Kyle Brodziak doesn't watch a lot of episodic television when the Minnesota Wild are traveling, but one show has hooked him: "Gold Rush Alaska" on the Discovery Channel.
"I started watching it with my wife last year," he said. "You just want them to do so good, and it seems like everything goes wrong. But you hope in the end they do well."
It's easy to see why the show speaks to the 27-year-old center. He's the underrated forward who does the dirty work for the Wild, putting up 14 points in 28 games while also working as one of their primary penalty killers. In his seven NHL seasons — parts of four with the Edmonton Oilers, now in his fourth with Minnesota — he's been prospecting for a playoff appearance and has yet to discover one.
Based on the current standings, that might change. The Wild have the best record in the NHL at 18-7-3 for 39 points, and are surging at 8-2-0 in their last 10 games under new coach Mike Yeo.
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