Minnesota Wild @ Nashville Predators: Different day, same story

Frederick Breedon

Step off the ledge kids. It's not safe up there.

The first period started off with a bang. Ryan Suter sent a nice pass to Mikko Koivu who got the puck to the front of the net for a tip in from Zach Parise on the powerplay.

Shortly afterwords, Kyle Brodziak took an interference penalty, which in and of itself wouldn't have been bad. But about 20 second into that, Koivu took a stupid penalty that gave the predators a 5-3 powerplay. The first goal gave Niklas Backstrom no chance to stop. The second goal had Backstrom out of position with a wide open net behind him. Made for a very easy goal from Filip Forsberg.

The powerplay seems to have done a complete 180 from last season, but it appears that the penalty kill has taken a steep nosedive. However, the silver lining is that the Wild again seemed to have possession of the puck for the majority of the period.

To make matters worse,  Backstrom got his knee crunched in horrible fashion, and was forced to leave the game. From the looks of his injury, Backstrom may be out for a while. It will be interesting to see how long it takes for the Wild to call up Darcy Kuemper.

Josh Harding came in cold and faced Eric Nystrom on a penalty shot, which any hockey fan knows isn't going to end well.

The second period saw the baby-faced brigade getting on the board with a goal from Jared Spurgeon and cutting the Predators lead down to one. Pekka Rinne seemed to have Parise's number after the first goal, and he couldn't seem to get one through the team.

Rich Clune decided it would be a good idea to run over Josh Harding, and then the Preds announcers decided that Harding was obviously faking any sort of injury. Classy organization right there. But again, this is from the same organization who admits that they are leading fans in the "Ryan Suter left us and you should boo him cause it's not like our captain signed an offer sheet with another team or anything".

Parise took a really bad slashing penalty right before the second period ended, which allowed the Preds to open up the third on a powerplay. Luckily, the Wild were able to kill that off, bringing them to a whopping 5 for 9 kills.

The rest of the third was the storyline of the Wild season so far. Try, try and try, and receive nothing. The numbers are good, the results are not.

Brodziak and Zenon Konopka had excellent games. Granlund, with the exception of his faceoff wins had a terrific game as well.

It's ok to be frustrated folks. But freaking out over THREE games in an 82 game season is way too extreme.

Five Questions:

1. Both teams are looking for their first win. Who puts in the work to get it done? Nashville gets the win, even though the Wild did most of the hard work tonight.

2. Mikael Granlund is taking Charlie Coyle's place for 2nd line center. How does he look? With the exception of his facoffs, Granlund looked great. It will be interesting to see if Yeo decides to take Heatley off the 2nd line for Thursday game, seeing as he handcuffed that line all night long

3. The storyline of the game will be the Booing of Suter. Does he show Nashville fans why they should be crying over him leaving? That's a negative Ghostrider, the pattern is full

4. The power play has been looking spectacular lately. Can the team carry that momentum to it's first road game? Power play looked great. The penalty kill needs some massive work though. Woof.

5. Jason Zucker has been FREED!!!!! Does he make the team regret sending him to Iowa? That's another negative. Zucker looked pretty horrible, and you could clearly see the issues the coaches have with his game. He's going to be regulated to the bottom line if he stays up with the team for the duration of Coyle's injury. Too many other talented guys doing what the team needs that deserve his spot.

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