Friday, October 27, 2006

Tonight's Games (Oct 27)

Los Angeles at Columbus - 7:00 PM
Anaheim at Minnesota - 8:00 PM
Detroit at Dallas - 8:30 PM
Washington at Vancouver - 10:00 PM

Game of the Night

Combined, Anaheim and Minnesota are 15-1-2. Everyone expected that the Ducks would be a Cup contender thanks to their addition of Chris Pronger, but the Wild did not generate much pre-season hype.

Anaheim has yet to lose a game in regulation time. They are coming off a big 6-2 win over Edmonton and have gotten great production out of their youth. Possibly the biggest surprise is that JS Giguere has re-established himself as the team's #1 and has been nothing short of outstanding (1.81 GAA, .940 SVP).

With Roloson finally out of the picture, Fernandez is proving that he can carry a team on his own (1.53 GAA, .949 SVP). Youngster Pierre-Marc Bouchard appears ready to elevate his game to the next level which is great news for an already revamped offense. Star forward Marian Gaborik has played just 65 games in each of his last two seasons and he is already missing time with a groin injury. In previous years Gaborik was the Wild's main source of offense but it seems now that they can stay more than competitive without him.

When these two teams met exactly a week ago the Ducks held on for a 2-1 win at home. I'm predicting that the Wild return the favour tonight in their own building.

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