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We're right back at it for the first of 4 games on the road in Raleigh.

Shorties are sweet.
Shorties are sweet.
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The Carolina Hurricanes are in the midst of an incredibly difficult two-week stretch in which they have lost to powerhouses Dallas, Tampa Bay and most recently the New York Rangers.  They did manage a narrow one-goal win over Ottawa, but their tough schedule continues tonight as they welcome your Minnesota Wild to Raleigh.  The Canes currently find themselves sitting above the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets in the cellar of the Metropolitan Division and have struggled both to generate goals and prevent goals against.

The Wild are currently 4-2-1 against the Central Division and are 5-1-1 against everyone else with both losses coming against the Pacific.  The Wild have now played more games at home than on the road, so the 4 game road trip will be a good test to see how the team will fair while donning its road whites.  Keep on eye on the lines, as coach Mike Yeo has stated they may still be a work in progress, even after the offensive outburst against the Wall.

Here's a fun graph from Carolyn Wilke of 2 Bearded Ladies that I have really enjoyed looking at this season. The Wild's shooting percentage looking very good right now.

If you thought today's musical selection was by Gloria Estefan, shame on you, but let me introduce Vicky Sue Robinson as we get our funky Walk on.

Wild News

Souhan: Rejuvenation of Koivu is holding Wild together - StarTribune.com
Mikko Koivu leads the team in points, is easily the Wild’s best faceoff man and is producing at a pace that recalls his best seasons -- from 2008 to 2011.

Postgame: Vanek continues strong start in Wild's win over Jets - StarTribune.com
The Wild were all smiles after Vanek's big game

40 Random Thoughts Part Deux - Articles - Articles - Homepage - Wild Xtra
Ben rambles, gets lost, and then finds his way back.

DTBL Blog
Dumba keeps the Boogie going for Defending The Blue Line

Wild winger Gabriel focuses on diet - StarTribune.com
He counts every calorie and cooks food to bring on the road with him during minor league trips.

Keep Your Enemies Closer

Canes Country, a Carolina Hurricanes community
Your best source for quality Carolina Hurricanes news, rumors, analysis, stats and scores from the fan perspective.

Tending the Fields

Minnesota Wild Minor League Update: 11/11/15 - Minnesota Wild - Articles - Articles - Wild Xtra
We know Iowa is bad, what about the rest?

On The Frozen Pond

2015-2016 Minnesota Mr. Hockey Watch List - SB Nation College Hockey
A look at the candidates for Minnesota high school hockey's top honor

North Dakota and Minnesota Considering Game in Las Vegas For Some Reason - SB Nation College Hockey
North Dakota and Minnesota are considering a game in Las Vegas in 2018.

Off The Trail

Dallas Stars scoreboard mocks Toronto sports fans - Sportsnet.ca
The Dallas Stars have gotten into the habit of trolling the visiting hockey teams by using their scoreboard and sound system. What awaits the Wild on Saturday?

Five ideas to increase scoring in the NHL - Sportsnet.ca
With an eye on increasing scoring across the NHL, here are five ways to facilitate more pucks finding the back of the net.

Report: Marleau would accept trade to Kings, Ducks or Rangers - Sportsnet.ca
The ultimate troll.

C'Mon Ref: Tootoo and the application of Rule 70 - Article - TSN
Refs get it right.

#FranklySpeaking: Five minutes with Patrick Roy - Article - TSN
Paddy Wah.

Recaps

NHL Recap - Montreal Canadiens at Pittsburgh Penguins - Nov 11, 2015 - CBSSports.com

NHL Recap - Edmonton Oilers at Anaheim Ducks - Nov 11, 2015 - CBSSports.com