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The Wild have a good start on their playoff run; a 3-0 start, to be exact. It's certainly not enough, but it's a great start. The reason for this run? It's no surprise: The Doobie, Devan Dubnyk. He's been stellar so far, letting in only 3 goals in about 9 periods of hockey. That's pretty good. His stellar play is also the inspiration for our musical choice of the day.

The Wild are next in action tomorrow, against the Chicago Blackhawks. Can they keep the streak alive? We'll have to wait and see.

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Wild News

No Goals? No Problem! | Wild Xtra
Giles takes a look at what is plaguing the Wild's 30-goal scorer, Mr. Mayor of Pominville.

The Duby Effect | Wild Xtra
No, not what happens in Colorado...

Minnesota Wild's 5 Best Trade Assets | The Hockey Writers

#MNWild week in review 1/26/15 – 2/1/15 | Hashtag Hockey

Bob takes a look at the Wild's week.

Jason "Bad Mother" Zucker is a better goal scorer than Ovi, Tavares!? | Hashtag Hockey

Boba Fenwick has some fun new toys to play with...

Russo's Rants | Star Tribune
There have been a LOT of blogs since the last Walk... so catch up! these are in reverse-chronological order.

Wild beats Vancouver 4-2 for 3-game Canadian sweep | Star Tribune
The Wild are still in 12th, but have made up some ground.

Minnesota Wild complete crucial Western Canada sweep |
Things are less bleak for the Wild now than they were a week ago. But things still don't look bright.

Wild put advanced stats to good use, Yeo says |
They use advanced stats.... but still play guys like Bickel? Really? Not that the Wild are the only team to do that.

Granlund must balance aggressiveness, safety |
Here's the problem: small players are supposed to "avoid hits" but if they are hit while trying to avoid a hit, then the league blames them (see: Keith Ballard)

Devan Dubnyk's resurgence just what Wild needed |
See what happens when you have competent goaltending?

Tending the Fields

Minnesota Wild Prospect Report | Gone Puck Wild
There are a few doing well... and then there's Pavel Jenys...

Iowa Wild Losing Streak At Six | Gone Puck Wild
Meanwhile the IA Wild are ALSO struggling.

Off the Trail

Ovechkin becomes 5th player in NHL history to score 30 goals in 1st 10 seasons | theScore
Wait, Ovi doesn't suck? I was under the distinct impression that Ovi sucked.

Lightning place Nabokov on waivers, recall Vasilevskiy | theScore
Rumors say that Nabokov is done for the year, possibly forever.


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