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  • Gamethread: Wild vs. Stars (5:00 p.m.)


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    Thomas Williams

    The Minnesota Wild are hosting their divisional rivals for a Sunday matinee.

    Incoming to The X is the dreaded Dallas Stars, who have seemingly had the Wild's number the past couple of years. Notably, in the first round of the last playoffs,  but the Wild have a record of 4-4-0 in the last two regular seasons when they face this team. A on-paper stalemate but there have not been a whole lot of dominant victories during that timespan.

    Anyway, this is the first meeting between the two teams of this season and it is going to be a real marker for how the Wild season is going. With more players coming back to full health, the Wild don't really have any excuses if they drop the ball.

    Head coach Dean Evason has changed the forward lines ever so slightly. Marco Rossi and Matt Boldy have slotted down to the second line, with Kirill Kaprizov reuniting with Ryan Hartman and Mats Zuccarello up top.

    When: 5:00 p.m. CT
    Where: Xcel Energy Center
    TV: Bally Sports North
    Radio: KFAN 100.3

    Projected Wild lineup

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

    Jonas Brodin -- Brock Faber
    Jake Middleton -- Jared Spurgeon
    Dakota Mermis -- Zach Bogosian

    Marc-Andre Fleury
    Filip Gustavsson

    Projected Stars lineup

    Jason Robertsoon -- Roope Hintz -- Joe Pavelski
    Jamie Benn -- Wyatt Johnston -- Evgenii Dadonov
    Mason Marchment -- Matt Duchene -- Tyler Seguin
    Sam Steel -- Radek Faksa -- Craig Smith

    Ryan Suter -- Miro Heiskanen
    Esa Lindell -- Jani Hakanpaa
    Thomas Harley -- Nils Lundkvist

    Jake Oettinger
    Scott Wedgewood

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    This game might be barometer for Dean’s career here.  After a lackluster loss to an ordinary Sabres team, the Wild need to come out swinging against a solid stars team.  If they come out flat tonight that’s not good for Deano

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    36 minutes ago, Pewterschmidt said:

    This game might be barometer for Dean’s career here.  After a lackluster loss to an ordinary Sabres team, the Wild need to come out swinging against a solid stars team.  If they come out flat tonight that’s not good for Deano

     

    5 minutes ago, Dango said:

    This is a game where our grit has to prove it worthiness 

     

    100% to both of these! Yes the Stars are the top team in the division, but the Wild need to play a full 60-min. This game will set the tone for their upcoming games in Sweden. Taking a full period off, and only registering 2 shots is not a recipe for success, nor does it scream "grit." Hoping they're able to capitalize on the home rink energy — LGW!

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    PK giving em up to even the worst PPs in the Central although that's somewhat of a surprise because Dallas should not be @10%. 

    Considering EDM canned their coach, Dean has to be paying attention.

     

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    Come on Wild wake the eff up and start being a good team. Almost nothing has changed since last season except Dumba out, Maroon in.

    Dumba appears to have been a much more important guy to the Wild.

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    57 minutes ago, Pewterschmidt said:

    This game might be barometer for Dean’s career here.  After a lackluster loss to an ordinary Sabres team, the Wild need to come out swinging against a solid stars team.  If they come out flat tonight that’s not good for Deano

    This is the opposite of what Deans career needed.  Won’t get fired tomorrow but BG is paying attention

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    Just now, WheelSnipeCelly said:

    Buhhhh, a shorty by Dallas...so many bad passes by the Wild (especially Kaprizov). That was rough to watch.

    What was worse is how everyone on the Wild just watched the puck slowly slide out to the neutral zone and the Dallas player collect it. Johansson even looked towards the player and turned and looked the other way without changing direction until about 3 seconds later.

     

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    8 minutes ago, Sviginak said:

    Spurge, there you were three feet from Pavelski. That called for a physical hit instead of a weak missed attempt at a stick lift. 

    I don't think Spurgeon saw it. It went through Fleury's legs (it shouldn't have, Fleury is awful about that).

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    2 minutes ago, jgodwin17 said:

    I don't think Spurgeon saw it. It went through Fleury's legs (it shouldn't have, Fleury is awful about that).

    But Pavelski reached around Fleury to tap the rebound (puck that got through Fleury) in. Spurge should have closed on him when the shot from the point was taken. He is not alone, most in close goals against the Wild are by players that don’t get hit after rebounds.

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    10 minutes ago, Sviginak said:

    But Pavelski reached around Fleury to tap the rebound (puck that got through Fleury) in. Spurge should have closed on him when the shot from the point was taken. He is not alone, most in close goals against the Wild are by players that don’t get hit after rebounds.

    I don't know about that, Pavelski basically just had one step backwards to Fleury and Spurgeon had to close a larger distance. For me the bigger issue is that Spurgeon (and Brodin) allowed Pavelski that close in on Fleury in the first place. Checking Pavelski probably isn't going to work as Spurgeon or Brodin without momentum, as Spurgeon is far smaller and Brodin is somehow worse at checking than Spurgeon.

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