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Wilderness Walk: So damn close

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Calgary Flames v Minnesota Wild Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images

The Minnesota Wild had multiple chances to win last night’s game against the Calgary Flames but some sort of force just did not want them to win that hockey game.

Whether it was Ryan Reaves missing a prime opportunity to score, Jared Spurgeon’s dramatic overtime winner getting called back because of an offside, or Frederick Gaudreau being the only Wild skater getting a goal in the shootout; there were those key factors that just put the Wild behind.

Still, they managed to get a point from a really weird game where no actual goals were scored. They are now just two points behind the Central-leading Dallas Stars, but have to really watch out for the Colorado Avalanche sneaking up on the standings, with three games in-hand and just five points back. It is going to be a dramatic shuffling of playoff seedings in the last month of the regular season.

That’s Wild

  • Matt Boldy isn’t producing at the same rate he did during his rookie season last year, but there is a silver lining to that fact. [10K Rinks]
  • Wild players last night did not wear the Pride warm-up jerseys like they were scheduled to. There was a last-minute change to the plan, according to reports. [The Athletic]

Off the trail...

  • The Philadelphia Flyers are, plainly, lucky that they have such a caring fan base supporting this team. Some fans would just stop watching or caring or debating, but the group over there is really digging into the lack of action around the NHL trade deadline. [BSH]
  • The New Jersey Devils are really trying to sign Timo Meier to a long-term contract. [TSN]
  • Defenseman Rasmus Sandin escaped the Toronto media and is now living large with a big opportunity with the Washington Capitals. [Sportsnet]