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Can the Minnesota Wild Challenge for the Central Division?

Zach Parise

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The Minnesota Wild have listened to how good every team in their division is. Whether it’s the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, the St. Louis Blues or the revamped Dallas Stars, Minnesota has to be thinking, “what about us?”

Are their concerns legitimate, though? They do play in a division that is loaded with talent and appears to be tougher than others. The surprise team in the division so far is the Colorado Avalanche, who sit at 5-0 and are at the top. The Blues are 4-0 and in second, but then you have the Wild sitting at third ahead of the defending champs. I know there’s a lot of hockey to be played, but should the Wild be taken more seriously when it comes to winning the division?

The Wild are full of talented guys that can put the puck into the net. With Mikko KoivuZach PariseDany Heatley and Jason Pominville, the Wild have plenty of guys that can step up night in and night out. Their goalie, Josh Harding, is also boasting a 1.06 goals against average. The season is young and obviously you don’t expect the number to stay that low, but it does show the type of goalie he is and what he is capable of doing.

The question may not be how good Minnesota is going to be, but how good is the rest of the division going to be. As previously stated, the top two teams in the division are currently undefeated and the division also has the defending champions. This will be a tough division for anyone to win outright. It doesn’t mean, however, they can’t make the playoffs. If they keep playing like they have been, the Wild will see themselves playing more than the 82 game regular-season schedule.

Greg Higgins is NHL contributor for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter: @greghiggins457, Like him on Facebook, and add him to your network on Google.

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