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Wilderness Walk - Capital Returns

The boys were back in town, but the Tom Wilson-led (?!) Capitals make it a painful homecoming.

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NHL: Washington Capitals at Minnesota Wild
Newly returned and un-suspended Tom Wilson made an impact in his first game back as the Wild lost to the Capitals, 5-2.
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Tuesday night featured a lot of sights Wild fans haven’t seen in a while. A home game. Five goals against. Tom Wilson doing Tom Wilson things. Most importantly, they saw a tired squad struggling to keep their legs under them after a long road trip, trailing early to lose to the defending champion Washington Capitals, 5-2.

Next up for the Wild is a home tilt on Thursday against the Vancouver Canucks. Hopefully they can return the favor for a 5-2 defeat they suffered on October 29th.

Before we get a-walking, allow me to introduce myself to the Wilderness community! My name is Kyle - long-time reader, first-time contributor. Hockey fan since birth. Pretty sure some of my first words were yelling “Belfour sucks” from the nosebleeds at Met Center. First-line defenseman for St. Francis JV Hockey. Gopher alum.

Thanks, Joe Bouley, for the opportunity to pitch in!

With that said, let’s walk!

Wild News

Wild gets rude welcome back home in loss to Capitals -
Minnesota fell behind 3-0 early to lose for the first time in four games.

After a long trip, Wild return home with a big thud against Stanley Cup champs – The Athletic
Tuesday was just one of those nights where nothing could go right for the home team as the Capitals dominated the Wild.

Postgame: Wild goalie Dubnyk 'sore' after collision in loss to Capitals -
Devan Dubnyk took the brunt of a collision with the Capitals' Tom Wilson and remained in the game, but was feeling the aftermath in the locker room.

Similar Capitals offer Wild an object lesson on postseason success -
Since Washington's journey culminated in its first championship last summer, the Wild is hopeful a similar outcome can happen to it since it's following the same script.

Capitals vs. Wild Recap: Wilson Returns and Washington Wins - Japers’ Rink
The view from Jaspers’ Rink, the Washington Capitals’ SB Nation affiliate.

Insider Trading: Leafs looking at all options surrounding Nylander -
NHL News and Notes include the latest on the market around William Nylander - are the Wild still in the hunt?

Tending the Fields

ICYMI: Home stand not great for the Iowa Wild
Whilst it all went right for the Minnesota Wild on their road-trip; unfortunately for the Iowa Wild a four-game home-stand didn't start too well. They can turn things around tonight vs. the Milwaukee Admirals.

Off The Trail

Caps’ Wilson has suspension cut to 14 games by arbitrator -
A neutral arbitrator reduced Tom Wilson’s suspension for his illegal check to the head of St. Louis’ Oskar Sundqvist, making him eligible to play last night against the Wild.

Tom Wilson gets goal, penalty on same play in return from suspension
Tuesday was a strange day for Tom Wilson, who saw his suspension reduced, was a late add to the Capital’s roster, and followed it up by scoring a goal and earning a penalty on the same play.

Matt Cullen rips appeal process that shortened Tom Wilson’s suspension | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Matt Cullen spoke out regarding how many appeals it took for Capitals forward Tom Wilson to have his suspension reduced.

Phil Kessel tosses his hands against New Jersey
’The Thrill’ dropped the gloves for the first time in a long time against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.

The threat of another lockout could get in the way of 2020 World Cup of Hockey - TheHockeyNews
The NHL wants “labor certainty” if they are to go forward with plans for another World Cup of Hockey ahead of the 2020-21 season. And if the tournament does come to pass, changes to the format — and the participating teams — could be coming.

Around the League

Devils 4, Penguins 2: Hall has four points as Devils beat Penguins -

Oilers 6, Canadians 2: Draisaitl, McDavid power Oilers past Habs -

Islanders 5, Canucks 2: Kuhnhackl scores twice as Islanders beat Canucks -