For all you Wild hockey nostalgists out there, last night's game in Denver was for you.
Was this new-fangled, up-tempo, forecheck-like-a-banshee Todd Richards heathen hockey just wearing you out? Then I hope you caught the snooze-fest at Pepsi Center. It could have been any Wild game from 00-08 if you didn't look at the names on the backs of jerseys.
The Wild, on a goal from Antti Miettinen and a handful of saves from Niklas Backstrom took down the Avs in a 1-0 "Ambien Special."
Here's the thing: have we as Wild fans really bought into this newer style so quickly and thoroughly that last night's game was so obviously a departure from the fan's perspective? I mean, there was all kinds of caterwauling for an end to Lemaire-ian hockey. Most of it from non-State of Hockey peeps, to be sure, but a fair number of Wild fans had also gotten on that bandwagon by the end of the Risebrough/Lemaire regime's tenure.
There's no judgment here, just trying to take the pulse of the fans. Of course, it's easier to love the one you're with, so to speak, when the one you're with is 7-1-1 over their last nine games. But, still....it's not like Devils fans are hating having Lemaire back right now, either. The Wild has less star power this year than last year, and they're not as successful in the win column...yet the product is....better....right?