The WIld played an interesting game in Tampa Bay last night. The last five minutes of regulation almost killed me, I swear. I had to start resort to my girlfriend's dorky deep breathing techniques to keep going, it was terrible.
Tonight they're in Sunshine to play the Panthers, who have been white hot, winning eight in a row. It's still uncertain, but it sure sounds like good Minnesota boy Nick Bjugstad could be back in the lineup tonight, after missing their winning streak with migraines. Check out Florida's perspective here.
While the Wild are busy in Florida, they have prospects busy overseas on the World Junior Tournament, the quarterfinals which happened yesterday.
The perfect musical number for a Sunday with a lot of news about hockey children.
NHL Insider: Nick Schultz learned how to play in NHL with Wild - StarTribune.com Awww. This is pretty sweet.
Wild regroups after slow start, loses in shootout to Tampa Bay - StarTribune.com Slow is an understatement — I would have gone with "ridiculously awful" start.
Wild fall to Lightning in their first shootout game of season - TwinCities.com Last night was the most excited I have ever been about a shootout, I'm pretty sure.
Wild notes: Injuries to goalies move Backstrom out of the background - StarTribune.com Is he starting tonight????? God I hope not, but anything is possible.
Wild's Niklas Backstrom: 'It's about the guys next to you' - TwinCities.com He says a lot of nice things, but I do not want to see him play.
Tending the Fields
Matthews' hat trick launches U.S. to semifinal round | theScore.com This was actually a very boring game to watch. It ended 7-0, and was never in question. The Czeks pulled their goalie after the first period, and put in 2015 Wild draft pick Alex Stezka, who let in five goals. He looked overmatched, but the whole team was dominated. Louis Belpedio didn't have a point, and I didn't notice him, but I wasn't paying much attention.
Russia survives Denmark on Kamenev's OT winner | theScore.com Denmark almost upset Russia. I watched the end of this, it was pretty intense. Kaprizov was minus one, and only had one shot, but looked involved offensively in the parts I saw.
WJC 2016: Sweden Dominates Slovakia - TSS The quarter final game that I didn't see! Joel Erikkson Ek scored the first goal, and had seven shots.
Finland sends defending champion Canada home with rousing performance | theScore.com This game was a wild ride from start to finish. The turning point may have been when Finland replaced their starter with Wild prospect Kaapo Kahkonen, who let in two goals, but also settled things down and allowed the momentum to change. He ended the game with a .917 s%
Know Your Enemy
Panthers win 8th straight in front of massive home crowd | theScore.com Can the Wild stop it from being nine????
Extended Time: Tallon, Gallant, Rowe Get Contract Extensions | The Sunshine Skate The Panthers have always lacked stability in the front office, but this might be changing.
Off the Trail
On All Stars and All Heart - The Faceoff Circle Some takes on the All-star game and the WJC.
John Scott says he will play in NHL All-Star Game | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports This game is always a joke, this time it's going to be extra silly.
Loui Eriksson is underappreciated in Boston; what's his future? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports Underapreicated, sure, but still not Tyler Seguin.
Report: Islanders unlikely to deal Hamonic during season after injury to Boychuk | theScore.com Cool, now let's stop talking to this until the draft. Sweet.