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CreaseAndAssist

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  1. Gritty Effort Is Rewarded in 3-2 Wild Win Over Tampa Bay The Wild are lucky Tampa Bay was overlooking us tonight. We were able to get enough offense to win and defend when we needed to. Stalock made the key stops to keep Tampa Bay sleepwalking...not pretty, but we'll take it. Foligno had another great game, and so did Greenway. Koivu stayed on the 4th line, and that's where he needs to say. He can't freakin' move, almost at all. I have a full game recap, an extended Iowa Wild report, prospect news and the latest MN High School hockey rankings...enjoy.
  2. The skating is still bad. I don't think its going to get much better, only hope it happens is because he adds strength. But I'd find it hard to believe the USNDT didn't emphasize strength training a lot already.
  3. Thanks for the assist. I'm not sure why it didn't work.
  4. Pronman's Top 72 Players outside the NHL 3 Wild players made this list including (spoiler alert) Matt Boldy. Not sure I agree with it, but even he agrees the reports are mixed on this guy.
  5. [Hidden Content] Minnesota Wild (20-20-6) 46pts 7th in the Central 2.98 Goals For Per Game (18th in the NHL) 3.37 Goals Against Per Game (29th in the NHL) 17.5% Power Play (22nd in the NHL) 76.5% Penalty Kill (26th in the NHL) Top 5 Scorers: 1. #12 Eric Staal ~ 16G 17A = 33pts 2. #20 Ryan Suter ~ 6G 24A = 30pts 3. #11 Zach Parise ~ 16G 12A = 28pts 4. #22 Kevin Fiala ~ 9G 17A = 26pts 5. #16 Jason Zucker ~ 12G 12A = 24pts Top 3 PIM’s: 1. #38 Ryan Hartman ~ 50 PIM’s 2. #18 Jordan Greenway ~ 37 PIM’s 3. #19 Luke Kunin ~ 34 PIM’s Top Goaltenders: 1. #40 Devan Dubnyk (8-11-2) 3.16GAA .898%SP 1SO 2. #32 Alex Stalock (9-7-3) 3.01GAA .903%SP 1SO Vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (28-14-4) 60pts 2nd in the Atlantic 3.57 Goals For Per Game (3rd in the NHL) 2.89 Goals Against Per Game (9th in the NHL) 27.4% Power Play (2nd in the NHL) 83.1% Penalty Kill (5th in the NHL) Top 5 Scorers: 1. #86 Nikita Kucherov ~ 18G 32A = 50pts 2. #91 Steve Stamkos ~ 18G 27A = 45pts 3. #77 Victor Hedman ~ 9G 32A = 41pts 4. #21 Brayden Point ~ 18G 22A = 40pts 5. #17 Alex Killorn ~ 19G 19A = 38pts Top 3 PIM’s: 1. #98 Mikhail Sergachev ~ 39 PIM’s 2. #37 Yanni Gourde ~ 32 PIM’s 3. #81 Erik Cernak ~ 27 PIM’s Top Goaltenders: 1. #88 Andrei Vasilevskiy (23-9-2) 2.58GAA .916%SP 2SO 2. #35 Curtis McElhinney (5-5-2) 3.10GAA .904%SP MNSOTA wrote up the game preview, I'll be on the post gamer. As rough as it was for this team against Pittsburgh, I think this game could even be worse. The Lightning are on fire lately, and playing that deadly combination of putting 4+ goals easily per night and not giving up much defensively. That doesn't bode well for the Wild who are playing about as bad defensively as they have all season, especially on the penalty kill where they can't they're are almost money for giving up (at least) one power play goal per game. What do you all think?
  6. It didn't matter. The team as a whole wasn't ready to play. That's not on Boudreau. Boudreau owned up to the mistake, many of the veterans continue to believe they never make mistakes even if they were on the ice for 6 out of the 7 goals scored. Then you have, 'everything is just fine' Dubnyk who acts like this is just a minor bump in the road and that we'll be in the playoffs for sure after any loss he has. The only honest broker in this 'room' is Marcus Foligno. Parise, he seems to almost enjoy not getting along with this coach.
