With the NHL's unbalanced schedule, the Wild play each of the other teams in the Northwest Division 8 times, but here we are 17 games into the season and I have yet to see them play the Oilers or Flames. The first time they play the Flames is Game 28 and the Oilers in Game 31. Now don't get me wrong here, absence does not make the heart grow fonder. I'm sure that by the time we've played 10 minutes against Calgary I'll long for the Kings again, but it's just odd.
Who will win the Roloson-Fernandez duels? Can Gaborik(*) make Robyn Regehr look foolish again? Does Andrei Zyuzin still show enormous promise only to let you down in every way possible? Does Fernando Pisani even still play for the Oilers? I look forward to answering these questions when the other Northwest Division teams enter the schedule a month from now.
(*) Marian Gaborik, in case you've forgotten. Maybe he should've opted for the groin replacement surgery.