So, since I last left you on Friday morning, the Wild have scored 13 goals and won all three of the games they've played.
Maybe I should stay away.
Anyway, the Wild hung five goals on Calgary last night, which is pretty good. Calgary is a team that the Wild should beat, and when you can beat the teams you're supposed to beat, you're in good shape. The Wild have done just that since Friday.
The Wild won't be able to have much time to rest, nor ability to rest on their laurels, as they've got a date tomorrow with Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center. You may know them as the team that has scored the most goals in the Eastern Conference (Not the NHL leader- that honor goes to the Phoenix Coyotes. Um, what?). A worthy opponent for sure.
Also some good news, Mikko Koivu scored 3 points, so the Wild can trade him now, as his value will never be higher.
Snow is falling, my laundry is tumbling right now, and there's a lot to read, so I'm gonna go to the Walk.
Wild notes: Pominville back in mix for U.S. Olympic team | Star Tribune- 10 goals in 16 games will turn some heads.
Postgame: Konopka sticks up for Heatley, and other notes after Wild's 6th win in 7 games | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com- Konopka has to be a good team guy, cause if it was me, I'd be happy to not be the whipping boy this season.
The Team of 18,001: Dany Heatley Is Not Going Anywhere- Well, maybe the press box. And somewhere else next year.
A Wild October in Minnesota: A Review of the Early 2013-2014 Season- Seems pretty similar to last year, a sluggish start followed by the team clicking.
Minnesota Wild: Matt Dumba enjoying NHL, but will it last? - TwinCities.com- Again, I think he will, but I don't think he plays more than half the season.
Hitting The Post: Stats 1101 Week 6: What the hell is a Fenwick?- Mike at Hitting the Post talks about Fenwick.
Off the Trail
Remembering Jason Arnott, retiring after 18 seasons | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Jason Arnott retires, taking away another of the last remaining alums of NHL Hitz 20-03. He was a monster on the Stars.
Report: Rinne likely out until around Christmas with infection | ProHockeyTalk- Bad news for the Predators, obviously.
Was Steve Downie traded because he hit Gabriel Landeskog in training camp? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Note to all of you: Don't hit your supervisors.
Tyler Seguin regrets nothing, and neither should the Bruins | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- It was a solid trade for both sides, so yeah. Seems like that should be the case.
Are the first-place Anaheim Ducks for real? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Why not? Maybe not Lead-the-West good, but they look like a playoff team to me.
Are the Tampa Bay Lightning all that special? | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com- Steven Stamkos isn't. He's only got one more goal than Jason Pominville.
Ray Emery, Braden Holtby, and the idea of suspending goalies who leave the zone to fight | Backhand Shelf- Another take on the Ray Emery incident. I don't really care one way or another about it.
NHL Playoff Chances in November - Grantland- A look at teams that are likely already out of it.
President Obama gets Stanley Cup popcorn machine during Blackhawks visit | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- I'd rather have that than a personalized jersey, and I'm not even a popcorn guy.
Behind Enemy Lines
For news and analysis about the Washington Capitals, please visit our friends at Japers Rink.
Capitals vs. Islanders Recap: Second-Period Barrage Helps Caps to Win and Second Place - Japers' Rink- This is the kind of shellacking the Caps can do when a team isn't prepared.