These guys again? Thanks schedule makers. The Wild are looking to start the year 2-0 in Colorado tonight as they play the Avalanche for the second time in three nights. Mike Yeo and the players have made it clear they expect a motivated and dangerous Colorado team on their home ice. Was Thursday a fluke, or are the Avs just that bad? Or are the Wild that good? We may get some answers tonight.
Patrick Roy reshuffled his lines, putting Jarome Iginla and Matt Duchene with Ryan O'Reilly on the top line and Nathan MacKinnon, Alex Tanguay and Gabriel Landeskog on the second. The Wild lineup and lines appear to be the same, per Yeo. After posting a 16-save shutout, Darcy Kuemper gets his second start of the year, so you know what that means...
Start time is at 8:00 p.m. Central. Make sure you hang around the Wilderness for a more in-depth game preview and the game thread.
On to the Walk:
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Wild coming back with Darcy Kuemper in Denver | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com- Yeo picks Kuemper over Backstrom.
Wild, Avalanche building a rivalry that should last - TwinCities.com- Is it our best rivalry? Debatable, but it could be getting there.
Damned Lies and Statistics -The Minnesota Wild shooting tendencies under Mike Yeo- Must read stuff from Bob Spencer on where on the ice the Wild like to shoot from.
Gameday preview: Wild at Colorado | Star Tribune- Info on tonight's game.
Interview: Zach Parise Bashes NHL Expansion, Talks Upcoming Season And Marty Brodeur - AlternativeNation.net- Parise does an interview with a radio station, reveals that Marco Scandella has the weirdest taste in music.
Hashtag Hockey Podcast episode 32 – Wild vs Avs: plus ca change, et cetera |- The boys at Hashtag Hockey break down the game and more.
Trending The Fields
Iowa Wild Hockey- The Baby WIld lose their opening game 3-2 to San Antonio. Michael Keranen and Jon Blum had the goals, and Tyler Graovac and Jordan Schroeder picked up two assists.
Iowa Signs Olivier Archambault and Sets Opening Night Lineup- Iowa signs goalie prospect Achambault and sends him to Alaska.
On The Frozen Pond
Gophers hockey hangs on for 4-3 victory over Minnesota Duluth in season-opener | Star Tribune- The Gophers opened the season in the Ice Breaker Tournament with a win over UMD. They will play Louie Nanne and RPI for the championship on Sunday.
Off The Trail
Where the NHL got the Pronger thing wrong (Trending Topics) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Pronger is promoted to the Department of Player Safety. Good idea or bad?
NHL Draft heading to Buffalo in 2016, according to report | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Buffalo gets the draft the year after the McDavid sweepstakes.
Sidney Crosby's unique shooting style baffles goaltenders | theScore- Good stuff from Justin Bourne on what make Sid the Kid so special.
NHL Grab Bag: Welcome Back!- Good news everyone! Sean McIndoe's always entertaining grab bag is back.