Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Wild: Road Warriors

Remember the first half of last season, when the Wild couldn't have bought a road win even if Tim Donaghy was reffing? JL said something about the team would have to at least get back to .500 on the road to even have a shot at making the playoffs? Well the Wild started playing better on the road, made the playoffs, and....then got squashed by the Fowl.

But their play on the road has continued to be strong so far this pre-season. Their last three games have all been on the road, and they've all been wins. Admittedly, to say that pre-season play is predictive of regular season play is not exactly defensible. But it is encouraging anyway.

Last night, the Wild nipped the Sabres 2-1 on a pair of goals from Brian Rolston. According to the usual sources (Strib, PioPress) Pouliot played a lot of center and didn't appear to hurt his chances of making the team. Kalus also seems to be hanging around. And Colton Gillies got his first action for the Wild. Foy continues to buzz around and hit stuff, but his inability to finish might be a problem.

The Wild host Erik Johnson and the Blues tomorrow, and then have two more pre-season games after that. So I would think the coaches will want to have the roster pretty much set after the Blues game.


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