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Wilderness Walk - Gameday Edition

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NHL: Nashville Predators at Minnesota Wild Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning Wilderness! My time today is short, because this is already late! AHHHHHH!!!

Tonight the Wild will be in Nashville to try and put up another win against the Predators. Could use one of those fancy wins to keep ahead of the chasers in the playoff race. Helps that the Avalanche lost last night and the Wild retained their 3 point lead on them for 3rd in the division. Although, the prospect of facing the Jets in the first round is a little scary, don’t you think?

OK. Let’s just get to the links. But first, a little saxamaphone!

Wild news

WATCH: Wild ready to give prospect Jordan Greenway opportunity to help team's playoff push -
Reinforcements are on the way.

Wild sign 7-year-old Amare Hanson to one-day contract as a part of Make-A-Wish

Wild's Matt Cullen nominated for Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy -
Wild center Matt Cullen was nominated by the Twin Cities chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which recognizes the player who best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

On frozen pond

Coyle says only a few have resume for U hockey job -
Gophers athletic director Mark Coyle wouldn't say if the coach would have to have university ties, but he indicated the job and its demands aren't for everyone. | McNiff's Riffs: U hockey no longer the 'only' pick for phenoms
A time not so long ago, the Gophers were a premier destination for up and coming hockey stars.

Still pissed about Big Ten hockey? Take a lesson from UND - Bring Me The News
Three of 4 teams in the Frozen Four have ignited angry feelings.

Off the trail

The Buzzer: Golden Knights clinch, Sharks sizzle – ProHockeyTalk
Panthers and Kings also got big wins. Who else did or did not?

Winnipeg Jets: Canada's 2018 Playoff Team
I sure do feel sorry for whomever has to face the Jets in the first round. Not sure if they're a cup team yet, but they will be tough.

NHL - Andrew Ference says NHL must reach beyond 'middle-aged white dudes'
After playing in the NHL for 16 seasons and 907 games, including a Stanley Cup title with the Bruins in 2011, Ference believes the sport can be used as he has used it: as a way to build communities and as a platform for change.

Marcus Johansson on Brad Marchand elbow: ‘There was no point in doing that’ – ProHockeyTalk
The Devils forward has not played since Jan. 23.

Ducks sign U.S. Olympian Troy Terry to rookie deal – ProHockeyTalk
Terry has a shot at playing as early as Tuesday against the Canucks.

Georges Laraque apologizes for Taylor Hall 'rehab' rumour
Former NHL enforcer Georges Laraque has apologized for spreading fake news about Devils forward Taylor Hall.