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Wilderness Walk: Say You'll Win One or Say Goodnight

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Well Wilderness, another game the Wild had the lead in, another loss, another dropped chance to make up some ground in the playoff race. Hey, at least there weren't a million 3-point games, right?

I think it's safe to say TorChet's honeymoon is over. After winning four straight (with lots of luck) the Wild have now dropped three straight... and time is running out for the Wild to have hope of making the postseason.

In other words, it's time for the Wild to win one or say goodnight "ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR!"

Wild News

Wild fall to Capitals for third straight loss | Twin Cities
At 27-25-10, a Wild team that led the Colorado Avalanche by eight points at the start of January now trails them by four points for the final playoff spot.

Postgame: Two decent games in 24 hours, two 3-2 losses by the Wild |
Now the Wild returns to Minnesota and has to figure out a way to rebound. Two-game homestand coming up starting with Florida on Sunday inside an arena in which it hasn’t won in nine games since Dec. 28.

Wild’s Erik Haula: ‘I’m not scared to make big plays’ Twin Cities
When Wild captain Mikko Koivu stepped onto the ice for Friday’s game, he tied Nick Schultz as the franchise’s leader in career games, both with 743.

Wild coughs up third-period lead in loss to Capitals |
The Wild has lost three straight since a 4-0 start under John Torchetti. It was the Wild’s first regulation loss in 22 games when leading after two periods.

Dubnyk scratched tonight at Washington for 'maintenance' issue |
Darcy Kuemper almost certainly would have started tonight's game in Washington anyway, but Devan Dubnyk is scratched tonight for what coach John Torchetti is calling "just a little maintenance."

From Frozen Pond

NCAA Women's Hockey: What to Watch, Week 24 | Victory Press
It's the first week of the conference tournaments. Every match-up is a best-of-three series, so Sunday's games are all "if necessary." Home ice and seeding should come into play for a lot of these games.

Minnesota Hockey: Loss To Michigan Might Doom Gophers NCAA At-Large Chances | The Daily Gopher
While they aren't mathematically eliminated from an at-large bid, I'm comfortable saying that the Gophers must now win the B1G Tournament (and the conference auto-bid) if they want to get into the NCAA Tournament.

Overtime goal lifts Stillwater over Hill-Murray to advance to state tournament | Star Tribune
The Ponies' Noah Cates scored the game-winner for a 1-0 victory before a capacity crowd at Aldrich Arena

Senior's hat trick leads St. Paul Academy past Totino-Grace | Star Tribune
The Spartans' 7-1 victory, including three goals by Justin Jallen, puts them in their first Class 1A state tournament.

Off the Trail

Is this the end of the NHL role player? | Sport | The Guardian
Hockey is changing – and with teams placing more emphasis on analytics, the one-dimensional grinders are being replaced in favor of multi-skilled skaters

CWHL: Christina Kessler Prepares to Stop Les Canadiennes | Victory Press
As Toronto's last line of defense, goaltender Christina Kessler is preparing for Les Canadiennes and the playoffs by watching game tape with her team.

CWHL: Marie-Philip Poulin and Ann-Sophie Bettez, Les Canadiennes' 1-2 Punch | Victory Press
Poulin and Bettez lead the CWHL in scoring and both have passed the 40-point mark. Deschênes is third in the CWHL, while Ouellette is fourth; the first non-Montreal player in the scoring race is Toronto's Natalie Spooner, in fifth place.

CWHL Playoffs: Semifinals Preview | Victory Press
The Furies will travel to Les Canadiennes' home rink in Montreal, while the Thunder and Inferno will square off for the second week in a row in Calgary.

CWHL Playoff Preview: Inferno (2) vs. Thunder (3) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Of the two playoff series in the CWHL this weekend, the match between the Calgary Inferno and Brampton Thunder is by far the most competitive. The teams needed the last weekend series against each other to decide who got home ice advantage.

Hall of Famer Andy Bathgate dead at age 83 |
Bathgate spent the majority of his career with the New York Rangers, spending parts of 12 seasons with the team, amassing 272 goals and 729 points in 719 games as a member of the blue, red, and white.

Raffi Torres won't play again this season |
The 34-year-old, who had knee surgery in December, is not retiring, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Kings trade Christian Ehrhoff to Blackhawks for Rob Scuderi |
The Chicago Blackhawks have completed another deal, trading Rob Scuderi to the Los Angeles Kings for defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, the teams have confirmed.

PHOTO: Gostisbehere draws 'Ghost Bear' emojis under autograph |
Shayne Gostisbehere took on an unusual request Friday, sketching the "Ghost Bear" emojis under a signed helmet for a member of the military invited into the Philadelphia Flyers room.

Report: Panthers believed to be making 'strong push' for Oilers' Purcell |
TSN's Bob McKenzie is reporting that the Florida Panthers - forever in the market for a scoring winger - are believed to be making a "strong push" to acquire Purcell from the Edmonton Oilers.

Ovechkin 10th player in NHL history to record eight 40-goal seasons |
Only five players in NHL history have recorded more 40-goal seasons.

Blackhawks Acquire Dale Weise, Tomas Fleischmann From Montreal | The Hockey Writers
This is the third trade in the last two days for Chicago, following moves to acquire Andrew Ladd and an exchange of Rob Scuderi for Christian Ehrhoff with Los Angeles earlier on Friday.

Taylor Hall would fetch the Oilers biggest trade return | Edmonton Journal

As Peter Chiarelli promises changes, the core player he can get the most for is Taylor Hall