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Despite a frustrating loss to the Oilers, the Wild maintain their hold on the 2nd wildcard spot. The Wild got help from the Rangers shutout of the Flames, but wins by the Jets and Canucks hurt the Wild. There's still plenty of hockey to go, but the Wild may look back on this game with some heavy regret.

Old friend BenoitPouliot puts the Wild away.
Old friend BenoitPouliot puts the Wild away.
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Stifled all night by the Oilers suffocating shot blocking and their own inability to shoot the puck, the Wild dropped a game to an inferior opponent and missed an opportunity to continue their torrid climb up the standings.  While it is only one loss and there are plenty of games to play, the Wild still need to grab what will be a likely minimum of 25 points out of their remaining 22 games (69 points currently, 94 estimated to make playoffs) of which include 2 against the Predators and Blues, and singles versus the playoff bound Ducks, Blackhawks, Rangers, Islanders, and Red Wings.  The road forward is not easy.  The Wild also only have 1 game each left against the Jets, Kings and Flames - the teams tangled with them in the standings.

Coming to help is new Finnesotan Sean Bergenheim.  Check out Tony's Write-Up on the newly acquired forward.  GM Chuck Fletcher still has some cap space left should he want to pursue a defenseman before the trade deadline on March 2.  It will be interesting to see how the roster shakes out over the next few weeks with the addition of Bergenheim, the potential addition of a depth defenseman, and the returns of Jared Spurgeon, Ryan Carter and Matt Cooke looming.  Stephane Veilleux is likely headed back to Iowa, at least for now, as rosters expand following the deadline and the Wild can carry as many players as they like, so look for Jordan Schroeder to stick for the rest of the season.

All in all, this was only one game, and there is plenty of opportunity for the Wild to take care of business.  But it's sure easier to take to points from a team like Edmonton than it is to from a team like Nashville, and the Wild get to see that firsthand in Nashville on Thursday.

We Walk.

Wild News

Wild's home win streak snapped with loss to Edmonton | Star Tribune
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Minnesota Wild fall 2-1 to hot Oilers goalie -
Scrivens was very un-Scrivens like in a nice game for him.

Wild gets ahead of rental market, acquires Sean Bergenheim from Florida | Russo's Rants |
He could have just stayed in Minny, since that was the last time he played - Tony Dean - WildHBcommunity: Fletcher Added Bergenheim Not Done Making Moves
A MN perspective on the trade from Tony Dean

Jared Spurgeon placed on injured reserve; My trade deadline thoughts | Russo's Rants |
Tank can come back at any time, had to open a roster spot - Tony Dean - WildHBcommunity: Something Special Going on in The State of Hockey
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Five Questions: Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher willing to deal - - Five Questions With…
And we got to see that today... is he done?

Scoggins: Wild can stop covering its eyes and look ahead | Star Tribune
What do you supposed the Kaptain had to say to Chip?

Damned Lies & Statistics: Sean Bergenheim has quite the fancy stats resume | Hashtag Hockey- Bob can't quite believe that Bergenheim is such a good Fancy Statter.

3 on 3: Standing Pat At The Deadline - Minnesota Wild - Articles - Homepage - Wild Xtra- Before yesterday's trade broke, Giles weighed the pros and cons of making no moves. Should Chuck Fletcher back off from the trade market now?

Tending The Fields

One of us: Mario Lucia's rise from Minnesota high school star to Wild prospect - Along the Boards
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BU claims Beanpot; Kings extend Nolan; Predators play in 'Arena of the Year' (Puck Headlines) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
The 2015 Beanpot finds its home

Off The Trail

Nick Leddy of New York Islanders signs seven-year contract - - News
#OneOfUs won't likely be #OneOfUs again until retirement - do the Wild or Blackhawks looks worse here?

Joel Quenneville says Chicago Blackhawks aren't hitting panic button despite struggles - - NHL Insider
....And Patrick Kane left the game in the first period after crashing into the boards awkwardly.  Panicked now, Q?

Picking the 2010 NHL Draft Over Again
Nearly five years ago, 210 young men had their dreams come true as they heard an NHL team call their name. All the early morning practices, long road...

Canadiens snag Devante Smith-Pelly from Ducks for Jiri Sekac | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Moar trades!

Blackhawks D Johnny Oduya out 'couple of weeks' with injury -
More ouch for the Hawks.


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