Great win for the team last night in Denver. Marian played like a Top 5 player in the league, Backstrom was solid and they put some distance between themselves and the Avalanche. Losing Manny won't be a huge loss for this team; Backstrom is Mr. Consistent, albelit not spectacular, and won't let many softies in. We're comin, and we're headed for the No. 3 seed when all is said and done.
If you haven't done so already, I heartily recommend checking out Star Tribune writer Michael Russo's blog. Russo's a true hockey expert who covers the team for the paper and his blog has been great so far, with plenty of tidbits about the team that you wouldn't know. He also shares his knowledge of the Florida Panthers, the team he covered for a decade before moving north.
Two huge appetizer nights coming up: tomorrow night the Wild are in Phoenix, so I'm going to go Southwestern and make some fajitas for the game. For Super Bowl Sunday I'm undecided as of now; your suggestions are welcome.