The Vikings’ “skol” chant could be heard loud and proud during the 16-0 shutout of the Green Bay Packers (the first blanking of their rival in over 45 years), overwhelming the cheeseheads at Lambeau Field. Case Keenum led the chant as he walked off the field in one of the more satisfying wins over Green Bay in Vikings history. Consider this revenge for all those “Go Pack Go” chants at the Metrodome.
Karl-Anthony Towns (⬆ UP)
Did you see Towns’ shoes on Christmas? The Big KAT wore Grinch-themed sneakers on Christmas day, then went on to steal the Lakers’ holiday dreams with 21 points and 10 rebounds in the Timberwolves’ 121-104 win. Since Dec. 14, Towns is shooting an absurd 14 of 27 (52 percent) from the perimeter. He’s splashing treys at a 39.2 percent clip this season, a leap up from his 3-point production from 2016-17 (36.7) and his rookie year in 2015-16 (34.1).
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Thad Levine, Derek Falvey (⬆ UP)
Levine and Falvey continued to chip away at the Twins’ biggest need in the offseason, signing another arm to the bullpen in Zach Duke. Minnesota’s brass has now brought in Fernando Rodney and Michael Pineda, the latter who will help the club in 2019, although there's a chance he could debut in '18. Sign a starting pitcher (cough, Yu Darvish, cough) and the Twins would complete a perfect offseason …
Zach Parise (⬆ UP)
Parise, who’s been out all season for the Wild with back issues, is expected to play a game or two for the Iowa Wild of the AHL this week to get his legs back under him. Minnesota certainly misses the 33-year-old, as it’s tied for 17th in the NHL with a 2.8 goals per game average.
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Minnesota Wild (⬇ DOWN)
The Wild wrapped up a four-game road trip with a pair of losses in the state of Florida last week. Minnesota couldn’t get anything going on the power play, as it finished the cruise in the Sunshine State scoring just once in their last 11 man-advantage opportunities. Since going on a four-game winning streak Dec. 8-14, the Wild have dropped four of five contests. They have a chance to start trending back up, as five of their next seven games are at the Xcel Energy Center.