After watching the first period tonight in the game against Columbus, I've come up with a solution to the Penguins Crisis. Move the Wild to Kansas City, buy the Penguins and move them to St. Paul. When the Wild went down 1-0 early tonight against the Bluejackets I switched over to the Leafs-Pens game and never switched back. It was a strange comparison of teams...the Wild and their offensive disabilities versus the free-flying Penguins.
It's just fun to watch the Penguins play these days. They play an exciting brand of hockey that leads to a game of constant odd-man rushes on both ends of the rink. Fleury never has an easy shot to stop and watching Jordan Staal develop is fascinating. Add the best player in hockey and you've got a terrific product to watch.
The Wild on the other hand just aren't fun to watch these days. Dump and chase. Trap back. Dump and chase. Trap. Penalty kill. Dump and chase again and so on...
I know true hockey fans will say a tense 2-1 game is better than a 6-5 shootout, and I agree for the most part, but try watching twenty five straight 2-1 games in a row. It really wears a hockey fan down. We need Marian to return soon, however unlikely. (*)
(*) Be warned, reports are starting to leak out that Marian's done for the year. I hope I hope I hope these are unfounded, untrue rumors, but I'm starting to believe. If that's the case I may move to KC and start Penguin Puck Banter.