Time to get back on track. In Nashville, against the number four team in the West. Now is the chance to put the Dallas debacle behind them and come out furious about having lost. Wait... is that right? The Predators are the fourth team in the West? THE PREDATORS? Amazing the things we can do these days.
Barry Trotz has got to be a man amongst boys when it comes to coaching. Look at the roster above. If you didn't have that in front of you, how many of those guys could you name? This is not a slight on the Preds, but rather a compliment. They are true team. No perrenial all-stars (save maybe for Weber). Just a group of guys who go out, play their tails off every night, and find their way into fourth place in the West.
Wild versus Predators games are almost always entertaining, and this should be no exception. Antti Miettinen returns, which could provide a spark from Mikko Koivu and Andrew Brunette. Looks like Brad Staubitz gets back in the line up as well, so Sully looks to sit. Jose Theodore starts again, and hopefully the team in front of him can play a solid game.
All Star defenseman Brent Burns will, of course, play his first game after being named an All Star. As has been the case since the beginning of the year, the fate of the team will fall on his shoulders. If he has a good game, the Wild have a good chance to win. If he doesn't, they will struggle.
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