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Playoff Preview, Game #1: Minnesota Wild vs. Vegas Golden Knights 5/16/21 @ 2:00PM CST at T-Mobile Arena


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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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What a show by both Talbot and Fluery. Talbot deserved this win more by keeping us in this game in the first.
...and second
...and third and OT.

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Ken Boehlke following VGK called this in a 10KRinks podcast:

 

https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly93aWxkeHRyYS5saWJzeW4uY29tL3Jzcw?sa=X&ved=0CAMQ4aUDahcKEwiI2oSr5c_wAhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQAQ&hl=en-FI

 

He said Vegas has three problems that the Wild can use to it's advantage:

 

1. VGK has trouble finding depth scoring

2. VGK scores its goals from a longer distance than the Wild

3. Pietrangelo has been a disappointment so far for them

 

This win couldn't have been better in frustrating VGK.

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7 hours ago, ClusterChuck said:

What a show by both Talbot and Fluery. Talbot deserved this win more by keeping us in this game in the first.
...and second
...and third and OT.

 

 

That glove save by MAF...holy hell.

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9 hours ago, lynxrattle said:

Ken Boehlke following VGK called this in a 10KRinks podcast:

 

https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly93aWxkeHRyYS5saWJzeW4uY29tL3Jzcw?sa=X&ved=0CAMQ4aUDahcKEwiI2oSr5c_wAhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQAQ&hl=en-FI

 

He said Vegas has three problems that the Wild can use to it's advantage:

 

1. VGK has trouble finding depth scoring

2. VGK scores its goals from a longer distance than the Wild

3. Pietrangelo has been a disappointment so far for them

 

This win couldn't have been better in frustrating VGK.

 

Same points the Vegas' beat writer wrote about a few days back.

Biggest difference was that vast majority of Vegas' goals came from the slot while ours were more spread, with most coming from the goal area (aka scrappy goals).

Also our bottom-6 is much stronger than theirs.

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16 minutes ago, ClusterChuck said:

Which one?? 😅 MAF was like opening night at Circus Circus.

 

 

True....but it was the one he made on Hartman, just silly.

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Congratulations Wild - an amazing result!

 

Record for hits, stupendous games from Talbot... 

 

Parise out. Word: finally. Another word: let him continue to feel cosy in the stands.

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It was an excellent game which gave us a win in OT. But I am still not too excited, because remember the 1st an excellent game with a score 3:0 of the last playoffs season when team put all energy into that game against Vancouver and then lost badly 4 games in a row after. Stalock was in the net entire 5 games. I will be more excited when we will have 4 wins in that round. We still need to find the way to produce better, which is our weakest spot during playoffs for many years.

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On 5/16/2021 at 4:51 PM, EmptyShelf said:

OT baby.  Kap’s time to show the National audience that he has landed in the NHL.  

He already landed in the NHL and International audience is already attentively watching him all regular season as well as playoffs. Hopefully, he will show his scoring playoffs ability next games.

I also think that EEK took a lot during this regular season and entire team too out of Kaprizov's play, which they did not see before for many years out of other forwards.

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