It's going to be a slow couple of days without any World Cup games until Saturday. Hope everyone is enjoying the not-quite-NHL-hockey-but-still-hockey. It's like a good cover of NHL hockey. In that spirit, here's a good cover of Kavinsky's "Nightcall".
Minnesota Wild: Porter Could Have Had a Place on the Wild
"Could have" and "should have" are not the same thing, but best of luck to Chris Porter.
Dan Rosen discusses Eric Staal's possible production among other questions in this week's Mail Bag.
Tending the Fields
Luke Kunin, aka #NotKiefferBellows, has been named captain of Badgers hockey team (thanks NoCoast for catching the announcement).
Leon Draisaitl is good at hockey and some guy named Thomas Vanek scored a goal too.
Russia keeping this game so close makes me think Team USA might not be using the best strategy to #BeatCanada.
The Czech Republic took the kids to school with this game. McJesus is still scoreless.
Off the Trail
Minnesota Wild: Central Division Preview; Winnipeg Jets
Last season, the Minnesota Wild were to the Winnipeg Jets like the Chicago Blackhawks were to the Minnesota Wild. The first team did better overall, but the second crushed the first during the regular season.
Hockey players, family members lobby Congress on issue of head injuries - StarTribune.com
Former players seek research, protections and NHL recognition of links between sports and brain injury.