I’ll be honest, I’ve seen better Minnesota Wild games than the one I watched last night in a sparse Philips Arena press box. But I got a text from a couple friends that already started predicting a doomsday for the Wild (I won’t reveal their names because that seems to be the new trend started by the Chicago Sun Times). Really? We’re going to get upset over one loss after a three-game win streak and four key players still missing from the lineup?
I think we need to step back a bit and realize that there will be clunkers. Every team has them. The Blackhawks had them last year. The Penguins had them the year before. The Wild gets right back at it tonight, and with a win, all that remains from last night’s game is a scoresheet, which unfortunately we have to keep for our records.
Now then, Marco Scandella will make his NHL debut tonight, which is exciting, because I really think this guy could end up being a star defenseman in the years to come. I don’t want to put to much pressure on a kid that’s 20 years old, and I realize that very few young defensemen come in and are dominant, with Drew Doughty being one of the few exceptions. But sometimes, you just have that feeling after watching a kid play, and he has that look of a big, multi-faceted blueliner. I’m excited for the Scandella era, even if it only lasts a game or two before Marek Zidlicky returns.
Todd Richards had an entertaining media scrum today, poking fun at a couple of the media folks assembled. He was asked about playing with current Florida Panther Darcy Hordichuk when they were teammates with the Orlando Solar Bears. Richards had a big smile on his face, and then alluded to how fearless (or possibly crazy?) “Hordy” was. He said, “Youtube his fights against Mel Angelstatd. Honest to (Goodness), they might be two of the best fights you’ll ever see. Richards wasn’t lying. Here’s Round 1 and here’s Round 2. Wow!
That’s it for now!