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Wilderness Walk: Going for 5 in a row

NHL: Calgary Flames at Minnesota Wild David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

After a few days off following their come-from-behind victory against the Winnipeg Jets, the Minnesota Wild get back in action Saturday night against the Calgary Flames looking for their 5th consecutive win. With the game being in Western Canada, puck drop is scheduled for 9 PM, a later start than we are used to. Here are some links to news and information from throughout Minnesota and hockey that will hopefully give you your fix until the game starts later on in Calgary.

Wild News

Wild need to win, not settle scores in Calgary
Clinging to final playoff spot in West, the MN Wild vowed Friday to focus on winning in Calgary, not avenging tussles in two previous games against the Flames. “We need to win,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “That’s nothing. It’s all about playing the game the right way.”

Wild's Eriksson Ek developing at faster rate than expected - StarTribune.com
Wild forward Joel Eriksson Ek no longer lagging in his NHL development. "I thought it would be this time next year when he'd be a real big impact player," Bruce Boudreau said. "But it's come at the right time.''

On Frozen Pond

75 greatest players in Minnesota boys high school hockey: No. 4 Neal Broten – Twin Cities
Neal Broten is No. 4 on the Pioneer Press list of the 75 greatest players to play Minnesota boys high school hockey.

75 greatest players in Minnesota boys high school hockey: No. 5 Mike Ramsey – Twin Cities
Mike Ramsey is No. 5 on the Pioneer Press list of the 75 greatest players to play Minnesota boys high school hockey.

Off the Trail

Which teams will win the West wild-card races?
Stars, Wild, Avalanche, and Coyotes are frontrunners for two playoff spots.

Jarome Iginla transitions to life beyond NHL hockey | Calgary Sun
Jarome Iginla walked into the Saddledome yesterday feeling like it was … well … just yesterday when he was a part of the everyday buzz of the building and Calgary Flames fever.The memories came flooding back.

NHL strength of schedule for rest of 2018-19 season | NHL.com
NHL Stats provides the strength of schedule for each team based on average points percentage of remaining opponents in 2018-19. Fantasy owners should use this information as a basis for team evaluation, add/drop decisions and trade proposals.

Binnington named NHL Rookie of the Month for February | NHL.com
St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington, who led all netminders (rookies and veterans) with 10 wins and four shutouts in 11 appearances (10-1-0, 1.44 GAA, .945 SV%, 4 SO), has been named the NHL's "Rookie of the Month" for February.

NHL mock draft 2019: Senators, Rangers, Ducks gain stock in post-trade deadline edition | NHL | Sporting News

Boucher fired as coach of NHL-worst Senators
Marc Crawford will take over coaching duties on an interim basis after the Senators, who have the NHL's worst record at 22-37-5, fired coach Guy Boucher on Friday.

Flyers set NHL record by using eighth goalie
Cam Talbot joined Brian Elliott, Carter Hart, Michal Neuvirth, Cal Pickard, Alex Lyon, Mike McKenna and Anthony Stolarz as goalies for the Flyers this season.

Blues goalie Jake Allen's blunder helps Hurricanes move into playoff position | NHL | Sporting News

Evander Holyfield adds punch to Carolina Hurricanes' postgame celebration | NHL | Sporting News