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SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- The fact that the Minnesota Wild have scored just one goal in the last seven periods of hockey at home would be a cause of great concern for most NHL teams. And while theres always a desire for more offense, when youre getting goaltending on the level of what Devan Dubnyk is doing lately, you can keep your head above water.The Wild head into their Saturday night home meeting with the Colorado Avalanche as Dubnyk is coming off his NHL-best fourth shutout of the season -- a dramatic 1-0 win vs. the Boston Bruins on Thursday -- and leading the league in all the statistical categories. So the recent lack of goal support is less concerning for a goalie thats allowed nine goals in his past nine games.Its not my job to score, Dubnyk said after blanking the Bruins for the second time this season. Its my job to work with the guys and defend. I have zero complaints with how the guys have been defending for me and playing. You take pride in that. This is a fun group to be out on the ice with right now in our end. You enjoy that time while theyre playing as well as they are for me. I got no question in here that these guys can put the puck in the net.Although when they played the Avalanche in Denver two weeks ago, it was one of only two times this season that the Wild didnt score, suffering a 1-0 loss when Colorado goalie Calvin Pickard stopped all 32 shots he faced. The Avalanche are just 2-4-1 since then, and are coming off a loss in Dallas where they fell behind 3-0 early, rallied to pull within a goal, but fell short anyway. The nearly-complete comeback didnt draw many words of praise from Colorados first-year coach.I loved our guys effort for the final 40 minutes, but unfortunately 40 minutes doesnt get the job done on many occasions, he said. Especially when youre that poor in the first, that was frustrating to watch.The frustration is starting to show for Avalanche star forward Nathan MacKinnon as well, who has just three goals after 16 games. That lack of offense comes after his star turn for Team North America in Septembers World Cup games which had expectations raised among the Colorado faithful.While both teams are battling nagging injuries, the Wild are possibly getting closer to full health, as defenseman Marco Scandella has returned to skating with the team and may be cleared to return to the lineup soon. He has missed the last eight games with a high sprain of his right ankle. The Avalanche were without two offensive stalwarts -- Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene -- in the loss at Dallas, but that did free up ice time for others, and rookie A.J. Greer notched his first NHL point versus the Stars after having been recalled from Colorados AHL team in San Antonio on Thursday. Authentic Nike MLB Jerseys Cheap . 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RENTON, Wash. -- The way general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll have structured the Seattle Seahawks roster and how salaries are spread around created one position group in particular that stands as the biggest question surrounding one of the favorites in the NFC.Seattles offensive line is the biggest unknown on a team with most of its questions answered less than a week into training camp.There remain a few injury questions and some possible changes to the depth chart, but no position appears to be more of a pressing concern than the unproven nature of what could be Seattles starting offensive line.The (offensive) line, there will always be a focus for us there, Carroll said.For the first week of training camp, the Seahawks have gone with the same five linemen taking the first snap with the starting offense during team drills.If Seattle sticks with those five for the regular-season opener on Sept. 11 against Miami, it will go into the regular season with a unit playing in completely different positions than a season ago.Garry Gilliam was Seattles starting right tackle last year, but is being flipped to the left and will be responsible for protecting Russell Wilsons blindside. JMarcus Webb is on his fourth team in five seasons and is being slated as Seattles right tackle.Justin Britt is on his third position in three seasons being moved to center, while second-year Mark Glowinski and rookie Germain Ifedi are the projected starting guards.Its a unit that Seattle believes has potential to be really good. But they have no experience playing together to back up the Seahawks optimism that they can be a successful offense behind such an unproven unit.I know coach (Tom Cable) will put the best five out there and I just want to be one of them, Britt said.The questions about the offensive line followed Seattle for most of last season. It started wwith a training camp shuffle where Britt was moved from right tackle to left guard and converted defensive lineman Drew Nowak was placed at center.dddddddddddd.That experiment lasted about half the season and often was the crux behind Seattles offensive struggles early in the season. By midseason, Nowak was out at center, replaced by Patrick Lewis, and the Seahawks offense took off.The offseason departures of guard J.R. Sweezy and tackle Russell Okung in free agency prompted the next waves of change. But the moves failed to bring comfort to fans who would like to see a more experienced group responsible for protecting Wilson, who was sacked a career-high 45 times last season.As Schneider pointed out just before the start of training camp, its impossible to pay top dollar at every position in a salary cap system. And offensive line is where the Seahawks have sacrificed.The issue then is once youre able to reward what you view as the best football players on your team, then how do you get people to compete at different positions, Schneider said.For us, it just happens to be exactly what youre talking about. Now, we like the group. It just so happens its younger guys that people dont necessarily know.Cable said the real assessment of the continuity of the projected starters shouldnt be made until after the first couple of preseason games. The Seahawks would like to avoid making the major changes they did last year during training camp.I think the fairness of that question is after youve played a couple of preseason games do they look like they are on the same page, particularly communication wise, Cable said. Then youll find the answer to that.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/AP-NFL ' ' '

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