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Wilderness Walk: Dear missed shots: I Want You Back!

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The Wild and Coyotes played a game were on the ice together last night, but there was so little actual action that the Wild decided to have another game tonight, this time against the Sharks. It's a game of good news-bad news for the Wild;

Good News: The Jets lost! The Wild gained some ground on a Div III opponent!

Bad News: They lost to the Hawks, who won. The Stars also won.

Good news: Darcy looked great!

Bad news: The rest of the team didn't help him out and the Wild lost on a breakaway and a penalty kill.

Good news (and we'll end here to end on a good note): The Wild have a chance to get all 3 points tonight against the Sharks! Yay!!!!!!

Head on over to Fear The Fin for all your Sharks needs.

For today's walk, enjoy this latin reimagining of the Jackson Five's "I Want You Back"

Wild News

Minnesota Wild D Keith Ballard Announces His Retirement | Gone Puck Wild
Today Minnesota Wild Defensemen Keith Ballard made the sad announcement that the hockey world expected that he would retire after 10 NHL seasons.

The Milk Man Cometh | Wild Xtra
Darcy Kuemper is the classic case of a confounding young goalie that shows flashes of brilliance paired with valleys of sieve behavior.

Central Division Weekend Outlook: December 11th Edition | Wild Xtra
There are a lot of Central Division matchups waiting ahead this weekend, including the two teams at the top.

HTH game recap 12-11-15 at Arizona: Heartbreak in the Desert | Hashtaghockey
The inimitable Bob Spencer breaks down the game.

Wild falls 2-1 in overtime to Coyotes |
Mikkel Boedker, who scored Arizona's only goal in regulation, scored the game-winner 18 seconds into an overtime power play for Arizona.

Wild report: Jason Poiminville promoted to top power-play unit |
Partly because of his resurgence and partly because of a power play that grew stagnant in recent days, Pominville was returned to the team's top man-advantage unit, from which he had been demoted last month.

Coyotes 2, Wild 1 (OT): Zach Parise penalty leads to another overtime loss |
His high stick penalty early in overtime led to another overtime for loss for the Wild, dropping them to 1-6 in the NHL's new 3-on-3 format.

From the Frozen Pond

Where Minnesota's Best Women Play After College | Wild Xtra
With several Olympians among its ranks, the Minnesota Whitecaps, boasting most of the Midwest's best players, remain an independent team in a time where neither of the two North American women's hockey leagues have made inroads in the state.

Hard-and-fast rule: There's just something about outdoor hockey -
Hockey is the Minnesota sport, but outdoor hockey might hold a place even closer to our state's collective heart.

Off the Trail

VIDEO: Max Domi had the worst night |
He really did.

Bernier perfect once again for Marlies |
The Toronto Maple Leafs' (formerly?) embattled goaltender recorded a third consecutive shutout for the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies

VIDEO: Devils penalized after Tootoo goes flying between the benches |
The Devils were assessed a too many men on the ice penalty, because Tootoo's spill happened during a line change, and he was apparently still considered part of the play.

Good call or bad call: Thompson ejected for elbowing Faulk (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Good news, Faulk appears to be okay. Following some bench-side repairs, he came back on the ice with a tube of cotton up his nose. Bad news, Ducks lost one of their centers for the game just a mere 6:25 into it.

Jersey Fouls of the Week: Finding patterns with McDavid | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Some of these are interesting.


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