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Wilderness Walk: Game Day Edition

It's finally here, game day! #LetsPlay

Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

Well, maybe we'll just have to wait for tonight. I do not fully expect the Wild to take to the ice against the Blackhawks at 8 am. So, unless you're reading this at 8:30 pm, #LetsWaitTillLaterToPlay.

That's right sports fans, round 2 starts tonight. Your Minnesota Wild look to finally get past this team that has been like a plague upon their playoff hopes the past 2 seasons. Stick around today as we have a ton of #content coming your way, including the staffs predictions for how the series plays out.

Now I hate to break up all the ceremony, but I want to take some time to start a discussion on something very serious. Yesterday, as you all are probably aware, we learned that Jeff Dubay ran into a little trouble. The troubled host of the Jeff Dubay Show has had a history of addiction problems. I'm not going to judge the man, that's not my place and I'd implore all of you to cast aside any judgments you might have about the situation and addiction.

Dubay is very clearly troubled. He had everything taken away from him once before and it appears he's fallen down once again. Addiction is not an easy thing to shake. It's something that preoccupies your mind, body and spirit. Whether its alcohol, drugs, gambling, self-harm, sex, food, or any number of other addictive behaviors that can be harmful to yourself, or those around you. It's a disease that can grab a hold of anyone, it knows no race,  it doesn't care if your a man or a woman, it doesn't care about your sexual preferences or what religion you might practice.

I sincerely hope that Jeff is able to get the help he needs. I'm not going to lie, I'm disappointed that he's fallen into troubled times once again. He also will have my full support in getting himself clean, and going forward with a battle that he will very likely be facing for the rest of his life. It's a very daunting task when you think of it in the long-term like that, which is why in addiction support groups they urge those in need of help to take it one day at a time. If you know of anyone who struggles with addiction, please be supportive in getting them the help they need. Don't wait until it's too late. With your help and support, they too can live a better life, one day at a time.

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Joel Ward wanted Alex Ovechkin to hear him over the din at Madison Square Garden.