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  1. CaptainMusky

    Wild Regular Season 2017-18

    Yep, this stretch is going to be the kicker. They haven't faired well against the Western Conference teams, especially Pacific Division and here we are, loaded with games against the Pacific, multiple (4 or 5) back to backs coming up too. The schedule isn't easy, this will test their mettle. Aside from their last 2 terrible road games, they actually strung together 4 good ones so hopefully its more that game of 4 trend than the last 2.
  2. CaptainMusky

    Wild Regular Season 2017-18

    Yeah, the Caps have been slumping a bit lately and lost 2 in a row. That means they are ripe to get healthy against the Wild! LOL
  3. CaptainMusky

    Wild Regular Season 2017-18

    I would trade shoes with the Hawks in a heartbeat, but man, it could be a bumpy ride for them now. They had a heckuva run. They were one of the most feared teams in the league for 10 years and now they are a stat padder which is kind of sad. We need a win tonight. The Rangers have been playing much better after the GM wrote an open letter basically telling everyone he didn't have faith in them and they were going to do a yard sale with the roster. Seeler gets his NHL Debut. Hopefully he doesn't get exposed, but I like his size, physical nature. He was a bit suspect playing the puck IMO during his college days, but I haven't seen him play in a while. If it weren't for injuries there would be 9 Minnesota players on the ice tonight. Sounds like McDonagh is out.
  4. CaptainMusky

    Wild Regular Season 2017-18

    Man, the Hawks are bad. We didn't getting many scoring chances, but even though the Hawks had 44 shots, they were not in what would be considered Grade A scoring chances. Good defensive game to force everything outside. Dubnyk played great. I have been reading some of the Hawks fans tweets, etc and I thought we had some bandwagon fans, but good Lord they are far worse!
  5. CaptainMusky

    Wild Regular Season 2017-18

    Get back up on the saddle tonight with the Blues. We need these Divisional Games. And no giving away loser points either. All 2 pts. Get the road trend in the right direction starting tonight.
  6. CaptainMusky

    Wild Regular Season 2017-18

    Tonight will be a good test for the Wild. The Pens are not playing as well this year, but it would be great for the Wild to go into their building and grab a W before the All Star break. Ek has quietly been developing quite nicely. He isn't scoring, but he is now playing center more, his faceoff % is respectable when early on he is in the 30% range which is terrible. He is so strong on the puck and he catches many guys off guard with how hard he hits. He has the makings of a Staal or Koivu which would be a good thing long term. Having him at Center allows Coyle to play wing. Can you imagine a line with Ek, Coyle and Nino? Or maybe someone like Ennis on the wing with a more dynamic play making ability? I think Ek could start putting in some goals. I want everyone healthy and Stewart to sit. He has no business on this team and in all honesty he brings down the play when he is out there. Huge liability. I watch him skate through the neutral zone and in the D zone and want to throw something at my TV. Coasting and circles dominate his "skating". Sounds like he will be in the press box tonight so that is a good thing. Down the stretch here I would really like to see Kunin come back up. I think he and Ek can really round out the bottom 2 lines. What a difference Prosser has made eh? Ditching Quincey was the biggest "move" of the season. I had hopes that he would be solid, but man, what a mess. It all started with him refusing to play on his off-side pushing Olofsson or Reilly to play on the off-side which is tough for a younger player. Zucker is getting hot, Granlund is heating up, Staal is just Mr Consistency. If we get some production out of Parise and Nino comes back healthy this team certainly can do some damage, but there is work to do. Lots of teams battling.
  7. CaptainMusky

    Wild Regular Season 2017-18

    Yeah, the 5-5 record certainly fooled me, but we have played some pretty good teams in there and our results didn't show the quality of our play in a couple of them. Namely the TB game. That was a 1-0 game late and then 2 empty netters. Florida won 5 in a row starting with the win over us, so the teams we have been playing have been relatively hot. We shut down Nashville here, then lost in Nashville. Nashville is a strong team too. The standings are pretty interesting now with Chicago on the bottom. When was the last time that happened? In other fronts Fletcher met with Kaprisov in the last couple days so that is a great development. He was able to meet with he and Svetlikov. Hopefully that leads to those two coming over here in a couple years. Sooner would be nice, but I don't think that is going to happen.
  8. CaptainMusky

