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Wilderness Walk: Winless Wilderness Edition

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Good morning Wilderness! I trust you all slept well. So the Wild closed out their 4-game road trip last night in Boston against the Bruins and suffered their 3rd consecutive loss. They mustered up a measly 3 out of 8 possible points in that 4 game stretch. Hopefully this isn't the beginning of the winter blues the Wild have suffered the past few seasons.

I don't want to get too deep on you guys here. It's early in the morning and we recapped this last night and your Pivotal Moment will be coming shortly as well. Jason Zucker went down late in the game last night. Literally in the final seconds of a game the Wild were losing 4-2. They had absolutely no chance of evening the score. That wasn't Matt Beleskey's thought however. He decided that was as good a time as any to practice his golf swing against the back of Zucker's leg.

It certainly didn't look vicious, but it was careless and unnecessary nonetheless. So, thanks Beleskey. You're a true sportsman.

Well, the Wild have certainly had better times...

Wild News

Marco Scandella placed on injured reserve -
Illness and injuries are starting to define the Wild this season.

Banged-up Wild loses 4-2 in Boston -
It was pretty rough night for the Wild. There were sparks of glory but for the most part it wasn't great.

Minnesota Wild fall to Bruins on Loui Eriksson's hat trick -
Chad Graff breaks down last night's action.

St. Paul approves $11M subsidy for Minnesota Wild practice facility site - Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal
A step closer to a practice rink for your Minnesota Wild.

Postgame: Ill, injured Wild drop another road game -
Russo with a meaty blog. Pack a snack.

Jason Zucker helped off ice after Matt Beleskey slash (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
In case you happened to miss the end of the game.

Tending the Fields

QC Mallards this weekend - Quad-Cities Online: QC Mallards
Wild are not too far away from calling up some of these guys.

Off the Trail

Super 16: Dallas Stars making goaltending tandem of Antti Niemi, Kari Lehtonen work | Super 16: NHL Power Rankings
Where do the Wild stack up in this weeks NHL Super 16?

Olli Maatta out of hospital; will miss 3-4 weeks with upper body injury | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Good to hear he's out of the hospital. Still not great news overall.

Alex Ovechkin breaks NHL record for most career goals by a Russian (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Ovi, the greatest Russian-born goal scorer in the NHL.

NHL to give teams bye weeks in 2016-17 schedule | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
A bye week? How does that differ from how the schedule makers worked out the early part of the Wild's schedule.

These five teams are reportedly most interested in Travis Hamonic | NBC Sports
Russo floated the Wild as a team that had been in contact with Garth Snow about this during last night's telecast. Wild don't really need defensive help though. It may be a way to shed some salary.

Theories to fix NHL's scoring problem -
Does anybody think we're just looking for a problem that doesn't exist?

Carey Price expected to return from injury Friday at Islanders | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Good news, if you're a Canadiens fan. Bad news if your playing against them.


San Jose Sharks at Philadelphia Flyers

Colorado Avalanche at Pittsburgh Penguins

Dallas Stars at Washington Capitals

Arizona Coyotes at Montreal Canadiens

Columbus Blue Jackets at Ottawa Senators

New York Rangers at Tampa Bay Lightning

Anaheim Ducks at Florida Panthers

Buffalo Sabres at St. Louis Blues