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Wilderness Walk: Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

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Game Day 2, Wilderness... the Wild welcome the Blues tonight in Minnesota's home opener. Make sure to head over to St. Louis Game Time to get the Blues' perspective.

In the meantime, let's enjoy Thursday's victory while we can.

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Wild News

Wild report: No answer for absent doctor in Denver |
A day after medical protocol was botched at Colorado's Pepsi Center, there was no answer as to why Wild forward Nino Niederreiter wasn't immediately checked for a concussion in the third period of Minnesota's 5-4 victory over the Avalanche.

Wild: Kyle Brodziak, Chris Porter rivals again after swapping teams |
Will Brodzy score tonight? Will it be a breakaway?

Jonas Brodin and Matt Dumba: Opposites who attract |
Jonas Brodin was sitting in his locker stall laughing hysterically last week as Matt Dumba chatted away a few inches to his left. Dumba was talking and talking and talking, which if you know the charismatic Wild defenseman, is hardly abnormal.

Parise notches hat trick; Wild scores four fastest goals in team history |
You could just feel momentum shift. When Zach Parise made it 4-2, I said to my colleague to buckle up. When Nino Niederreiter made it 4-3, I said to my colleague, "It’s just a matter of time now. Rewrite."

Wild's Graovac 'very doubtful' for home opener |
So there is a chance Schroeder just turns around and returns to Iowa if Niederreiter's OK tomorrow and Fontaine is activated. We'll know after the morning skate. Right now, Schroeder doesn't count vs. the cap.

The Minnesota Wild's Home Opener Checklist | The Hockey Writers
All tells us what 5 things to look for tonight.

Off the Trail

Mike Richards becomes unrestricted free agent after settling terminated contract with Kings | Puck Daddy | Yahoo Sports
By initially terminating the deal the Kings were on the hook for a salary cap hit of $1.32 million per-year over the next five years. Richards’ salary cap hit over that length of his contract would have been $5.75 million.

Ex-NHLer, current TV analyst Aaron Ward charged with assaulting woman | theScore

Connor McDavid and the Creation of Myth | High Heels and High Sticks
"Was it a disappointment, then, that he failed to tally any points and that he struggled on faceoffs while draft rival Jack Eichel, down in Buffalo, scored his own first NHL goal? I don’t think so"

Game One Overreactions | Wild Xtra
Let's draw some conclusions!

What We Have (And Have Not) Learned 10/9/15 | Wild Xtra
MOAR conclusions!

Tending the Fields

Iowa Wild 2015-16 Preview | Wild Xtra
Wild Xtra previews the Iowa Wild's season.

From the Frozen Pond

5 Suggestions for a Safe and Successful Season | Minnesota Hockey
5 ways to make this year successful for hockey players (especially the young uns!)


Winnipeg Jets at New Jersey Devils

Rangers record 3 goals in 77 seconds to steal win from Blue Jackets | theScore

Blackhawks spoil Islanders' Brooklyn landing | theScore

Blashill, Red Wings school Maple Leafs in Babcock's return | theScore