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Wilderness Walk: Gameday at High Noon

The Minnesota Wild are set to play the New York Islanders at noon.

NHL: Anaheim Ducks at Minnesota Wild Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

A Monday matinee, the Minnesota Wild face off against the New York Islanders on the first game of their latest road trip. As the Colorado Avalanche recently got Nathan Mackinnon back, it’s important the Wild start finding more success on the road.

Wild News

Wild ready to return to road for three-game trip | Star Tribune

“The team returns to the road for a three-game set in New York and New Jersey.”

NHL’s mystery: Why are power plays more effective this season? | Star Tribune

“North Score: After pausing to ponder the question, Wild winger Zach Parise was dumbfounded, as was coach Bruce Boudreau.”

NHL Insider: Birth of Parise’s son part of the Wild’s baby boom | Star Tribune

The fifth Wild baby to be born since September, Theodore Jean-Paul Parise is the latest member of the Wild’s baby boom.

Wild backup goalie Alex Stalock waits patiently for his next shot | Star Tribune

“While most of the Wild players gathered in the locker room for a pregame meeting Thursday morning, backup goaltender Alex Stalock was still out on the ice.”

Five Ring Circus

U.S. women back in gold medal game after 5-0 win over Finland | NBC Sports

Team USA limited Finland to just 2 shots in the first period.

10 Unsung Heroines in Olympic Women’s Hockey History | The Hockey Writers

“The Hockey Writers takes a look at 10 Olympians in women’s hockey who are worthy, unsung heroines in their sport.”

Olympic Roundup: Canada earns bye, Sweden stays perfect, and Japan shocks Sweden | The Hockey News

“Canada blanked South Korea in the final game of preliminary round action, while Sweden and its excellent defense stayed perfect with a win over Finland. The Swedish women, however, suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of Japan.”

How do you win Olympic Hockey Gold? Ask Jenner Botterill | The Hockey News

“The three-time Olympic champion may not be skating with Canada anymore, but she knows what it takes to thrive and survive the pressure-packed Games atmosphere.”

Team Canada counting on boom-or-bust Bourque for Olympic scoring binge | The Hockey News

“The Canadian men’s Olympic team is hoping it caught streaky Rene Bourque at the right time for a two-week goal streak.”

Off the Trail

Trotz speaks out on fans’ racially charged taunting of Smith-Pelly | Sportsnet

“Two fans were escorted out of the arena after harassing Devante Smith-Pelly while the Capitals forward was in the penalty box.”

Trending Topics: The future isn’t bright in Chicago | Yahoo Sports

“Seems like we’ve all pretty much decided that’s it for Chicago this season, and understandably so.”

Devils’ Miles Wood suspended two games for boarding | NBC Sports

“New Jersey Devil forward Miles Wood had a disciplinary hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Sunday afternoon for a boarding incident that took place in Saturday’s 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.”