  7. Sam Anas has also been playing very well as of late. That was a nice rebound win for them after their previous outing against Bakersfield. Gerald Mayhew is just a machine and I hope he gets another shot with the big club.
  8. It might be even uglier tomorrow night against the Lightning. I don't think its a stretch to say we have a good chance of losing by 6-7 against them too.
  9. Uh huh. So that's why they keep playing him to death on the power play. Or is it a vet that doesn't want to practice anymore? Oh, we're supposed to work on the penalty kill? Ah crap...my ankle hurts Gabby...sorry. Boudreau turns to another coach, that's the 5th time he's done this during PK practice.
  10. I don't get this one at all. The Golden Knights are playing up-tempo fun hockey, they've had nothing but success. Yes, they didn't win the Stanley Cup but got super close. They were good last year, and they're good this year. I agree with @IllaZilla, this reads like an Onion article to me. Did he say or do something to just trigger a termination? This just seems terribly odd at a really strange time to do it. Wasn't he supposed to be the Pacific All Star coach too?
  11. Nice! Do you get paid for that gig or is that strictly volunteer with free beers or something like that?
  12. I think the Wild will look extra sluggish like they played the night before in Vancouver and hopped on board the red-eye to Pittsburgh. The Penguins embarrassed the Wild last time with kids from Wilkes-Barre making our regulars look like crap.
  13. I listened to the game in Bakersfield. The Wild started out ok, but then the wheels fell off quickly.
  14. Wild vs. Penguins Game Preview Minnesota Wild (20-19-6) 46pts 6th in the Central 2.98 Goals For Per Game (18th in the NHL) 3.29 Goals Against Per Game (26th in the NHL) 17.5% Power Play (22nd in the NHL) 76.5% Penalty Kill (25th in the NHL) Top 5 Scorers: 1. #12 Eric Staal ~ 16G 17A = 33pts 2. #20 Ryan Suter ~ 6G 24A = 30pts 3. #11 Zach Parise ~ 14G 12A = 26pts 4. #22 Kevin Fiala ~ 9G 16A = 25pts 5. #16 Jason Zucker ~ 12G 12A = 24pts Top 3 PIM’s: 1. #38 Ryan Hartman ~ 50 PIM’s 2. #18 Jordan Greenway ~ 37 PIM’s 3. #19 Luke Kunin ~ 34 PIM’s Top Goaltenders: 1. #40 Devan Dubnyk (8-10-2) 3.16GAA .898%SP 1SO 2. #32 Alex Stalock (9-7-3) 3.01GAA .903%SP 1SO Vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (28-12-5) 61pts 2nd in the Metropolitan 3.36 Goals For Per Game (9th in the NHL) 2.71 Goals Against Per Game (7th in the NHL) 18.9% Power Play (20th in the NHL) 81.5% Penalty Kill (13th in the NHL) Top 5 Scorers: 1. #71 Evgeni Malkin ~ 13G 31A = 44pts 2. #17 Bryan Rust ~ 18G 20A = 38pts 3. #58 Kris Letang ~ 10G 18A = 28pts 4. #19 Jared McCann ~ 13G 13A = 26pts 5. #24 Dominik Kahun ~ 10G 16A = 26pts Top 3 PIM’s: 1. #71 Evgeni Malkin ~ 34 PIM’s 2. #17 Bryan Rust ~ 24 PIM’s 3. #72 Patric Hornqvist ~ 19 PIM’s Top Goaltenders: 1. #35 Tristan Jarry (15-6-1) 2.08GAA .932%SP 3SO 2. #30 Matt Murray (13-6-4) 2.91GAA .896%SP 1SO MNSOTA wrote up the game preview, I'll be on the post gamer. This game could very well be a major embarrassment for this club. National television, Guerin against his former organization...and a team that is playing like the Country Club is back together. I know MNSOTA's preview isn't too hopeful, but isn't that the kind of vibe around this team right now? Enjoy and discuss...
