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Another day gone by, and still no game. This layoff seems especially impactful as other teams jockey for and clinch playoff spots while the Wild sit idle. Just two more days to wait!

The Dub Abides.
The Dub Abides.
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The playoff picture is starting to take shape as the Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers, Anaheim Ducks, and Nashville Predators have clinched a berth in the postseason.  The bottom of the Western playoff picture remains foggy as the Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames, Winnipeg Jets and Los Angeles Kings are separated by 5 points total, and fighting for 3 spots.  The Wild sit 2 additional points beyond that cluster.  It will be interesting to see how the upcoming opponents that have already clinched manage their roster.  Will they rest key veterans to prepare for the playoffs or will they keep everyone in to try to make them sharp?

Individual accolades are also starting to be tabulated, and a familiar name is finding himself thrust into the Vezina and Hart trophy discussions by more and more national press.  And our favorite team is finally generating some attention from media outlets for their team play and success over the last 2 months.  Both ESPN and Bleacher Report have listed the Wild #1 in their Power Rankings.

The Wild return to the ice today to ramp up practice for the impending draw against the New York Rangers at the X.  Also, keep an eye out for this week's Hockey Wilderness Podcast, which will be available today for your listening pleasure.

Now today's musical selection, then we Walk.

Wild News

Devan Dubnyk, Cam Atkinson and Ryan O'Reilly named NHL 'Three Stars' of the week - NHL.com - News
The Dub abides as the #1 Star!

NHL Power Rankings: B/R Experts' Week 25 Poll | Bleacher Report
Now the whole team is #1!

Price vs. Dubnyk: How NHL GMs overvalue goalies - Sportsnet.ca
GMs are not doing a very good job at valuing contracts for netminders

The NHL's Team of the Week for March 30 | Bleacher Report
All NHL team for the week

Stick Happens!: Has Thomas Vanek finally found his groove with the Minnesota Wild?

The Remaining Worth in Stupid Stats - Minnesota Wild - Articles - Homepage - Wild Xtra
Jared Mason is still not convinced that advanced stats truly tell more of a story than ye olde stupid stats provide.

On a quiet day for Wild, Cooke and Brodziak practice | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com
It was a quiet morning at Xcel Energy Center, with just nine skaters and two goalies on the ice for the Wild's optional practice.

Scoreboard Watching

NHL Recap - Vancouver Canucks at St. Louis Blues - Mar 30, 2015 - CBSSports.com
Vancouver downs St. Louis

NHL Recap - Los Angeles Kings at Chicago Blackhawks - Mar 30, 2015 - CBSSports.com
Hawks dethrone the Kings

NHL Recap - Calgary Flames at Dallas Stars - Mar 30, 2015 - CBSSports.com
Flames burn the Stars

Tending the Fields

Minnesota Wild Signs Brody Hoffman And Zach Palmquist
The Minnesota Wild have dipped into college free agency again, signing Vermont goaltender Brody Hoffman and Minnesota State defenseman Zach Palmquist.

Wild Agrees To Terms With Brody Hoffman And Zach Palmquist - Minnesota Wild - News
Wild Agrees To Terms With Brody Hoffman And Zach Palmquist

Minnesota Wild News: Christian Folin Recalled From Iowa
On Monday, the Minnesota Wild recalled defenseman Christian Folin from the Iowa Wild of the AHL. He was sent down on Saturday to get a little game time.

On Frozen Pond

Gophers Hockey: Seth Ambroz signs ATO with Springfield (AHL) - SB Nation College Hockey
The University of Minnesota senior finished his four year career with 40 goals and 30 assists in 159 games. In addition, one former Gopher made his NHL debut Saturday while another has his breakout season come to an end.

2015 Frozen Four field set - SB Nation College Hockey
North Dakota, Boston University, Providence and Nebraska Omaha make up the field for the 2015 NCAA Frozen Four at the TD Garden in Boston, Mass.

Off The Trail

Anaheim Ducks clinch playoff spot - Along the Boards
The Anaheim Ducks clinched a playoff berth on Saturday afternoon with a 3-2 win against the Islanders, but the question remains: are they ready for a run?

All 30: Each NHL team's most disappointing season of the 2000s
While each NHL team starts the season hoping to make it successful, sometimes it just doesn't happen. Here are the most disappointing seasons of the 2000s.

How to make the Presidents' Trophy worth a damn | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: What if the President’s Trophy winner was assured of the 15th overall pick in that summer’s draft?

What went wrong for Sharks; Vegas free agent plans; unsafe hockey helmets (Puck Headlines) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

Andre Deveaux's contract terminated in Sweden after slashing incident - CBSSports.com
Former NHL player Andre Deveaux will no longer play for his team in Sweden after an attack on an opposing player.

Recaps

NHL Recap - Buffalo Sabres at Arizona Coyotes - Mar 30, 2015 - CBSSports.com

NHL Recap - Edmonton Oilers at Colorado Avalanche - Mar 30, 2015 - CBSSports.com

NHL Recap - Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens - Mar 30, 2015 - CBSSports.com