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Wilderness Walk: Back from the Warm

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It wasn't this nice. It was nicer.
It wasn't this nice. It was nicer.

Good morning Wilderness.... I'm back. And I'm not super happy. I mean, I know being on an island with free booze and temperatures between 64 and 93 sounds miserable, but I was able to muscle my way through. somehow.

But, alas, I'm back, and the Wild are winless since I've returned... Should we start a gofundme to send me back to the Caribbean? I'd be ok with it.

Tonight, we face Columbus, so head over to The Cannon for all your Jacks needs.

In any case, enjoy some jazz and let's walk.

Wild News

Central Division Weekday Outlook: January 4th Edition | Wild Xtra

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Minnesota Wild glad Charlie Coyle no longer playing it safe |
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Tending the Fields

Wild prospect Grayson Downing a rare bright spot in minors -
SUNRISE, Fla. -- For the two weeks of training camp he had hoped to make an impression on Wild coach Mike Yeo and the organization's front office, Grayson Downing was stuck on crutches because of a knee injury suffered at a rookie tournament five days before camp opened.

World junior tournament offers glimpse of Wild's future |
Kahkonen, best known in these parts as the goalie who scored two goals last year, backstopped world junior championships host Finland into Tuesday’s gold-medal game against Russia by making 21 saves Monday in a 2-1 victory over rival Sweden. This came two days after Kahkonen came in relief with the Finns trailing against Canada in the quarterfinals. Kahkonen made 22 saves and the Finns rallied to win.

Off the Trail

Outrage of the week: John Scott, all-star captain | Down Goes Brown
Nothing makes hockey folks happier than being outraged about something relatively unimportant. We’ll pick one topic fans are complaining about this week and try to figure out if it’s justified.

A Guide to Neutral Zone Tracking Part 1 of 2: Why Neutral Zone Statistics Matter | Hockey Graphs
A while back, Hockey-Graph's own Matt Cane wrote the following tweet: Related to what @Thats_Offside has said: Why should I care what a player's zone entry rates are? Convince me, Twitter. — Matt Cane (@Cane_Matt) November 27, 2015 Matt was referring to a statistic commonly found in "Neutral Zone Tracking," which purports to measure the…

2016 Hockey Resolutions | High Heels and High Sticks
A brilliant read.

WJC: 3 Takeaways From USA-Russia Semifinal | The Hockey Writers
Russia defeated USA 2-1 to advance to the gold medal game against Finland.  Meanwhile,Team USA will square off against Sweden for the bronze. Here are three takeaways from the USA-Russia semifinal.

Russia beats U.S. in World Juniors medal round for third straight year | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
This is the third straight tournament that the Russians have knocked out the U.S.

Five reasons Winter Classic ratings hit all-time low for NBC | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: The Winter Classic ratings for the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins hit over the weekend, and the news wasn’t great for the National Hockey League and NBC.

Outdoor Women's Classic: Before and After | Victory Press
The good and bad things about the Women's classic.

NWHL: Buffalo Beauts Capture Beaut-iful OT Win | Victory Press
With the victory, the Beauts snap a four-game losing streak, as they defeated the Boston Pride by a score of 4-3.


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