- The Minnesota Wild have been handed their first loss of the John Hynes Era. Luckily, it took a good number of games to get to, but a loss is a loss. They visited the Vancouver Canucks and got properly shutout by Casey DeSmith after sending just 26 shots on goal. [NHL dot com]
- Speaking of good goaltenders, Jesper Wallstedt is possibly the best netminder outside of the NHL and currently, he is following Marc-Andre Fleury's path of development through the AHL. [Hockey Wilderness]
- Hynes says that the first loss will be a lesson. [The Athletic]
- The bond between Kirill Kaprizov and Mats Zuccarello remains ultra strong. And right now, Zuccarello is playing out of his mind in the twilight of his career. The ultimate wingman, is "someone you want to be liked by." [StarTribune]
Off the trail...
- Around the league, Leafs' Joseph Woll established himself as the team's starter not that long ago and is now going to miss significant time to injury. Ilya Samsonov is already out with a bump. So, I guess the Leafs are cursed. [NHL dot com]
- Gold is on their minds. What American stars are saying about the possibility of returning to the Olympics full-time and playing with one another on what could be the most talented U.S.A. hockey team we have ever seen. [ESPN]
- Which NHL bubble teams should consider pulling the early plug and start selling months before the trade deadline? [DailyFaceoff]
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