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.
The Wild have decided to shake things up a bit to get that win in Charlie Coyle's absence, moving Nino Niederreiter to the top line, and pairing Jason Pominville with Dany Heatley and Mikael Granlund, so that'll be interesting.
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.
Backstrom day-to-day, and line changes galore | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com- Backstrom injury update, more stuff on the lineup changes, and an explanation for sending down Zucker.
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: 3-On-3: Minnesota Wild After Three Games- Giles has a new feature, and in this one, he weighs the pros and cons of the Wild's play these first three games.
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.
30 Thoughts: Controversial spin-o-rama move in spotlight | Hockey | CBC Sports- A lot on the division-rival Avalanche in here.
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.