In the first four games, slow starts have hampered the Minnesota Wild. That's a problem they might want to fix ahead of Monday night's visit to the Nashville Predators.
Minnesota (1-1-2) has allowed the first goal three times in four games, including Saturday, when it lost 5-4 in overtime to Carolina. Nashville (4-1-0) has scored the first goal three times in four games, lighting the lamp three times in the last five minutes of the first period Saturday night in its 5-2 win over the New York Islanders.
The Wild were outshot by a whopping 57-23 against the Hurricanes, yet still felt they should have left the rink with two points. They led 4-3 before Justin Williams equalized at 18:51 of the third period, then lost on Sebastian Aho's marker in the extra session.