Minnesota Wild goaltender Cam Talbot is the first to admit he’s not the most creative guy in the world. Which explains why he lets Swedish artist Dave Gunnarsson have carte blanche with his mask designs.

They connected for the first time nearly a decade ago when Talbot was breaking into the league with the New York Rangers. That’s when Gunnarsson first developed the Ghostbusters theme that has followed Talbot ever since.

“He’s always wanted to do (a Ghostbusters theme) for a goalie that played in New York,” Talbot said. “It obviously makes a little bit more sense being that’s where the movie was filmed and everything. Once my first mask came out, everyone loved it and it became kind of my M.O.”

No matter where Talbot’s career has taken him, from the Edmonton Oilers to the Philadelphia Flyers to Calgary Flames, he always gets messages from fans asking him to bring the Ghostbusters theme to their respective team.

“It’s kind of taken on a life of its own,” Talbot said. “It’s my identity now on my mask.”

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It’s only right that Talbot has continued the Ghostbusters theme with the Wild. He actually has two masks this season — one matte and one glossy — and both masks have his children’s initials on the back plate.

“You’ll get to see both of them,” Talbot said. “I’m going to wear them both on this road trip to try them both out and figure out which one I want to wear home and away.”

Faceoff struggles

To say the Wild struggled in the faceoff circle in Thursday’s season opener against the Los Angeles would be putting it lightly.

In fact, it got so bad that coach Dean Evason resorted to using veteran center Nick Bonino as a faceoff specialist late in the game.

In that role Bonino would take a faceoff, then immediately hustle to the bench for a change. He finished 13 for 20 (65 percent) in the game.

“The other night I was timing the puck well,” Bonino said. “There are so many good centers in this league, and I’m sure they’re watching video like I am.”

No other center on the Wild won more than 50 percent of his respective draws. Nick Bjugstad was 0 for 6, Joel Eriksson Ek was 5 for 12, and Victor Rask was 1 for 5. Those numbers make it pretty clear that the Wild will lean heavily on Bonino in the faceoff circle.

“He has done it in this league for a long time, and his faceoffs were real good the other night,” Evason said. “That’s clearly one of his assets, one of his responsibilities, so we will use him in that area. ”

Defensive pairing

There were no lineup changes for Saturday’s game, meaning winger Gerry Mayhew, defenseman Brad Hunt and the entire taxi squad will once again be inactive.

While it’s not uncommon for a team to stick with the same lineup after a win, Evason made it clear that he will rotate guys in and out this season.

“We want to get everybody involved if we can,” Evason said. “I don’t know what it’s going to look like going forward as far as the taxi squad getting in and out of the lineup. It’s game by game. We will make evaluations on how individuals played and obviously how the group played the night before, and then hopefully make the right moves.”