The Minnesota Wild are the NHL’s best story to date in the 2016-17 season.
The Wild’s goal differential is a staggering +62. Only the Washington Capitals are better — and with an offensive player like Nik Backstrom and a great goaltender like Braden Holtby we shouldn’t be surprised at the Caps’ success.
Minnesota’s stellar goaltending and offensive prowess has caught many, including me, off guard.
The NHL’s best goaltender, Devan Dubnyk, is with his fourth team in the league. You may recall there were some Oiler fans ready to run the Regina product out of the Alberta capital six or seven years ago. He leads the league in wins and has the best goals-against average.
Up front, Mikael Granlund has already put up a career-high 60 points with 18 games to go in the regular season.
Veteran coach Bruce Boudreau has iced a team that can seemingly play any way the opposition wants and still win. What is yet to be determined is if this formula will work come playoff time.