  15. Well I think the team makes it obvious when its really trying to set up Dumba for a goal. Where players don't take advantage of a shooting lane to try keep sending passes to Dumba and hoping he'll just blast one in. If Dumba was smart, he'd try to get one by moving in close and crashing the net instead of trying to score on a big slap shot.
  16. You are probably right. Some that may watch will wonder why the North Stars changed their name.
  17. Markstrom, Canucks Shut Down the Wild in 4-1 Victory Kind of predictable. Another 2 day lay off and we look like the tired team while Vancouver was ready to play and outworked us most of the game. Pateryn didn't do anything for me, and neither did Zucker beyond yapping at the officials and taking some lazy penalties. Embrace the tank is back in full swing folks! Full game recap, an Iowa Wild report and a ton of prospect news. Enjoy...
  18. Woo hoo...the Blues. Yea, that really gets Wild fans riled up. I guess that will mean Keith Tkachuk will get to cross-check Wes Walz in the throat again, if it keeps Wes from talking so much during the broadcast maybe its not so bad afterall.
  19. Boldy had a big night last night, for him at least. A goal and an assist. But still...pretty mundane. I watched part of his game last night against UMass. I see a kid that has the lateral quickness to win some of the small races in the offensive zone, but no real speed. Decent stickhandler...I'll give him that, but not a lot of forward lean. Kind of a take 2-3 strides and glide kind of a player. This kid played for the U.S. National Development program where he had the probably the most attentive training a young player could ask for in the U.S. and he's still skating like that. Boston College is a high quality program as well. Luckily for them, they have enough other players performing well they don't really have to care too much he's not pulling his weight scoring-wise. Boldy is tied for 2nd on the team with 54 shots on goal. Just to make some easy comparables with other kids he was drafted with in the 1st round last summer that are playing college hockey. Mind you, these are all kids like Boldy who made the jump from Jr. A or High School to the NCAA ranks. So all of these kids are freshman, probably all 18 years old... MATT BOLDY (Boston College) - 2G 4A = 6pts 54 SOG's Drafted BEFORE Boldy Alex Turcotte (Wisconsin) - 6G 10A = 16pts 42 SOG's Trevor Zegras (Boston U.) - 6G 13A = 19pts 46 SOG's Drafted AFTER Boldy in the 1st round Alex Newhook (Boston College) - 7G 9A = 15pts 35 SOG's Cole Caufield (Wisconsin) - 13G 9A = 22pts 86 SOG's John Beecher (Michigan) - 5G 5A = 10pts 44 SOG's Forwards Drafted in 2019 AFTER Boldy in the 2nd round or later playing college hockey this year AS FRESHMAN Shane Pinto (North Dakota) - 10G 6A = 16pts 55 SOG's Bobby Brink (Denver) - 8G 9A = 17pts 60 SOG's John Farinacci (Harvard) - 6G 8A = 14pts 24 SOG's Nick Ambruzzese (Harvard) - 6G 12A = 18pts 31 SOG's Trevor Janicke (Notre Dame) - 7G 3A = 10pts 51 SOG's Owen Lindmark (Wisconsin) - 4G 6A = 10pts 19 SOG's Patrick Moynihan (Providence) - 8G 6A = 14pts 61 SOG's Aiden McDonough (Northeastern) - 8G 10A = 18pts 41 SOG's Andre Lee (UMass-Lowell) - 6G 9A = 15pts 48 SOG's Robert Mastrisimone (Boston U.) - 4G 8A = 12pts 57 SOG's *Vladislav Firstov (UConn) - 6G 7A = 13pts 39 SOG's * - Wild prospect
