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Wilderness Walk: Back in Business Edition

The Wild are in playoff position. Rejoice!

Holla for Haula!!!!
Holla for Haula!!!!
Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

With a decisive win over the Colorado Avalanche, the Wild have put themselves back in the driver's seat regarding their playoff destiny.  In a game that could have either tied them with the team they've been chasing or put them 4 points back, the Wild battled adversity and never backed down to the pushback the Avs doled out.  That's how you have to play if want to get into and win games in the playoffs, and tonight the squad displayed its backbone.  A playoff berth is now theirs to lose, with no remaining games in hand and even in the points category with Colorado, currently sharing the 8th and final spot in the Western Conference playoff picture.

And the good news continues as the Wild are set to gain 3 players to the roster as Jason Zucker, Jonas Brodin and newly acquired David Jones are set to join the lineup over the course of the next few games.  The Wild has a few tough games remaining against Central Division opponents above them in the standings, but the Avs will have to run the gauntlet to close out the season, so all the Wild have to do is take care of their own business, and Colorado will take care of itself.  And with the Nino Niederreiter - Erik Haula - Jason Pominville line going the way it is, it will be hard for most teams to stop them.  The line had a hat trick in the first period, with each member tallying a goal.  They are moving beyond red hot into the white hot category and showing no signs of slowing down.

It will be yet another fine and exciting finish to the season for us to enjoy.

Yesterday, Chris gave you a nice piano rendition of Chop Suey!  Today, I present my favorite Chop Suey! remake, that also involves a piano.  Walk it out with Richard Cheese.

Wild News

Wild slide past Avalanche 6-3; now in a playoff spot – Twin Cities
Take that, Colorado.

Niklas Backstrom: 'Being part of the State of Hockey ... is a privilege.' - StarTribune.com
He may face his old team in the regular season finale.

Jonas Brodin Taken Off IR, May Be Wild's Best Deadline Acquisition
The Minnesota Wild have activated defenseman Jonas Brodin off of injured reserve and reassigned Christian Folin to the AHL's Iowa Wild.

Tom Powers: No rentals needed in Wild’s No-Man’s Land – Twin Cities
The worst part is I don't hate everything in this article.

Tending The Fields

Iowa Wild Prospect Report: Who is impressive/who isn't
Iowa Wild Prospect Report: Who is impressive/who isn't. Looking at who may be ready for NHL time and who needs more time in Iowa still.

On the Frozen Pond

The cruel reality of playoff hockey
Great narrative piece by Pete Waggoner about High School Hockey Playoffs

Off The Trail

Which NHL teams improved most at the trade deadline? - Sportsnet.ca
Which teams improved themselves the most on and around the NHL trade deadline? Andrew Berkshire breaks it down by the numbers.

Down Goes Brown: Unusual trade deadline winners and losers - Sportsnet.ca
What does the Blackhawks' GM tree, Jonathan Drouin, second-round picks, Brooks Laich and extended lunch breaks have in common? They're all components of Down Goes Brown's trade deadline winners and losers list.

Who won the 2016 NHL Trade Deadline? (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Greg Wyshynski and Sean Leahy of Puck Daddy join Dave Lozo of Vice Sports for a look at the NHL trade deadline winners for 2016, as well as why there wasn’t more movement at the deadline overall.

The winners and losers of the 2016 NHL trade deadline - SBNation.com
Did your team have a good day at the trade deadline?

Bruins believed Loui Eriksson too important to trade at deadline | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Near miss for Wild?

Statistically Speaking: Stars pay a premium for Russell - Article - TSN
If Kris Russell got this, and Wild Dman should get _________? (the answer is WAY MORE)

Drouin not returning to Tampa Bay - Article - TSN
Keeps getting uglier here.

Treliving gets it right as Flames stock up on youth and picks - Sportsnet.ca
In an effort to salvage something from the club’s lost season, Treliving turned his two biggest trading chips and a spare part into two young prospects and four draft picks, including a possible first-rounder.

Baby Maple Leafs give fans glimpse of a much brighter future - Sportsnet.ca
#MNWild get to see this in person tomorrow