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  • Minnesota Wild @ Columbus Blue Jackets: Game Recap


    The one positive I can take away from tonight is the relatively clean game, especially compared to how chippy the preseason games had been. With only two penalties, the Wild will have to maintain that  as they embark on a nasty road trip after playing their home opener against Anaheim on Monday. The Wild definitely have to work harder in their own zone. Allowing 39 shots against Columbus is definitely not the way to start the season, and they left Backstrom out to dry on way too many occasions.

    Todd Richards on his first game as an NHL head coach:

    Questions to Answer

    Can the Wild show consistency in the new system? Nope. Again, they had periods where things were clicking, but then it all broke down. Still have big trouble getting the forecheck right without taking too many chances, and have trouble taking the zone with speed.
    Who is going to be the captain? 3 A's. I don't like this.
    Who will try to take off Belanger's head? Actually, the Blue Jackets seemed to let things go.
    Will the vets perform on little preparation? They seemed to be ok, but still need time to get chemistry.
    Can the Wild win their 5th consecutive opener? Unfortunately, not.

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