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01-29-2013, 02:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Mikael Granlund View Post
Backstrom confirmed to get the start. Dunno if I should be worried...

The Wild are actually 3rd in the NW division with the Canucks picking up a loser point last night, and the Oilers winning their game against Colorado. Glad that didn't turn into a three-point game.

Light 'em up, boys!
You should be worried with Backstrom. Good when younger, and in a defensive-oriented system. But under Yeo and at an advanced age, at best he is an average NHL goatender. Things to watch for: how quickly he goes down - too early; once he is down how long it takes for him to get back up, or move when down; and how slow he is side-to-side. Pretty evident on shoot-outs the past several years, but also seeing a youngster like Hackett play last year.

Russo seemed to infer Suter/Brodin may be a long-term pairing. If it works out that way, then I could see Gilbert/Marco, then Falk/Stoner with Spurgeon on third line.

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