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  • Hawks vs. Wild: A Cursory Glance


    Here are a few other statistics the Wild garnered in their games against Chicago:



    Things that make me feel good:

    There are a few decent performances there: the games on 10/28, 12/5, and 4/3 in particular have at least decent possession numbers. It's also nice that our FF% are higher (for the most part) than our CF%. We are getting a slightly higher percentage of unblocked shots than all shots overall. Our averages are not impressive, but nor are they completely dismal.


    Things that make me feel bad:

    Yikes.... remember the games that we had decent numbers? we lost 2 out of the 3 (granted, one in the shootout). Somehow, we managed to win 2 games with lower CF% than Avs this postseason. Our chances of winning games with these possession numbers is not good.


    Other factors:

    While they do not have a direct effect on possession numbers, I still think it's relevant at least to remember that only one goalie has only seen the Hawks twice this regular season: The games on 10/26 and 10/28 were Backstrom, 12/5 was Harding, 1/23 was Kuemper, and 4/3 was Bryzgalov. I don't know if this will have any effect, but it can only help the Wild that the Hawks have only played our goalie once at most.


    Final thoughts:

    All this said: I still think the Wild are a different team now. They no longer lack confidence, and they know that they can play with some of the best teams in the league: just look at their schedule at the end of the season. The old cliche is that "the playoffs are a new season," and in this case, I think it holds true. If we're lucky, the Wild catch the Hawks off guard and can keep rolling. I (despite being a lifelong Minnesota fan) have a good feeling about this match-up. We've played well against the Hawks this season, and we've only gotten better since early April when we last met.


    Either way, here's hoping for a fun, competitive, and generally great season.


    All statistics are 5v5 via www.extraskater.com

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