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Wilderness Walk: Back To Earth Edition

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The Wild faced their first adversity of the Torchetti era.

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Last year around this time, the Wild was a team that would have found a way to continue to build on their resurgence and come out firing against a tough Islanders team.  We got used to seeing this team flip the switch and continuously find ways to win while not finding ways to lose.  This team has basically the same personnel, so it might have been easy to believe this year's team could pick up where last year's left off.  And maybe it still will.  The Islanders are far too good a team to consider this a "trap game" and this game was set up for a big let down following a successful road trip followed by an absolutely enormous Stadium Series game.  The adrenaline has now worn off, and the normal rules apply.  How this team responds to tonight's loss will tell us a lot about what we've been seeing the last 10 days and what we can expect over the final 20 games.   The Wild can still regroup and make a statement with point production out of their upcoming back-to-back roadtrip to Philadelpia and Washington.

Here's another fun one from Kari about the early Torchetti days.  We walk!

Wild News

Wild's funk at Xcel continues with 4-1 loss to Islanders - StarTribune.com
The Wild lost at Xcel Energy Center for the ninth consecutive time since Dec. 28 (0-6-3).

Wild's Porter happy to join Vanek-Granlund line - StarTribune.com
From regular healthy scratch to second-line right wing, that's the position Chris Porter found himself in Tuesday night. And he made the most of it with a goal.

John Torchetti settles in for Wild’s first game in St. Paul – Twin Cities
Nine days after becoming the Minnesota Wild's interim head coach, John Torchetti finally spent a day in his new office in the bowels of Xcel Energy Center.

Wild’s offensive turnaround, by the numbers – Twin Cities
Interesting statistics in the Torchetti era

A Lack of Reciprocity - Articles - Articles - Homepage - Wild Xtra
A look back at the land of Yeo.

Tending The Fields

Dalpe's Heroics Propel Wild Past Moose 3-2
Welcome Back Zac Dalpe!

On The Frozen Pond

Gophers Hockey: Will coach's challenges happen more? - SB Nation College Hockey
In the case of Minnesota, the coaches challenge has gone from a rule no one knew to seen twice in two weeks.

Off The Trail

Flames send Granlund to Canucks for Shinkaruk - Article - TSN
Yes, it was the other Granlund.

30 Thoughts: Canadian teams will be busy on deadline day - Sportsnet.ca
Western Canada could be a deadline day hot spot, and much more in this week's installment of Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts.

Deadline Decisions: Is anyone safe on Maple Leafs roster? - Sportsnet.ca
The biggest unknown is whether the Leafs will also ship out any players with term remaining on their contracts

Trade speculation casts shadow over Canadiens in loss to Predators - Sportsnet.ca
Blow it all up.

Deadline Decisions: Cap crunch limits Oilers' trade options - Sportsnet.ca
Keep an eye on the Oil and the Wild. They have needs that complement each other way too well.