    Wild Regular Season 2017-18

    The Golden Knights are surely a good story and I am happy for Haula to get more of a chance. He was stuck behind a few guys and didn't get a lot of ice time. Hopefully he stays healthy. There are only 6 teams that have a better record than the Wild in the last 10 games. The Wild have been winning games in many cases last year they didn't. Lots of OT/Shootout wins. They should beat the Panthers, but the Bolts are going to be tough. They haven't let up this whole season and have so many dynamic players on that team.
  9. CaptainMusky

    Wild Regular Season 2017-18

    Overall decent game against the Blues. The Blues are a very talented team and haven't been playing well recently. I will take the W, D play was much better, but we didn't muster a ton of offense. Good to see Dumba get that OT winner. He was on his horse to get up ice on that play, good to see him get rewarded. He has been playing better in recent games so that is encouraging.
  10. CaptainMusky

    Wild Regular Season 2017-18

    Agreed 100%. Winnik has not business on that line and Kunin would be a great fit there. I am sure as time goes by, around mid-season we will see Kunin in that spot. He is such a competitor and I am actually surprised at his physical play. He is more physical than Stewart and has half as many fights this year. LOL
  11. CaptainMusky

    Wild Regular Season 2017-18

    I think Kunin is ready right now, its just not helping him only playing 10 minutes a night. Ek needs more time in Iowa. I think if Kunin were up with Mitchell that could be a dynamic pair with Cullen. They would be fun to watch. I am done with the Stewart thing. He is a tremendous defensive liability and really doesn't provide much other than his little scraps here and there. He isn't even very physical. He is a decent guy, but I just cannot see the value in his production with all the risk he is on the defensive end. We would be better off taking our lumps with a young guy than him. It will be fun to watch Haula and Tuch back at the X tonight. No doubt Haula wants to rub it in the Wild's faces a bit. There was a very nice piece by Russo yesterday about the "anatomy of a trade". Its unlocked on Athletic so anyone can read it. Interesting read for sure. I didn't realize the Wild received just short of $17M for the expansion draft (as did the other teams). Too bad that couldn't have been used to buy down the salary cap. LOL
  12. CaptainMusky

    Wild Regular Season 2017-18

    Last night was tough. BB, you pretty much proved my point with your "under 25" comment. NYI and LAK are really no better off than we are. Yes, I agree that Calgary may have young talent, but I have a buddy who is from Calgary and word around there is they are none too happy with their GM regardless of who is on the roster with "potential". Its a tough business, I get it. Fans invest a lot and expect a lot. Our society is an immediate satisfaction one now and if they don't win right away people get restless. We lost 9 guys from our roster at the end of last year. Let that sink in, 9 guys. That is a lot of turnover regardless of reason and to Bear's point, we need to trust the process and in the end see how things shake out. It may be painful for a while, but we still have a group of core young guys that are trending upward. Granlund and Nino have looked very good of late and Coyle is getting going after his injury. We need to shore up our D end. Not just defense, but our forwards covering on backcheck and in the zone. Stewart is terrible at that and had 2 glaring issues that led to goals last night.
  13. CaptainMusky

    Wild Regular Season 2017-18

    I would agree with most of what you put there, but no way NYI, LAK and Calgary. The Kings are on the brink of collapse. The Islanders have Tavares and that is really the only thing to be happy about. Snow blows! I think Winnipeg is getting turned around now, they certainly have talent if they can just keep the puck out of their net. Big test coming up for the Wild. Tampa Bay is my 2nd favorite team, well maybe 3rd because I really like the Golden Knights story. Their twitter feed is absolutely hilarious too. Give them a follow if you are so inclined. Before the season they were golden!!! The Wild are 6-2-1 recently, but have some tough ones coming up. The Blues are legit, Winnipeg is on fire, I think its 4 of 5 against Conference foes?! This could be make or break early.
  14. CaptainMusky

    Wild Regular Season 2017-18

    Well, I said Nino and Staal needed to get goals last night, and they delivered! :-) Pretty boring game, Dubnyk was unreal. Keeps the shutout streak alive. He is playing very well right now. As good as he has ever IMO.
  15. CaptainMusky

    Wild Regular Season 2017-18

    Granlund still seems to be laboring a bit. He is still a very dynamic player though. I hope he gets right soon, we need more production out of him. Dumba has played much better after the debacle 4 games ago. I don't recall any glaring mistakes in the last 3 games. Tonight is a tough one. We just shut them out so you know they are going to be out for revenge. The Flyers' top line is legit and keeping them without a goal is no easy task. I expect a tough game for the home team tonight. Aside from Zucker we haven't had any offense in the last 2 games. We cannot rely on that. Nino needs to get one tonight as does Staal.
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