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Wilderness Walk: Game Day Edition

In Brooklyn, the Wild put the puck in the net but forgot how to defense. What new way will they find to lose tonight at Madison Square Garden?

More of this, please.
More of this, please.
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The Swoon is long and the hole is deepening.  The fans don't even know who to blame anymore, but the only way anything will change will be to play the games.  And that will happen tonight at Madison Square Garden as the Wild continue their sprint toward the playoffs while trying to pull out of their sinking spiral.  But this plane has no eject button, and hockey will continue to be played.  So while the Wild continue to hunt for their game like younger versions of ourselves used to look for Waldo, we can only continue to hope that the little man with a toque and striped shirt reveals himself to this team.

The Wild face another challenge against a team it shares some memorable games with, most notably a 5-goal third period by the Rangers to unseat a 3-0 Wild lead last time Minnesota visited Madison Square Garden.  The Wild did get redemption and defeated the Rangers earlier this season at the X 5-2.  So, the results between the two clubs have been all over the board.  It will be interesting to see which adventure the Wild choose tonight.

This graph represents the Wild's plummeting playoff chances, to give some perspective it had been in the 80's for through December.

playoff chances

Today's musical selection is dedicated to our favorite team who are crawling through the dark looking for the answer.  On to the Walk:

Wild News

Postgame: Wild gets greedy, and it proves costly -
The Wild tried to keep up in a track meet against the Isles

Share The Love, Share The Pain - Articles - Articles - Homepage - Wild Xtra
Ben was just a young blogger, with only a few months experience writing about this team, but the pain was real.

Alligator intrudes on Wild players' All-Star break outing -
Nino Niederreiter returned to the Wild from Cancun with a sunburn and all his fingers still attached.

Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk OK with NHL’s smaller pads plan – Twin Cities
The Wild’s Devan Dubnyk was one of four goalies who met with officials last week to discuss shrinking pads as part of the NHL's attempt to produce more goals

Tending The Fields

Reevaluating the AHL's All-Star Game Selection Process
After snubbing a handful of candidates for players who have spent minimal time in the AHL, it is time for the league to reevaluate their All-Star selection.

On the Frozen Pond - Eveleth-Gilbert to Make 2nd Hockey Day MN Appearance This Weekend
The Golden Bears and Duluth Denfeld Hunters will play at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.

NCAA Hockey 101: Beanpot that might have actually mattered | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
At least it guarantees an extra BC/BU game every year, though. Those are always good, right?

Off The Trail

10 NHL Storylines to Follow After the All-Star Break - TSS
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- As play resumes after a memorable All-Star weekend, the NHL is facing an unexpected crisis: How to fill the post-John Scott void...

Over 10,000 people have signed a petition to remove Mike Milbury from NBC broadcasts
Does anybody really like Mike Milbury?

Flames' Wideman suspended 20 games for hit on linesman - Article - TSN
Exactly what I expected. Is it enough?

Three Western Contenders - That Aren't Chicago - TSS
Stop me if you've heard this before, but the Chicago Blackhawks are the team to beat in the Western Conference

Oilers' McDavid inspires hope in dominant return from injury -
Good, now they can trade a Centerman

Could an Eriksson Trade Impact Bruins' Playoff Chances?
Anyone in MN still buying?

Prust a victim of increasingly ruthless numbers game -
Vancouver Canucks' decision to waive Brandon Prust says less about his value as a role player and more about his contract implications.