Wild win 1-0. Since I did not see the game I can not make any kind of personal comments on it. By the sounds of it the Wild played poorly, with the exception of Backstrom, and were lucky to come away with two points. The fact that it was two points in regulation, however, is a good thing and hopefully portends better luck at closing teams out before OT than the Wild had last season.
What can you say about Backstrom? It's only one game, but it has to give the guys confidence that he's no one-hit wonder.
BOTTOM LINE: Two points is two points. It's a cliche, but good teams find ways to win even when they aren't playing their best.
STUD: Nik. Shutout, and it sounds like he was the best guy on the ice for the Wild.
DUD: Everyone else?
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Sports Book Pick (SBP) 10/5/07
Take the Canucks -120. The Sharks lost in a SO last night in Edmonton, then flew to Vancouver for the Canucks' home opener tonight.
*Last night's pick (Predators -120) worked out as Nashville stomped on Budaj and the Avs 4-0.
Season record: 1-0
Season winning %: 1.000
Season money: + $8.00
*Presumes each bet is $10.