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Honestly, I don't even know what to say. Everyone has probably heard about what's gone on in Europe the last few days. Americans know how the French people feel right now... and our hearts and thoughts go out to them.

For some reason, the events bring to mind one of my favorite poems, by Ranier Maria Rilke:

"Against whom, rose, have you assumed these thorns? Is it your too fragile joy that forced you to become this armed thing? But from whom does it protect you, this exaggerated defense? How many enemies have I lifted from you who did not fear it at all? On the contrary, from summer to autumn you wound the affection that is lavished upon you."

The Wild are in action tonight against the Dallas Stars. Head over to Defending Big D for your Stars info.

Wild News

Central Division Weekend Outlook: November 13th Edition | Wild Xtra
A gander around the division.

HTH Game Recap 11-12-15 Minnesota at Carolina: An uphill victory | Hashtaghockey
HES BACK HES BACK!

Wild recalls Brett Bulmer from Iowa | StarTribune.com
C'mon, Yeo. YOU KNOW you want to call up #Sprout

Wild willing to ride Dubnyk while he finds his game | TwinCities.com
Two weeks ago, Wild coach Mike Yeo had a difficult time articulating the real reason goalie Devan Dubnyk was starting a game in St. Louis on Halloween night, the Wild's second game in 24 hours.

Wild's patience with Dubnyk paying off | StarTribune.com
Devan Dubnyk, the target of much angst for some early-season inconsistency and bad goals, is suddenly the NHL leader with 10 wins, and it has come in 13 starts.

Jason Zucker gives Minnesota Wild their first 3-on-3 overtime win | TwinCities.com
Sucker seems to be ok.

Wild forward Jordan Schroeder starting to play like his old self again | TwinCities.com
"Yeo attributed part of Schroeder's improved play to studying video. After each game, Schroeder said, he watches all of his shifts, sometimes multiple times." Shouldn't EVERY PLAYER do this? Isn't that, y'know, how you learn what you suck at?

From the Frozen Pond

Scorers finally show up for Gophers hockey in victory over MSU Mankato | StarTribune.com
Twelve games and eight months had passed since Taylor Cammarata scored a goal.

Off the Trail

Breakdown of an NHL Front Office Shake Up: Central Pt 1
Next up in my series where I break down the results of NHL front office changes over the years, I’m taking a look at the first half of the MurderDeath...

Gabriel Landeskog Suspended, Brad Marchand Fined | The Hockey Writers
Hitting someone's head from behind: yes, illegal. Definitely. Punching someone in the face: apparently illegal now? DID THE NHL JUST BAN FIGHTING???

Why Ovechkin and the Capitals could finally win the Stanley Cup | theScore
OVI!

Red Wings' Datsyuk to make season debut Friday | theScore
After offseason ankle surgery, Datsyuk will return on Detroit's top line with Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelakder, and you can expect him to stay with Zetterberg.

Women's Hockey Notebook: Leagues feed national teams, Ruggiero on NWHL, ESPNW Summit | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
USA! USA!

Why Justin Abdelkader's extension is one of the worst contracts in the NHL (Trending Topics) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
The good news about the Justin Abdelkader extension — seven years with a $4.25 million AAV — is that everyone except Ken Holland immediately thought it was ludicrous.

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