When I drove by the X an hour before the game, it was all Hawks fans outside. When I went to the Hawks game a couple years ago, the Hawks fans were way louder than the Wild fans, loud and proud. Just kind of a fact, Wild fans are mellow and they don't usually have much to cheer for.
I wish the Wild could play like the Blackhawks. Moving their feet, good puck movement, supporting each other. They all seem to be on the same page. I don't know if that's because of coaching or just something that comes from playing with each other for a while, but I hope the Wild can get there. The way the Wild play just seems sloppy.
There is more than a few people who are becoming skeptics at this point. Personally I think NBC has a little to do with it. I believe they have teams that they would much rather see in the playoffs than some of the decent ones in the West. It's all a ratings game.
I know its moot because they are the #1 team in the Conference/League. But I honestly think they want to do everything in their power to drive ratings high. For that to happen they need the big name team to be hot.
Boy I wish I had your confidence. But I've been in full panic mode for a while now. Columbus was the only glimpse of the good Wild we've seen in a while. We almost saw some of it last night, but then Stoner went and ****ed it all up. We need points, badly. If we don't get anything against the Blues, then we damn well better stomp Columbus into oblivion or we are dead.