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Only 3 more sleeps until playoff hockey.

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Playoff hockey is right around the corner. It a time of year that has some of us making slight modifications to our homes. For instance, I install a blast shield in front of my television to prevent me from blowing that thing up on a whim. Or perhaps your a fan who doesn't take out your aggression on your electronics. For that I have anchored a punching bag into my living room. My wife doesn't necessarily appreciate it, but she understands it's better the bag than the wall for both the wall and myself. You only need to hit the stud once to know you need to start marking your walls during the playoffs. (PRO TIP: Get a stud finder and mark your walls during the playoffs. Little bits of painters tape work perfect.)

Even if the Wild were to magically sweep the Blues out of the playoffs, there will still be times where you will be happy you took the extra steps to ensure that your house is playoff ready. Have any other tips for your fellow hockey fans? Share them in the comments below.

Stick Tap

SEE IT: Soldier returns from Afghanistan, surprises parents at hockey game | New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV
I will never get tired of seeing these kind of surprises.

Wild News

Wild's long climb into playoffs vs. Blues is worthy of reflection | Star Tribune
Come for the Russo, stay for the testimonials. Nice to read good words being said about your favorite team, even if sometimes coaches are just being nice.

Wild vs. St. Louis: Series breakdown | Star Tribune
Looking ahead, the next 4+ games on the Wild's schedule are not for the faint of heart.

The History Between Minnesota & St. Louis - Minnesota Wild - Articles - Articles - Wild Xtra
The Wild and Blues have not faced each other in the playoffs before, but if you're old school, you'll remember to tussles between the Blues and the North Stars.

St. Louis Blues, Minnesota Wild Stanley Cup Playoff first round preview - Blues vs Wild - 2015 SCP First Round
Poor Blues, eh?

Minnesota Wild: Why they'll win Stanley Cup - Blues vs Wild - 2015 SCP First Round
Because it's their destiny? Because hockey? #WhyNotUs?

Off the Trail

Vladimir Tarasenko, Jaden Schwartz are key cogs in St. Louis Blues offense - Blues vs Wild - 2015 SCP First Round
They have a couple more players you might want to watch out for as well.

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2015 schedule, TV listings | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Your complete guide to the playoffs. Take any necessary time off you need.

Buffalo Sabres fire head coach Ted Nolan | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Ted Nolan has been fired for the Buffalo Sabres. This means someone else will be charged with helping Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel into the NHL.

New faces, big absences and plenty of Canada in NHL playoffs - Yahoo Sports
A lot of changes from this year to last. Why don't you take a minute and get to the bottom of what's new this year.

New SAP technology brings 'bracketology' to NHL | NHL | Sporting News
Have you filled out your NHL bracket yet?

Which NHL non-playoff teams could make a run next year? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
It's never too early to start making bold predictions about next season.

Jaromir Jagr, Florida Panthers agree on one-year contract - NHL.com - News
In the least surprising news of the weekend. Jaromir Jagr will play next season in the NHL. He's only 43, so plenty of gas left in his tank.

Leafs clean house, fire Nonis and Horachek | ProHockeyTalk
More unsurprising news.

Lombardi admits players locked Sutter out, disputes specifics | ProHockeyTalk
Drama in Hollyweird.

Report: Kane expected to be cleared for contact on Monday | ProHockeyTalk
Stanchions have not been the same since he's been out.

Cross your fingers: Odds for 2015 NHL Draft lottery | ProHockeyTalk
The Kings prize for missing the playoffs, a 2% chance of winning the lottery. Those are better odds than you picking 6 numbers correctly.