Ugly, ugly, ugly. Wild fight back to tie the game in the first period thanks to a nice goal from Andrew Brunette, take the lead from Andrew Ebbett, then apparently alternated between napping and taking penalties. Yes, penalties, eight minors in all, though they killed seven. Oh, and the officiating crew will also handle the game with the Canucks on Sunday.
Niklas Backstrom was less than awesome tonight. He just seems to be lacking in focus and the team was lacking in discipline, it wasn't a good combination.
I would put more thought into the breakdown of the game, but today's move with Chicago proves that the Wild are selling, and I don't have a problem with that at all.
Hockey Wilderness 3:
Five Questions to Answer:
- What kind of impact will the absence of Kim Johnsson have on the Wild's defense TOI? Brett Burns, Nick Schultz, Greg Zanon and Marek Zidlicky all over 23:00 TOI, Shane Hnidy and John Scott with 11 and 6 respectively.
- Bogosian, Oduya, Hainsey, all solid young defensemen. How will they look against the Wild tonight? Frankly, they looked good. Love this core.
Guillaume Latendresse rules all, right? Indeed, though didn't do much tonight.
- Can the Wild look much better than the anemic performance against Phoenix? Not so much.
- How will Cody Almond look in his NHL debut? 2:59 TOI. Who knows what he can really do.