Sunday, November 30, 2008

Marian Gaborik Better Get Real

I am not sure if Marian Gaborik has noticed but the Minnesota Wild is currently 14-7-1 and only one point out of first place in the Northwest division of the Western Conference. This is an awfully solid record for a team that has been without their "Superstar" for all but two of its 22 games. If the rumors are true about the Minnesota Wild offering Gaborik a multi year deal for close to the league maximum and him not accepting, he needs to get his head checked. There is absolutely NO WAY, that a "China Doll" like Gaborik deserves that kind of dough.

The best thing about Marian Gaborik being greedy, is that I think the Minnesota Wild players and those people lucky enough to have Wild Tickets have finally figured out that hockey is a team game and the Wild will be fine without Marian Gaborik.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Minnesota Wild Score Big and Win

Loss, Loss, Win – that’s how the Minnesota Wild home stand has been going. The biggest difference between the first two games and the third, besides the obvious? Minnesota Wild offense production.

It seems to this MN Wild Freak that when the Wild score 3 or more goals, they win. We have the defense to shut down the other teams or at least keep the opponents below 3 goals, now we need the offense to score so we can actually win. Youngster Cal Clutterbuck showed how it’s done on Monday when he scored 3 goals against the Capitals, let’s hope the Wild can keep the scoring momentum.

There are still two more games to go sandwiched around Thanksgiving. I am going to try and get out to tonight’s game – If you need tickets, I found a new Minnesota Wild tickets site that looks pretty reasonable and it is run by local folks so I like that. It’s called Hockey Tickets Minnesota.

Upcoming Games:
Wed Nov 26, 2008 Stars@ Wild 7PM

*Happy Turkey Day*

Fri Nov 28, 2008 Lightning@ Wild 1PM

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Wild playing well, will get chance to show off at home

The Minnesota Wild is sitting at 11-4-1, fourth in the Western Conference, just a point behind Vancouver Canucks, tonight’s Xcel Energy Center foe.

The Canucks are the first team of five that the Minnesota Wild will face on their upcoming home stand. The five games will be played on an every other day schedule starting tonight. I am sure it wasn’t divinely planned like that, but it’s kind of cool to play a game, have a night off, play a game, have a night off and there won’t be any plane trips to worry about.

The upcoming Minensota Wild schedule looks like this:

Thu Nov 20, 2008 Canucks @ Wild 7PM

Sat Nov 22, 2008 Blues @Wild 7PM

Mon Nov 24, 2008 Capitals@ Wild 7PM

Wed Nov 26, 2008 Stars@ Wild 7PM

*Happy Turkey Day*

Fri Nov 28, 2008 Lightning@ Wild 1PM

The Wild have been playing very solid hockey lately and I see plenty of chances to pick-up some points in the next five games – I am to the point of saying, Marian who?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Wild Scored and Won, Let’s do it Again.

Obviously the Minnesota Wild took my advice during the Wild Avalanche game in Denver last week. The Wild scored 3 goals and guess what? they won! Then they traveled to Vancouver to take on the Canucks and didn’t score at all and guess what? They lost. Wild Goalie Niklas Backstrom is doing his part, I would even venture so far as to saying the defense is doing their part, but I don’t think the Wild offense is aggressive enough and I blame a lot of it on the coaching. Come on Jacques, stop the dump and run plays and carry the puck all the way to the goal – it’s more intimidating, it’s more aggressive, it scores goals.

The Minnesota Wild are at home tonight vs the Phoenix Coyotes. Ticket King St Paul has Wild Tickets starting out at $49 each. That’s not bad. I will need to plan my funds carefully, though, because the Minnesota Wild play 10 of their next 12 game at the Xcel Energy Center and I want to make it out to as many as I can.

Go Wild!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Wild need to score to win

The Minnesota Wild is on a dangerous slippery slope. The Wild have lost three of four games since their illustrious 6-0-1 start. It’s not because of goal tending that’s for sure. In fact, the Minnesota Wild is the best in the NHL right now with just 25 goals allowed. The problem is offense and scoring. The Minnesota Wild has managed seven goals in the last four games.

Jacques Lemaire defensive coaching style is drowning out the offense and stifling players that like to score. I would have expected a few more goals from Pierre-Marc Bouchard and even James Sheppard this season. They have both been disappointing.

Tonight the Minnesota Wild play in Denver vs the Colorado Avalanche and it will be more than just Andrew Brunette with something to prove. Come on boys, let’s get some pucks between the pipes.

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Minnesota Wild Score