The All-Star Game is over, and it didn't appear as though anyone (read: Niklas Backstrom) got hurt.
The Wild gets back into it against the Buds on Tuesday night. Toronto is a team in flux, and one the Wild needs to beat.
More importantly, Tuesday's game starts out a critical stretch of (mostly) home games (9 of the next 13) that takes the team almost to the end of February. While any protracted home stretch is important, this one is particularly important as it precedes a potentially brutal road stretch.
Following their 2/24 game against the Kings in St. Paul, the Wild plays 14 of their next 17 on the road. Yes, this is a team that plays every game like it's a road game, but, to be sure, this schedule is a recipe for disaster. And, sitting outside the playoffs as of right now, there is really no margin for error in the first place.
Stay tuned, Wild fans.