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Wilderness Walk: (Finally!) Game Day Edition

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4 nights without Wild hockey have transpired and the rest of the league has played plenty. The Wild have some catch up to do with back-to-back games in Phoenix and Los Angeles.

Last time the Wild visited Arizona, Zach Parise and Thomas Vanek were on the same line.
Last time the Wild visited Arizona, Zach Parise and Thomas Vanek were on the same line.
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Thanks to the Boston Bruins finally breaking through their winless streak and defeating the Colorado Avalance, the Wild find themselves with one Central Division opponent below them in the standings.  Though undefeated, the NHL schedule has allowed the other teams to play more games and a chance at more points.  The silver lining is that the Wild also find themselves only 2 points behind first-place Nashville and Winnipeg.  Of course it's way too early to be scoreboard watching, but it is entertaining to see what effect the strange early season schedule has on the standings.

Last night was underdog night in the NHL with the Flyers blanking the Blackhawks and the Coyotes doing the same to the Ducks.  Hopefully the Ducks were able to take something out of the surprising upstart Coyotes, who improved to 3-0, and will have a bit less in the tank tonight when they faceoff against the Wild.  They are riding some hot goaltending, and tonight promises to be a challenge for the Wild after a 4-day layoff.  It might take a bit for the team to get their legs under them, so look for Arizona to have some early jump to try and take advantage.  Then it's off to Los Angeles to face the punchless Kings who have yet to win their first game.  Remember that tonight's game is in Arizona, so faceoff is at 9:10 - make sure you have your coffee ready for tomorrow.

Today's musical selection celebrates the excitement of finally having another evening of hockey and is from another local favorite, Soap.  Let's Walk.

Wild News

Coyle’s fast start critical to Wild success - Minnesota Wild - Articles - Homepage - Wild Xtra
Coyle finally transitioning preseason game into regular season

Let's Get Fancy - Articles - Articles - Homepage - Wild Xtra
Ben digs into some #FancyStats at WX

Wild, Justin Fontaine looking for more improvement in contract year - TwinCities.com
Can Arthur continue to be the Fonz or has he jumped the shark?

Wild Watch: Zach Parise Leads Minnesota
In this Wild Watch player profile we take a closer look at Minnesota's own Zach Parise, the Wild's prized forward who is off to a fantastic start this year.

Keep Your Enemies Closer

Five For Howling, an Arizona Coyotes community
Your best source for quality Arizona Coyotes news, rumors, analysis, stats and scores from the fan perspective.

Arizona Coyotes off to a hot start in the desert
Predicted to be cellar dwellers yet again, the Arizona Coyotes have stormed out of the gate. Is their success sustainable or is it all a mirage?

Just How Bad is it for the LA Kings?
The article was premature as it missed out on Jonathon Quick's shutout two nights ago.

Tending the Fields

Iowa Sends Gelinas to Quad City
He's been hurt during the preseason

On Frozen Pond

WCHA weekly wrap: Bemidji State Beavers bounce UMD Bulldogs - Along the Boards

Off The Trail

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Connor McDavid scored his first NHL goal, Carey Price robbed Sidney Crosby, a coach's challenge is not without controversy, and more in five things we learned in the NHL Tuesday.

Twitter reaction: Connor McDavid scores his first NHL goal - Sportsnet.ca
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30 Thoughts: The aftermath of the Mike Richards settlement - Sportsnet.ca
How the Mike Richards settlement is playing out, a possible move for Zdeno Chara, Peter Horachek's Maple Leafs lessons and more in Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts.

Murky situation, future surrounding Leafs' Robidas - Article - TSN
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Even NHL coach’s challenge can’t save us from Tim Peel | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
What many of us didn’t anticipate, however, was that referees like Tim Peel would find a way to still blow the call despite having the cockadoodie replay right in front of their faces.

Recaps

NHL Recap - Arizona Coyotes at Anaheim Ducks - Oct 14, 2015 - CBSSports.com

NHL Recap - Boston Bruins at Colorado Avalanche - Oct 14, 2015 - CBSSports.com

NHL Recap - Chicago Blackhawks at Philadelphia Flyers - Oct 14, 2015 - CBSSports.com

NHL Recap - Ottawa Senators at Columbus Blue Jackets - Oct 14, 2015 - CBSSports.com