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Wilderness Walk: Game Day 2 Post Yeo Edition

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The Wild mosey on through Western Canada to take on the Flames, who have been flickering.

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Wild looking to extinguish the Flames.
Wild looking to extinguish the Flames.
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The Wild continue tonight's Western Canada road trip a perfect 1-0 in the John Torchetti era.  WIth a Nashville loss, the Wild pulled within 4 points of the Predators and Avalanche with a game in hand over Smashville and three over Colorado.  The Wild need 16 more wins to reach 90 points, which would give them a legitimate shot at the post season.  The Wild have a bit lighter schedule in the final third of the schedule, and Monday's win did a lot to affect their projected post season chances:

But, let's not plan the Championship parade just yet.  There are good signs to be taken from Torchetti's first game, but it's an incredibly small sample size coupled with a team that was revved up on adrenaline following the firing of their long-time leader.  This team still has a lot of work to do to shore up its game, though catching fire right now as they have done in the past could prove to be excellent timing leading into the playoffs.  However, perspective must be retained.  The Wild are currently out of the playoff picture and are chasing several teams that are in the mix.  All they can do is worry about themselves and take care of business starting tonight in Calgary before returning home for this weekend's Stadium Series matchup against their favorite foe, the Chicago Blackhawks.

Speaking of changes, here's one that likely won't happen (#StripTheC):

Late, great musicians just seem to get it.  Last week it was Glenn Frey turning the heat on for Mike Yeo.  Today it's the star child describing what is already happening for the Wild.  Walk it out.

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