Oh hey, just what the Wild needed, another road trip.
This time we get three games in four days against the Eastern Conference Canadian Contingent.
You read that right - 12 noon start time today. Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!
Ottawa might be the best chance on this road trip to catch that elusive first win. But you'll excuse me if I'm less than optimistic. All the HockeyStats in the world can't cover up the fact that the Wild are mixing in some atrociously bad stretches that are costing them games. When those awful 5-minute breakdowns go away, then we'll get to see some wins. Does it happen this week? Part of me wants to see them go 0-10, just to see what Russo writes about at that point.
The Maple Leafs are really good. A road game against Toronto isn't fun for anyone, let alone a team that is allowing more than 5 goals a game. Be sure to tune in for that one, because that'll be the one that the Wild inexplicably pull together and dominate (see last season's decimation of the Lightning in the midst of a truly lackluster second half).
The Canadiens are ... good, I think? I don't know, it's the Eastern Conference, I don't pay attention to these teams. Let's assume that they have been playing better hockey than the Wild. Fair?
GAME 4 RECAP - PITTSBURGH 7, MINNESOTA 4
Four Wild goals!
The Wild continued their highly amusing streak of allowing an empty net goal in every game this season. These are the little details that can drive a goal differential past "sad" and into "ludicrous".