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Minnesota Wild At Phoenix Coyotes, 2-4-2013, 8:00pm

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The company owner from Arizona is here all week.

Too bad he probably doesn't even know what a hockey puck looks like otherwise I'd give him a rash of trash goading him with Wild possibilities!

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MN is 4-1 at home and Phoenix is 0-2 on the road.

Sorry, I hope I'm wrong but I'm picking MN to choke and for Phoenix to pull off their first away game victory.

Phoenix 4 Wild 2

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Sure do want the Wild to win 6-1 though. In my mind that's where this team can be (and should be) but I just don't see it yet. I believe they have the ability but I also know they're all over the place playing with confusion and disarray. And they loose their legs barely halfway through the second period.

We still need better conditioning and consistency.

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The company owner from Arizona is here all week.

Too bad he probably doesn't even know what a hockey puck looks like otherwise I'd give him a rash of trash goading him with Wild possibilities!

sigh

MN is 4-1 at home and Phoenix is 0-2 on the road.

Sorry, I hope I'm wrong but I'm picking MN to choke and for Phoenix to pull off their first away game victory.

Phoenix 4 Wild 2

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Sure do want the Wild to win 6-1 though. In my mind that's where this team can be (and should be) but I just don't see it yet. I believe they have the ability but I also know they're all over the place playing with confusion and disarray. And they loose their legs barely halfway through the second period.

We still need better conditioning and consistency.

Yea, the Wild have looked winded far too often. While having a compressed schedule makes it difficult to practice and thus condition a lot; this team should be in better shape at this point than it seems to be currently. Its tough to finish games successfully when you're starting to fade badly in the 3rd period.

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It'll be very interesting to see how the Wild play after the line changes. Will there be more scoring from the other lines and will the first line come back if the opponent needs to start paying attention to Wild's other lines too.

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Yea, the Wild have looked winded far too often. While having a compressed schedule makes it difficult to practice and thus condition a lot; this team should be in better shape at this point than it seems to be currently. Its tough to finish games successfully when you're starting to fade badly in the 3rd period.

If they are looking winded playing in Anaheim, just wait until they get to Denver. :unsure:

Maybe the Wild need to take a look at their conditioning program. They have the strength, but not the stamina. Might need to be overhauled. :huh:

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Coyle in, Powe out, Konopka centering Granlund and Setoguchi according to Russo. Yeo sure shoke up things! Why he didn't shake up the 1st line as well is beyond me.

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Coyle in, Powe out, Konopka centering Granlund and Setoguchi according to Russo. Yeo sure shoke up things! Why he didn't shake up the 1st line as well is beyond me.

Right, because we have a plethora of first line talent...

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Right, because we have a plethora of first line talent...

Do you actually watch the games? Against the Ducks we had no 1st line, it was a mess. Konopka had more shots than Parise or Heatley. There is zero reason for that line to be untouchable! All Heatley has left is a good shot and a big body. That line needs speed and/or a player with drive and passion. Even Ovechkin has already got demoted for his lack of effort this season.

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Do I watch the games? Muahahaha. I think you're better off asking yourself if you think before you post.

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Change of subject I see. I take that as you enjoyed our 1st line's performance against the Ducks? Really sad if you did.

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Who says I enjoyed their performance? Do you think placing PMB or a struggling Baby Cookie on the first line would change things drastically? If you think so, I'm more concerned with your mental faculties. It's one thing to mess around with lines 2-4, but this team has always been anemic when it comes to offense. Messing with our first line, even one that faced some struggles in an all around poor game, is crazy talk.

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Who says I enjoyed their performance? Do you think placing PMB or a struggling Baby Cookie on the first line would change things drastically? If you think so, I'm more concerned with your mental faculties. It's one thing to mess around with lines 2-4, but this team has always been anemic when it comes to offense. Messing with our first line, even one that faced some struggles in an all around poor game, is crazy talk.

No it's not.

Adam Oates knows more about hockey than you ever will. He shuffled the lines and put Ovechkin play with guys like Joey Crabb. I watched the Caps vs. Penguins. Though they lost Ovechkin made his presence felt. Yeo could try the same with Heatley.

