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Wilderness Walk: Game Day Edition

Rested and replenished, the Wild try to tackle their home-ice demons against an opponent that seems to help everyone get their game right. But no one can look past the Oil with an explosive corps of forwards. This could be a high-scoring affair.

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Back at after a short break, a well-rested team should be ready to step up for the final push for the playoffs.  The Wild now has a run of several games against non-playoff teams and has to execute to capture every point possible in these games it should win.  There is no more allowance for under-performing in trap games, the playoffs have essentially already begun for this team.  However, starting them now might bode well for getting this team to top executing form when they hit the playoffs, and they haven't shown us that since the turn of the calendar.

Now is the time for Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu and Ryan Suter to reconnect with their early-season success, for Devan Dubnyk to catch fire and for a Jason Zucker, Nino Nierderreiter and Charlie Coyle to light the lamp.  As Tony discussed yesterday, getting to the playoffs will command a whole-team effort, and it needs to start tonight against the Oilers, who might be just what the doctor ordered.  Buckle up for yet another consecutive crazy regular season finish for the team in Iron Range Red.

In a developing story, Jason Pominville's Iron Man streak (currently tied for Wild 2nd all time with Kyle Brodziak at 231 games) is in jeopardy as the forward is reportedly day-to-day with a lower body injury and may not see the ice for the first time since missing the playoffs following his trade to Minnesota.

Here's a peek at the point projections prior to last night's games.  Wild sitting pretty, but have to take care of business.

Two more artists I get to see and a preview of the party I'll be at on my vaca.  Sorry to rub it in all of your faces, but I just can't help myself.  Walk it out, I'll see you in a couple weeks.

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