Welcome to game two of the 10-13-2014 regular season Wild fans. Tonight looks like it should be a decent matchup between two teams looking for their first win of the season.
We're not going to rehash Thursday night's loss to the Kings. The Wild played a great game, and everyone in the locker room knows what needs to be done to make sure that the team doesn't have a repeat performance.
The Ducks are coming off a rather embarrassing 6-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday. As Wild coach Mike Yeo said in his morning press conference, the team is expecting a "grumpy" Anaheim Ducks team.
Frankly, the Ducks had a much worse outcome to a game that seemed to be somewhat similar fancy stat wise to the Wild/LA game. The Ducks had the upper hand when it came to those stats, but got dominated on the scoreboard.
While the Ducks appear to be a good test for the Wild tonight, at the same time it shouldn't be all that difficult either (in theory). As we'll hear from Anaheim Calling's managing editor a little later today, the Duck's glaring weakness is their defense. For a team that has the players suiting up for the Wild tonight, scoring shouldn't be an issue.
But as all Minnesota sports fans know, our teams tend to make things that should be easy very difficult. With a young line up, you never really know how things are going to shake out. Add in the fact that the CAPTAIN LINE played an excellent defensive game, even coach Yeo was unimpressed with their offensive game against the Kings.
Mathew Dumba will be making his NHL debut tonight, and Mikael Granlund looks to retain his title of points leader for the Wild. Teemu Selanne will not be playing, and Jonas Hiller will be in net for the Ducks. See you back here in a few hours with the full line up and pre-game talk (Gamethread will go up around 6pm).