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  • Gamethread: Wild at Capitals (6:00 p.m.)

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    Thomas Williams

    If the Minnesota Wild could draw up a perfect opponent to shake off the icky stench that was caused by losing 6-2 to the Philadelphia Flyers, it would be the current day Washington Capitals.

    Plainly, the Caps look absolutely brutal. Down at the bottom of the Metropolitan division with a 2-3-1 record, Washington has struggled in almost every major category that helps you win hockey games. Ovechkin had to will himself and shoot 14(!) shots on goal to get his first goal of the season on Tuesday -- and has scored his second since then -- but he suffered his first consecutive games without any shots earlier in the season. Something is off for the Capitals and it really feels like their entire purpose for the next few seasons is for Ovechkin to break the all-time goals record, and then winning can maybe be a bonus.

    Now, the defensively inept Wild get to enjoy some relaxing play as the Caps have struggled heavily to get their season going and Minnesota could use any bonus right now.

    Jujhar Khaira is coming out of the lineup and the Wild are going with 11 forwards and seven defensemen as Daemon Hunt gets to make his NHL debut. We are extremely stoked to see him!

    When: 6:00 p.m. CT
    Where: Capital One Arena
    TV: Bally Sports North
    Radio: KFAN 100.3

    Projected Wild lineup

    Kirill Kaprizov — Ryan Hartman — Mats Zuccarello
    Marcus Johansson — Joel Eriksson Ek — Patrick Maroon
    Marcus Foligno — Marco Rossi– Vinni Lettieri
    Connor Dewar — Brandon Duhaime

    Jonas Brodin — Calen Addison
    Jake Middleton — Brock Faber
    Dakota Mermis — Jon Merrill
    Daemon Hunt

    Filip Gustavsson
    Marc-Andre Fleury

    Projected Capitals lineup

    Alex Ovechkin -- Dylan Strome -- Tom Wilson
    Sonny Milano -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- T.J. Oshie
    Connor McMichael -- Nicklas Backstrom -- Anthony Mantha
    Beck Malenstyn -- Aliaksei Protas -- Matthew Phillips

    Martin Fehervary -- John Carlson
    Rasmus Sandin -- Trevor van Riemsdyk
    Alexander Alexeyev -- Nick Jensen

    Darcy Kuemper
    Hunter Shepard

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    I noticed Kaprizov uses white tape on his stick ,wouldnt it be harded to follow the puck for defenses and  goalies if the tape matched the puck  ,black on black ,  sort of hid it .

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    10 minutes ago, Dango said:

    I noticed Kaprizov uses white tape on his stick ,wouldnt it be harded to follow the puck for defenses and  goalies if the tape matched the puck  ,black on black ,  sort of hid it .

    That's always been the theory, but not sure of how much it really helps. 

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    I think the Wild need to shoot more on the PP and get on the rebounds or plays off the chaos. Snapping it around the outside is easy to defend. 

    More shots or attempts where the read and bounce is 50/50. The PP has gotta find a way.

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    Much better start. Wild actually skating early. Just a gorgeous play all around on Rossi’s goal, basically a stretched out tic-tac-toe and what a finish by Rossi! PP generated a few good chances too  

    Missed the shorty live but the replay looked like yet another turnover up high. 

    Their PP goal I do not know what Merrill was thinking. Just straight puck watching. Mermis & Merrill aren’t a great duo on the PK. 

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    Pretty quiet in here tonight. Can’t believe we actually won a challenge for once. Had a couple feeds across that almost got tipped home by Hartman & Foglino.

    PP had a huge chance to tie the game but couldn’t get it done, definitely missing Boldy. Thought the Wild got a little loose the last 4-5 minutes of the period, scrambling around in the neutral zone and not getting in deep. Flower tending net fantastically. 

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    MN special teams are brutal after three years of struggling with the same issues. Losing the majority of draws every game. Just not sure what the deal is with this team. 

    They shouldn't stink. Yeah Boldy and Spurge are out but are they really that fragile and incapable without those guys?

    It's early in the year still but I just have a hard time understanding how the same things are a problem year after year after year. We've all known it's a thing and it cost the Wild in the playoffs last year bigly. 

    In the last few games the PP and PK have been absolutely terrible.

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