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Bring in the new year with us and all the latest news in hockey!

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Minnesota Wild Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Unfortunately, the Minnesota Wild brought in the new year with a 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but they’ll get another chance to play tomorrow night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Wild News

Bad bounces result in bad result as Wild falls to Penguins | Star Tribune

“Two Pittsburgh goals caromed off Wild sticks, resulting in the home team’s latest loss.”

REMINGTON: The Minnesota Wild and Kirill Kaprizov Situation | Zone Coverage

“[Ben Remington] wrote about the Kirill Kaprizov situation. Tried to figure out what kind of player he could be, and what it’ll be like when he arrives”

Tending the Fields

Iowa defeats Chicago 3-1 on New Year’s Eve | Iowa Wild

“With the win, Head Coach Tim Army clinched a spot behind the bench of the Central Division at the All-Star Classic in January.”

The Top Ten NHL Goalie Prospects | The Hockey Writers

“Goaltending can be a fickle thing.”

On the Frozen Pond

World Juniors: Can the Czechs put it together in the medal round? | The Hockey News

“On paper, this team looked better than last year’s surprise semifinalists. In reality, the 2019 tournament has been tough for the Czechs.”

2019 World Juniors: Canada’s Smith Making Minutes Count | The Hockey Writers

Ty Smith has had to make some adjustments at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, starting with his ice-time.”

2019 World Juniors: Hrabik Getting Great Opportunity With Czechs | The Hockey Writers

“Krystof Hrabik couldn’t have handpicked two better linemates.”

News of Note

Buffalo Beauts: The Importance of Lisa Chesson | The Hockey Writers

“If the Beauts are to achieve what most surmised they would from the get-go they will do so at least in part to the steadying presence of veteran defender Lisa Chesson.”

Weekend Recap: Dec 29 - 30 | The Ice Garden

“Big games, big lights.”

Biggest stories in women’s hockey in 2018 | The Ice Garden

“Let’s look back at the year.”

TIG Round Table: Top Moments in Women’s Hockey in 2018 | The Ice Garden

“The TIG Staff talks about their favorite moment of the past year.”

Off the Trail

Petrovic, Manning acquisitions proof Oilers don’t know how to fix this mess | The Hockey News

“The Oilers are out of a wild-card spot once again and sliding fast, prompting two trades on Sunday.”

NHL set to announce Dallas as host of 2020 Winter Classic | Sportsnet

“The Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks will meet for the 2019 Winter Classic Tuesday at Notre Dame Stadium. The following year’s iteration will be hosted by the Dallas Stars.”

Meet Dan Shrader, the full-time sanitation worker who the Winnipeg Jets call upon for draft advice | Grand Forks Herald

A pretty cool story about someone who was once featured on this site and in one of our earliest podcast episodes.

Beyond Headlines: Stars situation underscores differences of NHL markets | Sportsnet

“How you viewed the way Dallas Stars ownership aired their frustrations about Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn probably depends where you’re coming from.”

Year in review: Top 10 games of 2018 | The Hockey News

“From goaltending duels and last-minute heroics to overtime and shootout thrillers, the past year has brought us some brilliant matchups.”

All Around the Nation

How Successful Is Your Coach With The Coach’s Challenge? | Winging It In Motown

Bruce Boudreau hasn’t done a bad job with coach’s challenges.

Peter Chiarelli Doesn’t Look Like He’s Having A Great Time Out There | Copper and Blue

Anyone want to bet that gorky701 in the comments is actually Peter Chiarelli?

Winning Play: How Karlsson creates space for Sharks’ power play entries | Fear the Fin

“By some measures, Erik Karlsson is the most impactful 5-on-5 defenseman of his generation.”

Dustin Byfuglien out at least four weeks | Arctic Ice Hockey

“Can the Jets weather the storm?”

Let’s talk about Deryk Engelland | Knights on Ice

“The veteran blue liner has not been the player he was last year. Not even close.”

The Five Big Issues Ray Shero Should Address for the New Jersey Devils in 2019 | All About the Jersey

“There are five big issues, written at length, that general manager Ray Shero should address in 2019 to make the remainder of 2018-19 constructive and set the team up for a better 2019-20 campaign.”