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Minnesota Wild vs Colorado Avalanche, Monday 4-5-21, 7:00pm, Xcel Energy Center


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Minnesota Wild (23-11-2)  48pts  3rd in Honda West

2.86 Goals For Per Game (15th in the NHL)

2.44 Goals Against Per Game (5th in the NHL)

10.8% Power Play (30th in the NHL)

86.2% Penalty Kill (4th in the NHL)

 

Top 5 Scorers:

1. #97 Kirill Kaprizov ~ 14G 17A = 31pts

2. #18 Jordan Greenway ~ 5G 18A  = 23pts

3. #36 Mats Zuccarello ~ 6G 16A = 22pts

4. #22 Kevin Fiala ~ 10G 10A = 20pts

5. #14 Joel Eriksson Ek ~ 12G 7A = 19pts

 

Top 3 PIM's:

1. #21 Carson Soucy ~ 41 PIM's

2. #18 Jordan Greenway ~ 40 PIM's

3. #22 Kevin Fiala ~ 35 PIM's

 

Top Goaltenders:

1. #34 Kaapo Kahkonen (12-6-0)  2.34GAA  .920%SP  2SO

2. #33 Cam Talbot (11-5-2)  2.26GAA  .928%SP  2SO

 

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Colorado Avalanche (25-8-4)  54pts  1st in Honda West

3.57 Goals For Per Game (1st in the NHL)

2.22 Goals Against Per Game (1st in the NHL)

23.4% Power Play (9th in the NHL)

87.1% Penalty Kill (2nd in the NHL)

 

Top 5 Scorers:

1. #96 Mikko Rantanen ~ 21G 22A = 43pts

2. #29 Nathan MacKinnon ~ 13G 30A = 43pts

3. #92 Gabriel Landeskog ~ 14G 22A = 36pts

4. #72 Joonas Donskoi ~ 15G 13A = 28pts

5. #49 Samuel Girard ~ 5G 23A = 28pts

 

Top 3 PIM's:

1. #91 Nazem Kadri ~ 28 PIM's

2. #29 Nathan MacKinnon ~ 24 PIM's

3. #27 Ryan Graves ~ 24 PIM's

 

Top Goaltenders:

1. #31 Philipp Grubauer (23-7-1)  1.76GAA  .929%SP  5SO

2. #35 Joonas Johansson (1-0-1)  2.89GAA  .898%SP

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My Lettermen would be Foligno-C ... Ek-A and Brodin-A

well later all.

Let's face facts, the wild are still a ways off from going deep in the playoffs. Their big guys are so much faster and skilled then our big guys. we're so short at center that a decent 2nd line center is the best we have. If you consider Suter Spurgeon the first defense pair, they would probably be a true 2nd pairing.   Expansion draft protection, I don't see aproblem with protecting 8 skaters and a goalie. I don't know who Seattle would really want from this team.

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This is another good test for the Minnesota Wild, to see if what we saw in Vegas was something to get really excited about or kind of an illusion.  

 

The Avalanche are scoring more and giving up less lately, which is hardly a good combination for the Wild.  But if you want to be the best, you've got to beat the best!

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Another playoffs type of the game. I agree - a good test to see if we are able to compete against them during a playoffs time. Their top 5 scorers have almost a double points than our top 5 scorers. Good advise - just do not look at that part, but play our own smart game in front of 3000 fans attended to this game. How to stop Avalanche speedy players? I think to be more physical during entire 60 minutes, just to bring down their energy, probably, same way as we did last game against Vegas. And our team should be focused more on supporting our goalie during the game too.

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Let's have a good mini-series for the fans that finally get to see 97 and company in the arena.

 

1. Keep the momentum going.

2. Try to find some weaknesses in the Avs.

 

Contain MacKinnon and we have a chance. Let him run around freely and we're doomed.

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1 minute ago, wildstars95 said:

ha last time minny hockey had 3000 fans in rink was in 1991 met center(first half of season) 😜

And I was probably one of them 

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1 hour ago, bbgarnett said:

Maybe Parise is being held out for precautionary reasons with the TD being near.

They wouldn't want to bruise his MANgina before a prospective trade😜

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1 hour ago, bbgarnett said:

I'm liking this Johnson kid.

Me too....He works, can win a face-off, and has skills.  I would trade him straight-up for the Man Baby (contracts be damned)

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3 minutes ago, EmptyShelf said:

They wouldn't want to bruise his MANgina before a prospective trade😜

 

Or give other teams the opportunity to see how bad he is. 

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1 hour ago, bbgarnett said:

 

Or give other teams the opportunity to see how bad he is. 

I would like to call the Islanders on behalf of the Wild...Me: "Yes, we have a former 'effort player' that hangs around the net, and can get a garbage goal....But only if NO ONE is around him, and if we slow down the opposing defense and disallow them from touching and distracting him, and not allow him to take his stick off the ice." 

 

Me:  "What's that you say?  His contract?  Don't you worry, our fans have agreed to cover it, just so you would get to test drive such a valuable player."   "So, you would like Kap too just to take him off our hands for free??   HANGS UP....

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2 minutes ago, bbgarnett said:

So you guy's think we can get a third Minnesota team to score at least 15 today LOL.

Went to our local college baseball game today. Wind blowing out along with baseballs. Final 18-13 

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Question:  What does EEK have to do in your minds now to become a REASONABLE #1 Center?  (FWIW - I believe he will always be a #2 - but above average in the next one-two years).

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