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Nation starting to notice first place Wild

The Minnesota Wild has the best record in the NHL, and they've been on top for more than a week. Despite the Wild's dominance, they have not gained the nation's attention. That could soon change as some media outlets are starting to recognize the State of Hockey.
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The Minnesota Wild has the best record in the NHL, and they've been on top for more than a week. Despite the Wild's dominance, they have not gained the nation's attention. That could soon change as some media outlets are starting to recognize the State of Hockey.

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