The Wild are 0-1-2 through their first three games. Yuck.
But today is a new day, and as luck would have it, they get a chance to put those early-season struggles behind them. By virtue of their first two losses coming in overtime, a win puts them back at ".500", with 4 points in 4 games. It's a "W" that quiets everyone down for a bit, especially as the Wild have actually played well in their first three games, generally speaking.
Enjoy the game tonight, Wilderness! The atmosphere should be really great, I wish I could have made this one. Now let's go on to the Walk.
With Wild still winless, Yeo makes some changes | Star Tribune- I like the line changes. It doesn't solve the problem of Dany Heatley dragging Granlund down, but I like Nino on the top line, Granlund with Pominville is intriguing, and Fontaine has the best chance of replacing what Granlund gave the third line when they clicked. I approve.
Minnesota Wild: John Curry glad to be on-call goalie - TwinCities.com- Meet your new (worst-case scenario) goalie.
How Good Is Matt Cooke In Shorthanded Situations & Will He Improve The Minnesota Wild's Penalty Kill? - Gone Puck Wild- Ger puts Matt Cooke's excellent PK reputation under the microscope.
The Team of 18,001: A Guide For Wild Fans When Playing The Jets- Spoiler: Make Noise, and more of it than the Jets fans. Shouldn't be that hard, right?
Off the Trail
Surprising San Jose Sharks top Week 1 NHL Power Rankings - NHL - Allan Muir - SI.com- The Wild are being underestimated, methinks. Especially if they continue to out-shoot their opponents.
5 Teams that Need to Shake the Early Season Doldrums- The Wild, unsurprisingly, were firmly at the top of this list.
Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues and a rivalry (hopefully) reborn | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- The New Norris: All Rivalries, All the Time.
Did James Neal suffer his injury playing wiffle ball? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Sources say he did it like this, he did it like that, he did it with a wiffle-ball bat.
The 10 Greatest One-Team NHL Players (Ranked!) - The Triangle Blog - Grantland- It's kind of surprising that in the age of free-agency that as many of these players were playing so recently.
Behind Enemy Lines
Lies, Damn Lies, and Faceoff Percentages - Arctic Ice Hockey- A look at the degree to which faceoffs matter, and what this means for Winnipeg, who have not been good in that department thus far.
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