The Minnesota Wild may not be in the playoffs, but anyone who believes there isn’t a reason to watch the playoffs anyways is really missing out.
Rau doesn’t back down, gets last laugh on memorable goal in Game 1 | Wild Official Site
“Diminutive forward battled through a barrage of cross checks to score his second goal of the game Sunday against Milwaukee.”
Reusse: For Boudreau and Wild, it’s torture on the outside looking in | Star Tribune
“On Monday, Boudreau was starting his third week of digesting the fact that the 2018-19 Wild was only his second team in a dozen NHL seasons to miss the playoffs.”
Off the Trail
Hockey’s homophobia problem | Xtra
“For male LGBTQ2 hockey players, coming out can feel like skating on thin ice. Why anti-gay behaviour is still prevalent in Canada’s game.”
Hurricanes survive, force Game 7 against defending champion Capitals | Sportsnet
“Justin Williams earned another chance to live up to his nickname. The rest of the Carolina Hurricanes aren’t yet ready to end their first playoff appearance in a decade.”
Maple Leafs set as underdogs on Game 7 NHL betting lines | Sportsnet
“The Toronto Maple Leafs will have one last chance to claim their first playoff series win since 2004 when they take on the Boston Bruins on Tuesday in Game 7.”
NHL Rumors: Ehlers, Oilers, Lightning, More | The Hockey Writers
“In today’s rumor rundown, there is more on the Oilers GM interviews, there are questions surrounding a certain member of the Winnipeg Jets forward group, and there are some changes coming in Tampa Bay.”
All Around the Nation
Playing The Cards You Are Dealt: Thomas Hickey and Lefty-Lefty Pairings | Lighthouse Hockey
“The perils of lefty-lefty pairings and how the Islanders will need Thomas Hickey to step up in an elevated role.”
How the 2018-19 Devils Defensemen Performed by Quality of Competition Levels | All About The Jersey
“This post looks at how the Devils defensemen did against elite, middle, and gritensity competition (the WoodMoney method) last season.”
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