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The Wild took it to the Wall in overtime last night in a night game after a night game which featured 2 very different lineups. The B Team ground out a Niklas Backstrom shutout in 3+ frames.

Backy gets it done.
Backy gets it done.
Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

Who knew that Niklas Backstrom would be arguably the Wild's best player on a night that was surprising he even saw the ice?  There were some good signs from the WIld's 3rd - 6th lines and D-pairs were able to contain the Jets and play to a frustrating 0-0 tie in regulation.  3-on-3 hockey continues to excite with seemingly endless back and forth rushes that are bringing some fireworks to the fans.  Of all the simulated OT's, only one has gone to a shootout, so the plan seems to be working.

Next up, the Wild take the team to Columbus to face the Blue Jackets.  It will be very interesting to see who cracks the lineup for this game.  Mike Reilly will be a hot discussion topic since he snubbed the Blue Jackets and signed with the Wild, but after playing back-to-back games, he figures to get a rest.  Some things are looking a little bit up following a better effort in Winnipeg.  Tyler Graovac has started to answer Mike Yeo's challenge to step up and make an impact.  Dumba scored the OT winner, so there's more to be positive about following the second preseason game.

Today's Walk musical selection is dedicated to last night's opponent, the Jets.  Walk on.

Wild News

Postgame: Backstrom shuts out Winnipeg, Dumba scores OT winner - StarTribune.com
Backup goalie controversy?

Postgame: Yeo underwhelmed by kids, says Wild has a lot of work to do - StarTribune.com
Yeo is already calling out the bubble players

Wild: Mike Yeo disappointed by prospects' play - TwinCities.com
Just five days into Wild training camp, time is running out for several key prospects battling for roster spots.

Minnesota Wild Fall to Sabres in Preseason Opener 3-2 - Gone Puck Wild - A Minnesota Wild Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
GPW looks at the Buffalo game

Hockey Wilderness Podcast Episode 040: Back at Training Camp- I jumped on the podcast to talk all things Training Camp.


Off The Trail

Statistically Speaking: NHL breakthrough candidates - Article - TSN
Not one, but two Wild players make this list.

Avs nearing long-term deal with Johnson - Article - TSN
#OneOfThem

Unveiling the Mac vs. Jack Tracker - Article - TSN
We got a good taste last night

Maple Leafs at forefront of NHL's biomechanics movement - Sportsnet.ca
The Leafs are one of the NHL's early adopters of the Catapult Sports tracking technology.

Why John Tortorella makes sense as Team USA's World Cup head coach - CBSSports.com
John Tortorella is an interesting pick to lead Team USA at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey considering he's currently not coaching in the NHL, but here's a look at why that might be a good thing.

Patrick Kane expected to play in Blackhawks' preseason opener - CBSSports.com
Knowing what we know, this is no surprise.

Gotta See It: 3 on 3 hockey successful so far - Sportsnet.ca
This.