Jim Souhan analyzes the local sports scene and advises you to never take his betting advice. He likes old guitars and old music, never eats press box hot dogs, and can be heard on 1500ESPN at 2:05 p.m. weekdays, and Sundays from 10 a.m.-noon.
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Michael Russo, myself and the startribune.com team have loaded the website with photos, videos, blog posts, columns and stories. Here are a few notes you probably don't really need to know heading into Game 1...
-Nino Niederreiter scored two goals, including the game-winner, in Game 7 on Wednesday. He also had an assist, making him, at 21, the fourth-youngest player to record three points in a Game 7. He is the second-youngest to score in OT of a Game 7. (Via Elias and Wild media relations)
-Zach Parise is tied for the NHL lead with 10 points this postseason. That's a career high for his most points in a single series. He set a Wild single-game playoff record with four points in Game 6 against Colorado.
-Parise has scored 25 playoff goals. His dad, J.P., scored 27.
-Mikko Koivu tonight will play in his 24th playoff game, tying him for second-most in Wild history along with Nick Schultz. Marian Gaborik played in 29.
-The Wild is 1-6, including five overtime losses, in the first game of a playoff series. It has lost its last six.
-In the Game 7 victory, the Wild became the first team ever to score four-game tying goals in a GAme 7. (Again via Elias and the Wild.)
-Ryan Suter was on the ice more than any other player during all seven games of the Colorado series.
-Dany Heatley, who began the series as a healthy scratch, wound up leading the team in plus-minus rating at plus-5.
-Charlie Coyle leads the Wild in hits and is tied for the team lead in goals, with three.
-Mikael Granlund has scored points in five straight games.
I'll be on 1500ESPN from 10-noon on Sunday. We'll provide lots of material and a video to startribune.com after the game, and in the Saturday paper. Thanks for reading.
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