The Wild beat the Predators, 4-0. Mikko Koivu played in his 700th game, and it was a great one. Ryan Suter scored his first goal against his old team. Jonas Brodin scored his first goal of the season. Zach Parise skated with the team, and seems on track to return soon. Jason Zucker is actually fine. Really. Nate Prosser punched James Neal in the face, which is an example of Nate Prosser being useful, which isn't something that always happens. I'm sure I could think of something negative to say if I thought about it longer, but I don't want to, and today is not the right moment for an extended critique of Mikael Granlund's hair — he had a goal and an assist and played very well. Vanek had a good night. It was swell.
Today's soundtrack is a song from a musical as interpreted by the legendary Nina Simone.
Wild frustrate Nashville goalie in 4-0 win - TwinCities.com It was beautiful.
Wild shuts out Predators in a chippy one at the X - StarTribune.com So chippy that Erik Haula almost fought a man.
Wild's Zucker is back; Parise awaits doctor's OK for contact - StarTribune.com At the very bottom: " About 200 children from the Wild’s Kids Club watched Saturday’s morning skate. Afterward, Mikael Granlund turned to Charlie Coyle and deadpanned, "I thought all your family came from Boston."" Greatness.
Off the Trail
NHL insider: New All-Star format will be high on excitement, and snubs - StarTribune.com I still don't care about the All-Star Game, but I don't-care slightly less.
VIDEO: 'The Nightly Show' shows Islanders 'the real Brooklyn' | theScore.com Our old friend Cal Clutterbuck crosses cultural divides.
Patrick Marleau records 1,000th career point | theScore.com Congratulations are in order.
Ilya Bryzgalov talks Philly media, hockey philosophy and life | Sons of Penn Giving Bryz a platform to say stuff is always a good idea.
Magician Dmitry Orlov and the old disappearing puck to score a goal trick (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports I love watching the Avs look stupid.