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  • Matt Boldy Leads Wild To Win Over Vegas

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    Thomas Williams

    When a team is battling hard to climb the standings and still believes they can make the playoffs while almost every number and probability equation says they cannot, they need their stars to perform. For the Minnesota Wild, that came up big on Monday night as Matt Boldy shone above the rest in a 5-3 win over the reigning Stanley Cup champions.

    While others certainly performed extremely well -- Joel Eriksson Ek scored two goals, and Ryan Hartman, Brock Faber, and Kirill Kaprizov all earned two assists -- it was Boldy who really put on a dominant performance.

    He finished the game with a goal and two assists and his lone goal was certainly pretty.


    That innate reaction speed to pluck the loose puck from the chaos of moving limbs in front of the goal, and then just bank it for the goal, just looks so damn cool.

    Not only did Boldy produce, but he was simply better than any defense the Golden Knights could put in front of him. He finished the game with seven shots on goal and 16(!) total shot attempts, six of which were in the high-danger area on the ice. He was the best player on the ice, no doubt. 

    The Wild continue their playoff pursuit on Wednesday night in Arizona. With the two points over Vegas, they are just five points back of the Wild Card while teams like the Coyotes and the Seattle Kraken are starting to fall behind them.

    That's Wild

    • This is the big question in Minnesota right now: Are the members of the Wild team, like general manager Bill Guerin, just simply holding onto false hope of a playoff run? [Hockey Wilderness]
    • A recap of Monday night's 5-3 win over the reigning champs. [The Hockey News]
    • Marcus Foligno was placed on the Injured Reserve list before Monday's game, and Connor Dewar was activated off of it. Just a rotating carousel of hurt guys.


    Off the trail...

    • The IIHF came together last week to make a decision on the ban of Russia and Belarus on their international championship events. Well, they decided to continue the ban through the 2024-25 season. So we aren't getting to see Danila Yurov, Marat Khusnutdinov, or Kirill Kaprizov play at any cool international tournaments. [CBC]
    • There might be nothing more annoying than discourse about a player's potential suspension and how long he should get kicked out of the game by the NHL's Department of Player Safety. Well, now it's with Toronto's Morgan Rielly as he made a bone-headed decision to go after a player for hitting a slapshot into an empty net. He might get the book thrown at him. [Sportsnet]
    • Who are the NHL's top 10 defensemen? Players and executives from around the league ranked them. [ESPN]

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    Welcome home Thomas. If it was much longer, I was going to check into capsized boats in the Caribbean to see if you were on the passenger's list!

    Does Matt Boldy read our comments? Well, one might think so as he was much more assertive last night and took the puck to the net several times. That's the type of Boldy we need, I hope he keeps it up.

    Now what? We are 3-0 out of the break. I know the players and coaches are going for it, but what does Guerin do? The empty net goal play was exactly why I love watching Duhaime play. If Shawzy gets up to speed, could there be a reuniting of the Duhaime-Dewar-Shaw 4th line that was so good down the stretch last season? That's assuming we keep Duhaime past the deadline. 

    I'd have to conclude that Shooter is not an external adder at the deadline, but he could promote from within, or, juggle some things around and become a buyer and seller to help certain spots on the team. This might look something like he did with Addison and Bogosian. 

    If he is convinced this is a playoff team, guys like Duhaime and Bogosian might be useful. Guys like Goligoski and Merrill will not be as they simply do not have the speed to perform well in the playoffs. They will be healthy scratches just like last year. Merrill's got to have a little value as a #8 on a playoff team somewhere. I can't imagine him staying next season as he's surpassed by Hunt and likely Lambos. 

    Should we finish February with a good record within the month, I believe Guerin will go for it. March is a bit of a softer schedule. There may be a tweak or 2, but room will need to be made for Dino. After the TDL, we can carry more than 23 players as long as we have cap room, so maybe we just do that? I'd think Dino's speed could help us and having Hunt up could also help us. Beckman should be able to help too. What is the deadline for signing Shawzy to an NHL deal?

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    Wild lose to Ducks, beat Golden Knights. Okay, I thought we had left the past behind us and were not so much of a roller coaster as during the 11 & 20 Era. 

    Oh well...

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