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The Minnesota Wild are back in a playoff spot as we recap all the latest news in hockey!

NHL: Minnesota Wild at Montreal Canadiens Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

With last night’s win against the Montreal Canadiens, the Minnesota Wild are back in a playoff spot. Even better, they have games in hand on everyone around them.

With a little luck, the Minnesota Wild will be able to continue their positive trend tonight against the Boston Bruins.

Wild News

Granlund snaps drought as Wild puts forth team effort in win over Habs | Minnesota Wild

“Minnesota will aim for perfect road trip Tuesday when it plays the Bruins in Boston.”

Postgame: Fehr injured in Wild’s win over Canadiens | Star Tribune

“It’s unclear if forward Eric Fehr will be available for the Wild’s road-trip finale Tuesday in Boston against the Bruins.”

Wild goalie Stalock ready for start in road trip finale | Star Tribune

“Stalock is primed to take on a heavier workload — beginning Tuesday against the Bruins in Boston.”

Halfway through season, inconsistent Wild must define course | Star Tribune

“Staying on current upward trajectory, or falling off again, could settle season’s fate”

Former Wild player Pierre-Marc Bouchard enjoys reunion in Montreal | Pioneer Press

“Pierre-Marc Bouchard has not watched a Wild game live since he left as a free agent in 2013, but the franchise’s 2002 first-round pick planned to be there Monday night when Minnesota played his hometown Canadiens.”

On the Frozen Pond

Team USA Perfect Through Two at Women’s U18 Worlds | College Hockey

“The United States Women’s U18 team is off to a 2-0 start at the World U18s in Japan after winning their opening game against Russia and then defeating Canada, both by 3-2 scores.”

World Juniors: Underdogs no more, Finland wins gold again | The Hockey News

“With three gold medals in the past six seasons, Finland is staking claim to elite status at the world juniors and a combination of talent and trust is making it happen.”

News of Note

Brigette Lacquette, Liz Knox named CWHL All-Star captains | The Ice Garden

“Fans voted in the Inferno defender and the Thunder goaltender as captains for 2019 game.”

Weekend Recap: Jan. 5 - 6 | The Ice Garden

“Amanda Kessel and Marie-Philip Poulin put up big weekends.”

Beauts announce retirement of Sarah Edney | Die By The Blade

“Veteran defender stepping away from NWHL.”

Les Canadiennes’ first line shines in weekend sweep of Toronto | Eyes On The Prize

“Marie-Philip Poulin, Ann-Sophie Bettez, and Jill Saulnier combine for six goals in the two games.”

CWHL Recap: Markham Thunder can’t extinguish the Inferno, Canadiennes roll over Toronto Furies | Pension Plan Puppets

“Late scoring wasn’t enough to get Markham and Toronto any wins.”

Off the Trail

Quantifying Differences between the Regular Season and Playoffs using Survival Analysis | Hockey Graphs

“So, how different are the rates of goals, shots, or hits from the regular season to the playoffs? Does the fact that a game is played during the playoffs change these rates significantly?”

How Much Do NHL Players Really Make? Part 2: Taxes | Hockey Graphs

“Although published NHL salaries may seem exorbitant at times, players’ annual income is subject to a number of withholdings that limit their take-home pay.”

Anaheim is falling fast and searching for answers, but don’t write the Ducks off just yet | The Hockey News

“After an eighth straight loss, Anaheim is in peril of falling out of a wild-card spot. The Ducks shouldn’t panic yet, though.”

Subban records, sends uplifting video for young fan who has been bullied | NHL

Predators defenseman has message for Ty Cornett, 13, who has dealt with racial slurs.”

NHL awards race: John Gibson’s case to win the Vezina and the Hart | ESPN

“Only two goalies have won the Hart Trophy as MVP this millennium. Here’s why the Ducks goalie should be No. 3, plus updates on all the other award races.”

All Around the Nation

2020 World Juniors: Who is Going to Czech Republic? | College Hockey

“With the tournament now written into history, we take our annual turn towards next year’s tournament.”

[Injury Report] Shea Weber didn’t sustain a fracture after taking a puck to the face | Eyes On The Prize

“The defenceman was bloodied by a puck ramping up off his stick in the first period.”

Understanding Emergency Recall vs Regular Recall | Pension Plan Puppets

“The Leafs have been dealing with injuries via emergency recalls. There’s a reason for that.”

What happened to the elite version of Vladimir Tarasenko? | St Louis Game Time

“What is wrong with Vladimir Tarasenko?”

Tampa Bay Lightning looking to avoid a late winter swoon | Raw Charge

“The Lightning likely want to improve on last year’s January results.”

Season of the Sentury: Matt Duchene | Silver Seven

“Keeping track of news and notes on the Sens’ top centreman in his contract year.”

Key Play Breakdown: Hronek finishes the Red Wings prettiest passing play of the season | Winging It In Motown

“The Wings ended their latest winning streak at one game with a 3-2 loss against the Capitals.”

NHL Trade Deadline early reports: Does Micheal Ferland to Pittsburgh make sense? | Pensburgh

“Ladies and gentlemen, start your 2019 NHL trade deadline rumors.”