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The Wild win on the road, pond hockey championships, and a roundup of disappointment.

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That felt pretty good, didn’t it? The Minnesota Wild quickly bounced back from an early goal against to absolutely control the rest of the game as they beat the St. Louis Blues on the road. That last part makes the win especially sweet after the way the Wild have struggled to win as visitors this season. Almost everyone on the team contributed a point and Devan Dubnyk shook off the early goal and locked down his net.

Wild News

Wild give up first goal, then rout Blues, 6-2 – Twin Cities

It feels good guys.

Rivalry with Blues brings out extra intensity in Wild players - StarTribune.com
They don’t like us. We don’t like them either. Still not quite a classic rivalry though.

Tending the Fields

2018 NHL Draft: Fisher’s Top 93 Midseason Rankings
The real questions begin after Rasmus Dahlin at #1

On Frozen Pond

In icy Minnesota, Pond Hockey Championships capture sport's essence - AOL News
Don’t think anyone was concerned about it being cold enough for good ice conditions.

Minnesota Hockey: Gopher Men and Women’s Hockey Have Different Weekends - The Daily Gopher
The Gopher men get a much needed sweep while the women...oof

Know Your Gopher Women's Hockey Olympians :: University of Minnesota :: Official Athletic Site
Golden Gophers are representing more than just the United States at the Olympics

2018 Olympic hockey primer: Details on the men's and women's tournaments - Sportsnet.ca
A few names Wild fans will recognize (#JollyGreenGiant #GhostfaceKrilla) and a lot of other people too

Off the Trail

NHL Rumour Roundup: Rangers re-tool, Leafs looking to add centre? - Sportsnet.ca
Rumors, not just a great album by Fleetwood Mac.

The Disappointments: 31 NHL Players Who Need To Be Better | The Hockey News
The Wild player on the list is fair, but he’s been so so close to being better than this.

Canucks’ Markus Granlund takes stick to the groin, still scores on breakaway - Sportsnet.ca
OUCH!

Life as a Blind and Deaf Hockey Fan – Grandstand Central
This is a feel good piece worth a read.

Three Ways A GM Can Ruin Your Team At the Deadline – Grandstand Central
Please, oh please let GMCF not succumb to one of these... again.