Everyone caught their breath after the big move today? Focus your energy, take a seat in front of the magic glowing box and enjoy some hockey.
The Wild head into San Jose a team facing a few challenges. They have Nate Prosser playing at forward, which raises a question about why they didn't just call up a forward. Zenon Konopka likely plays on the second line, which does zero favors for the hottest line on the team. They will be forced to play Justin Falk, which does Niklas Backstrom no favors.
This, all against a very good San Jose Sharks team, who is fighting to remain in the playoff race in a tight Pacific, and tighter 4-8 in the west. They have all the talent you could ask for, as is evident by the offloading of Ryane Clowe, and still have Brent Burns playing forward, something that has worked out well for them. Name a position, and they have a dearth of talent. They just have yet to figure out to put it all together.
Hopefully, that remains the case tonight.
The Wild will play one more game before their new right wing slots in to the lineup, and they need the two points. Such is the life when the team is fighting for a division championship. You have to imagine the players like what they saw today, and hopefully that translates into the team playing an inspired game.
Game time is 9:30. Enjoy the game.