  20. Wild vs. Canucks Game Preview Minnesota Wild (20-18-6) 46pts 6th in the Central 3.02 Goals For Per Game (16th in the NHL) 3.27 Goals Against Per Game (25th in the NHL) 18.1% Power Play (20th in the NHL) 75.8% Penalty Kill (26th in the NHL) Top 5 Scorers: 1. #12 Eric Staal ~ 16G 17A = 33pts 2. #20 Ryan Suter ~ 6G 24A = 30pts 3. #11 Zach Parise ~ 14G 12A = 26pts 4. #22 Kevin Fiala ~ 9G 16A = 25pts 5. #36 Mats Zuccarello ~ 11G 13A = 24pts Top 3 PIM’s: 1. #38 Ryan Hartman ~ 50 PIM’s 2. #18 Jordan Greenway ~ 35 PIM’s 3. #24 Matt Dumba ~ 33 PIM’s Top Goaltenders: 1. #32 Alex Stalock (9-7-3) 3.01GAA .901%SP 1SO 2. #40 Devan Dubnyk (8-10-2) 3.16GAA .898% 1SO Vs. Vancouver Canucks (24-17-4) 52pts 5th in the Pacific 3.29 Goals For Per Game (10th in the NHL) 3.13 Goals Against Per Game (18th in the NHL) 24.7% Power Play (5th in the NHL) 79.9% Penalty Kill (17th in the NHL) Top 5 Scorers: 1. #40 Elias Pettersson ~ 20G 27A = 47pts 2. #6 Brock Boeser ~ 16G 27A = 43pts 3. #9 J.T. Miller ~ 16G 26A = 42pts 4. #53 Bo Horvat ~ 13G 25A = 38pts 5. #70 Tanner Pearson ~ 12G 21A = 33pts Top 3 PIM’s: 1. #23 Alexander Edler ~ 40 PIM’s 2. #9 J.T. Miller ~ 34 PIM’s 3. #57 Tyler Myers ~ 26 PIM’s Top Goaltenders: 1. #25 Jacob Markstrom (16-12-3) 2.81GAA .914%SP 1SO 2. #35 Thatcher Demko (8-5-1) 3.20GAA .903%SP @MNSOTA wrote up the game preview, I will be on the post-gamer (which by the way will have lots and lots of extras). The Canucks played yesterday afternoon and won 6-3 over Buffalo. The Wild should be fairly well-rested from their one-game road trip, but you know as well as I do that we'll probably look more tired, somehow. The Canucks are fairly youthful, have an excellent power play. Enjoy and discuss...
  21. Well they put him back on the wing, with McBain moving to center. But again...last night with no points, 5 shots and a -1.
  22. I hate Boldy's skating. I think at lower levels its less of an issue but at the NHL level it becomes a real big problem. He's a great stick handler...but he's not scoring for a lack of opportunities at BC. He's getting plenty of ice time, he's shooting the puck. But I hope we see a much better 2020 for him than what he did in 2019.
  23. Inconsistent Effort Dooms Wild in 2-1 Loss to Calgary Too many passengers in a game where you really have to win. At times it looked like we just didn't have any energy. The Wild's best line tonight was the 4th line. Dumba was certainly taking every chance he could to shoot the puck but he's just desperate for a goal. Stalock played well enough and gave the Wild a chance to win in a game where they perhaps didn't quite deserve it. The two misses that hurt the most...Staal's shot off the post, Zuccarello's shot to the side of the goal...and Hartman's failed redirection. Parise and Koivu didn't seem to have a lot of energy, just sort of going through the motions. That isn't good enough. Especially with another fairly long layoff before tonight's game. Even if they had a mandated furlough, you'd have to imagine they had lots of time to watch film and figure things out since Sunday. No excuse for getting outworked. This is a pretty ugly loss...now we're 7pts behind Calgary. I have a full game recap, an extended Iowa Wild report and prospect news too...
  24. Subban wasn't a difference maker in Nashville. He was unnecessary and it was smart on the Predators for finding someone to take him off their hands. Nashville's quality blueline is Josi, Ellis and Ekholm's domain even when P.K. Subban was there. But even they can't make up for sub-par goaltending.

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