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Wilderness Walk: Mondays Suck Edition

The Minnesota Wild beat the San Jose Sharks as they enter the final stretch of the season.

NHL: San Jose Sharks at Minnesota Wild Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Zach Parise (Mumpsy 1) and Jason Pominville (Mumpsy 2) returned to the lineup last night after a bought with the mumps and helped the Minnesota Wild beat the San Jose Sharks 3-1 (1 EN).

Moving forward, the Wild will play at least every other day until the end of the season.

Wild News

Wild back atop Western Conference after tight 3-1 win over Sharks | Pioneer Press

Until the Wild finally pull even with the Blackhawks in games played, we can expect plenty more leapfrogging for first place in the Western Conference.

Wild GM Chuck Fletcher traded future draft picks instead of prospects | Star Tribune

All those picks lost in time... Like tears in rain...

Wild signs 16-year-old Carter Casey to one-day contract | Star Tribune

A classy story for all involved, and we hope Casey had a fantastic day!

Off the Trail

Labonté, Poulin lead Les Canadiennes to Clarkson Cup championship | Yahoo Sports

After losing in the finals last year, Les Canadiennes overcame the Calgary Inferno 3-1.

NHL GMs to talk bye-week, offside rule during meetings | Yahoo Sports

Both the bye-week and offside rule has earned the ire of fans, players, and coaches alike as the league’s GM’s meet to discuss the state of the league.

Searching for a link between face-off wins and longterm success | Sports Illustrated

While winning face-offs is almost always better than losing them, how important are they over a longer timeframe?

US women's hockey team lacks coach with Olympics 1 year out | Sports Illustrated

The US Women’s Hockey team is looking for a new coach.