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Wilderness Walk: Game Day Edition

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The Wild square off against the Toronto Maple Leafs for the first time in the Mike Babcock era.

The new boss is in town
The new boss is in town
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Another day, another senseless shooting.  But for us there is a hockey game to distract us while our thoughts are with the people of San Bernadino.

Mike Babcock takes his first trip to Minnesota behind the bench of the Maple Leafs to square off against the Wild tonight.  The Maple Leafs have struggled predictably following a strange offseason of moving key players and breaking in a new coaching staff.  They are currently last in the Atlantic, but have played better of late, having gone 6-3-1 over their last 10.  There is currently come controversy surrounding their handling of injured netminder Jonathan Bernier, who was previously sought to become a member of the local team once upon a time.  The Wild is looking to build on a good game in which it asserted its brand of hockey and should be expected to beat an inferior Toronto team.  They certainly can't afford to lose games that should be easier wins, or fall into a pattern of losing every other game as in previous seasons.  They currently sit in 5th place in the Central, but have games in hand against the teams ahead of them and a couple of quick wins at home could shoot them up the standings.

I leave you today with a final disco selection as I am about to transition out of that realm.  Let's Walk.

Wild News

Reilly arrives, but when will he play? - StarTribune.com
Here he comes to sit in the press box?

Wild call up former Gopher Mike Reilly, likely won't play - TwinCities.com
#GopherGlory #OneOfUs

Blackhawks vs. Wild final score 2015: Hawks lose 2-1 - Second City Hockey
Chicago perspective of the Wild win on Tuesday

Keep Your Enemies Closer

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Your best source for quality Toronto Maple Leafs news, rumors, analysis, stats and scores from the fan perspective.

Tending The Fields

Former Gophers star Reilly called up by Wild - StarTribune.com
For the first time in his pro career, defenseman Mike Reilly has been recalled from AHL Iowa.

Off The Trail

John Scott Holds Early Lead in All Star Voting
Testament to the power of social media

The 10 most awkward breakups in NHL history - Sportsnet.ca
Paddy Wah.

5 things we learned in the NHL: Return of 'the real Flames' - Sportsnet.ca
The Flames are back.

NHL concussion protocol under question after Beaulieu incident - Sportsnet.ca
Always a source of contention

Nugent-Hopkins, Eberle speak as changes loom in Edmonton - Sportsnet.ca
#TradeEveryone

Leafs have mishandled Bernier situation - Article - TSN
To the minors he goes.

Recaps

NHL Recap - Toronto Maple Leafs at Winnipeg Jets - Dec 02, 2015 - CBSSports.com

NHL Recap - New York Rangers at New York Islanders - Dec 02, 2015 - CBSSports.com

NHL Recap - Boston Bruins at Edmonton Oilers - Dec 02, 2015 - CBSSports.com

NHL Recap - Tampa Bay Lightning at Anaheim Ducks - Dec 02, 2015 - CBSSports.com