Minnesota @ Los Angeles
Right off the bat the Wild are doing the whole West Coast road trip so now we’ve got a whole series of 9:30 starts. Which of course means post-midnight finishes. Hooray! The Wild have zero goals in the first or second periods this season in games that started earlier, so I’m envisioning a warmup where no one can score on Backstrom or Harding and then an offensive explosion right out of the gate.
These five games on the road trip will be a significant challenge, and in the beginning of the season the results of these five games will dominate the team’s record for a while, so a win or two would be nice if only for aesthetic reasons.
Havlat has got 4 assists on the Wild’s 5 goals, I would make some crack about how it’s time he got a goal of his own, but if he keeps that pace up, he can do whatever he pleases.
Bold prediction – Fans will make use of this refrain: It’s early in the season, the Wild are still learning the system. It’s early in the season, the Wild are still learning the system. It’s early in the season, the Wild are still learning the system.