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Game #1 Wild vs. Vegas 5/16/21 Preview   Minnesota Wild (35-16-5)  75pts  3rd in Honda West 3.21 Goals For Per Game (9th in the NHL) 2.84 Goals Against Per Game (16th in the NHL)   17.6% Power Play (24th in the NHL) 80.8% Penalty Kill (12th in the NHL)   Top 5 Scorers: 1. #97 Kirill Kaprizov ~ 27G 24A = 51pts 2. #22 Kevin Fiala ~ 20G 20A = 40pts 3. #36 Mats Zuccarello ~ 11G 24A = 35pts 4. #18 Jordan Greenway ~ 6G 26A = 32pts 5.

HUGE.  EEK has really arrived this year and proven he has offense too.  Just took some time. 

What a game and Talbot is now out of the doghouse 👊👍

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Just now, bbgarnett said:

Just amazing to have a player that everyone drools over.

It’s only taken us 50 years.  No one really drooled over Bill Goldsworth, Bobby Smith, Neal Broten, Modano, and even Gaborik.  All really good players - some even great - this kid is just different.  He could be Top 3 in the league with help (a Top C).  I cannot wait until he is settled, has support, and hits his peak.  It will be fun to watch and long overdue.  Those lifetime $hitty contracts to 11 and 20 should be replicated for this kid.  LOCK him up forever. 

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1 minute ago, EmptyShelf said:

It’s only taken us 50 years.  No one really drooled over Bill Goldsworth, Bobby Smith, Neal Broten, Modano, and even Gaborik.  All really good players - some even great - this kid is just different.  He could be Top 3 in the league with help (a Top C).  I cannot wait until he is settled, has support, and hits his peak.  It will be fun to watch and long overdue.  Those lifetime $hitty contracts to 11 and 20 should be replicated for this kid.  LOCK him up forever. 

I drooled over Goldsworthy. Loved the Goldy Shuffle as I of course had to do it myself when I scored. I’d say Modano was up there too 

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2 minutes ago, Jimtown guy said:

I drooled over Goldsworthy. Loved the Goldy Shuffle as I of course had to do it myself when I scored. I’d say Modano was up there too 

The key is ‘up there.’  They all were.  I am talking about a generational player that is VERY rare - all the gifts - plus the grit - plus the IT factor.  Like winning the Olympic gold.  An OT game winner in your first NHL game, winners in Jrs regularly.  THAT is the difference - a gut that can carry a team to the Cup and WIN it for you with something spectacular. 

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1 minute ago, bbgarnett said:

EEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HUGE.  EEK has really arrived this year and proven he has offense too.  Just took some time. 

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When is the last time we took game 1 versus a top team AWAY!?!   This is a different Wild team.  The dick and pansy factor of the Country Club may finally be behind us.  Man Baby in the stands and $hitvu in retirement is 2/3 of the way to a new future expectation  in the playoffs - WINNING

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4 minutes ago, Jimtown guy said:

What a game and Talbot is now out of the doghouse 👊👍

He found his focus.  Great timing for the wild!

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1 minute ago, EmptyShelf said:

When is the last time we took game 1 versus a top team AWAY!?!   This is a different Wild team.  The dick and pansy factor of the Country Club may finally be behind us.  Man Baby in the stands and $hitvu in retirement is 2/3 of the way to a new future expectation  in the playoffs - WINNING

 

2015 vs The Blues.

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2 minutes ago, EmptyShelf said:

Back when my hair was dark and not snowy!?!   I’ll take it. 🤪

 

Well I'm not there yet  and still have little grey hair but a series like this might make it. I got my first grey hairs when I was like 15 or 16.

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2 minutes ago, bbgarnett said:

 

Well I'm not there yet  and still have little grey hair but a series like this might make it. I got my first grey hairs when I was like 15 or 16.

So, your family doesn’t refer to you as Santa!?!   Lucky you, but at least it is only my hair and the chalky Covid beard I had grown (not the rotund waistline; thankfully). 

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3 minutes ago, EmptyShelf said:

So, your family doesn’t refer to you as Santa!?!   Lucky you, but at least it is only my hair and the chalky Covid beard I had grown (not the rotund waistline; thankfully). 

My beard is also more grey than my head. My Gramps is still Santa in our Family. Also I keep having to double check to make sure I typed Santa and not Satan LOL.

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38 minutes ago, EmptyShelf said:

The key is ‘up there.’  They all were.  I am talking about a generational player that is VERY rare - all the gifts - plus the grit - plus the IT factor.  Like winning the Olympic gold.  An OT game winner in your first NHL game, winners in Jrs regularly.  THAT is the difference - a gut that can carry a team to the Cup and WIN it for you with something spectacular. 

I hear ya. Hopefully a Cup is next on his resume 

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