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The Wild clinch home ice for the first round, the NHL has pissed off everyone with its decision to not participate in the Olympics, and MS still sucks.

St Louis Blues v Minnesota Wild Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

The Wild finally managed to string together two wins in a row. Does that mean we can say the Wild have put it to rest at long last? I say yes, if only because the prospect of the Wild entering the playoffs on a string of bad results is too depressing to entertain after last season. Instead, I’ll focus on the fact that they have secured home ice for the first round of the playoffs against either the St. Louis Blues or the Nashville Predators. Promotions for a series against the Blues would write themselves with the Wild facing off against their old head coach. Nashville would be fun just because Predators fans rank only behind the Count of Monte Cristo and Janet Hubert when it comes to holding a grudge.

The Wild will be on the road for the rest of the regular season. I hope that there eventual return meets with more success than the hero of today’s song.

Wild News

Wild wraps home schedule with a win, and a guarantee to return soon -
This will be a new experience for the Wild as they continue their five year playoff appearance streak.

Devan Dubnyk recovers from rough start, Wild clinch home ice with 5-3 win
I'd prefer Dubnyk to simply look like a brick wall before the playoffs, but recovering from a bad start and finishing the game strong is a good alternative.

Wild's Staal honored for 1,000th NHL game -
This was nice.

Warming up in North Star jerseys, Zach Parise wears late father's helmet and gloves
I'm not crying. You're crying. <sniffle>

Tending the Fields

Cleveland Monsters fall to Iowa Wild in overtime, 2-1 |

Five Ring Circus

Wild players upset over NHL's decision to skip Olympics -
NHL owners pissing off NHL players is a recipe for a tough CBA negotiation.

NHL Icing Growth by Nixing Olympics

Ovechkin thinks NHL is bluffing, and plans to go to Olympics regardless | The Hockey News
Ovi has enough clout that even without Ted Leonsis' support he could pull off ignoring the NHL's decision. Hopefully he's right about the league bluffing instead.

NHL deserves every bit of negative publicity it gets for Olympics snafu | The Hockey News
Hard to grow the game when you refuse to participate in the most universally watched (citation needed) hockey event in the world.

Off the Trail

THN Roundtable: Which team has most exceeded expectations this year? | The Hockey News
The Wild's slump may have dropped them off of this list, but I think it is still fair to say they've greatly exceeded expectations.

Bryan Bickell set to play against Wild in first game since MS diagnosis
F*ck MS.