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Wilderness Walk: Long Layoff Edition

The NHL schedule again isn't friendly for Wild fans, but the team might need it to shore up their defense

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The Wild want to make this guy's stats look better
The Wild want to make this guy's stats look better
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Four day layoffs are long and uncommon in the NHL, but Wild fans are already experiencing their second of the season as we must wait yet another day before we get some game action.  But this time, the Wild could be using the time much more productively than in the first week of the season.  Surprisingly, the team finds itself near the top of the league in most offensive categories, and sadly near the bottom in overall defensive categories.  The PK is struggling, Dubnyk hasn't been on top of his game, and there have been systematic lapses at even strength.  The coach admits the team is taking more risks this year to generate offense, which betrays the identity of what we've come to know as the Wild under Mike Yeo.

As the Central Division gauntlet continues with Nashville tomorrow and Winnipeg next Tuesday, separated by an affair with the Tampa Bay Lightning, this break would be a really good time for the Wild to rediscover their defensive prowess.  The teams around them keep winning, and the Wild have managed to hang around so far, but if the Wild want to make the playoffs from this Division, they won't be able to do so without getting back to their strenght: team defense.

So as we wait and hope, I present to you a fan video of the time that Daft Punk showed up at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in Saint Paul on Halloween.  We walk.

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