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Monday, February 4, 2013

Thoughts on the Minnesota Wild

Well, the Minnesota Wild find themselves with a 4-3-1 record after two frantic, somewhat sloppy and altogether enjoyable weeks of hockey. Despite the uneven beginning to their campaign, the Wild find themselves just one point behind the Vancouver Canucks, for first place in the NHL's Northwest Division.
And, if the playoffs began today, the Minnesota Wild would be tied for the sixth seed in the Western Conference.

So, all-in-all, not a bad start to the regular season for those who happen to be members of the Minnesota Wild organization, or supporters of the team. With that said, let's take a look at the first two weeks of the season in "rambling" fashion.

  • Zach Parise is the best grinder in the NHL...He gives 100-percent every time he hops over the boards and onto the ice...Whether he is trying to gain position in front of the opposition's net, or battling for the puck along the boards, he is always working his tail off. And that has become one of the main reason for his success in the NHL...Also, It probably doesn't hurt that he is a great skater, with a solid shot and tremendous hockey sense. 
  • The same Minnesota Wild team, which provided the Chicago Blackhawks with their first loss of the season on Wednesday, managed to get absolutely steamrolled by the Anaheim Ducks, a little over 48-hours later...How does that happen??? How does the Wild follow up their best game of the year, with their worst??
  • The loss, which left Minnesota win-less in their first three road games of the year, was, by far, the worst game the Wild has played this season...
  • If you watched this game, you know the final score was not indicative of how poorly Minnesota played..... Without the play of Wild goalie, Nicklas Backstrom, who played phenomenally well, despite being under siege throughout the majority of the game, the Ducks could have easily won this game 8-1 or 9-1....
  • The Wild, has got to play better on the road..... I know they have played only three games away from the Xcel Energy Center, but those three games have been the three worst games the Wild has played this season..... IF they continue to struggle on the road, they will fail to make the Playoffs for a fifth consecutive season.
  • All in all, this Minnesota Wild team has shown flashes of brilliance, but they need to put a complete game together before I can consider them a  true contender.

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