The Minnesota Wild may have lost last night to the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1, but at least we won’t have to hear Chelsea Dagger again until at least December 27th, when the Wild face the Blackhawks in Chicago again.
Fortunately, we also won’t have to dwell on that loss for too long, as the Wild are back at it again Wednesday night against the Ottawa Senators, who are featured in today’s Walk for less-than-respectable reasons.
We’ve got a long Walk today, so I’ll treat you to two songs instead of one.
“Matt Dumba’s eight goals rank second in the league by a blueliner; only the Maple Leafs’ Morgan Rielly (nine) has more.”
“After signing big contract, defenseman has taken his game to another level early this season.”
“Zach Parise [has surpassed] Dave Christian and become the top NHL goal scorer to come from the state of Minnesota. Who is the top producer to come from each state?”
News of Note
“Maschmeyer has bounced back after being cut from Canada’s 2018 Olympic team.”
“The CWHL interim commissioner discusses her HHOF induction and the future of women’s hockey.”
“As one of the most talented women’s players in the world, Brianna Decker could have picked her destination for the 2018-19 campaign. She wanted a change and a challenge, though, so she’s returned to the CWHL with her sights set on a Clarkson Cup.”
“Key win keeps team in second place.”
Tending the Fields
“He’s drawing comparisons to Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid. Agents are already knocking on his door... Connor Bedard is the next phenom whose name you should know.”
An early ranking of how one regional scout views the upcoming draft class.
Off the Trail
“Inside Hockey Night in Canada: Punjabi Edition’s long fight to create a true reflection of their community.”
“A review by this newspaper found at least 20 contrived Twitter accounts, seemingly created to launch a co-ordinated disinformation campaign and to attack media coverage of the Sens while lauding the team and its owner Eugene Melnyk.”
“Cecilie Olsen isn’t just working in sports, as was her career aspiration. She’s running the show for Manglerud Star of GET-ligaen in Norway.”
“This CBA is the one that is going to affect me the most,” Connor McDavid said of the upcoming negotiations. “If [young stars] can stand together, we’re the ones that owners are going to have to face for a long time.”
“It’s not uncommon for Matthew Tkachuk to draw the ire of all 20 opponents on any given night.”
“Auston Matthews participated in the Maple Leafs’ practice on Sunday for the first time since injuring his shoulder on Oct. 27.”
All Around the Nation
“The Ottawa Senators owner has taken multiple steps to put a damper on critical media.”
“The Red Wings didn’t start so hot in New Jersey... but found a way to overcome those to finish the game with a victory.”
“He’s only 18-years-old but Dahlin should be seeing more time on the ice.”
“It hasn’t been pretty for the non-star players on the Pittsburgh Penguins so far in 2018-19.”