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Minnesota Wild vs Columbus Blue Jackets: Game One

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Minnesota Wild (0-0-0) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (0-1-0)

Xcel Energy Center @ 7:00 PM CDT Television: Fox Sports North
Listen Live at: KFAN (100.3) or listen here

For the Columbus perspective, check out The Cannon

Minnesota Wild
Columbus Blue Jackets

Devin Setoguchi - Mikko Koivu - Dany Heatley
Guillaume Latendresse - Matt Cullen - Pierre-Marc BouchardBrett Bulmer - Kyle Brodziak - Cal Clutterbuck
Colton Gillies - Darroll Powe - Nick Johnson

Greg Zanon - Marek Zidlicky
Marco Scandella - Nick Schultz
Clayton Stoner - Justin Falk

Niklas Backstrom
Josh Harding

Rick Nash - Jeff Carter - Vinny Prospal
Cam Atkinson - Antoine Vermette - RJ Umberger
Derick Brassard - Ryan Johansen - Maksim Mayorov
Matt Calvert - Samuel Pahlsson - Derek Dorsett

Fedor Tyutin - Grant Clitsome
Marc Methot - Radek Martinek
Kris Russell - David Savard

Steve Mason
Curtis Sanford

Opening night, Wild fans. The long national nightmare is over, and hockey is... back.

The Wild get a familiar foe, having faced them plenty in the preseason, with some fiery angst boiling just under the surface. We still have yet to determine the source of this bitterness, but it may have something to do with allowing Todd Richards to be there. Clearly, the Wild should be punished for that.

Opening night means everyone starts with the same record. It also means that the Wild need to lose the confusion and little mistakes of the preseason, figure out the system, and get it done. Sixty minutes, "shooter's mentality," all of it. They need to pull it together, and they need to do it right now.

Hope springs eternal, right up until the puck drops. Then it is time to put up or shut up.

Welcome back, hockey.

Five Questions:

  1. Game one, how do they look?
    Is Brett Bulmer the real deal?
    How does the defense look?
    Out shooting or out shot?
    What will the fans' reaction to Todd Richards be?