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The Wild land in Nashville with the daunting task of beating a team that has lost only 3 times in regulation in their building. The Wild have been very good on the road of late, and should play Nashville like they have nothing to lose, so it should be an entertaining tilt between division rivals with a history of close contests.

The Doghouse twins harass Pekka Rinne.  The Wild hope to see more of this tonight.
The Doghouse twins harass Pekka Rinne. The Wild hope to see more of this tonight.
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With the Calgary Flames beating New Jersey in regulation, they have jumped the Wild in the standings and pushed the Wild back into 9th place.  The Flames now have 70 points to the Wild's 69, but the Wild have a game in hand with 22 to go.

Tonight the Wild find themselves going into the league's most dangerous arena for visitors for a Central Division showdown with the Nashville Predators. The Preds have been on a hot streak of their own since the all-star break and are 8-1-1 in their last 10. The Wild are 0-1-1 vs The Predators this season and remain the only team to hang 5 goals on Pekka Rinne.  The Wild will be looking to get to him early, but Rinne no doubt will be looking for revenge for the Wild's big night against him.  Good goaltending = Wins in today's NHL, and both of these teams exemplify what effect it truly has.

The trade winds picked up today with 5 days remaining until the deadline.  Teams near the Wild in the standings made some moves to get better as the Kings acquired Andrej Sekera on D and Winnipeg acquired LW Jiri Tlusty for much steeper prices than the Wild paid for Bergenheim and Dubnyk.  Chuck Fletcher is getting rave reviews for the Bergenheim pickup.

The Wild will be excited to see what they are getting from a motivated pending UFA that has a track record of success in the playoffs.  Bergenheim will likely find himself inserted in the lineup on the 4th line with either Stephane Veilleux or Erik Haula coming out of the lineup.  Haula was resposible for the Pouliot GWG on Tuesday night and saw only 6:38 of total ice time and just 1 shift in the third.

Reminder:  Those are not "DUUUUUUUB" chants you are hearing, Nashville fans are riding "SUUUUUUUUTER"

Walk this way...

Wild News

Hulsizer in, Falcone out as Wild minority owner | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com
A move that allows Craig Leipold more control of the team

Rumblings: Wild pickup of Bergenheim could pay off in a big way - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
Preposterous postulation, or not?

Why Sean Bergenheim should be on every GM’s wish list | The Hockey News
GMCF FTW

Behind Enemy Lines - Articles - Articles - Homepage - Wild Xtra
The Xtra takes a closer look at our closest competitors' wish lists

Wild: Matt Dumba benefiting from Ryan Suter's lessons - TwinCities.com
Dumba = Grashopper

After acquiring Sean Bergenheim, Wild suffers disappointing loss to West's worst | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com
Russo warned you, Wild...

Wild: Justin Fontaine shows adaptability to different roles - TwinCities.com

Chad Graff takes a closer look at Arthur Fonzarelli

On The Forecheck - Nashville sister site

Wednesday's Dump & Chase: The Wild Make Their Push - On the Forecheck
The Wild have been a fascinating team all season and might be playing their best hockey at the right time.

Tending The Fields

Michael Keranen Reassigned To Iowa Wild - Gone Puck Wild
Dustin delivers lots of Iowa Wild updates

On Frozen Pond

The Pairwise Rankings Explained - SB Nation College Hockey
The Pairwise Rankings determine the NCAA tournament field. So how do they work?

Off The Trail

Early winners emerge ahead of NHL trade deadline
Early bird shoppers have become this year's story. See: Wild, Minnesota

Kings acquire defenseman Andrej Sekera from Hurricanes - CBSSports.com

Hurricanes trade Jiri Tlusty to Jets for picks - CBSSports.com

Penguins acquire Daniel Winnik from Maple Leafs for Zach Sill, picks - CBSSports.com

Report: James Wisniewski making it hard for Blue Jackets to trade him - CBSSports.com
Trade-bait defenseman James Wisniewski is reportedly using his no-trade clause to his full advantage to make it difficult to trade him away.

Patrick Kane of Chicago Blackhawks out 12 weeks after surgery - NHL.com - News
Very similar to the Zucker situation, though rumors exist that Zucker will be back sooner

LOOK: Lightning G Ben Bishop's new goalie mask glows in the dark - CBSSports.com

WAY Off The Trail

Mid-day talker: Ranking Minnesota's 13 superstars since Kirby Puckett retired | RandBall | StarTribune.com
Stick Tap to these Minnesota sports heroes

Recaps

NHL Recap - Calgary Flames at New Jersey Devils - Feb 25, 2015 - CBSSports.com

NHL Recap - Ottawa Senators at Anaheim Ducks - Feb 25, 2015 - CBSSports.com

NHL Recap - Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals - Feb 25, 2015 - CBSSports.com