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The Wild fall in overtime, midseason reviews, and All-Star considerations all in the Walk

Calgary Flames v Minnesota Wild

“Julie, you’ve got the fast glove. I know this kid’s move. Triple deke, gloveside. Anticipate him and you got him.”

“What if he goes stick side?”

“He’s fancy, he’ll go glove.”

Apparently Calgary Flames goaltender Mike Smith includes D2 in his game prep routine, because his glove was white hot as seemingly every member of the Minnesota Wild thought of themselves as fancy and went gloveside only for Smith to pull down save after save.

That is, until Mikael Granlund, the fanciest of all the Wild players, managed to beat him gloveside in the third period. Jared Spurgeon, wisely deciding that it’s better to score than to be fancy found more success on the blocker side to force overtime. Sadly things didn’t work out for the Wild in the extra frame. Also, Nino Niederreiter is injured again so everything is terrible. so everythingHere’s Twin Cities local Keri Noble to bring us through the Walk.

Wild News

Wild rallies from two-goal deficit but loses to Calgary in overtime - StarTribune.com
A pair of third-period goals knotted Tuesday's game with Calgary but the Flames picked up the extra point at Xcel Energy Center.

Wild battle back before falling 3-2 to Flames in overtime

3-on-3 All-Star format could mean snub for Wild's Staal - StarTribune.com
The abundance of star forwards in the Central Division means that Eric Staal could be passed over in favor of defenseman Ryan Suter or goalie Devan Dubnyk.

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau on playoff push: 'Every game is like Game 7'
In the wake of a brutal beatdown at the hands of the Colorado Avalanche over the weekend, it was easy to forget the Wild actually left the night tied for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference. A gridlocked playoff race tends to spark those types of overreactions. In fact, as of Tuesday afternoon, five teams in the Western Conference were either tied or within one point of the final playoff spot with the Avalanche (47 points), the Wild (47 points), the Anaheim Ducks (46 points), the Chicago Blackhawks (46 points), and the Calgary Flames (46 points) all jockeying for position.

On Frozen Pond

Gopher hockey puts rough losing streak behind, shifts focus to Big Ten finish – The Athletic
Whenever any of the State of Hockey’s five Division I hockey programs meet, the Beavers, Mavericks, Bulldogs, Gophers and Huskies all want to claim...

Off the Trail

Breaking down the five best goaltender performances of the NHL’s first half - Sportsnet.ca
With one half of the NHL season in the books, Andrew Berkshire finishes his three-part series by looking at the top five goalie performances so far.

Five Goalies' Trends Affecting Their Team's Performance
Teams are typically only as successful as their goaltending is good. Or maybe it's that a goalie's success is reflective of the quality of players in front of him. In this article I explore the impact a goaltender's trends from last season to now are having on his team.

NHL Trade Rumors: Pacioretty, Smith, Oilers, Bruins
In today's NHL trade rumors, Max Paciorietty and the Montreal Canadiens might be closer to parting ways, while the Oilers and Bruins would like to make changes.

Why Anthony Duclair could be the hidden gem of the NHL trade market - Sportsnet.ca
At first glance, Anthony Duclair's offensive numbers aren't anything special, but if he's moved to a team with better weapons around him, the 22-year-old could turn out to be the hidden gem of this year's trade season.

Down Goes Brown: Who is Canada's most depressing NHL team? - Sportsnet.ca
Need a pick-me-up? Look elsewhere. Today we break down the contenders for the title of Most Depressing Team In The Nation.

NHL unveils all-star jerseys, captains — but what will the full rosters look like? | The Hockey News
Steven Stamkos, Alex Ovechkin, Connor McDavid and P.K. Subban have been selected as captains for their respective divisional all-star teams, but who will join them in Tampa Bay in late January?

Don’t expect NHL players to boycott or protest this year’s All-Star Game | The Hockey News
The Players' Association hasn't forgotten about the NHL's decision to skip the Pyeongchang Olympics, but don't expect the players to use all-star weekend as a platform to make a stand.

The Hockey News podcast: How do the Penguins save their season? | The Hockey News
What big moves would put the Penguins back in the hunt for a three-peat?; first-half NHL award picks; and more.

NHL Halftime Report: The Best & Worst of 2017-18 (so far) | The Hockey News
The NHL at the half: From the best team to the worst, to the biggest surprise to the most disappointing, to everything you need to know about defensemen named John.

FERRELL: Selecting the 2018 NHL All-Star Game Rosters | Zone Coverage - Cold Omaha
It's that time of year! On Wednesday. the NHL will announce the rosters for the 2018 All-Star Game that is taking place in Tampa, Fla. Last week, the league

2018 NHL All-Star Game Roster Predictions
Which NHL players will join Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos, P.K. Subban, and Connor McDavid at the 2018 NHL All-Star Game in Tampa Bay?