Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 5/6/13
ST. PAUL, Minn. One of the key factors many used against the Minnesota Wild entering the playoffs was the lack of postseason experience from the young Wild. With starting goaltender Niklas Backstrom being injured in pregame warmups, the lineup for Game 1 of Minnesota's series against the Chicago Blackhawks included goaltender Josh Harding and his one career playoff game. The defense included Ryan Suter (39 postseason games) and five players making their NHL playoff debuts. The forward group included another four players making their debut. The Wild's experienced players have tried to mentor the young group along the way, such as veteran Matt Cullen, who now has 66 playoff games under his belt and has won a Stanley Cup. Cullen, 36, remembers when he was the one being mentored. "You can just say it," Cullen joked about being old. "You never really think about it. It just happens. It happened so fast. I still remember being a rookie in Anaheim with (Paul) Kariya and (Teemu) Selanne...
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Mariota’s lack of red flags was a concern for NFL teams

Tigers are officially “rebooting”

Jerry Jones backs Roger Goodell amid Deflategate controversy

Brady, agent contacted AT&T in attempt to retrieve deleted texts

Report: Chancellor 'strongly considering a camp holdout'

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Colts become favorites to win AFC with Brady suspended

Dodgers reportedly acquire Mat Latos and Michael Morse

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians calls Jen Welter a 'trailblazer'

Troy Tulowitzki felt 'blindsided' by trade to Blue Jays

Drew Storen not happy about Jonathan Papelbon trade

Kraft apologizes for accepting team Deflategate penalty

All Panthers home games will also be broadcast in Spanish

Report: Rangers are front-runner for Cole Hamels

Giants owner calls Pierre-Paul debacle ‘very disappointing’

Panthers WR cited for marijuana paraphernalia, had child in car

Bruins-Canadiens Winter Classic details announced

Jay Bruce and Carlos Gonzalez: Twin trade chips

Next summer's top 10 NBA free agents

Canseco will live as a woman to support Caitlyn Jenner

Giants owner says nobody from team has seen JPP's hand

Conor McGregor admits he's intimidated by Ronda Rousey

NFL requests police guard Roger Goodell's Maine home

Baseball Hall of Fame changes voter eligibility rules

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Next summer's top 10 NBA free agents

Who is the NL's new top shortstop?

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians calls Jen Welter a 'trailblazer'

Mets still act like a small-market team

Tom Brady: I did nothing wrong

NFL upholds Tom Brady's suspension, legal battle likely

Cardinals hire first female NFL coach

Larry Bird: Michael Jordan would kill me in 1-on-1 now

Seau family: HOF broke their word

Kobe to see time at power forward next year

Mike Pettine not ruling out Manziel

Galette appears to unload on Payton

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker