It's only fair to point out the good so far for the Wild after pointing out the bad so far for the Wolves.

Some of these things are fairly obvious, but even so they're worth illustrating — again to both see exactly how the Wild is getting it done during this 6-2-1 start and also to see if we should expect more of the same. And it starts right here: Devan Dubnyk.

The Wild goalie was off to a decent start through his first handful of games, but suddenly he looks like a brick wall. With three consecutive shutouts (94 saves total), Dubnyk has looked in large part like the savior he was down the stretch in 2014-15 instead of the average goalie he was much of last season.

Here's where the question of "sustainability" and "regression" become tricky.

Obviously Dubnyk won't put up 73 more shutouts in a row, but that doesn't mean he won't continue to play at a high level.

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