The Wild - or more accurately Andrew Brunette and Nik Backstrom - beat the Sabres last night in pre-season action. Bruno had the GTG and then the winner in the shootout. Backstrom earned some kudos from Russo for his play - and stopped 3 of 4 in the shootout which is a nice (if short-term) reversal of his shootout play so far in his NHL career.
Also earning some positive adjectives in the write-ups of late is Tyler Cuma - though it appears far more likely that he will be returned to junior. The Wild is pretty stocked on defense, and he obviously has some eligibility left, but it's nice to see another solid prospect garnering some attention from the bosses.