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Wilderness Walk: Rinse, Repeat Edition

Just 23 hours after the start of the game in Calgary, the Wild faceoff against the Oilers in Edmonton.

Todd Mac.
Todd Mac.
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6 periods and 10 goals later, the Wild now have the beginnings of a winning streak with 2 consecutive victories in Western Canada.  A similar road trip last year was a big confidence boost for a team digging itself out of the mire, and this road trip has already given the team mojo it hasn't felt in quite some time.  It's kind of amazing to think this is the first time the Wild has had consecutive victories on the same road trip this season, especially when you consider the record start the team got off to.  The heroes were again many, with Erik Haula continuing his torrid streak and scoring a goal following his two assist night in Vancouver.  The Nino Niederreiter - Haula - Jason Pominville was the best line on the ice and all three had very strong games and were on the score sheet.  Jason Pominville would add a goal later and join Jason Zucker in breaking out of their goal scoring slumps.  It was a good game for most of the forwards.  The Zach Parise - Mikko Koivu - Charlie Coyle line struggled a bit offensively, but were deployed against Johnny Gaudreau's line, and Coyle scored yet again, this time sticking the dagger in the Flames with an empty-netter.

Their were a few scarier moments however, as a fluke goal that went in off Matt Dumba's face appeared to put the Flames back in the game when they struck twice in the second, but the period would end 4-2.  The Flames continued to push back and got as close as 4-3, but the empty net goal would hold them off.  The Wild will need to tighten up against a high-potential offense tonight in Edmonton that just got Wunderkind Connor McDavid back.  The McDaddy has found some new chemistry with linemate Jordan Eberle and that has changed the Oiler's plans heading into the trade deadline, possibly making injured center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins more likely to be traded in the offseason.  The Wild should have one set of fresh legs tonight as Marco Scandella will supposedly be back in the lineup after missing last night's game with a pregame injury.

Lastly, this image gives a very clear look at the legacy of the Wild under Mike Yeo.  We're all hoping to move on to talking about bigger and better things soon, but this really tells a story.

When Paramore meets Zedd and they make a song about letting the place go down in flames just because they stayed for one night, it could only be a song about the Wild spending the night in Calgary, right?  Let's Walk.


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