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NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Minnesota Wild Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning sports fans! Another wonderful game day is upon us. The Minnesota Wild welcome the Chicago Blackhawks in St. Paul tonight. Last time these two teams faced off the Wild came out victorious, but it cost them a few trips to the hospital and a mighty large medical bill which is still being paid. Charlie Coyle has about another 3 to 5 weeks on the shelf if things go as initially planned.

Forgetting the injuries, it was a pretty good game for your Wild, who poured on 4 goals in the 3rd period, in the State of Chicago, to win by a 5-2 margin. I’m sure the Blackhawks are eager to return the favor, sans for all the injuries in their second meeting of the season between the two Conference III foes.

Today’s music, you have to listen to. I struggled between going with this song and another I recently discovered (I’m still waiting for you to acknowledge how awesome it is Barry). These guys definitely have a reggae influence, but this one deviates from that standard and kind of has a Black Crowes vibe. Enjoy!

Wild News

Wild-Chicago game preview -
The Wild continues its homestand against the Blackhawks, who ended a three-game losing streak the other night.

Blackhawks vs. Wild: Gustav Forsling out, but could return Sunday - Second City Hockey The Hawks defenseman will miss at least one more game.

Wild looking forward to rematch with 'No. 1 rival' Chicago -
While the Wild won the teams' first meeting this season, it did lose three forwards to injury in that game.

Wild prep for 'biggest game of the year' against rival Blackhawks | Pioneer Press
Shits about to get real folks.

On frozen pond

Big Ten Hockey, at Age 5, Learns That Rivalries Are Hard to Manufacture - The New York Times
The conference has had trouble winning over fans. This year it added Notre Dame and reorganized its schedule in an effort “to embrace the new and forget about the old.”

Off the trail

Former NHL ref Kerry Fraser diagnosed with incurable form of cancer – ProHockeyTalk Fraser announced on Friday that he has been diagnosed with essential thrombocythemia, a rare chronic blood disorder. Our hearts go out to Fraser and his family.

What’s wrong with Carey Price? – ProHockeyTalk

Flyers’ Will O’Neill makes NHL debut 11 years after being drafted – ProHockeyTalk

Royal Canadian Mint commemorates 100th anniversary of NHL
The Royal Canadian Mint unveiled a special-edition coin commemorating the NHL's 100th anniversary in Edmonton on Friday.The design of the rectangular-shaped $25 silver coin was displayed during a ceremony at the NHL Centennial Fan Arena currently on tour in Edmonton.

Blues By The Numbers: Shooting Accuracy - St. Louis Game Time
The Broadziak effect