Hockey Wilderness Podcast- A Minnesota Wild Podcast

Well, the Minnesota Wild's season ended not with a bang, but a hot goalie. The Wild were eliminated by the Blues in just 5 games.

It's not a fun time to be a Wild fan, but it's time to take a quick look back at the series, and then look ahead to the summer.

To help do that, we brought in Matthew Coller of ESPN and ESPN 1500. Matthew joins the show to discuss what went wrong, what's still good, and what's needed going forward.

Topics include:

  • Oh, my God. Are we talking about the Vikings??? THE VIKINGS??????
  • How weird it was that Jake Allen stole the series without looking all that superhuman
  • What the Blues did right in defending the Wild
  • Whether the Wild played into the Blues' hands, or if they did the right thing
  • Did Boudreau do anything different in the postseason?
  • Chuck Fletcher's end-of-season press conference
  • Who could even fill the missing "SUPERSTAR" role for the Wild?
  • Why trading Mikael Granlund could maybe be a good idea
  • Matthew weighs in on the expansion draft

Thanks to Matthew for joining the show. You can read his latest Wild article here, and make sure to check out his own Wild podcast.

Tony did a crap ton of stuff on Hockey Wilderness this week. Check out his recent articles here.

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Direct download: HWP_105_Short_Sweet_Sadness_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:51am EST

It's crunch time for the Minnesota Wild. Time for them to show what they're made of, and all that stuff. Maybe something about grit. I don't know. Playing the right way probably would help. What the hell am I even saying right now?

Anyway, Minnesota is fighting for their playoff lives after going down 3-0 in the series to start. A win on Wednesday bought them some time, but they still need to win 3 straight against a goalie that has pretty much slammed the door on the Wild this series. 

Tony sat down on Thursday night to talk about where things went wrong, the reasons Minnesota has for hope, and answers a ton of mailbag questions.

Topics include:

  • A quick rundown of the series
  • Stupid Jake Allen
  • How the Wild out-played St. Louis
  • Devan Dubnyk's strong series
  • Why Tony is confident Minnesota can pull off the "Reverse Sweep"
  • Is Mike Yeo really coaching well this series?
  • Minnesota's Black Aces- should any of them play?
  • Mikko Koivu's Selke nomination
  • Who should Koivu run in Game 5?
  • Tony argues passionately against firing Chuck Fletcher
  • While he's at it, he argues passionately for Martin Hanzal, who is good
  • Why hasn't Granlund risen to the occasion?
  • Do the Wild really lack a superstar? And does that matter?
  • And a ton of fun nonsense questions

If you want to show the Hockey Wilderness Podcast some love, start by subscribing to our show on your favorite podcast platform. We're on iTunes, Stitcher, I Heart Radio, Podcast Addict- all your favorites and more! 

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That's all for this week, we'll be back next week with a special guest.

Direct download: HWP_104_By_a_Thread_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:42am EST

It's Playoff Season, and we're #COMM17TED to bringing you the best playoff preview we possibly can here at the Hockey Wilderness Podcast!

The Wild will be facing the Blues, and Tim and Tyler from Beyond Checkerdome stopped by to give us a breakdown from the St. Louis perspective. Then, Tony talked to Joe Bouley, and they looked at the series from the Wild side of things.

Topics included:

  • How St. Louis overcame the loss of 3 key players
  • What Mike Yeo has done for the Blues
  • How a coaching change resurrected Jake Allen's season
  • How St. Louis' identity changed from the last playoff match-up
  • Who is scary besides Vladimir Tarasenko?
  • Can Allen or Devan Dubnyk become "playoff goalies"?
  • Is Minnesota the ideal match-up for the Blues?
  • Who is the player St. Louis most needs to shut down?
  • Minnesota's massive depth advantage
  • Does Mike Yeo's return make us nervous?
  • Why Yeo will need to change up his style to beat Minnesota
  • The Wild's transition game
  • Goalie troubles with the Wild
  • X-Factors for the Wild this series
  • Our Predictions!!!!

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We'll be back soon! Until then, Go Wild!

Direct download: HWP_103_Wild_vs_Blues_Preview_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:51pm EST

It's over!

The long grind of the 82-game season is finally over, and the Stanley Cup Playoffs are finally here. We'll get into the Wild vs. Blues match-up in the next couple of days, but first we wanted to put a wrap on the regular season. Joe and Barry sat down with Tony to recap the season, revisit our Opening Night Predictions, and chat about who the Minnesota Wild's MVP was.

Topics included:

  • The Wild earning a franchise-best 106 points. Does that mean anything to us?
  • Jason Zucker's return, Carly Aplin dominating Twitter
  • Jared Spurgeon's injury
  • Mikko Koivu, Devan Dubnyk, and Mikael Granlund getting rest
  • Charlie Coyle's streaky af season
  • Eric Staal exceeding everyone's wildest expectations
  • Looking back at how crazy we thought the idea of a Granlund breakout year was
  • Devan Dubnyk squandering his Vezina lead 
  • Checking in on the blue line's development
  • What stopped Jason Zucker and Nino Niederreiter from getting into the Wild MVP conversation
  • Why Mikko Koivu deserves some love
  • The Wild's sudden spike in possession numbers
  • Granlund vs. Staal- the MVP debate to end aall MVP debates
  • Our favorite moments from the year
  • Final thoughts for the regular season

And much, much more!

Thanks for sticking with us throughout the regular season! If you're looking for a good way to support the show, start by subscribing to us on your favorite podcast app. Also consider taking time to rate and review our podcast on iTunes. It takes just a few minutes, but helps people find the show, so we grow. How great is that?!

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We'll be back later this week to preview the Wild vs. Blues match-up in Round 1. Until then, Go Wild!

Direct download: HWP_102_The_Minnesota_MVP_Race_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:54pm EST

The Minnesota Wild are finally starting to come out of their brutal March slump. This past week saw Minnesota claim 5 of an available 8 points (Hey, it's a start) as the Wild are looking to get momentum heading into the playoffs. Which are a week away, you guys!

So, to get our podcasting game right for the postseason, we brought in long-time Hockey Wilderness writer Chris Boyd for this episode, PLUS Todd Milewski, the Badger Hockey beat writer for the Wisconsin State Journal.

Topics included:

  • Alexander Ovechkin's Hat Trick of Terror
  • Nino Niederreiter busting out of his slump
  • Alex Stalock's great debut and subsequent demotion
  • The return of Joel "Eazy E" Eriksson Ek
  • Eric Staal's Masterson nomination, and a few other Staal tangents
  • Changes coming to Minnesota's sweaters
  • Finding out about the tenacious Luke Kunin
  • Why Minnesota slumps hard every year
  • Will Darcy Kuemper ever start another meaningful game for Minnesota?
  • Who will have more wins in April: The Wild or Twins?
  • Does regular season momentum matter in the playoffs?
  • Will the Wild set their single-season Points record this year?
  • Who needs to step up for the playoffs
  • Talking about possibly moving Matt Dumba to the wing
  • The big earth-shaking news surrounding the Olympics

And much more!

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Thanks for all you do. We'll be back next week with a playoff preview! Go Wild!

Direct download: HWP_101_Tune-ups_and_Top_Prospects_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:11pm EST

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