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The Wild may be off, but we have lots of news and rumors for you to unwrap this morning!

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Merry Christmas from Hockey Wilderness!

The Minnesota Wild may be off for the next two nights, but on the brightside, the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championships start for real tomorrow night!

Wild News

Below the Press Box: Hockey Wilderness’ Head Wild Fan | Zone Coverage

Hockey Wilderness’s own Managing Editor, Joe Bouley, was interviewed by our friends over at Zone Coverage. Go check it out!

In need of a break, Wild agree: ‘Basketball can have Christmas Day’ | Pioneer Press

While Wyshynski may argue the NHL should have a few games on Christmas, the Wild sure aren’t complaining about having a break.

Wild notes: Bruce Boudreau keeping track of lost leads, lost ground | Star Tribune

“Coach Bruce Boudreau doesn’t forget about the late-game collapses that have haunted the Wild this season.”

The Wild on a Parade to the Penalty Box | The Hockey Writers

“A recent stream of minor penalties has plagued the team, causing them to lose three of their last four games.”

On the Frozen Pond

U.S. Edges Sweden, 3-1, In Final Tuneup for 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship | USA Hockey

Team USA released their final roster the very next day.

2018 World Junior Championship Group A preview | NHL

“First outdoor game, between United States and Canada, could determine winner”

2018 World Junior Championship Group B preview | NHL

“Sweden favored to finish first; defenseman Dahlin could be No. 1 pick in 2018 NHL Draft

Tending the Fields

Pegula Sports and Entertainment purchase the Buffalo Beauts | The Ice Garden

“A historic moment for women’s hockey.”

Q & A with Kelsey Koelzer of the Riveters | The Hockey Writers

“The 22-year-old is currently in her first full NWHL season with the Riveters after finishing her stellar collegiate career at nearby Princeton University.”

Lyndsey Fry talks third annual Women’s Hockey Appreciation Night | The Ice Garden

“The Arizona Coyotes are hosting their third annual women’s hockey event, featuring a Q and A panel and a girls hockey clinic.”

Off the Trail

How Rasmus Dahlin Became Sweden’s Next Big Prospect | Sportsnet

“Ten years ago, Sweden was facing a player-development crisis and decided on a dramatic philosophical shift. Today, Rasmus Dahlin is the country's best prospect in a generation and the favourite to go No. 1 in the 2018 NHL Draft.”

Penguins looking to make big splash after NHL trade freeze ends | Sportsnet

“The defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins are three points out of a playoff spot.”

Zac Rinaldo is about to be handed another multi-game suspension | NBC Sports

Rinaldo looks to get a suspension for Christmas.

The Top 5 Traditions in Hockey | The Hockey Writers

“All sports have their traditions, but I’m a firm believer that the those found in the NHL are the best.”