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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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    1 minute ago, MacGyver said:

    The signings are one thing but then to give them no trade clauses is just plain silly. But if you're in BG's gritty club you're golden.  

    He obviously has his favorites. Which is unfortunate. 

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    2 minutes ago, Dean said:

    Doug weight time ? Mackey and Judd said that was Billy’s guy. Plan b 

    It's a trash roster and is going to be for the foreseeable future given the contracts he gave out. As much as I'm not a big Dean-O guy, this really isn't on him. It's Billy's roster, but the coach is the first to fall so sure. 

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    1 minute ago, Dean said:

    Doug weight time ? Mackey and Judd said that was Billy’s guy. Plan b 

    Is he currently coaching? I'm intrigued on how much longer Dean has if the season continues with a .400 or lower. Yes, there's been quite a few injuries (Spurg, Bolds, Freddy, Goose), but that's becoming less and less of an excuse. I assume Dean has at least until Thanksgiving since the Wild's next two games are in Sweden.

    Hopefully the team bonding over Swedish meatballs unites them and gets them on the right track, otherwise this is going to be a long season.

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    Well 7 of 8 goals given up on special teams.

    Taking nearly 10 penalties while knowing you have the worst PK in the NHL.

    Some guys appear to be going through the motions despite being the most important game all year. 

    Really don't care what they do next. They should all be ashamed.

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    I don’t know much about Doug weights coaching style. Mackey and Judd said if we lost on road trip then he would be hired Friday before game against stars. Bold predictions for a podcast that’s friends with Billy . It’s just first time I’ve heard a coaches name linked to bill . They talk to bill so I found interesting 

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    Watching a Colorado game other day their broadcast guy interviewed joe Sakic. He asked why you don’t see teams around the league having offense coaches for 5v5  offense. Teams have coaches for defense but not offense 5v5. Joe said forward players are so creative that you just let them create.  For practice the forwards work on skill.  Just skill practices not an offense 5v5 practice.  
         I just found it interesting and something  I didn’t know or if it’s true around league like broadcaster said. 

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    Dean really doesn't seem to know how to get consistent effort from this group. This is not the same team that played against Buffalo the other night (yes, I know it was a loss, but the effort was there).  Also I don't know if it's an age thing, but this team never starts at puck drop. Dallas is also an old team, and they don't seem to have that issue.

    Also Johansson needs to get kicked out. All he does is bring the puck in  with speed before........losing it unceremoniously in the most half-hearted effort to protect the puck.

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    Time for Dean to go. He clearly can’t get this team to play or even ready to play. Injuries aside, the Wild have players that don’t skate. Ripe the A off Krill. You have to play a 200 foot game and show leadership. His lack of results, stupid behind the back passing, and increasing turnovers makes him a liability on the ice. Him and Mats are negative on ice players. Mats at least hustles back and often picks up his man. Krill stops skating by the blue line and coasts only to watch his guy score.  His 1 in 50 brilliant pass for a good play doesn’t outweigh his inability to make good decisions with the puck. At $9M he’s worth trading before everyone figures out he’s not worth it. Dallas showed how to defend him and the rest of the league is catching on. 

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    Uffda that was a bad loss.  Stars are very good but we looked like the Todd Richards Wild clubs.  Chinese fire drill offense.  Dean gives 97 36 and 12 a big middle finger by playing 4th line on 1st PP.  

    Doesnt look good for Deano. Special teams are abysmal.. AGAIN this year.  
    a scoring streak by 97 makes everyone look smart again but even 97 doesn’t have his magic.  
    At least our goalie situation is solid….fleury was doing his cartwheel routine tonight.  Bro that’s an 8.  Real bad effort top to bottom tonight boys.  At least we’ve got Foligno locked up thru 2030. 

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    Also hilarious that the pic for this game thread has John Madden who was a great penalty killer, then the Wild give up 4-5 PP goals and a couple SHGs to top it off...

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    Man what is going on with Kaprizov?? Yeah he's getting his points but he looks totally disinterested out there. A simple poke check by a D man at the blue line and the puck is going the other way for a scoring chance. He's not hitting anyone and no battle level. No Grit!!! Teams aren't needing to focus on him like they had been. 

    The kid does not handle losing well I think. He is in for a long couple years. 

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