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Wilderness Walk: Hoping for a Miracle Edition

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The Wild find themselves in the deepest playoff hole they can be in following a game in which they could not finish their chances. It will take a miracle of epic proportions to come back in this series.

Wild's #1 Most Wanted Killer
Wild's #1 Most Wanted Killer
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Things do not look good for the Wild, who are not only down 0-3 and on the verge of elimination, but are also not feeling much confidence in their ability to finish against the Blackhawks.  The Wild have generated more than their share of scoring chances, but cannot put the puck in the net.  They have dug themselves in a deep, deep hole and will face elimination each game they play.  It will take nothing short of a miracle for the Wild to advance.

But many in the Wilderness remember the same feeling in the pit of our stomachs in January, when many gave up on the season and declared it over.  That feeling was dispelled with the arrival of Devan Dubnyk, and the team they became is the type of team that had the potential to climb out of this hole.  The only way they can have hope is to transform themselves overnight back into that team.  Mike Yeo said it all, "We came back from the dead once before this season. And the only way we did that was with character and belief."

Some will have hope, some will have doom and gloom.  No matter what happens, we will Walk:

Wild News

With season on the brink, frustrated, dejected Wild faces one mighty tall task | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com
Frustration level reaching new heights for team, coaches, owner and fans.

Blackhawks ride early goal, Wild shut out 1-0 in Game 3 | Star Tribune
Crawford steals one to put the Wild in a perilous position

Chart: Wild faces bad odds down 3-0 in playoff series | Star Tribune
So you're saying there’s a chance?

Has the Minnesota Wild Lost Its Mojo
Yeah, baby.

HockeyBuzz.com - Tony Dean - WildHBcommunity:The Minnesota Wild Season Again in Doubt Response Required
Tony looks at the doubt that is the Minnesota Wild

Blackhawks Exploiting Struggling Suter
The Chicago Blackhawks have found ways to exploit the Minnesota Wild's usually stout defense. Find out how here.

Wild's Chris Stewart won't play tonight; Power outage nearly led to canceled skates | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com
Not sure we missed Stewie last night.

Wild notes: Yeo cautions that home-ice boost won't cure all ills | Star Tribune
The Wild needs more than a home crowd boost.

Wild need cleaner play to keep Dubnyk from having to work miracles | Star Tribune
Duby was very good in game 3, but got absolutely beat by Patrick Kane on the only goal of the game

#BecauseItsTheCup

NHL Recap - Chicago Blackhawks at Minnesota Wild - May 05, 2015 - CBSSports.com
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Patrick Kane scored in the first period for Chicago, and Corey Crawford and the Blackhawks made the superstar's goal stand up for a 1-0 win over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.

Ducks vs. Flames recap: What you need to know about Game 3 - CBSSports.com
Everything you need to know about the Calgary Flames' Game 3 overtime win over the Anaheim Ducks.

Off the Trail

An NHL advanced stats primer - Article - TSN
NHL embraces #FancyStats but has to go and rename everything. This is a solid guide for #FancyStats beginners

Devils hire Ray Shero as GM; Lou Lamoriello remains as team president - CBSSports.com
The New Jersey Devils announced on Monday that they have hired Ray Shero to be their new general manager. Lou Lamoriello will remain in his role as team president.

C'Mon Ref: Prust violated a "code" - Article - TSN
Refs named Brad always seem to be causing trouble... Prust loses this battle though.