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The Wild are set to face off against against the Flyers at the X before heading to Dallas on Saturday.

Nino had himself a game in Columbus, and has been a force as of late.
Nino had himself a game in Columbus, and has been a force as of late.
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Mikko Koivu's status is still up in the air, Devan Dubnyk is heading to Music City as an All-Star and the Philadelphia Flyers are in town for the Wild's shortest homestand of the year.  Next up will be a visit to Dallas on Saturday before coming back to the X for 3 games next week.  It was a fairly busy news day for your Wild.

Dubnyk will be the lone representative in the new-look 3-on-3 All-Star game.  To the dismay of many Wild and Nashville fans, Ryan Suter will not be booed during the game as the hometown squad will roll their top pair of Roman Josi and Shea Weber.  It would have been kind of neat to see Weber and Suter reunited for the game, and also to see what would happen when Suter touched the puck at the same time Weber is on the ice.

Wild scoring leader and Kaptain Mikko Koivu was also not selected, though he is having a resurgent year.  However, his injury last night could potentially have left his status in the air anyway, and we won't know much more until tomorrow.  Here's the latest:

Hockey Wilderness will keep you posted as things develop, so stay tuned here and on Twitter.

Tonight, we look forward to taking on a struggling Flyers team whose breakout star from last year Jakub Voracek got out to a rough start, and has led the team to 6th place in the Metropolitan.  Check out Broadstreet Hockey to Know Thy Enemy.

As promised, here is the remix of yesterday's track for your listening pleasure while we Walk:

Wild News

Dubnyk selected to represent Wild at All-Star Game - StarTribune.com
Devan Dubnyk's magical year continued Wednesday when he was named to represent the Central Division in the 3-on-3 All-Star celebration

Postgame: Koivu released from hospital; Wild ends road trip with victory - StarTribune.com
As I walked over to Zach Parise’s stall after tonight’s game in Columbus, Parise removed the knee brace off his right leg and spiked it in his equipment bag.

Wild report: Looking for goals, Mike Yeo shakes up lines - TwinCities.com
They only lasted 73 seconds until the Koivu injury, but a couple different combos showed some life,

Tending the Fields

On The Frozen Pond

12 prep skaters on NHL Draft watch list
#ADozenOfUs

Off the Trail

Statistically Speaking: Jones-Johansen blockbuster - Article - TSN
RyJo is no Tyler Seguin.

7 things we learned in the NHL: Fired up Flames - Sportsnet.ca
Granny's apples.

NHL Three Stars: Hellebuyck saves Jets; Panthers still streaking | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
#WorthEveryPenny

NHL reveals 2016 All-Star Game sweaters - Sportsnet.ca
Meh.

Crosby absent as NHL names 2016 All-Stars - Sportsnet.ca
The sweaters are ready and the captains have been set. Now, for the All-Stars themselves. Here's the full roster of players who will be making the trip to Nashville, plus one rather large omission.

NHL's Top 16 UFAs-to-be in 2016: Latest rumours, reports - Sportsnet.ca
From Steven Stamkos to Dustin Byfuglien, we check in on the on-ice performance and the latest rumours regarding the NHL's top 16 impending unrestricted free agents.

Button's post World Juniors mock draft - Article - TSN
Who made their name glow in bright lights at the WJC?