- The Minnesota Wild was without Zach Bogosian against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday, and during that game, captain Jared Spurgeon suffered what appeared to be a gnarly leg injury. But as the Wild head up north for a Western Canada road trip, head coach John Hynes is confident that Bogosian will play on the trip and Spurgeon is good to go. [The Hockey News]
- It's often that when a coaching change happens, the team performs much better in the immediate future, but how long will this streak last for the Wild? Is it actual change or just wanting to impress the new guy? [Hockey Wilderness]
- Part of the resurgence has been thanks to Filip Gustavsson and Marc-Andre Fleury not playing like absolute garbage. [StarTribune]
Off the trail...
- NHL Awards Watch: Which defenseman is in contention for the Norris Trophy at the end of the year? [ESPN]
- Our old friend Nino Niederreiter has committed his future to the Winnipeg Jets with a three-year contract extension. [NHL dot com]
- More NHL expansion was not on the agenda at the league's Board of Governors meetings, despite there being great interest to go beyond 32 teams. [Sportsnet]
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