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Wilderness Walk: Game Day Edition

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Does Chuck look like Jim Harper from The Newsroom to anyone else?
Does Chuck look like Jim Harper from The Newsroom to anyone else?
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Another day, another divisional rival, right? Tonight the Wild welcome the Nashville Predators to town, and my guess is the Perds will be out for (metaphorical) blood. After a rare home loss to the Wild in their last meeting and the ensuing skid, Nashville is thinking they'll need to regain their early-season form before the playoffs. It'll be a Vezina-off, with Pekka Rinne and Devan Dubnyk staring each other down. Hopefully the Doob will abide....

Be sure to head to On the Forecheck for all your Predator news.

Lastly, there is a new podcast today! See the links before the walk! Our podcast is now available on Stitcher! If there is any other way you like to listen, let us know in the comments!

Wild News

Minnesota Wild Three Stars of the Week | Gone Puck Wild
This does NOT include Matt Dumba... but it does include a guy I said would score 20 goals this season (spoiler: he's at 17 so far).

Wild works on power play; Scandella, Carter return | Russo's Rants |
"The ice time will be equal, and both will be able to get out there and show what they can do." I'll believe it when I see it.

Penguins GM: Malkin expected to miss 1-2 weeks with lower-body injury | theScore
Well that's bad news for the Pens.

Hot goaltenders face tricky contract situations with Ottawa and Minnesota | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
A look at two goaltenders with an interesting negotiation coming up.

Tending the Fields

Iowa Wild Lose To Utica In Shootout | Gone Puck Wild
Bickel does Bickel things, Keränen gets ignored in the shootout even though he's one of the points leaders all season long. So, Keränen is Finnish Nino.

Minnesota Wild Prospects Report | Gone Puck Wild
Gosh, there's some guys here who look, dare I say it, promising!

The Ice Hole

Big Ten Hockey Conference Names Award Winners and All-Conference Teams | SB Nation College Hockey
All you need to see: Travis Boyd, F, Minnesota

Off the Trail

Oilers' Eberle sees power play improving with focus taken off shot metrics | theScore
Yes, the Oilers were one of the best Corsi teams in the league, but now they they're ignoring possession stats, they're going to win the rest of their games. This, dear readers, is called a lack of understanding. Honestly. If this has been the Eulers padding their possession stats, then they are significantly worse than I've though they were. Are you freaking kidding me?

NHL Weekend: Don’t Poke Joe Thornton | Grantland
Tywin Lannister always pays his debts...

The 8 Best NHL Stats Of The Week | The Hockey Writers
I'm confused... where is the GRITZ/60 and the Wild-At-Heart/60 here?

NHL general managers discuss diving, embellishment, protecting goalies at Florida meetings | Star Tribune
HEY we have this video review system that has reversed INNUMERABLE wrong calls.... let's get rid of it!


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