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Wilderness Walk: Game 4 Edition

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The Wild look to make it 3-1 in their favor tonight against the St. Louis Blues. While it'd be silly to expect it to be as dominant a performance as Monday... we can hope. Before we get to the Walk today, make sure you know what to do when you see Steve Ott.

Today's music is brought to you by one of the all time greats of jazz: Count Basie. This is his flag-waiver tune "Magic Flea." One of my favorite things to play for my jazz band when they complain we're playing a song that is too fast.

Wild News

Minnesota Wild Recall Eleven From Iowa | Gone Puck Wild
The Minnesota Wild has recalled 11 skaters from the Iowa Wild to bolster its roster for the playoffs, including Tyler Graovac and Jon Blum. AND SPROUT.

Wild's discipline, speed, defensive effort leads to shutout, 2-1 series lead over Blues | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com
The Wild did good. Here's hoping they do good again.

Parents come to watch Dumba's growth spurt with Wild | Star Tribune
Matty Dumba has a great a family- they sound like a blast!

Pro hockey's glory years here — then and now | Star Tribune
Reusse waxes nostalgic. Am I insane, or has he been not just tolerable, but good lately?

Wild expect Blues adjustments in offensive zone | TwinCities.com
Backes wants to penetrate.

Scouting the Enemy

St. Louis Fans Singing The Blues | The Hockey Writers
Early returns on last night's 3-0 shellacking by the Wild have Blues fans ready to pack up the clubhouse despite having at least two more games to play

Hitch on what Blues need to rebound vs. Wild: "Messier, Gretzky ..." | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com
Ken Hitchcock, his Blues down 2-1 in their series against the Wild, was in a surprisingly jovial mood today except when that obnoxious Jeremy Rutherford...

Hitchcock counting on Blues' resiliency | Star Tribune
In their home away from home at Xcel Energy Center, the Blues have hung a banner bearing the slogan, "Pressure is a privilege." They're not sure what that means, but it sure sounds cool.

Tending the Fields

Hobey Baker nominee Zach Hyman informs Panthers he won't sign; could be traded | theScore
Hmmmm. Something rotten in the state of Denmark. Err... Florida. And Michigan. Y'know what, never mind.

Report: Sabres sign Jack Eichel's college linemate to 2-year contract | theScore
Could be a good move for the probably future location of Mr. Eichel.

Top 100 NHL Prospects Signing Update | SB Nation College Hockey
Glad to see who is at number 4.

Off the Trail

Hudler, Kopitar, Datsyuk are Lady Byng Trophy finalists | theScore

Bruins' Zdeno Chara suffers fractured fibula; requires 4 weeks recovery | theScore
Not good for Boston.

NHL bans media from using Periscope, Meerkat to subvert rights-holders | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Whoops.

Nashville Predators created first round problem in Scott Darling | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: As Scott Darling makes save after save in Round 1 of the playoffs for the Chicago Blackhawks, the Nashville Predators must feel horrified.

Details on Jarret Stoll drug case emerge in arrest report | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Here's hoping Mr. Stoll gets any help he needs.

RECAPS

Vancouver Canucks at Calgary Flames

Nashville Predators at Chicago Blackhawks

Washington Capitals at New York Islanders

Tampa Bay Lightning at Detroit Red Wings