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...
Tending the Fields
On Frozen Pond
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Early recruitment hits women’s hockey, and it’s ‘hard to watch’
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Ducks prospect Comtois named captain for Canada at World Juniors
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