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Who says I enjoyed their performance? Do you think placing PMB or a struggling Baby Cookie on the first line would change things drastically? If you think so, I'm more concerned with your mental faculties. It's one thing to mess around with lines 2-4, but this team has always been anemic when it comes to offense. Messing with our first line, even one that faced some struggles in an all around poor game, is crazy talk.

No it's not.

Adam Oates knows more about hockey than you ever will. He shuffled the lines and put Ovechkin play with guys like Joey Crabb. I watched the Caps vs. Penguins. Though they lost Ovechkin made his presence felt. Yeo could try the same with Heatley.

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The way they've been playing, this might be the Wild's best chance at their first away win--MIGHT be. We'll have to see. I'm not feeling very comfortable prognosticating when they've just done a trade. I think this whole "message" sending that Russo keeps tweeting about can either light a fire under the boys or completely throw them off (even further?) their games. Although--since I'm not a sports psych--I'm mostly guessing. Either way, I'll be watching--Woodchuck in hand--and hoping for the best.

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Normally I would cheer for the non-divisional rival, but the Coyotes are a bunch of cheapshots and whiners. After our last game against them, I have no respect for them anymore.

Take care of business, Wild. And we'll try to do the same with the Canucks.

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I suppose the ice was soft in Anaheim. Not that it's an excuse because as LiG pointed out it's a trend. Could be why it stood out so much there.

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The only thing I may consider doing with the top line at this point and with our current roster is, throw Setoguchi up on the 1st line with Parise and Koivu and hope that gets him going. If he still cant produce I dont know what the Wild can do with him then!

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Normally I would cheer for the non-divisional rival, but the Coyotes are a bunch of cheapshots and whiners. After our last game against them, I have no respect for them anymore.

Take care of business, Wild. And we'll try to do the same with the Canucks.

Oh how I love to watch the Nucks lose. And I flippin hate these road trips. Cant wait for reallignment, but I'll miss the Wild playin the Oil, to date its my favorite games to go to, not because of the win %, just always liked the games.

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At this point, I think I have to say the Wild have to win one on the road before I can predict they'll win a second one on the road.

Hope I'm wrong. Hope all the "message sending" from Fletcher and Yeo the last three days pays off.

But for now I have to go Yotes, 3-1.

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If they are looking winded playing in Anaheim, just wait until they get to Denver. :unsure:

Maybe the Wild need to take a look at their conditioning program. They have the strength, but not the stamina. Might need to be overhauled. :huh:

Bingo, hurray, yeehaw!

I've been questioning their conditioning for years. The only time I saw an uptick in their conditioning was when Burns and a few others used to ride bike for miles upon miles and really pounding the peddles in the off season. They worked their tails off stressing their limits every day. Where are they now?

As a lad I fondly remember shoveling sand into a cement mixer for what seemed like a never ending chore, batch after batch after batch... And at 50 with one foot in the grave, overweight, out of breath, way out of shape... I bet I could pick up a shovel, start shoveling rock or sand into a pickup and outperform most these tools totting hockey sticks up and down the ice swiping at a puck day in and day out.

Interesting. Shoveling sand and handling a hockey stick with a puck exert nearly the exact same hand, wrist, arm motions. Legs and back play a part too. lmao

edit: wax on wax off... still lmao

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Do you actually watch the games? Against the Ducks we had no 1st line, it was a mess. Konopka had more shots than Parise or Heatley. There is zero reason for that line to be untouchable! All Heatley has left is a good shot and a big body. That line needs speed and/or a player with drive and passion. Even Ovechkin has already got demoted for his lack of effort this season.

She watches plenty of the games jackpipe. And there is zero reason that Granlund should still be up with the Wild. Its one of the mysteries of life. I don't care what Washington does with Alexander Ovechkin. Its apples to oranges.

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No it's not.

Adam Oates knows more about hockey than you ever will. He shuffled the lines and put Ovechkin play with guys like Joey Crabb. I watched the Caps vs. Penguins. Though they lost Ovechkin made his presence felt. Yeo could try the same with Heatley.

That probably had more to do with Oates trying to tell his Russian star that HE is in charge and not Ovechkin. Bruce Boudreau was accused of letting his star winger be in control.

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