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A day full day of rest to recover from one back-to-back and prepare for another. Home has been a challenge for the Wild of late, and the next two games are crucial to re-establishing the team's game at the X.

El Duberino, if you're not into the whole brevity thing.
El Duberino, if you're not into the whole brevity thing.
Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

After stealing a game in Toronto only to suffer the Isles' incredible barrage on Long Island, no player deserved this full day off more than Devan Dubnyk.  He has been consistently sensational, has developed a pattern to demonstrate promise of future success.  Many writers have run out of superlatives to use, but all praise is deserved and enough could not be said for his performance in Minnesota.  These days are vital and Dubnyk has yet to show signs of fatigue.  The team has also brought its game around in front of him, and has been that team that always finds a way to win, even if they weren't on top of their game.

The next two games continue to carry the weight of the world as the Wild have an opportunity to drive even more space and other potential wildcard hopefuls Calgary and Los Angeles.  The Wild have been sleepy at home and not asserting themselves early enough in the game, but will look to change that with the chance to bury their nearby adversaries.  The Wild till take back to the ice to sharpen their game in practice tomorrow before the consecutive home games.

Teams around the Wild also had a rough night with Chicago falling to Philadelphia, Colorado losing to Edmonton, and Dallas closing out Calgary in OT.  The Wild are just 3 points back of 3rd place, though Chicago has a game in hand.  They remain 5 points over the playoff bubble with 8 to go.

We walk with an Ode to Duby from The Eagles:

Wild News

Devan Dubnyk & Head Trajectory - Articles - Articles - Homepage - Wild Xtra
If you read one thing today.... Ben Remington gives great research into the Renaissance de Duby.  Great read.

Stadium Series: Road trip to Minnesota - Along the Boards
A Blues fan comes to Minnesota and visit's the X. Great outside perspective.

Wild look to build cushion on 5-game homestand - TwinCities.com
Calgary and Los Angeles are battling each other and Winnipeg for the final spot behind the Wild, and the Wild can make a statement this weekend.

HockeyBuzz.com - Tony Dean - WildHBcommunity: Hottest Team in the NHL and Best Goaltender in Hockey
Tony Dean takes a look at the tremendous play of Devan Dubnyk

Stick Happens!: Devan Dubnyk worthy of Hart Trophy consideration?
The Dub continues to abide.

Overwhelmed early, Wild discovers its game for come-from-behind 10th straight road victory | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com
Stuff other than Duby.

Tending The Fields

Wild prospect Grayson Downing eager to 'get my feet wet' - TwinCities.com
New Wild prospect Grayson Downing, signed as an undrafted free agent after 4 years at University of New Hampshire, said he chose the Wild because they fit

Quad City Mallards: News
Mallards vs Thunder in Wichita

On Frozen Pond

Wild notes: Former UMD star outnumbered in the locker room | Star Tribune
So many #OneOfUs former college players on the big club.

Ten NCAA hockey talents to watch - Article - TSN
TSN takes a look at the talent to eye in the upcoming NCAA tournament

Off The Trail

Central Division race still NHL's tightest, perhaps most important - CBSSports.com
The top three teams in the Central Division are separated by just five total points. Winning that division will be a huge advantage for one of those teams in the playoffs.

The Race For the Central Division Crown
Breaking down the schedules of the three Central Division contenders.

NHL Three Stars: Hartnell tricks Ducks; Dubnyk wins again for Wild | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: NHL Three Stars: Hartnell tricks Ducks; Dubnyk wins again for Wild

Down Goes Brown: The Calgary Flames vs. the numbers
En fuego or flaming out?

Recaps

NHL Recap - Chicago Blackhawks at Philadelphia Flyers - Mar 25, 2015 - CBSSports.com

NHL Recap - Colorado Avalanche at Edmonton Oilers - Mar 25, 2015 - CBSSports.com