It’s only been two games so far this season, but the results haven’t been very pretty so far. Further compounding the frustration for Wild fans has been the ridiculous pace of games for their team. Minnesota has only had two games. Meanwhile, the St. Louis Blues, the Chicago Blackhawks, and the Colorado Avalanche have all had four games and all have won at least three of them. The hot start for these three teams and the lack of opportunity to even get standings points have left the Wild at the bottom of the Central Division. It may be the early days, but (once again) the NHL schedulers have not done the Wild any favors. It is never easy starting at the bottom of the standings to get back into a strong position. Obviously things aren’t terribly serious just yet, and it’s not as if the Wild’s current record will project to a 0-41-41 season, but it’s frustrating anyhow.
The Wild take on the Blackhawks tonight. It’s a great opportunity for them to give the Wild something to believe in.
MN Wild know archrival Blackhawks are still team to beat
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Veteran winger Chris Stewart is a proven leader in the locker room and on the ice. Through two games, Stewart leads the Wild with two goals and an assist.
Tending the Fields
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THW senior draft analyst Ryan Pike profiles 22 Western Hockey League prospects to watch for the upcoming 2018 NHL Draft.
Off the Trail
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Early in Wednesday’s Pittsburgh-Washington game, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby bowled over Capitals netminder Braden Holtby.