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Wilderness Walk: Solving Schneider Edition

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The Wild were able to improve their playoff standings with a big win featuring an offensive onslaught that brought points to 14 different players and chased Corey Schneider in the 3rd.

Vanek puts one past Schneider
Vanek puts one past Schneider
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The Wild continued to capture needed points with a bounceback win over the visiting New Jersey Devils.  The win paced an L.A. King victory to maintain the 4 point lead over 9th place.  The Wild gained 2 points on Winnipeg because the Blues scored a goal with 1:03 left to overcome the Jets rally from being down 4-1.  The Wild now hold a 3 point lead over 8th place staring down the barrel of a nasty back-to-back with potential playoff matchups Anaheim and St. Louis.

The game against the Devils should be a good confidence builder as the Wild executed in all phases of the game following a slow first period in which the Wild were outshot but finished up a goal on Sean Bergenheim's first goal in a Wild sweater.  The new additions continue to grow their ability to fit into the Wild's system, and all 4 lines scored as well as both power play units (PP2 unit scored seconds after penalty expired).  They chased Corey Schneider from the cage in the 3rd after allowing 5 goals.  They allowed 15 shots in the first, but only 15 more the rest of the game.  The team seemed to rediscover their game and assert their will on the Devils, which bodes well for the upcoming games against the Ducks and Blues.

The lingering question will be whether we will see Darcy Kuemper thrown to the wolves in St. Louis or whether Devan Dubnyk miraculously works both ends of a back-to-back for the 3rd consecutive time. The Wild have 81 points and need to earn an estimated 15 points in the remaining 15 games to make the playoffs

On to the Walk (from the team from down below to a team out west)

Wild News

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Bergenheim on fourth line; Injury updates; Dumba does to Duby what he did to Varly | Russo's Rants |
Yeo tries to spark struggling Bergie, Dumba #Dumba's Dubnyk.

Wild ride: Dubnyk to start 25th straight game | theScore
Moar on Duby

As confidence grows, so does Matt Dumba's game | Star Tribune

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Tending the Fields

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On Frozen Pond

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WCHA Weekly Wrap: Dust settles on final weekend - Along the Boards
Along the Boards unveils its final WCHA power rankings of the 2014-15 season after Minnesota State barely hangs on to cement the regular-season title.

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