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Wilderness Walk: Flame Day Edition

#OldFriend Niklas Backstrom is back in Minnesota to face his former team. He currently sports an unbeaten 1-0 record with a .955 SV% and 1.00 GAA for Calgary

Backy's back.
Backy's back.
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Hey Wilderness, it's been a minute, but I'm back and happy to be dishing the Walk for you once again.  I'm glad you've kept this team mostly honest while I was out and we are still experiencing a good old fashioned playoff chase that continues tonight versus the Calgary Flames and their shiny new netminder and very familiar face, Niklas Backstrom.  Backstrom returns to Minnesota to face the only other team he has ever played for in the NHL besides his single start with his new team and total time on ice spanning just shy of 60 minutes.  It will make for some interesting drama as obviously Backstrom will want to leave his mark on the city and team he has been a part of for so many years.  On the flip side it will provide a nice opportunity for Wild fans to give him a ceremonious and proper sendoff.  But make no mistake, Backy still believes he can play and must make the most of every opportunity he gets in order to earn himself a shot at an NHL contract for next year, so he will bring his best game to the ice.  He did come out and surprise the Wild's morning skate, donning his new team colors:

Our friends in Colorado will faceoff against the Philadelphia Flyers, who recently put themselves back in playoff position and need the win as badly as the Avalanche.  The Avs are currently a point back of the Wild but hold a game in hand, and the night could prove to have very profound effects on the Wild's playoff hopes in either direction.

I leave you with one of my favorite moments of my recent journey, which I spent with 155,000 new friends from all over the globe at Ultra Music Festival in Miami.  The song seems very apropos of what this team needs to be focused on.  Good to be back.  Let's Walk.

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