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  • Gamethread: Wild at Hurricanes (4:00 p.m.)

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    Thomas Williams

    The Minnesota Wild managed to finish off the Florida portion of this road trip with some positivity as our favorite team beat the Panthers by a score of 6-4. Unfortunately, Frederick Gaudreau, Connor Dewar, and Marc-Andre Fleury got hurt during that game and are out of the lineup for today's collision with the Carolina Hurricanes.

    They might be missing some of their depth, and are up against a team that is extremely deep everywhere but their goaltending position, but they will really try their hardest to not make this ugly.

    When: 4:00 p.m. CT
    Where: PNC Arena
    TV: Bally Sports North
    Radio: KFAN 100.3

    Projected Wild lineup

    Kirill Kaprizov -- Marco Rossi -- Mats Zuccarello
    Marcus Foligno -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Matt Boldy
    Brandon Duhaime -- Ryan Hartman -- Pat Maroon
    Jake Lucchini -- Adam Raska

    Jonas Brodin -- Brock Faber
    Jake Middleton -- Dakota Mermis
    Alex Goligoski -- Zach Bogosian

    Filip Gustavsson
    (Jesper Wallstedt)

    Projected Hurricanes lineup

    Andrei Svechnikov -- Sebastian Aho -- Teuvo Teravainen
    Michael Bunting -- Jesperi Kotkaniemi -- Jesper Fast
    Jordan Martinook -- Jordan Staal -- Seth Jarvis
    Stefan Noesen -- Jack Drury -- Martin Necas

    Jaccob Slavin -- Brent Burns
    Brady Skjei -- Brett Pesce
    Dmitry Orlov -- Jalen Chatfield

    Antti Raanta
    (Spencer Martin)

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    The NHL saw fit to suspend the Panthers Lockwood 3 games for the hit on Fleury. The league won`t protect Brodin, Ek or Kaprizov, but apparently they will protect Fleury. 

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    The Wild are lucky they got that tip-in, cause that first period was absolute ass.  The Hurricanes are playing the way any team should: Shoot the puck, and force the other team to get around you and fail to get in the zone.

    Gus needs to be spotted a keg after this game, given what the Canes are doing.

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    Wild gave the Jackets a 20-minute power play.  AHL effort.  None of our multi-millionaires can skate the puck in, split or jump around the defense and take an actual shot on goal.  Playing hot potato with the puck is their style.  Boldy needs to get sat for a period -- what a non-entity he's become.  Skates like a 40-year-old.  Kick around the trash can in the room, Hynes.  Bring in more cans to kick around.  

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    Good penalty kills from stupid penalties.  Gus playing a complete game in the usual sense.  But this Wild team needs Gus to skate it out of the zone, into the O zone and get a shot on goal, because no one else can.  Just a shame that Kaprizov has no support, no one to play hockey with.  Shots 30 to 6.  Gus facing firing squad without benefit of blindfold and last cigarette.  No sad padre to offer last rites.  

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    The corpse stirred a bit and showed some life toward the end.  Maybe this Jekyll and Hyde team will scare somebody in the third.  Columbus must feel like they have to load the Zamboni with Holy Water to score on Gus.  

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    Is it my imagination or are the 3rd and 4th lines playing less than usual - almost nothing? Canes, we're tanking the best we can. Please do your part.

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    Wild win it like a Rocky movie.  Saved by the bell in the first.  Rope-a-dope in the second, but landed a couple.  Then came off the ropes and KO'd the bad guy as "Eye of the Tiger" comes up in the background.  


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    Good game, Wild.  Got 4 points from the 3 game road trip.

    Now all they need to do is keep up that 1.33 pts/game pace for the rest of the season (36 games / 48 points on top of the 45 they have now), and they might have a shot at the playoffs.

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