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Wilderness Walk: Game Day Edition

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Good morning Wilderness!

Today marks just about the only "really oughta win" game of the foreseeable future, against the Toronto Maple Leafs (leaves? is that a Canada thing?)

Be sure to head over to Pension Plan Puppets for all your Toronto news.

Recently, I heard one of my favorite bands from high school, and it threw me into nostalgia. So, enjoy one of my favorite tunes by the Dropkick Murphys. It's about rats that brew beer... because of course it is.


Stick Tap

Thanks For Nothing, NCAA | Wild Xtra
If you read one thing today, make it this. could. not. agree. more.

Wild News

Justin Fontaine: The Wild's Most Underrated Player | Gone Puck Wild
An older article, but very apt.

On Separation | Wild Xtra
Can the Wild write off the Stars? Los Angeles? Colorado?

Picking Our Poison | Wild Xtra
Masonloft takes a look at who the Wild would most like to play IF they make the playoffs... worth a read, definitely.

Niklas Backstrom: Minnesota's Missing Goalie | The Hockey Writers
Alli takes a look at the Wild's complex goalie situation heading into next season.

Scoggins: Resilient mind-set is working for Wild | Star Tribune
The Wild’s revival makes this feel like two distinctly different seasons: pre-Dubnyk and with Dubnyk... Dubnyk has allowed 52 goals in the past 30 games. In the 14 games before his arrival, the team’s goalies allowed 58 goals.

NHL Insider: Parise makes sure Dubnyk has proper roof over his head | Star Tribune
That's a nice thing for Zach-Attack to do.

Wild notes: Stewart's presence is felt against Blues | Star Tribune
Wizard's First Rule alert...

Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk showing no signs of fatigue | TwinCities.com
I swear, it's like they've never heard of a jinx before.

Tending the Fields

Iowa Wild Lose Close Game To Charlotte Checkers | Gone Puck Wild
Woof. Something's rotten in the state of Denmark.... err... Iowa

Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel Signed To PTO, Again | Gone Puck Wild
They just can't quit Dieude-Fauvel...

The Ice Hole

Big Ten Hockey Conference—poor attendance at Tournament in Detroit and hurting the Gophers in the Pairwise? | Stick Happens
A really interesting read regarding how attendance has been dropping, and what effect that might have on B1G TEN HOCKEY.

Gophers women's hockey claims NCAA championship over Harvard | Star Tribune
ALL. THEY. DO. IS. WIN.

Tom Powers: Gophers women's Frozen Four title special in meaning, special in place | TwinCities.com
ALL! THEY! DO! IS! WIN!

Gopher men's hockey to play Minnesota-Duluth in NCAA tourney | TwinCities.com
GWH did it. Your turn, gentlemen.

Tom Powers: Gophers women's Frozen Four title special in meaning, special in place | TwinCities.com
ALL! THEY! DO! IS! WIN!

Gopher men's hockey to play Minnesota-Duluth in NCAA tourney | TwinCities.com
GWH did it. Your turn, gentlemen.

On Tap (Draft News)

Q & A With Top Prospect Connor McDavid - Part 2 | The Hockey Writers
Part 2 of an interview with The Wild's next big star(?)

Tank-worthy? Connor McDavid finishes OHL season with 120 points in 47 games | ProHockeyTalk
Only 2.55 points per game??? #BUST

Off the Trail

Predators' Craig Smith fined for high-sticking Sabres' D'Amigo | theScore
$5,000??? THAT will teach him!

Kings recall Mike Richards in advance of pivotal 5-game road trip | theScore
After his AHL tune-up, Richards is really gonna burn up the league now.

Report: Toffoli will not face further discipline for boarding Burrows | theScore
uhhhhhhhhhhh... he toe-picked?

Mike Smith's clearing attempt hits Brandon Sutter's 'behind' for accidental goal (Video) | Puck Daddy | Yahoo Sports
BUTT GOAL ALERT I REPEAT WE HAVE A BUTT GOAL ALERT! THIS IS NOT A DRILL!

RECAPS

Vancouver Canucks at Arizona Coyotes

Anaheim Ducks at New York Rangers

Boston Bruins at Tampa Bay Lightning

St. Louis Blues at Detroit Red Wings