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  • Gamethread: Wild vs. Avalanche (7:30 p.m.)

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    Thomas Williams

    The Minnesota Wild have not won a game since Nov. 7. While the schedule has been light, they have gone a miserable 0-3-2 since that victory and now they get to host one of the best teams in the league, the Colorado Avalanche.

    If you wanted to come up with the opposite of what the Wild are currently experiencing, it would be the Avalanche. In their last five games, they have gone 4-1-0 and have outscored their opponents 27-12 during that timespan. A very good run of play that is showing Colorado's supercharged offense.

    We hate to say it, or even make any predictions in this gamethread, but this might not be great to watch. Let's just bury our head in some leftover turkey.

    When: 7:30 p.m. CT
    Where: Xcel Energy Center
    TV: Bally Sports North
    Radio: KFAN 100.3

    Projected Wild lineup

    Kirill Kaprizov -- Marco Rossi -- Mats Zuccarello
    Marcus Foligno -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Ryan Hartman
    Marcus Johansson -- Frederick Gaudreau -- Matthew Boldy
    Brandon Duhaime -- Connor Dewar -- Patrick Maroon

    Jonas Brodin -- Brock Faber
    Jake Middleton -- Jared Spurgeon
    Jon Merrill -- Zach Bogosian

    Filip Gustavsson
    Marc-Andre Fleury

    Projected Avalanche lineup

    Valeri Nichushkin -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Mikko Rantanen
    Tomas Tatar -- Ryan Johansen -- Jonathan Drouin
    Miles Wood -- Ross Colton -- Riley Tufte
    Andrew Cogliano -- Fredrik Olofsson -- Joel Kiviranta

    Devon Toews -- Cale Makar
    Bowen Byram -- Josh Manson
    Jack Johnson -- Caleb Jones

    Alexandar Georgiev
    Ivan Prosvetov

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    Yes I get Fred is dean’s favorite. They’ve played him top six last few years , it’s never made a good line. I don’t get what bill and Dean see. I watched that Toronto game again. He was bad. Tonight he did nothing . 1 blk one shot . Lost big draws and glided around. How is 38 pts last year and 0 points this year get you 2nd line center .  He’s got a no move clause and deserves to be criticized. Listening to tnt talk about him , you can tell wild pr we’re selling none sense to them.  He’s not a defensive specialist or a consistent offensive player. 5 years. Ughh

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    Dean and Bill have "their guys" and they are not always the right guys. And both are pretty inflexible about their choices. I don't think Bill is quite ready to be a GM in the NHL. He has to get over the fact that he is not playing anymore. 

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    I agree the pk was not bad. I’m curious to see how it goes now that teams have tape on our new pk style. Will it last? I also agree it isn’t shameful to lose to good teams . Good teams can go into a funk for a few games.  IMO what is shameful is a .389 winning percentage 18 games in. Taking 15 games to find some type of compete level with a veteran team and coach. Last night foligno and DE said we could have beat Colorado. You have a. 389 win percentage. You can’t beat anyone. Even the tnt crew found that galling to say.   Just say we didn’t play well enough. DE was gripping about refs again. It still isn’t an excuse for .389 win percentage. Shameful is giving 0  pts fred  2 nd center,  2 nd power play , 1st pk  and blaming Boldy for not scoring. It’s shameful because you’ve seen Fred in top six for 2 years and nothing has come of it. They road fiala and kappy a year an an all world goal tending  the next year. Not Fred’s great top six performance   Last night Fred lost two big face offs at end of game. He got us pinned in our own end and couldn’t get goalie to bench . We have watched him get caved in the playoffs on faceoffs. He loses the important ones. Letteri I believe is near 56% face off plus 2 goals. IMO it’s shameful to keep doing the same thing year after year. The wild and there media keep calling them a playoff team. There 2 pts from last place with no games in hand.  They should just say we’re not playing good enough and we need to 

    play better. Enough with the excuses. It just reeks of entitlement! 
        On a positive. Listening to  Canada hockey talk. They were talking about what young d need to do to be successful. They were absolutely gushing over Faber. His skill , the minutes he eats , the signs of him developing offensively. They said he is what you want a young d man to be. They were also talking about him as deserving the Calder or being 2nd in votes. That’s pretty cool. You never hear Canada media talk about any of our players except for kappy. Nice to hear Faber get some love from Canada. 

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