The Wild completed their season-sweep of the Chicago Blackhawks in fine fashion on home ice. The Avalanche further dashed their already slim playoff hopes with a loss to the Blues. The Predators dropped their contest with the Stars and sunk ever-close to the Wild. And then there was this:
WE UPDATED IT. pic.twitter.com/g23dz8QDXj— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) March 29, 2016
Last night had its ugly moments, but like so many recent games, the Wild overcame all of the adversity thrown their way. Depth scoring led the way (though can this third line really be considered depth scoring anymore?) as Erik Haula increased his point streak to 9 games as he continues to be the active point streak leader in the NHL with a goal. Nino Niederreiter added an empty netter after being denied earlier by Scott Darling. Even Jarret Stoll got in on the party. It was a fine night for the Wild, who are now all but guaranteed a playoff spot.
Just how hot is Erik Haula? My goodness:
There is nothing but happiness today, so here's a video of Christopher Walken dancing for your Walk:
Nate Prosser is the Wild's Masterton nominee. Here's why... - StarTribune.com
Our very own Dakota Case's Wild hero has been a fantastic citizen for Dakota and the State of Hockey. MUST READ
Wild's sixth straight win is a big one over Blackhawks - StarTribune.com
The Wild went 5-0 against Chicago this season with 20 GF and only 9 GA
Torchetti thinks Patrick Kane has another gear left
Tending The Fields
Quad City Mallards: News
Lots of updates in this weekly review for the Mallards
On the Frozen Pond
St. Cloud Defenseman Prow Set To Join Penguins - TSS
St. Cloud Huskies defenseman Ethan Prow is set to join the Pittsburgh Penguins according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman
Cut twice in Edina, goalie signs NHL contract - StarTribune.com
Goaltender Adam Carlson was twice cut from hockey tryouts at Edina High School.
Off the Trail
30 Thoughts: Adam Oates responds to his critics - Sportsnet.ca
More than Wild Oates have been sown.
NHL Playoff Death Watch: Central studs vs. wild carders in West | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Since we're down to the final moments of postseason life for teams in contention, Puck Daddy solemnly begins a daily countdown to annihilation.
Reimer, Hamonic, Dupuis among 2016 Masterton nominees - Sportsnet.ca
Here is the full list of the nominees for the 2016 Bill Masterton Trophy
Predators GM calls Vesey's plan to try free agency 'bizarre' - Sportsnet.ca
Jimmy Vesey plans to test free agency rather than sign with the Nashville Predators and play immediately, though general manager David Poile says he isn't giving hope of signing the forward selected in the 2012 draft.
Every Team's Best Pitch to Land Jimmy Vesey
Free agent and Nashville Predators draft pick Jimmy Vesey has announced that he will test free agency. Here is every team's best pitch to sign him.
Uncertainty around playoff goaltending picture - Article - TSN
AN interesting look at goaltending ahead of the playoffs.
Great officials, but better people - Article - TSN
Kerry Fraser pays tribute.