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Wilderness Walk: Canadian Kick

The Wild is on a stretch of Canadian opponents, and is faring quite well.

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NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs at Minnesota Wild Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The Wild has now won four in a row—the second streak of that length this season—though last night was the first time that it has won in regulation since November 30th. It’s a huge win against the Auston-Matthews-less Maple Leafs, as Minnesota continues its run of home games against opponents from “America’s Hat.”

It’s been a big week for the Wild, which has quietly clawed its way into the top Wild Card spot in the Western Conference, and is now within four points of the Winnipeg Jets for third place in the Central Division. With Zach Parise and Jared Spurgeon both getting closer to returns, things are very much looking up.

Perhaps this Canadian kick will be the ticket to a long streak for the Green ‘n’ Wheats?

I went to the Jay Z concert on Wednesday, so here’s a little ditty from H.O.V.A. to take us through today’s Walk. It has the word “Wild” in it a lot, so I found it applicable enough.

Wild News

Stalock Backstops Surging Wild to 2-0 Win Over Maple Leafs
The AP Gamer.

Wild stretch winning streak to four games with 2-0 win over Male Leafs
The Dane Gamer.

Minnesota Wild declare goalie Devan Dubnyk week-to-week
AP story about Dubnyk, although Russo tweeted that he’s going on the road trip...

On Frozen Pond

Top games: Hermantown, Duluth Marshall collide in city rivalry
And Edina vs Eden Prairie, two of my favorite teams [fart noise].

Team of the Week: Ohio State
Oh, they swept the Gophers?

Off the Trail

Danish hockey team offers to pay team in Bitcoin
Sounds like a good deal to me.

Russia aims for Olympic hockey gold despite turmoil
This situation is so weird.

Rumour Mill: ‘Major’ Pens trade on the horizon?
The Mill is always churning...

Kyle Turris says Senators owner Melnyk paved his road out of Ottawa
LOVE drama like this!