Minneosta @ Columbus
Columbus made the playoffs last year for the first time, while the Wild stayed home. So it makes sense that this is essentially the same Blue Jackets team, while the Wild completely restructured its front office and quite a bit of it’s on-ice personnel.
Stat of the day – Career coaching losses:
- Lemaire – 414
- Richards – 0 (clearly an upgrade)
I’m guessing both of these teams will fall somewhere in the 6-10 range in the conference by the end of the season, so it would be good to set the tone early.
Bold prediction – Pining for the days of Lemaire’s ‘defense first’ sytem, Niklas Backstrom allows goals on the first 5 shots of the season before being lifted for Josh Harding. Because our new coach forbids playing defense, it doesn’t get any better. Columbus 10, Wild 1.