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Wilderness Walk: Race for home ice

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Minnesota Wild v St Louis Blues Photo by Scott Rovak/NHLI via Getty Images

That’s Wild

  • With the Minnesota Wild’s win last night over the Calgary Flames, things got a little more interesting down the stretch as they set up to face the St. Louis Blues in the first round. Essentially, the Wild will get the home-ice advantage if they are able to earn at least one point against the Colorado Avalanche tonight, or the Blues lose in any fashion to the Vegas Golden Knights. Some moving parts, but it’s a fairly easy win-loss scenario we have right here. Exciting times.
  • Yesterday the Wild signed a European defenseman prospect that has grown into being something intriguing. [Hockey Wilderness]
  • Everybody loves Nicolas Deslauriers, so here’s a feature on the Wild’s newest pest. [The Athletic]

Off the trail...

  • The NHLPA poll is out and, still, NHL players think Sidney Crosby is the best of them. [TSN]
  • A lot of years the MVP race feels like an easy choice between two, maybe three guys. This year though? Wide open. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Outdoor hockey season is getting shorter and shorter every year, and hockey players are starting to notice. And they don’t like it. [ESPN]
  • It looks like the NHL’s player tracking technology will be a bit more fun in the near future. [AP]

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