Unorthodox week, to say the least.1. Now that former Minnesota Duluth Bulldog Brett Hull is the "co-interim GM" in Dallas,...
BRUCE BISPING ¥ firstname.lastname@example.orgSt. Paul, MN., Thursday, 10/30/2007. Wild vs Penguins. (left to right) Wild's Pierre-Marc Bouchard celebrated with Brian Rolston after Rolston tied the score with the Penguins in the 3rd period.
WILD WEEK IN REVIEWRecord: 1-3
Good thing Edmonton always pops up on the schedule. After dropping the first two games of its four-game trip to each division rival, the Wild waltzed into Edmonton and scored two power-play goals in a 4-2 victory. This came one game after Kristian Huselius scored the winning goal in the final minute in Calgary. Friday, the Wild gave up four first-period goals in a 6-2 loss at Vancouver.
STAR TRIBUNE'S STAR OF THE WEEK: Mark Parrish, left wing
The sniper was on a four-game point streak (three goals, six points) before leaving Friday's game at Vancouver because of a strained back. He had been the Wild's most consistent player recently, especially at taking hits to make plays. In fact, when he got bowled over by physical defenseman Dion Phaneuf while assisting on one of Mikko Koivu's goals in Calgary, it was the definition of the hockey cliché "taking a hit to make a play."
THIS WEEK: Four gamesToday: vs. Colorado, 5 p.m.; Wednesday: vs. Vancouver, 7 p.m.; Friday: vs. Columbus, 1 p.m.; Saturday: at Nashville, 7 p.m.
Finally back home, the Wild opens a three-game homestand with consecutive games against division rivals to wrap up its eight straight games against divisional opponents. It then hosts a post-Thanksgiving matinee with the much-improved Blue Jackets, who are always a difficult opponent.
"Nik [Backstrom], whos been so strong for us, probably lets the worst goal Ive seen in since hes been with the Wild. Do I expect that to happen again?"
Wild GM Doug Risebrough, on Calgarys winner Tuesday