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Wilderness Walk: Holiday Hangover Edition

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Only 364 shopping days till Christmas. Had your fill of the krumkaka yet? Do you feel better knowing that although it's a great movie, you're not really obligated to watch Christmas Vacation anymore for 11 months or so?

The holiday break continues on for the Wild. They won't be back in action until tomorrow night against the Dallas Stars. So let's go away for a while, on a holiday.

Wild news

The Minnesota Wild on a Parade to the Penalty Box
I dunno. I've grown kind of fond of all the extra PK time.

NHL Central Division Notebook: Where Teams Stand at Christmas | Some guys blog

Up-and-down Wild lacking steadiness -
Bruce Boudreau remains certain his team will run off a long win streak at some point this season.

St. Paul's former Macy's is now Treasure Island Center. Let the Zambonis roll! | Bemidji Pioneer
New practice digs alert.

On frozen pond

St. Thomas Academy hopes to make its mark in Schwan's Cup hockey tournament
Riding high, the fightin' tommies are looking for glory.

Sisters headed to Olympics to play hockey for different two nations | Newsday
Marissa Brandt will play for South Korea, while Hannah is playing for Team USA.

Ten Minnesotans on final U.S. junior national team roster -
Five Minnesota Duluth players make the team, along with two Gophers.

World Juniors: Sabres No. 1 pick Casey Mittelstadt comes to Buffalo to lead Team USA - The Buffalo News

Off the trail

The 20 best NHL players of 2017 (PHT Year In Review) – ProHockeyTalk
PHT’s top players of 2017.

NHL -- Vegas' draft of Marc Andre-Fleury, New York Rangers signing Kevin Shattenkirk among best deals of 2017
You're dreaming if you think the Wild made any part of this list.

Year in Review: 17 numbers that helped define 2017
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...