I can't imagine any of you Wild fans out there woke up without a smile on your faces today. Hockey season is back, the Minnesota Wild walked all over the Colorado Avalanche, and it's Friday to boot! It's like the trifecta of awesome all bundled into one day.
The only sad thing I can think of, really, is that there are only 81 games left in the regular season. Fortunately for Wild fans, if last night's drubbing over the Avs was any indication, the Wild will be playing well into the playoffs. But lets not get too far ahead of ourselves. It was just 1 game, and you know the Av's will come out firing on Saturday in an attempt to prove they actually have a hockey team this year.
If you have not already, check out Joe's recap of last nights action at the X. The GDT was a hoping joint last night. I personally had a ton of fun. It was awesome to see all the old faces come out of lurker land, and the gifs. Oh, there were gifs! We'll have to do it again sometime. How does Saturday night work for you? We'll defend some new hardware we won last night!
Lots of action in the NHL last night, so lets get right into it. What do you say?
Curiocity: Xcel Energy Center Goes Wild About Whiskey " CBS Minnesota
New eats, new booze, the X is getting a few new perks this season.
Wild Releases Minnesota Wild Magazine - Minnesota Wild - News
You know you were looking for some new reading material for certain times of the day.
Wild's Matt Cooke says he can feel the change in his game - TwinCities.com
Let's hope he keeps it clean this season. Yes, even in the playoffs. Yes, even with Tyson Barrie right in front of him.
Wild: Eye scare convinces Kyle Brodziak to try wearing a visor - TwinCities.com
After years of family pleading, it took an in-game scare for Wild forward Kyle Brodziak to put a visor on his helmet.
Souhan: Wild's Parise leads the right way in season opener | Star Tribune
It's easier for Souhan to write about the Wild when they are doing well, and they've only played 1 game.
Wild opens new season in style with shutout win over Avs | Star Tribune
And what a win it was!
Wild dominate season opener in 5-0 rout of Colorado | State of Hockey News
Derek Felska breaks down the Wild's dominating performance in game 1.
NHL Recap - Colorado Avalanche at Minnesota Wild - Oct 09, 2014 - CBSSports.com
The Minnesota Wild could not have started the season stronger.
Tending the Fields
As Iowa Wild begin season, who will man the net? | Des Moines Register
Johan Gustafsson and John Curry are expected to share playing time in the team's second season in Des Moines.
Cody Almond To Stay In NHL, Report to Iowa | Gone Puck Wild
Cody Almond decides to stay in the US, and has in turn become an asset on the Wild's trading block.
On Frozen Pond
Former Mounds View captain Josh Lavalle dies of cancer | MN Hockey Hub
These sorts of stories are just heartbreaking. Things like this are not supposed to happen to kids. #CancerSucks
No. 1 Gophers to Open WCHA Play at UMD - University of Minnesota Official Athletic Site
Top-ranked Minnesota plays on the road at Minnesota Duluth this tonight and Saturday.
Off the Trail
‘Slowly but surely’ fighting is exiting the NHL - Sports - The Boston Globe
As fighting slowly (and finally) starts working it's way out of the NHL, face punchers are finding it harder to find and keep jobs when they have no other skills to offer.
NHL Gamecenter Live, Rogers broadcasts, have Ref Cam, aerial camera angles - NHL.com - News
In an effort to be more "hip" with the kids (I assume), the NHL introduces to you, the referee helmet cam.
Roy: Avalanche playing ‘too fancy’ right now | ProHockeyTalk
Too fancy? Is that what you're going with? I'd perhaps go with something a little simpler, like 'Avalanche not playing at all right now.'
Is this the year for Alex Ovechkin? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Is it ever the year for Ovi?
Chris Pronger is officially hired for Department of Players Safety: Report | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
I wonder if a Flyers player will ever get suspended. The jokes just keep on keeping on.
Dan Boyle out 4-6 weeks with broken hand | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
That's not how you like to start a season.
NHL Recap - Anaheim Ducks at Pittsburgh Penguins - Oct 09, 2014 - CBSSports.com
The Pittsburgh Penguins spent the offseason revamping the front office, replacing the coaching staff and tinkering with a roster that went five straight springs falling to lower-seeded opponents in the playoffs.
NHL Recap - Chicago Blackhawks at Dallas Stars - Oct 09, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Patrick Sharp scored yet another goal against the Dallas Stars. The Chicago forward figured it made a difference only because of goalie Corey Crawford.
NHL Recap - Boston Bruins at Detroit Red Wings - Oct 09, 2014 - CBSSports.com
When the Detroit Red Wings took the ice for their season opener, coach Mike Babcock's team already had one significant advantage.
NHL Recap - New York Rangers at St. Louis Blues - Oct 09, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Rick Nash had two goals and an assist, including the tiebreaking score late in the third period, and the New York Rangers beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 Thursday night in the first game of the season for both teams.
NHL Recap - Florida Panthers at Tampa Bay Lightning - Oct 09, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Ben Bishop made the needed saves and also set up the game-winning goal.
NHL Recap - Montreal Canadiens at Washington Capitals - Oct 09, 2014 - CBSSports.com
The Montreal Canadiens looked like a team playing its first back-to-back of the season. They let the Washington Capitals take the first 14 shots and spent far too much time in the penalty box during the opening period.