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In the midst of the Christmas break, Wild look ahead to getting back on track, plus other NHL news and notes.

NHL: Minnesota Wild at Chicago Blackhawks Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Boxing Day to our friends north of the border, and hopefully your Christmas was a time of joy, relaxation, fun and family. Here’s also hoping the Minnesota Wild got some needed rest and recuperation as they embark on a two-game roadie starting tomorrow with the Chicago Blackhawks. In the past, having Chicago on the schedule would be cause for fear and dread. This year, Chicago doesn’t seem to be as formidable a foe sitting at the bottom of the Central Division.

After a tough stretch, however, the Minnesota Wild can’t take any opponent for granted.

It doesn’t get any easier, as beyond the Blackhawks looms a Saturday afternoon away game against the powerhouse and division-leading Winnepeg Jets.

So enjoy your Boxing Day (which apparently to Canadians is similar to Black Friday here in the US), score some great deals, and get ready for the resumption of the NHL schedule as we walk...

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On Frozen Pond

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Early recruitment hits women’s hockey, and it’s ‘hard to watch’
Girls hockey players are committing to play at Division I colleges earlier and earlier. Overall, and especially in the state of hockey, more and more players are electing to choose a college in their first or second year of high school — if not middle school.

Ducks prospect Comtois named captain for Canada at World Juniors
Anaheim Ducks forward prospect Max Comtois was named captain for Canada for the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.

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