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Wilderness Walk: Hoop-dee-doo and dickery dock

It’s the Holiday Season and the Wild can bring us wins for Christmas!

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Minnesota Wild v Florida Panthers Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images

Don’t forget to hang up your sock, Wilderness. Christmas is nearly upon us.

Since we’ve all been such good little boys and girls, only complaining about our Minnesota Wild most (not all) of the time through the first three months of this season, I’m confident that Brucey Claus is about to put a couple wins in our stockings.

“On Duby, on Charlie, on Granny, on Mikko! On Suter, on Dumba, on Zucker and Nino!”

Bringing us through today’s walk is Josh Groban with an excessively operatic version of a John Lennon Christmas classic.

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