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Wilderness Walk: Gimme a Break Edition

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A few days of rest for the team of 18,000. Will they come back renewed or will we see more of the same?

Get some rest, boys.  You'll need it if you want to face the Blackhawks in the post season.
Get some rest, boys. You'll need it if you want to face the Blackhawks in the post season.
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The beginning of the All-Star break has left Minnesota Wild fandom with mixed emotions as the extended layoff begins.  Some find themselves anxious to get on with the season, with hopes of the playoffs dancing through their heads.  Some have cashed in their chips and have visions of McEichel floating through their mind.  Others still are just happy to have a break after a roller coaster of emotions through the first 46 games.  Whichever direction you are cheering for the Wild to head, they have their work cut out for them.  The Wild sit 7 points out of a Wild Card spot, and 13 points ahead of lowly Buffalo, who are destined for McDavid to join the squad (and 11 ahead of Edmonton, who will likely turn Eichel into a bust.  See: Hall, Taylor)

The State of Hockey also scored a long-anticipated win today with the announcement of a Stadium Series game, finally bringing an outdoor NHL game to the Twin Cities.  We haven't yet been told if the game will be at TCF Bank Stadium or Target Field, but the likely opponent is none other than our perennial enemy, the Chicago Blackhawks.  This seems to be a fitting team for the event as the rivalry between the teams continues to smolder after two years of the Blackhawks sending the Wild home without Lord Stanley's Cup.  The Winter Classic will have to wait at least one more year to call Minnesota home, and you can bet that Craig Leipold will continue to woo commissioner Gary Bettman into bringing the Classic to the State of Hockey.

The Walk starts with a song that describes my feelings about the All-Star Break (but doesn't begin to illustrate those awful jerseys):


Wild News

Wild's Stadium-Series game could be the icing on a weeklong cake | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com
Outdoor Hockey in Minnesota!!!!!!!!

Wild takes the positives from a heck of a third-period comeback | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com
Just another #MoralVictory in #Loserville

Report: Wild to host Blackhawks, Avalanche get Wings outdoors in 2016 - CBSSports.com
A great rivalry for a HUGE outdoor crowd in Minnesota

State of Hockey Union - Articles - Articles - Homepage - Wild Xtra
No one in the blogosphere really knows what to make of this team, except maybe Ger.

Mike Doyle's Five Takeaways at Detroit - Minnesota Wild | Features
Doyle says the Wild are trending the right direction heading into the break....

Tending The Fields

Wild send Matt Dumba back down to play in AHL All-Star Classic - TwinCities.com
But will he be back this year?

The Ice Hole

Game Misconduct: The Assault on the State of Hockey | City Pages
A great read about the erosion of MN State High School Hockey

Eric Schierhorn Commits to Minnesota - SB Nation College Hockey
No sieves for the Gophers

Off The Trail

Report: Flyers’ Rinaldo waives right to an in-person hearing | ProHockeyTalk
Rinaldo deals a crushing blow to Kris Letang.

Ray Whitney Closes a Terrific Career
Happy trails to a great player

Martin Brodeur extends leave of absence from Blues - CBSSports.com
Martin Brodeur has been granted an extension on his leave from the St. Louis Blues according to a report. He'll remain out through the all-star break.

The decline of the shot-blocking, crease-clearing defenseman - CBSSports.com
So, the Wild have the defense of the future????

7. San Jose Sharks Trade Dany Heatley to Minnesota Wild for Martin Havlat
We will never live down the Heater.

Recaps

NHL Recap - Boston Bruins at Colorado Avalanche - Jan 21, 2015 - CBSSports.com

NHL Recap - Los Angeles Kings at San Jose Sharks - Jan 21, 2015 - CBSSports.com

NHL Recap - Toronto Maple Leafs at Ottawa Senators - Jan 21, 2015 - CBSSports.com

NHL Recap - Calgary Flames at Anaheim Ducks - Jan 21, 2015 - CBSSports.com

NHL Recap - Columbus Blue Jackets at Winnipeg Jets - Jan 21, 2015 - CBSSports.com

NHL Recap - Chicago Blackhawks at Pittsburgh Penguins - Jan 21, 2015 - CBSSports.com