrong.

Bad News:

The Wild are back to losing. They only let in 3 goals, which isn't great, but y'know what, the third doesn't matter because they only scored one. One goal ain't gonna get it got. Then again, this is the same team that hung five goals on Pekka Rinne and lost, so who knows?

Good News:

The Wild have a chance to start a new streak tonight, when they play the Red Wings. Last time I remember the Wild playing the Red Wings, they did this and I was there to see it... so here's hoping.

For any ENEMY NEWS be sure to head over to Winging It In Motown... They are (ostensibly) good folk, despite not being Wild fans.

Anyways, let's get to the Walk. Our musical selection for the day is one that is fitting... it's from an Italian Opera called "Turnadot" (the "t" is silent with a Minnesotan "Oh"). Pretty great singer, too... If you prefer the jazzed-up version, there's a second one below.

And for the second....

Wild News

New Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk starting to feel at home | TwinCities.com
That's 'cuz we are #MinnesotaNice and everyone wants to be #OneOfUs.

Wild's Ryan Suter ready to resume workload, but might not have to | TwinCities.com
Have to? No. Will? Apparently. Logged more than 10 minutes more than any other D-man. Because who needs your franchise d-man to be functional?

Wild: Mikael Granlund could return Tuesday at Detroit | TwinCities.com
There's a chance Mikael Granlund, out nearly a month with a wrist injury, could return to the Minnesota Wild lineup Tuesday in Detroit.

Blue Jackets 3, Wild 1: Winning streak ends at two | TwinCities.com
It's been that kind of season for the Wild... boy has it ever.

Wild's win streak ends at two with loss to Columbus | Star Tribune
Aaaaaaaand back to 0-game winning streak. Le Sigh.

Wild activate Kuemper, giving them three healthy goalies | ProHockeyTalk
Woah, there, NBC... you're playing fast and loose with the terms "healthy" and "goalies"

Wild postgame: Two steps forward, one step back | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com
Ok, guys... turn it around tonight....

Minnesota Wild Three Stars of the Week | Gone Puck Wild
Who are the Three Stars? COME FIND OUT.

Hockey Wilderness Podcast Episode 025: Hockey Dubnyk in Minnesota

Tony, Joe, and I talk about Devan Dubnyk, the playoff picture for the Minnesota Wild, and Ryan Suter's absurd ice time. We also announce a new way for listeners to interact with us- by leaving voicemails on the Hot Take Line! Listen to the newest episode here!

Tending the Fields

Jordan Schroeder And Jonathon Blum Returned To Iowa Wild | Gone Puck Wild
Getting to stay in MN: Dumba, hopefully.

Curt Gogol Reassigned To Alaska Aces | Gone Puck Wild
Who is upset about this???? *crickets*

The Ice Hole

Big Ten Hockey: Wisconsin's Eddie Wittchow & Minnesota's Vinni Lettieri suspended for role in last minute scrap | SB Nation College Hockey
DUMB. MOVE.

College Hockey Rankings | SB Nation College Hockey
Well, this is pretty much unanimous.

Off the Trail

All the Hockey Ladies: Central Division | High Heels and High Sticks
High Heels and High Sticks takes a look at which ladies should really be playing in Division III.

NHL Weekend: The Defense Rests | Grantland
Are the Wild in on McConnor Watch?

Winter Classic 2016 goes to Boston and Minnesota hockey fans are still pissed | SBNation.com
With hats like this, we're asking to be ignored. Also by being at the bottom of our division and not winning consecutive games for 2 months.

NHL Power Rankings - Week 15 | theScore
The Wild are ranked lower than the Panthers. The Panthers.

The force is strong with USA U-18 team 'Star Wars' jerseys | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Well, I'm a massive nerd, so I think these are AWESOME.

Report: Bruins to host Canadiens in 2016 Winter Classic | theScore
Well, at least we know @stace_ofbass will be happy.

Blackhawks' Carcillo suspended 6 games for cross-checking Jets' Perreault | theScore
Too much? Not enough?

RECAPS

Philadelphia Flyers at New York Islanders

Carolina Hurricanes at Toronto Maple Leafs

Calgary Flames at Los Angeles Kings

Vancouver Canucks at Florida Panthers

New Jersey Devils at San Jose Sharks

Colorado Avalanche at St. Louis Blues

Columbus Blue Jackets at Minnesota Wild