Sure the constant line juggling is a mistake. But I think too it's of less importance with this roster. When we had Granny, Coyle, Nino, Zucker in his prime... then it hurt more.
Staal and Koivu - slow and slower. No matter where you put them that line slows down and suffers. Parise can't do anything with the puck. He just hustles, not playing like a franchise player. So you have the top two lines phucked up no matter what's the combo.
From my observation, we mainly have on this forum fans of 2 professional NHL teams -the Flyers and the Wild. I still would prefer our personal predicting Wild thread here as we had for decades before on a Wild.com link, just to focus our fans exclusively to the team's results instead of wasting/spreading our attention to other teams which are possibly not presenting a lot of interest to the Wild fans. Because we do not know perfectly well the other teams players; lines; goalies and their pote
Right now my optimism is just wanting to see a good full game...Win or lose.
Not just periods.
Can we for at least the next game win 5-2? ...Sure.
I need to see something click in the O and D lines to make me think that score is reasonably reached.
That's where my optimism will grow.
Toronto Maple Leafs team is a very serious high scoring team to play against, which stays second in the League after Capitals so far in goals forward. In their last 10 games they are also 8-1-1.
Our team should be mentally prepared to score plenty of goals during the game if they really want to win at the last day of 2019 YEAR!!!.
Predicting our win in OT against Toronto team on 12/31/19 (at 5:00 p.m.): 6 : 5.
a HAPPY NEW 2020 YEAR to every fan at this forum an