Coming right back into it, the experts get up off the mat and throw another punch. This time, FOX Sports’ Robert Picarello has the Wild dropping five spots to 18. This would be a case of having them ranked way to high last week, but a five point drop is a good start to correcting that.
The Minnesota defense was nowhere to be found last week in the team’s two losses, allowing the opposition to fire 68 shots at their net. Niklas Backstrom was just as bad, giving up 13 goals on 66 chances before getting pulled in a 7-4 loss Saturday night in Colorado.
Going to have to disagree with the Backstrom comment, but hey, if you don’t actually watch the games, I could see how you could make that conclusion.