Wild's Best Of The Web - Nov. 20
It’s not always easy staying tuned in to all things Wild online. Whether it’s a story or a funny Tweet, we’ve got you covered with the best links from around the web.
GOING BEHIND THE SCENES
Our good friends behind the production of “Becoming Wild” had a big week and as a result, totally deserve to lead off this week’s Best of the Web.
Last Monday the Wild racked up the karma points as each player participated in some sort of charity event. Where a majority of players visited hospitals, a few helped out at a Defending the Blue Line Hockey Clinic. Becoming Wild was there and mic’d up defenseman Nate Prosser for its latest webisode.
Later in the week, the production aired its third episode of the season, featuring Charlie Coyle. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect as Coyle’s first game-winning goal of the season against Florida Friday night led straight into to the episode. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out here. The East Weymouth, Mass., native gives fans a look at his life back home, complete with a street hockey game, a workout session and a celebrity sighting.
MAKING A DETOUR
WildTV has been on a roll lately and killed it once again this week. Last Wednesday fans were encouraged to bring food donations to the game, which Prosser, Marco Scandella and Zenon Konopka delivered later in the week.
On their way with the delivery, Konopka decided that while fans did a good job, it simply wasn’t enough. So the crew made a detour to Cub Foods where the trio, with the help of Nordy, filled up carts of food. Konopka picked up the tab. WildTV was there for all the antics.
AN INSEPERABLE PAIR
Speaking of Konopka, last week Wild.com featured the enforcer and his longtime linemate Torrey Mitchell. Entitled “The Odd Couple”, it’s a great read — and I’m honestly not just saying that — which sheds a little light on a pair of players fans might not be the most familiar with.
As the story unfolds, it’s quickly apparent that the pair realizes just how lucky they are to lead the lives they’re living, which only helps you like the duo more. If nothing else, at least take a second to read one of the most creative story leads I’ve seen in quite some time.
NOT ONE TO BRAG
This week Josh Harding was honored at the NHL’s third star of the week. But Harding wants to make it clear the honor is for the team, not his individual effort. I wrote about Harding’s honor and his attitude towards it Monday.
And while it does feel weird to put my own piece in here, it’s still something fans should check out as Harding once again shows how humble he is about his success so far this season.
NOW THAT’S AN IMPRESSIVE ‘STACHE
A few weeks ago Wild.com Managing Editor Mike Doyle unveiled the MoBros’ Power Rankings. Well, as its still MOvember the rankings are back for a second round and, once again, don’t disappoint.
With some more time for the mo’s to grow in, many of the stache’s are reaching the height of their magnificence. But we also suspect some illegal enhancements took place this week. We’re not sure whether the enhancements were due to personal motivations or for a better rating in the Power Rankings. The situation is still under investigation.
HEADS UP HIT
Wild Forward Mike Rupp is getting closer to returning to the Wild lineup, but currently he’s on a conditioning loan in the AHL with the Iowa Wild. In his first game back, Rupp made a nice, crowd-pleasing hit, which the Iowa Wild managed to catch on Vine.
We’ll cut Rupp some slack for his slow approach. It was his first game back, after all.
A LITTLE LOVE FOR THE SWISS
While Graninoville has gotten a lot of love recently, FSN’s Tom Chorske went on air with KFAN’s Paul Allen and talked a bit about Nino Niederreiter’s individual play. Chorske notes the Swiss Sensation’s versatility on the ice and his ability to make things happen.
Be sure to check out what else Chorske had to say in the side links, including his opinions on Ryan Suter’s ice time, fighting and what NHL rule he would change if he could.
THAT’S A LONG TIME
After the stats were compiled following Wednesday night’s 2-1 shootout win over the Maple Leafs, it was revealed that Ryan Suter had skated just over 108 minutes in the span of three games. That’s absolutely exhausting to think about. But Suter’s known as a workhorse and so far seems unaffected by all the ice team.
In a sleep-deprived stupor following the tilt, Wild Digital Content Manager Ryan Stanzel sent out a few random tweets with the hashtag #thingsicandoin108mins. Here's one of his best. Those of us still working in the press box at the time joined in, mostly chirping one another with inside jokes and the like.
But the hashtag became a hit, and the next day it was trending on twitter — first among Wild fans as part of a twitter contest — and eventually among others who maybe didn’t catch on that it was related to hockey. Ye be warned if you decide to search the hashtag.