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Wilderness Walk: Game Day Edition

It's finally happening, we have a game! After 4 days off the Wild are back in action against Central Division foe Nashville.

Suts and Dubs celebrate a win.
Suts and Dubs celebrate a win.
Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

There may be no team in the NHL more similar to the Wild than the Nashville Predators.  The Division rivals boast an above-average but not elite offense.  Their defense stifles opponents by suppressing shots in front of a very good goaltender.  Their biggest improvement of the young season comes on special teams, though in this case, it is their PK that has improved and is elite.  Playing the Preds is a bit like looking in the mirror for the hometown team, and though these competitions aren't usually the high-event hockey some fans lust over, they are showcases of skill and determination that lead to very compelling hockey.

And so it has been for a few years between Nashville and Minnesota, highlighted by Ryan Suter jilting the Predators in favor of joining Zach Parise with the Wild.  Tonight is another chapter in the ongoing story between the teams who seem destined for the same place in the standings.  The Wild has to avoid the inevitable first period letdown after 4 days off, and weather the storm until they find their legs.  Look for a speedier Wild lineup to attempt to take advantage of some matchups with aging players for the Predators.

Here's a fun music video for a game day.  We Walk.

Wild News

On Knee Injuries: A look at Two Explanations - Minnesota Wild - Articles - Homepage - Wild Xtra
A tale of two knee injuries

Dubnyk through 10 games: Struggles similar to last year's playoffs - StarTribune.com
This year, Devan Dubnyk has already surrendered seven of what one hockey web site deems "low-danger" goals — tied for the second-most in the NHL.

Keep Your Enemies Closer

Quad City Mallards: News
Michalek named ECHL Rookie of the Month

Tending The Fields

Quad City Mallards: News
Michalek named ECHL Rookie of the Month

On The Frozen Pond

GOPHERSPORTS.COM Gophers Hit the Road for Notre Dame Series :: University of Minnesota Official Athletic Site :: Ice Hockey
The Maroon & Gold boast a 26-14-3 all-time record against Notre Dame including a 4-1-0 mark over the last three years.

Off The Trail

Oilers rookie McDavid expected to miss 'months' with broken clavicle - CBSSports.com
Connor McDavid suffered a broken clavicle Tuesday night and will be sidelined indefinitely. Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli says it will take 'months' for him to recover from the injury.

NHL caught in Defense Department spending scandal - NHL - SI.com
The introduction of a military veteran has become a feel-good staple during stoppages of play during games around the National Hockey League.

Blues' Ryan Reaves receives maximum fine for jab on Anze Kopitar - CBSSports.com
Blues forward Ryan Reaves was fined the maximum allowable amount by the Department of Player Safety

Hockey fights are going away as necessity dwindles - CBSSports.com
Fights are decreasing at a rapid rate in the NHL, and the ones that are still happening aren't happening for any real reason.

Report: Accuser no longer wishes to cooperate in Patrick Kane case - CBSSports.com
The alleged victim no longer wishes to cooperate with the investigation according to a report.

Recaps

NHL Recap - St. Louis Blues at Chicago Blackhawks - Nov 04, 2015 - CBSSports.com

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NHL Recap - Florida Panthers at Anaheim Ducks - Nov 04, 2015 - CBSSports.com

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