"It's a trap!" was the line bellowed by Mon Calamari Admiral Akbar in Star Wars' Return of the Jedi. Sometimes the hardest thing about sports is playing an opponent you clearly are better than and staying at the top of your game. Mentally speaking, athletes sometimes allow themselves to not focus the same they would against an opponent they feel are equal or superior to themselves. The result of that lack of focus is sloppy play and games that can turn out to be major disappointments or far more difficult than they should be. Minnesota has played well as of late but they would be wise to not overlook the Hurricanes or they could miss out on an opportunity the way they did when they lost to the lowly Florida Panthers.
Carolina has had trouble scoring, scoring just 8 in their last 7 games but those the kind of stats that make this one your classic 'trap' game. The last time the Wild played in Raleigh (Nov. 15th, 2009), the Wild got goals from Robbie Earl and John Scott. Yes, John Scott. So to say its been awhile is a bit of an understatement. The Wild is due to have some success in Carolina and keep their strong month going. Will they play to their level and take care of business or will they have a let down?
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