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Wilderness Walk: Wasting Time

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One day closer to the next Wild hockey, one day closer to the Wild getting (hopefully) healthy. And one day closer to great turkey. or at least some turkey. OK, I'm probably going to end up ordering Chinese food GOSH.

In any case, there's some great reads here, so click "play" on a jazzy cover of an old favorite, and let's walk!


I build the walk at night, and when I built this the news from Minneapolis-St. Paul hadn't come out. Of course the initial title of this walk "killing time" was not meant in any reference to the events last night, and I apologize for any assumed relation. It was my doing, not anyone else's.

Stay safe folks.

Wild News

Fontaine returns to practice; Parise still sitting out |
Justin Fontaine, who has missed the past nine games with a sprained MCL, practiced for the first time since being injured Oct. 30 against Chicago.

Wild: Zach Parise misses practice, doubtful all week |
But Parise has yet to be cleared by doctors for physical contact, and he sat out Monday's practice.

Zach Parise Won't Return This Week | The Hockey Writers
The Minnesota Wild will continue to play without star winger Zach Parise, as he's been ruled out of the next three games with a sprained MCL.

10 Reasons Minnesota Wild Fans Should be Thankful | The Hockey Writers
Missed the biggest one: HOCKEY WILDERNESS OF COURSE!

Who Is the Most Underrated Player in the NHL? Part One | The Hockey Writers
Well since one of these guys isn't really underrated anymore.... (basically two of them?)

Hashtag Hockey Podcast episode 41: Dapper Cal Clutterbuck | Hashtaghockey

The Good, The Bad, and The Wild 11-23 | Wild Xtra
DARN but that helmet is cool.

Central Division Weekday Outlook: November 23rd Edition | Wild Xtra
Your weekly Division III update.

From the Frozen Pond

Drop the puck: Star Tribune 2015 boys' hockey preview |
If you're looking for some players to watch during the coming season, we have a group of 20 that ranges from Elk River to Delano to New Prague, along with representatives from some of the usual hotspots throughout the Twin Cities.

Richfield High School Cancels Varsity Season | SB Nation College Hockey
The Spartans have an extremely proud legacy that dates back to the mid-50s. The school has appeared in six state tournaments, including a runner-up finish in 1976, and consolation bracket championships in 1963 and 1991.

Off the Trail

Here are 7 completely bonkers ideas to increase NHL goal scoring |

NHL will reportedly test players for cocaine by the end of 2015-16 season |
NHL drug testing will most likely expand to include tests for cocaine by the end of the 2015-16 season, according to a report from TSN's Renaud Lavoie.

NHL Awards Watch: Benn, Lundqvist state cases at the quarter point |
While the awards aren't handed out after 20-plus games, here's a look at the players who should win and those who deserve consideration for the five biggest honors:

Blue Jackets GM thinks team has improved under Tortorella |
simpler reason for the Blue Jackets' turnaround: Sergei Bobrovsky. The starting goalie followed up a nightmare month of October - he won two of 10 starts while posting an .865 save percentage - by returning to form in November. Bobrovsky's 6-2 this month with a .936 save percentage, and a shutout.

Pass or Fail: Detroit Red Wings 2016 Stadium Series jerseys | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
This is what people were up in arms about? Not as bad as it could have been.

Ondrej Pavelec out until at least January with 'significant' knee sprain | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Hutchinson has been given eight starts for the Jets and posted a .918 even strength save percentage. Meanwhile, down in the AHL, Hellebuyck has posted a .927 save percentage in 10 starts for the Manitoba Moose.


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