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Wilderness Walk: Looking Forward

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After a disappointing loss yesterday to the Avalanche, the Wild and its (their?) fans will need to just look forward. And boy does it look bright. After some aquatic puns, I know at least a few of us were feeling ok. Ultimately, losses are going to happen, and we gotta move on.

Boy, am I excited to move on. Why? THIS is why. That looks gorgeous, and I am so ready for Spring.

The Wild are off duty till tomorrow, when they take on the fast-paced and high flying and still relevant New Jersey Devils.

For today, enjoy the following music, provided by Clifford Brown (my personal favorite trumpet player) and Max Roach, one of the greatest jazz drummers in history.

Wild News

Minnesota Wild Unable To Complete Rally, Lose To Avalanche | Gone Puck Wild
Yeah, funny how you can't always come back from being down by 3. Maybe avoid that next time?

Jared Spurgeon Activated Off IR | Gone Puck Wild
Guess who's back? Back again?

Wild Playoff Goalies: the Road Ahead and Behind | Wild Xtra
A very interesting look back at the Wild's history in net.

Wild win streak ends at five | Russo's Rants |
Everyone seems convinced the Wild played badly... they really didn't. Varlamov is a good goalie, and for all their faults, Colorado does have some good players (McLeod isn't one of them, but still).

Colorado coach Patrick Roy takes aim. But why? | Russo's Rants |
Wah doing Wah things.

Late surge by Wild isn't enough against Colorado | Star Tribune
My favorite line (and yes this is pedantic and picky): "The second quarter followed much the same script."

Tending the Fields

10 Potential NCAA free agents that could soon land in the NHL | Hockey's Future
There are a few interesting options here, methinks...

The Ice Hole

Gophers hockey: UMN drops final road game to Ohio State |

Women's hockey: Gophers fall 1-0 to Bemidji State in WCHA playoff semifinal |
It was overall a bad weekend for Gopher Hockey.

College Hockey: 2015 Women's NCAA Tournament Bracket Announced | SB Nation College Hockey
Minnesota is once again the top overall seed.

Hockey East Quarterfinal Pairings Set | SB Nation College Hockey
The pairings for the Hockey East Tournament quarterfinals is now set after the completion of first round games on Sunday.

The Frozen Pond

High School Hockey Tournament: Day 4 - The Finals | Wild Xtra
Congrats to the new champions of #TheTourney. And congrats to MN, who set a new record for attendees to #TheTourney.

Class 2A state hockey: Lakeville North wins title, caps unbeaten season |
Oh, Lakeville North.

Minnesota's Mr. Hockey: Jake Jaremko of Elk River |
Sign him, move him to D, and pair him with Prosser. #ElkRiver #Unbeatable

Minnesota All-Hockey Hair team: a view from the top |
My personal favorite part of #TheTourney

Off the Trail

Avalanche's Varlamov pulled late in game vs. Wild | theScore
Hopefully this is nothing serious.

Penguins prospect Matt Murray sets AHL goaltending record | theScore
What are the odds Mr. Murray wants to come to Minnesota?

Boston Blades win Clarkson Cup in OT on this Janine Weber goal (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Congrats to the Boston Blades!

3 things you need to know about the weekend in the NHL | theScore


Detroit Red Wings at Boston Bruins

Edmonton Oilers at Carolina Hurricanes

Philadelphia Flyers at New Jersey Devils

Colorado Avalanche at Minnesota Wild

Calgary Flames at Ottawa Senators

New York Rangers at Chicago Blackhawks