I don't understand, I just don't understand. The team looks like the '79 Islanders at home and the '93 Senators on the road. As I watched last night's game against the Leafs, three things stood out:
1. The team is playing much like my Mites team. It seems like all five skaters on the ice follow the puck like moths to a flame. There's no spreading out, just a conglomeration of Wild on the puck with no one to pass to. I'd even go as far to say that my Mites spread out on the ice better than the Wild do sometimes.
2. Manny gets spooked on the road for some reason. For much of the game last night he looked awesome, stopping everything in sight, but then, out of nowhere, he lets in some pretty weak shit. Two of the four Leafs goals last night were weak and that was the main reason they lost last night. Manny needs consistency like the Vikings need a passing game.
3. Props to Martin Skoula. I thought he had his best game this season last night and made some nice plays. At one point he even got into it with Sundin and showed some grit. Is there hope after all?
Back in Detroit tonight. I'm betting it'll be Manny to start, he'll give up a few softies in the first 10 minutes and then Backstrom will come in and shut the door. Prediction: Wild 9 (Demitra 5, Rolston 3, Ward 1), Red Wings 2 (Holmstrom, Legace).