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Hockey last night, hockey right now. So much hockey.

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The Wild losing to Jagr last night was kind of a bummer, but it was a fun loss to watch. Their next game is Tuesday in Columbus.

Today we have the World Junior semi-final games to enjoy. Two great matches: Finland vs Sweden, and America vs Russia. The first starts at 8 AM Central, the later at noon. The Wild have prospects playing on all four remaining teams. I'm not sure, but I would imagine Kaapo Kahkonen starts for the Finns.

Let's start the first full week of 2016 with a track off the best album of 2015.

Wild News

Wild prospect Grayson Downing a rare bright spot in minors - TwinCities.com Awww. News about Iowa that isn't terribly sad. How novel.

Wild notes: Downing's return to health is a boost for AHL Iowa - StarTribune.com They need all the help they can get.

Wild lose 2-1 to Jaromir Jagr, Panthers - TwinCities.com I mean, it was mostly Jagr, but the rest of the panthers too I guess.

Jagr, 43, scores twice as Florida beats Wild 2-1 - StarTribune.com He's older than Mike Yeo. It's incredible.

Off the Trail

Sweden's William Nylander to miss remainder of WJHC | theScore.com This is a bummer, I would have liked to see him play.

Maybe we shouldn't make a national villain out of Jake Virtanen | CanucksArmy Canada is a ridiculous place.

Stars' Ruff accuses Clutterbuck of embellishing injury after hit from Demers | theScore.com What do you think?

The Impasse Between The Lightning and Jonathan Drouin - TSS Drouin asking out of town is the big story of yesterday.

Report: Blue Jackets' Rychel asked for trade before season started | theScore.com Tis the season for trade requests?

Anton Forsberg saves Blue Jackets late in historic first win | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports Who knows what warm body is going to be in net when the Wild get to Columbus — I fully expect it to be this guy, and for him to get a shutout.