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Wilderness Walk: Game Day Edition

To Toronto we go!

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The Wild head to Toronto to face the Marlies Maple Leafs tonight, who feature a lineup of about as many prospects as you can find on a team in the NHL.  Make no mistake, the players who hit the ice for the home team tonight have a ton of promise, and the Wild can't afford to look past them, but the level of NHL experience tips highly in the Wild's favor tonight, and the Leafs are in the midst of a season-long struggle to be relevant in the NHL.  The full rebuild is on in Toronto, and the team will be a force in the coming years.  For now, the Wild should expect to continue their winning streak.  David Jones is set to make his debut in a Wild sweater tonight with a good chance of Jonas Brodin and Jason Zucker returning.

World Cup rosters are out, there are five Wild members that have been selected in Mikko Koivu, Mikael Granlund, Thomas Vanek, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter on initial rosters.  Charlie Coyle, Nino Niederreiter, Erik Haula and Matt Dumba may also get a look as the rosters are filled out.

In lieu of Walk music, today I present to you the announcement the world has been awaiting that nearly broke Twitter and YouTube last night from Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters.

Wild News

Koivu leads five Wild players on World Cup rosters -
Mikko Koivu is expected to captain the Finnish team for World Cup of Hockey 2016. The tournament runs Sept. 17 to Oct. 1 in Toronto.

Wild could be at full strength for Thursday in Toronto -
David Jones, Jason Zucker and Jonas Brodin all practiced with the Wild this morning at Ridder Arena before the team left for a two-game eastern swing, and that'll make coach John Torchetti's lineup decisions a bit tougher for games Thursday in Toronto and Saturday in Buffalo.

Odds quite good right now that Wild will make the playoffs -
The Wild resurfaced in the top eight of the Western Conference standings Tuesday night.

Postgame: Haula line, Coyle continue to roll -
One of the wisest decisions John Torchetti has made as Wild coach is not breaking up the Nino Niederreiter-Erik Haula-Jason Pominville line when Jason Zucker sustained a concussion in the outdoor game against Chicago.

Tending The Fields

Iowa Wild Hockey: News Releases
Texas downs Iowa

On the Frozen Pond (Boys State Tournament)

Class 1A boys' hockey state quarterfinal previews

Tourney missing the usual array of villains

Hat tricks, special teams power Breck past Mankato West

Koepke's four goals leads Hermantown in rout of Litchfield/D-C

St. Paul Academy skates by St. Cloud Cathedral

Off the Trail

30 Thoughts: Wrapping up the NHL trade deadline -
Looking back at the NHL trade deadline: Why didn't the Canucks trade Dan Hamhuis? Why did Jim Nill prefer Kris Russell? Plus, Elliotte Friedman looks ahead to the World Cup roster announcement and a potential shift on the international scene.

5 things we learned in the NHL: Snubbed Galchenyuk sends message -
Alex Galchenyuk played like a man possessed after being snubbed from his World Cup team and Brooks Laich gets emotional.

Team North America shaping up as 'must see' World Cup team -
In deciding on the first 16 names for Team North America's World Cup entry, team brass searched for experience in youth. They got that, and came out with an intriguing roster.

Chiarelli explains Nugent-Hopkins absence on initial Team NA roster | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
“That was a difficult one. Ryan is an important part of our team in Edmonton."

NHL Power Rankings: Trade deadline behind us, playoff race is on - NHL -
While most GMs were smart not to allow a weak market force them into bad deals, the Rangers are among the teams to satisfy needs. Now the focus turns to the playoff race.

2016 World Cup of Hockey Jerseys Released