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Wilderness Walk: 1 More Sleep to Round 2 Edition

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Good morning Wilderness! The time for MOAR PLAYOFF HOCKEY draws near. Just 1 more sleep and we'll get to watch our favorite team take their 3rd shot at dispatching the Blackhawks from the playoffs. Things didn't go too well the first time around, on account of the Hawks winning both of those series. Something feels a little different this time around though.

Maybe not, I'm not a psychologist or anything.

So, not a whole lot is new with your squad at the moment. Lets get to the links all the same though. But first, a little Hockey Monkey!

Wild News

Wild's Niederreiter finds a land of opportunity | Star Tribune
Nino loves us! He absolutely loves us!

Pivotal center position is a strength for Wild | Star Tribune
We'll notice almost immediately that this series against the Hawks is vastly different than what we say against the Blues.

Wild: For Mike Yeo, it's been a bumpy (but successful) ride - TwinCities.com
Yeo reflects on his time with the Wild.

Wild: Ex-coach Jacques Lemaire says 'They have a chance to win every game' - TwinCities.com
Lemaire thinks we're pretty good too. May as well just hand us the cup now!

No Shame In Losing - Minnesota Wild - Wild Xtra
Did I say just give us the cup now? Scratch all that. Just waive the white flag. It's ok!

2015 Wild Spirit Contest - Minnesota Wild - News
We got spirit, yes we do...

A Look At Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild In The Second Round
A look at some of the numbers going into the Chicago Blackhawks versus Minnesota Wild playoff series.

Minnesota Wild Three Stars of the Week :4/20-4-26
Ben Remington names the Three Stars of the week for the Minnesota Wild.

Thomas Vanek could be Minnesota Wild's X-factor against Chicago Blackhawks - X-Factor
This gets a great big 'Ruh-Roh!' out of me.

Tending the Fields

Rush eliminate Mallards in Game 7 with late goal in third | Quad-City Times
All season long, the Quad-City Mallards found a way to play their best hockey when their backs were against the wall.

Off the Trail

College Players Give U.S. Hockey Team Fresh Legs For Worlds
Fresh faces, fresh legs, how can they lose?

Is the Future of Hockey on Thin Ice? | Kyle Rabin
The NHL is a very "green" friendly league. Stop snickering Colorado.

The NHL playoff handshake line is completely overrated | For The Win
So is cheering the anthem, but neither are going anywhere.

NHL Awards: Price, Ovechkin, Tavares voted Hart Trophy finalists - CBSSports.com
Now commence your bitching about all the snubs.

Poll: Are there any worthy Hart Trophy snubs? | ProHockeyTalk
A look at a few snubs, maybe you've heard of some of these guys.

1 RECAP!!!

NHL Recap - Detroit Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning - Apr 29, 2015 - CBSSports.com
Braydon Coburn broke a scoreless tie early in the third period and Ben Bishop made 31 saves to help the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Detroit Red Wings 2-0 on Wednesday night in Game 7 of the first-round series.