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Wilderness Walk: Woof

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Yesterday was a bad day all around. Bad for me health-wise, bad for the Wild, bad for the Wild's prospects... bad.

The Wild fell 2-1 in overtime to John Mitchell. John. Mitchell. I don't even know who that is, and the Wild let him score.... woof.

In any case- sorry about the walk being late. I passed out last night from NyQuill and didn't build the walk beforehand, so it's my fault.

Enjoy this relaxing classic rock hit while we walk.

Wild News

Wild's winning streak ends with another overtime loss |
One game after the Wild skated circles around the Colorado Avalanche in what felt like a 60-minute track meet in St. Paul, the Avalanche slammed the brakes on the Wild.

Avalanche 2, Wild 1: Mitchell goal gives Colorado the win in sudden death |
DENVER -- John Mitchell raised his arms then embraced teammates, celebrating his sudden death, game-winning goal that gave the Colorado Avalanche a 2-1 victory over the Wild Monday night.

Wild's Zach Parise regaining form following knee injury |
Minnesota Wild star forward Zach Parise didn't score in his first five games back from a knee injury, but coach Mike Yeo wasn't worried.

Scandella Pushes on With Heavy Heart | The Hockey Writers
Life is so much bigger than hockey; this was proven yet again in the worst way possible for Marco Scandella.

Wild's Scandella deflects Iginla's shot into own cheek |
It's ok, he came back... no one EVER comes back unhealthy.

Tending the Fields

Auston Matthews headlines USA's preliminary roster at WJHC |
Team USA released its preliminary roster for the upcoming World Junior Hockey Championship, headlined by top draft prospect - and returnee - Auston Matthews, who's spending the season playing in the Swiss League. Tuch was not called up, Belpedio was.

Off the Trail

NHL Salary Cap Could Rise $3.1 Million | The Hockey Writers
This would be good for the Wild.... but I don't think it's going to happen.

NHL Store Travesties: Holiday Catalog Edition | High Heels and High Sticks
Or, Do People Actually Buy This Stuff?

Predators GM sounds off on John Scott All-Star campaign |
"If he was to make the All-Star Game, that would be, with all due respect, not an appropriate situation," Poile told Puck Daddy's Josh Cooper on Monday at the NHL's Board of Governors meetings.

Report: Mike Richards' hearing put over until January |
Mike Richards' Manitoba provincial court hearing for allegedly attempting to cross into Canada with oxycodone has apparently been put over for a second time, Global News reports.


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