Thursday, December 27, 2007

Nice Bounceback

A very nice answer from the Wizzy tonite. They get back into the win column with a 3-2 win over Wayne Gretzky's Coyotes. After getting dominated by two of the better teams in the league, they get a win over a team that isn't great, but is up and coming. A very big win.

Standings Watch
I know we're not quite halfway through the season, but I'm watching the standings already. A loss tonight would have left us in the 7th spot in the West, with Calgary only a point behind. But with the win, we're back to 1st in the Northwest, and 3rd in the West. It's going to be a long 2nd half if this is how it goes every night.

Most Important Thing(s)
Better goaltending. The Wild were still shaky defensively, giving up 48 shots and taking too many penalties. Goodness that's alot of shots. But Backstrom was strong. He must have had some extra yoga or something, because he came up big.

The Wild also played with the lead tonight, which is important for this team. Whenever we get behind I don't have alot of confidence we're going to come back. Playing with the lead makes for a much more enjoyable Wizzy watching experience.

The power play was huge tonight. All three goals came on the power play. The difference tonight compared to last night was the Wild scored on their power plays instead of giving up shorthanded chances and goals.

  • Mark Parrish got his 200th goal tonight. That must have been why he's been in a scoring drought recently - droughts always come before milestone goals.
  • Gabby had some nice chanes in the 3rd. That's good to see since he has been shut down since the 5-goal game.
  • The team must have had "shoot the puck on net" drilled into their heads before the game. They really looked like they were actually trying to shoot. Belanger's goal was from behind the goal line, and Pav shot when usually he passes. Good to see.
  • Suddenly the Wild's power play is 11th in the league and 4th in the West at 19%. Who knew?
  • Does anyone actually like the Kevin Gorg v. Mike Greenlay faceoff bit on FSN?

Next on the Docket - Saturday 12-29 v. Edmonton @ Xcel
Perverbial 4-point division game. Look for a grinding game in this one; I like the Wild in a low-scoring tilt.


  1. hey - nice work so far! Always good to see the Wild blogosphere growing.

    FWIW, I tossed a link to your blog up on my own.

    PS: No, I don't know of anyone who enjoys the Face Off "feature" on the FSN North broadcasts. I can't really believe Gorg and Greenlay like looking like complete tools, either, but that's their problem.

  2. I agree, wtf is with that Face Off shit. Has no one told them they look completely stupid?

    I'm excited for Parrish's 200th, he's been brought in to replace Walz as my favorite player on the team.

    Good to know I'm not the only person already watching the standings very closely. People call me crazy, but it's going to be a fight to the finish.

  3. Also, I really like your header, it's really awesome.

  4. Basically, the only reason I don't change the channel when the Face Off comes on is because it can be amusing to laugh at the stupidity of some of the comments they make

  5. Too bad the Wild couldn't have played like this the previous night, except the high number of shots allowed.

    It was a very big win for Minnesota and I couldn't be more in agreement with this. When you score at least two maybe even three power play goals in a road game, you're in a very good position to win. At the same time, they had to earn this game against an improving Coyotes team.

    Congrats to Mark Parrish!


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