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10-29-2003, 06:00 AM
Surly Furious
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Maybe Gaborik's holdout isn't the problem...

Last night's game showed what good goaltending and defense will do for you. Consider these numbers:

Wild - 23 goals for - only 3 teams have more in the West, and 7 overall. Everybody says the Wild are really missing Gaborik - these numbers indicate otherwise.

Wild - 27 goals against - tied for worst in the west. Only Washington and Buffalo have allowed more.

If the Wild get back to the kind of hockey they are used to playing, they might do well after all, with or without Gaborik. Hopefully, for Wild fans anyway, this road trip got them back on the right track.

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