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Wilderness Walk: Game Day (and Don Ellis) Edition

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Don Ellis was a very influential jazz figure. He started composing in odd time signatures, introduced some aspects of Indian (from India) music into the music, and played a trumpet with a special 4th valve that allowed him to play quarter tones. For the musicians in the audience, that'd be halfway between an E and an F. Pretty neat stuff.

Why am I telling you this? Because he wrote one particular song that has to signify how the Wild feel- at least to some extent- right now. They're in the playoffs, they're playing the 2nd worst team in the league, and they are on a roll.

Be sure to head over to The Copper & Blue for all your Oiler news, and make sure to check out the Stick Tap section today- two great articles, definitely worth a read.

With that, on to the Walk.

Stick Taps

The Beautiful Game | The Players' Tribune
REALLY interesting read, here. CLICK IT.

To Be A Girl About It | Pension Plan Puppets
Changing the conversation around Morgan Rielly, sexism, and what it means to "be a girl about it." READ IT.

Wild News

Minnesota Wild Three Stars of the Week | Gone Puck Wild
What do you think, Wilderness? Did Remington nail it?

Minnesota Wild Prospects Update | Gone Puck Wild
An update on the future stars of the Minnesota Wild.

Seven Best Minnesota Wild Stats Of The Week | Gone Puck Wild
GPW tries out a new segment. Whaddaya think?

Wild message for the day: Don't take its foot off the gas | Russo's Rants |
Looks like it's officially Doobie-Doo tomorrow...again. If we can't start Kuemper against the Oilers, who CAN we start him against?

Wild vow 'playoff spot' won't alter sense of urgency |
Talk is cheap, time to show up tomorrow, boys.

Wild: Jared Spurgeon will miss third straight game |

Tending the Fields

Boston University wins 2015 Beanpot | SB Nation College Hockey
Congrats to BU.

Off the Trail

PHOTO: Ben Bishop's new electrifying, glow-in-the-dark mask | theScore
Puns aside, this is pretty neato.

Tom Sestito won't play for Canucks or AHL affiliate for remainder of season | theScore
I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of goons suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something wonderful has happened.

2015 NHL Trade Deadline top 15 targets | 2015 NHL Trade Deadline
Minnesota is mentioned as a potential suitor, but not for Kessel.

Playoff chances: Bruins barely survive road trip, Sharks floundering | theScore
69% chance? Noogie'll be happy.

Agent: No extension talks between Leafs, Bernier | ProHockeyTalk

California Dreaming: The NHL Takes It Back Outside |
See, Wild fans? Stripping the C didn't work for the Shorks, and it won't work for the Wild.

Black History Month: Jarome Iginla | Wild Xtra
Ah, the #WildKiller himself...

THW Remembers The Forgotten Miracle | The Hockey Writers
A very interesting read.

NHL power rankings: Tough week moves Chicago Blackhawks down |
Funny how these "power rankings" always seem to mirror the, y'know, ACTUAL rankings.

Ryan Miller to miss 4-6 weeks with lower-body injury after collision |
Well, that's not good news for the Canucks.

NHL Power Rankings: The Kings are back, the Flyers too | theScore
No rise here, either.... but some positivity about the Wild. Which is nice!


Arizona Coyotes at New Jersey Devils

Detroit Red Wings at Anaheim Ducks

Copper 'n' Blue

Yak is back | The Copper & Blue
Yup, you heard it. Yakupov is hot and his game is turning around.

The Oilers Can Find Defensive Help In The KHL | The Copper & Blue
Maybe Minnesota could too!

Craig MacTavish's Biggest Mistake | The Copper & Blue
What is the biggest boner pulled off by the man behind the 29th-best team in the league?