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  • Weekly Wild Update: Week of October 17, 2011


    Today we introduce another of our weekly series, this one intended to give you a look back at the week that was and a look at the week ahead. As always, we hope you enjoy it.

    Early in the season, yet. That has to be the mantra, right? It's early, no need to panic, nothing to see here. Five games in the books in an 82 game season is too small of a sample size to judge where everything is going to shake out. Hell, right now, Colorado is tied with Dallas and Detroit for first place in the West. What's the likelihood that holds up?

    With so few games in their pockets, it is difficult to judge if the mistakes are long term or short term problems, but the best thing about hockey is that we get another slice of data almost everyday. Four games last week, three games this week. Last week finished with a strong opponent that highlighted some of the team's weaknesses, and the coming week features two powerful foes that will highlight if the issues were addressed.

    Make the jump for a look back, and a preview of the week ahead.

    Last Week

    Not everything went perfectly in the first week, certainly. The cynic says "Oh my goodness, the Wild are terrible, they are falling apart, we better just watch the Vik- never mind." There are positives, however. The forecheck is unbelievable when it is on. Unstoppable at times. Now, they just need to make it a 60 minute effort.The defense is playing well, despite being the "worst defense in the league." The chemistry on the forward ranks is good, and improving. The system is working. The coach is getting through.

    The biggest bit of good news? The Wild have six points out of a possible 10. That is a pace for 98-99 points at the end of the year. That would mean playoffs. Just a bit of perspective.

    The Coming Challenge

    Then the trip out west, with fun events like customs and late starts for everyone to enjoy.

    The week ahead will give us another piece to be able to judge where this team is at, and see if the new coach can get the team to learn from its mistakes.

    Bold prediction: The Wild win all three games.

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