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Wilderness Walk: Howlin’ Tonight

The Wild hope to keep the Coyotes from howling in victory tonight.

NHL: Arizona Coyotes at Minnesota Wild Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Wild are probably wishing they could turn back the clock and redo the game against the New Jersey Devils who, according to the standings, look like an entirely beatable team. In actuality, they have an excellent goalie in Cory Schneider and newly acquired forward Taylor Hall has given the Devils some offensive punch. So the game was hardly a gimme for the Wild. That’s a lesson that they hopefully took to heart as they host the Arizona Coyotes tonight. The Yotes might be one of the few teams that is far enough out of the playoff race that they know for a certainty they will be looking to sell before the trade deadline, but that doesn’t mean they can’t challenge the Wild if given the chance.

Tonight will be the first night of what will be an unfortunately long stretch that the Wild defensive corps will be without Jonas Brodin, who up to now has been having a career year. It appears that Mike Reilly will be called up for now, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Gustav Olofsson see time with the big club too given how long Brodin will be out.

Stay tuned to see if Reilly enters the lineup straight away tonight, or if Prosser instead will fill in to give Reilly a few practices with the team. Until then, read some news and enjoy a classic blues piece from Howlin’ Wolf.

Wild News

Wild's Brodin expected to miss up to a month with broken finger -
Let's get the bad news out of the way.

MN Wild's Jonas Brodin out at least month with broken finger
Another take on dark times ahead.

Wild's Granlund, full time at wing, is taking flight -
He might not be the "center that was promised" but it's been great seeing Granny take a step up this year.

Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold: 'This could be the year'
Welcome to the bandwagon, Mr. Leipold.

Tending the Fields

Midweek Stock Report: Wild goalie prospect packs a punch
Maybe the Baby Wild were looking for more #gritz from the goalie position?

On Frozen Pond

Murphy: Herb Brooks’ legend, like his new St. Paul statue, is larger than ever – Twin Cities

GOPHERSPORTS.COM Border Battle on Deck :: University of Minnesota Official Athletic Site :: Ice Hockey
Lucia has reached 700 wins and is only the eighth NCAA D1 coach to reach that mark. Let's hope his kid can break some records too.

Behind Enemy Lines - Five for Howling

Arizona Coyotes start strong but finish poorly in 6-3 loss to Winnipeg Jets - Five For Howling
Recap from the Yotes' game yesterday.

Arizona Coyotes Ladies Night draws mixed reviews from female fans - Five For Howling
Definitely worth a read. Discusses some crucial concepts for helping women feel welcome in the sports community, such as remembering women actually like sports for the sake of sports and not everything has to be pink.

Off the Trail

Power Rankings: Coming off a crazy one, Caps maintain lofty perch | The Hockey News
We're #2! We're #2!

Down Goes Brown: Five emerging contenders in wide open Selke race | The Hockey News
The reign of the usual suspects is over and we can't let Kessler win. He's a dick to play against.

Counting down to TradeCentre: What each NHL team needs - Article - TSN

No joke: the Blues should trade for Brian Elliott | The Hockey News
He can take back his old locker!

McDavid scores in overtime to lead Oilers past Panthers 4-3
He got to 100 points just so fast.

The Wild host the Arizona Coyotes tonight at the Excel Center at 7 pm. Catch the game on FSN.