In the film Planes, Trains and Automobiles, John Candy and Steve Martin is a story about the ultimate trip from hell. A man decides to be nice and give a lift to a shower ring salesman so he can get back home for Thanksgiving. The salesman is obnoxious and tremendously accident prone and just about all that could go wrong, does. Hopefully the Minnesota Wild have better luck this time around as they travel to Ottawa. A few years ago, the team also had a back-to-back after having played in Montreal the night before but as the team made its way to Canada's capital the truck with the majority of the players' equipment caught fire destroying it all. The team's equipment staff rushed to local hockey shops in Ottawa to buy whatever they could, while another group back in Minnesota rushed off new sweaters and some other gear they had back at Xcel Energy Center. The players played the game in brand new, unworn equipment and their lack of comfort was shown with a sub-par effort. If there are no distractions like that, the Wild should be able to have a better game against an inconsistent Ottawa team.
Both clubs are coming off of ugly losses, and both are making their way back to Ottawa as the Senators played in Philadelphia last night. The Wild have not had a lot of success on the road, and whether its just not quite being ready to play mentally or physically the results speak for themselves. With both teams coming off losses like they are, it could make for a spirited if chippy game. Will the Wild have better luck this time?
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