The season opener started with such great expectations, with young players now going to be playing primetime roles on the team. Better yet, the young players showed lots of promise and better still the Wild seemed to be embracing a puck possession style that involved less turnovers and more time controlling the play in the opposition's zone. The team played with hustle, confidence and poise against an opponent that the team has traditionally struggled against. However, the good feelings were soured somewhat by a 3rd period let down that allowed the Los Angeles Kings to tie the game and ultimately take the extra point in the shootout in a game where the Wild held a distinct advantage in shots on goal. So is it same old Wild already? A team that teases at improvement and then takes a step back?
The Wild hopes to answer back with a victory against a Anaheim Ducks squad that got slammed 6-1 by Colorado. The Ducks struggled against the Avalanche's speed and were embarassed. Although the game probably was more noted for its clash of egos after some chirping by Corey Perry towards new Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy turned into a firery exchange where he ended up trying to shove a pane of plexiglass into the face of Ducks bench boss Bruce Boudreau. Boudreau's team will be hungry and motivated when they drop the puck tonight in St. Paul. Will the Wild show fans they can finish after a good start or will the Ducks prompt Wild fans to question what sort of team they have on their hands?
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