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  • Gamethread: Wild at Flyers (6:30 p.m.)

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    Thomas Williams

    Big picture, the Minnesota Wild and Philadelphia Flyers are very different teams. One is consistently in the playoffs (while getting booted out in the first round) and has some top-tier players that teams drool over, and the other is just beginning the long and arduous task of rebuilding in the National Hockey League. But when it comes down to the nasty stuff — the real small details of how each team clicks and works and shifts, they are extremely similar.

    This season, for the Flyers, it’s all about work ethic. Some players last season did not want their game to be about that — not naming names! — but with those guys gone, John Tortorella is able to have his team shift to that next gear in some games and overburden teams with how much they damn work. The Flyers are just getting started to do this, while the Wild have been doing it for the last few years.

    Now, these two teams are colliding in a game that could go in essentially two ways.

    The first is what we somewhat expect when two teams with this mentality go up against one another, a showdown of work and a butting of heads as neither team wants to give up offensive chances and will build up a wall in front of their goaltender before even thinking of trying to drive up the ice into the other zone. This will just make it a boring 1-1 game that heads to overtime and then a shootout and leaves no one satisified.

    The other way is much more exciting. One team simply works harder and is able to overpower the other one in just about every category. The more successful team pushes and pushes until the eventual loser is completely gassed and then breaks. Maybe the teams will be tied heading into the third period but the conditioning just can’t keep up and then we see a flurry of goals (like what happened in Vegas on Tuesday).

    Either way, it will be interesting to see just how these similar teams on different paths look smashing into one another.

    When: 6:30 p.m. CT
    Where: Wells Fargo Center
    TV: ESPN+/Hulu
    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
    Jujhar Khaira — Connor Dewar — Brandon Duhaime

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

    Filip Gustavsson
    Marc-Andre Fleury

    Projected Flyers lineup

    Owen Tippett — Sean Couturier — Cam Atkinson
    Travis Konecny — Scott Laughton — Tyson Foerster
    Joel Farabee — Noah Cates — Bobby Brink
    Nic Deslauriers — Ryan Poehling — Garnet Hathaway

    Cam York — Travis Sanheim
    Egor Zamula — Sean Walker
    Nick Seeler — Louie Belpedio

    Carter Hart
    Sam Ersson

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    Yikes. Not a good 1st period, even with a PP the shot differential is definitely concerning. WAY too much time chasing in the d-zone. Still having trouble breaking pucks out against an aggressive, heavy forecheck. 

    Another goal Gus would like to have back. Hopefully the boys clean it up and get going in the 2nd. 

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    Not sure if losing a fight to opens things up was the right way to set the tone. Some intensity and goaltending would be better. Wild look slow and uninterested again. Yikes!

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    6 minutes ago, Been There Done That said:

    Not sure if losing a fight to opens things up was the right way to set the tone. Some intensity and goaltending would be better. Wild look slow and uninterested again. Yikes!

    Fights to open a game between non-rival teams are stupid IMO. Hell, even between rival teams it's just theatre, WWE stuff. 

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    Period had been going slightly better until the penalty. At least we spent some time in the o-zone. HOWEVER we need to get pucks on net, the around the world Mojo did not net a shot. 

    Big kill, a goal by the Flyers here would be deflating. 

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    This is exactly what we were saying against EDM. Beat up, weak teams are nothing to be too proud of winning against. Spanked by CBJ, so why would the Wild expect to stroll into Philly and whoop them?

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