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Odds on Wild players returning to the team and the Senators and Penguins square up for Game 7 among today’s stories

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GAME 7, BABY! The Senators and the Penguins face off tonight to decide who gets to meet the Predators in the Final. I know the playoffs are not meant to be included in the voting for end of season player trophies, but Craig Anderson’s performance during the playoffs while supporting his wife through her fight with cancer (f*** cancer!) seem all be assured to garner him the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

Personally, my instinct is to root against the more successful team, probably a side effect of growing up supporting Minnesota teams, so I’m pulling for the Senators, but it should be a good game regardless of the outcome. Game 7s are always good as both teams find themselves back against the wall.

Give today’s music a listen. It’s a cover of Sweet Child O’ Mine by a bunch of Pakistani musicians and the extra instrumentation as well as the flat out impressive vocals give what was already a high energy song a big boost.

Wild News

Will Your Favorite Wild Player Be Back Next Season? Ask Vegas. | Zone Coverage - Cold Omaha
Spin the wheel! With an offseason of definite change upon us, Wild fans may be asking themselves which players will be wearing the forest and rust next

On Frozen Pond

Snug vs. sizeable: What is the ideal college hockey arena size?
The Ohio State men play in the largest college hockey arena, but may explore a smaller home. Their case proves smaller is generally better in this game.

Off the Trail

Why Craig Anderson holds the key to a Game 7 Senators upset victory - Sportsnet.ca
A lot of the Ottawa Senators' chances of advancing past the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 and into the Stanley Cup Final rests on the shoulders of goaltender Craig Anderson.

Sydor returns to Blues as assistant, rejoining mentor Yeo - StarTribune.com
The former Wild assistant had been working as an assistant last season with the Blues' then-Chicago affiliate in the AHL.

Expansion draft preview: Metro Division | The Hockey News
How will the expansion draft affect each NHL roster? We continue our previews with the Metropolitan Division.

Looking at the NHL's top 12 buyout candidates in 2017 - Sportsnet.ca
The Vegas expansion draft and salary-retaining trades present options for GMs to offload bad contracts, but this summer should bring a few NHL buyouts, too.

NHL Off-Season Primer: Expansion draft, trade candidates, draft intrigue - Sportsnet.ca
The NHL off-season is coming up fast, with the first summer movement period opening June 15, or 48 hours after the Stanley Cup final concludes. We look at the key dates, rules and players to watch this summer.

Never say never: 36-year-old Lee reportedly hunting for NHL gig after brilliant KHL campaign | The Hockey News
Chris Lee set the KHL record for points by a defenseman this past season and earned his first stint with Team Canada at the World Championship. Could the NHL be next for the 36-year-old blueliner?