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Wilderness Walk: Game Day Edition

Tonight, the Wild take on the Ottawa Senators. Puck drop is a little early, starting at 6:30 central. Plan your evening accordingly.

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Greetings and salutations sports fans! We are certainly coming around the bend on the last big push towards the playoffs for your Minnesota Wild. The race is tight for that last playoff spot, the lucky team that gets to face whichever Conference III opponent that decides to grab the West by the haunches and run with it.

Of course it is game day for you Minnesota Wild. Tonight they are in a small country known to the world affectionately as Canadia to take on the Ottawa Senators. Prior to tonight's game, the Wild sit tied with the Colorado Avalanche at 74 points, locked in at the 8th seed by virtue of having played one less game than the Avs. That smokey mountain team sits idle tonight (as well they did last night), so tonights game gives the Wild a shot to at least put a minuscule gap between the teams before the Avalanche take on the world famous dive team in the Vancouver Canucks, Wednesday night.

wild card standing 3-15-2016

So, there it is folks. All those OT losses sure do help don't they? Of course, they don't help in a tie breaker situation. That could always change by the end of the season. As it stands right now though, a tie breaker situation would place the Wild outside looking in at the second season. With just 13 games left for the Wild in the regular season, now is not the time to be letting off the gas. There needs to be a serious fire lit under this team if they hope to make the playoffs, let alone make any kind of noise in the post season.

Wild News

After Sunday's day off, Wild gets back to work in Ottawa -
Russo scribes about practice in Ottawa.

Wild-Senators Preview - Yahoo Sports
A look ahead at tonight's action.

Wild has found that there's no place like … the road -
There's no place like the road. There's no place like the road. There's no place like the road.

Off the Trail

Over The Boards: NHL just can’t stop tinkering with its product | Toronto Star
If it ain't broke, fix it. Right?

Down Goes Brown: Weekend report: The Dennis Wideman debacle will not die
And why should it? It seems like a perfectly reasonable situation to drag out indefinitely.

Artemi Panarin success is bad news for Blackhawks’ salary cap | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Somehow I don't think they'll be too affected by it.

NHL GMs back coach's challenge, add blueline cameras for playoffs | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
It's honestly funny to me that for all the hub-to-do about getting replay going in the NHL to catch these missed offsides calls, that these cameras were never part of that discussion.

Referee perfectly sets up Paul Stastny goal vs. Flames (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
And the first assist goes to, Frederick L'Ecuyer, I guess?

Silver Linings

Be sure to stop over and say hello to our friends at Silver Seven for all the latest and greatest Senators coverage!

Ottawa Senators shut out Maple Leafs with 4-0 win |
The Ottawa Senators knew anything less than a win would be unacceptable Saturday night.

Ottawa Senators top line’s chemistry a bright spot in tough season - The Globe and Mail
Mark Stone, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Zack Smith have formed a surprisingly strong combination


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