*The Wild's busiest days of the week this season are Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. They have 14 games on each of those days. The least-busy day of the week is Monday, when they only have 6 games. There are 28 weeks in the regular season. The day-by-day breakdown: Sunday 14 (50%), Monday 6 (21.4%), Tuesday 11 (39.3%), Wednesday 12 (42.8%), Thursday 14 (50%), Friday 11 (39.3%), Saturday 14 (50%).
*The Wild play the Avalanche on four of the next five Sundays.
*Give the Devils their due: they're 6 games into their season-opening 9 game road trip, and they've managed to stay at 0.500 (3-3-0). As the Prudential Center (and a night in their own beds) gets closer and closer, if they can manage to stay within shouting distance of the division leaders (currently Philly, by just two points) they could use the emotional lift of going home and to a new arena that will probably be full for at least a few games - a rare delicacy for the Devils - to amass some momentum heading into the holiday season.
*Don't forget that the Thrashers' 0-6-0 start isn't the whole story. They were swept by the Rangers in the first round of the playoffs last season. I'd say a streak of 0-10-0 for a playoff team was enough to warrant dismissal of the head coach.
*The Sharks, off to a shaky 3-2-1 start, are 3-1-1 on the road. This team is too good not to figure it out at home, and if they can continue putting up points in white jerseys...
*Carey Price is starting tonight for the Habs against the Senators. One of Huet or Halak will be in street clothes. Meanwhile, teams like the Kings continue to toil in goaltending misery.
*Ray Emery is available tonight for Ottawa, but white-hot Martin Gerber will get the nod.
*Milan Hejduk has a sore back. Fredrik Modin, Marty Turco, Marcel Hossa, Rick Nash, Zbynek Michalek, Boyd Devereaux, Kyle Wellwood, Carlo Colaiacovo, Martin Havlat and Todd Bertuzzi all also made the infirmary roster.
*This is awesome.
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Sports Book Pick 10/18/07
Take the Flyers (-120) at home against the Devils tonight, in a battle of Martys.
Season record: 5-6
Season Winning %: .455
Last 10: 4-6
Aeros lost again last night. The Junior Wild Bunch are winless on the season, with Wild prospects not named Clutterbuck doing a whole bunch o' nothin'. Cannot imagine the brass in MN is happy. At least Pouliot dressed.
Very nice Wild mention on Mirtle today, by the way. I am loving the attention the Moms in the stands got on the road trip. Wish they would have shown them split screened during some of the fights, though, that would have been hilarious. You'd thnk the boys might shy away from the rough stuff during these past few games with their mothers up in the stands, but it sure didn't turn out that way.
man...have you watched the Aeros games? Why are they losing?
No, they don't have a TV contract, so I just saw the opener. That night they looked like a team whose players had just come together 4 days before (which they had, after the WIld's final cuts). Evidently they still look like that. They have a week off between games after this Saturday, so Constantine has some time to implement systems, changes, etc.
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