Mike Brophy of SportsNet.ca dropped the Wild a firm four spots this week. While I completely agree with the drop, the reasoning lacks a firm grasp of the situation. In blasting the Wild, it is easy to target the goalie. The “experts” should know better.
This week, they take the easy way out, with Brophy, too, laying the blame on Backstrom:
Normally steady goaltender Nicklas Backstrom has surrendered 18 goals in his last three outings.
Normally steady Backstrom got let down by his team. Let’s see you climb in there and stop 35 shots a game, including twenty in one period. Not. Going. To happen.