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Wilderness Walk: Preseason is (Practically) Over

There’s other news, but the big story is that meaningless hockey is over

Winnipeg Jets v Minnesota Wild - Game Four Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

With a 4-3 win in their second-to-last preaseason game, the Minnesota Wild’s regulars bid farewell to the tune up sessions and prepared to boldly step into the regular season. Starting next week, we will have 82 contests to look forward to. That’s 82 chances to leave the ice as victors. 82 chances to ascend up the rankings towards a playoff berth. Every team will be at the very same place. Preseason hype and predictions are just noise in the backdrop of the best hockey league in the world. It all begins right here, with just the weight of expectation and the anticipation of that first puck drop. Who else is excited?

The Wild still has one preseason game remaining on Friday, but Bruce Boudreau indicated that the lineup would look quite different than it did last night, when basically the regular season roster dressed.

Wild News

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