So the wild continued their horrid away record this season by taking the D loss down south in the desert. Not that the Yotes are a joke at all, but this loss drops us to 4-4-1 (technically not a losing record), 1-3-1 against 2012 playoff teams, and 0-3-1 away from the X. We sit 10th in the west, 17th in the league. Luckily the Aves are mediocre at best and the Flames are little more than a prison of misery for good soldier Jarome Iginla and beast Miikka Kiprusoff (dude has played between 70-76 games every year in his NHL career), or we might be in the dungeon of the Northwest. We were outplayed and out-steezed by the Yotes. Seriously, these Alts are nasty.
As usual our first line were the bees knees and provided our scoring. As usual we couldn’t get a single point from anyone else. Admittedly things looked a lot better. If it wasn’t for two close shots off the post and crossbar (PMB’s post was a freaking snipe) this game could have gone the other way. Still desperately seeking that physicality that we need to open up more space for our shooters, we can only hope that old man Rupp can come into the lineup on Thursday night and teach the rest of the lineup what it means to get in someones face. What better night to do it then against the hated Canucks. Parise could be the second coming of Gretzky/Jesus and ultimately its not going to make a difference if we are solely counting on him. At times the rest of the lines looked better, but its frustrating watching them seriously struggle to provide any backup. All it took was goals from Yotes’ forwards Lauri Korpikosk and Martin Hanzel in the first and second, both netting their 4th goals, good enough for 2nd in scoring on the wild and we were deader than backwards upside down visors. Trailing by 1 starting the 3rd it took us 12 minutes to even register a shot and we got a total of 4 in the third period. We received our only 2 power plays of the night during this period. Mike Smith is a good goalie, you have to shoot on him. 98% of our team should be kicked in the nuts repeatedly while watching the footage of themselves missing the net or passing up shots to the point that mere hesitation would result in instant flashback of this nut shattering trauma prompting them to fire at will. We would be better for it. Hanzel’s game winning goal was the result of a simple shot yielding a rebound with a skilled guy going to the net and putting it home. A triple deke with a toe drag spin-a-rama and lacrosse move while falling down is dope, but its not how 98% of goals in the NHL are scored (only 98% of my goals). Fire the puck, go hard to the net, make people move you. Fuck!!
Speaking of which our anemic offense is sitting at 2.22 goals per game, shitty enough for 26th in the league aka 5th from worse. Seriously if our offense was a commercial it would likely be a starving East African child staring at the camera while some first world B-list celebrity attempts to shame you into sponsor them for as little as a dollar a day. The fly density around our malnourished body would be moderate to heavy, but not severe. That would be saved for the 30th ranked offensive team Nashville, the only team to beat us at home this year. Yeah! If we don’t get some serious secondary scoring, we are going to be calling the Vikings the most successful team in the state for this sports year… Yeah the Vikings, who engineered perhaps the ugliest and most terrible 3 and 9/10th quarters of football all year in their last game. (All hail AP DA God though.. He is our superman overlord that deserves every accolade he gets). I’m looking at you Settoguchi, Granlund, Cullen, Calvin Clutterbuck, Brodziak.
While we aren’t exactly Terry Toughnut at the X, I like to think that our fans legitimately propel us to get a little bigger and a little stronger and our record usually reflects this. Once we cross state lines we seem to lose our nuts and never want to impose our will on people. Im not saying we gotta drop the mitts every shift, but getting in someones face and letting them know that the Minnesota Wild don’t take shit from anyone would go a long way towards making us a team that the rest of the league hates playing against. This is not something we can simply rely on Kanopka to do, or Rupp when he gets here.. Its a mentality the whole squad has to adopt. If you want to crash our crease and put the heat on Backstrom or Harding, then you have to pay for every inch with a pound of flesh. The road to the division championship, and by default home advantage, goes through Vancouver. The last two teams to best vancouver were L.A. and Boston, both of which won the cup, both of which were noted for their extremely physical play. The Bruins practically bullied Vancouver, with their president’s trophy and highly touted offense, out of a stanley cup. This and this still remain some of my favorite clips in recent memory. Ok yes it is because I despise the Canucks, but also because if five foot nine Brad Marchand can be this physical, nasty, and hard to play against, theres no reason anyone on our team can’t either. Those Bruins had passion. Those Bruins won a cup. (Also look at that pussy Daniel, just taking it like a bitch).
Time to get nasty. Freak fucking nasty.
Now the season is still young, but how long before a trend becomes an identity? Management already realized we were looking soft and decided to toughen us up. Lets pray it works.
Side note: Get fucked Happy trails to Nick Palmieri. He scored a nice goal at the pre-season scrimmage and was looking like a good prospect, but after not making the opening day roster he decided to throw a tantrum and refuse to report to the Houston Aeros. Presumably burning bridges all throughout the organization it was only a matter of time before he was outtie 5000. He joins the ranks of ex-wild members Brent “I hope the wild never wins another game’’ Burns and human stain Marek Zidlicky/lichky, or whoever the fuck you pronounce his name, on the list of ex-Wild who can get bent. I hope Palmieri, with his 2 way contract, does not make the Rangers and spends some time in Hartford developing his game, with his only experience on or near Broadway being in a back alley where a gang of roaming neo-thugs take his wallet and manhood at gunpoint. Harsh? Perhaps, but don’t fuck with our guy Yeo.
PLUS: How could it realistically be anyone else but our homegrown stud Zach Parise. Quite frankly besides last game (1-3 L vs Ducks) he has been better than even advertised. On pace for 32 goals and 53 points in only 48 games, it is safe to say that at this point that our collective ass would have been grass and the rest of the conference would have been smoking it, if it was not for our $98m man. Parise’s strike was also his 200th career goal in the NHL.
EVEN: So the 4th line last night seemed to come with a lot of energy last night and actually got some legitimate chances. It seemed a lot like Setoguchi and Granlund got some fire in their bellies after being relegated to the bottom line. While I liked their work, without contribution to the score sheet they can only remain even.
Jonas Brodin has looked crisp too, looking like our best defensmen, all while being too young to drink. His poise has been a example for the rest of our squad.
MINUS: Ryan Suter
Now I was always more partial to Shea Weber, but I think that is because he is just nasty, and thus gets most of the coverage. Like when he saw fit to crush Hank Zetterberg’s face into the glass several times last spring. Obviously Suter is an all star and bound to bounce back, not to mention he has only 9 games under his belt in a new system and with new D partners, but you can’t tell me that we weren’t all expecting something a little at this stage. Perhaps it’s Parise making him look like a bum in comparison, but the stats don’t lie. Suter is a team worst -7 which is bad enough for, and I shit you not, 659th (of 665) skaters in the NHL. He has 4 assists for 4 points, so he is averaging 0.4 points per game. I’m sure the stats will come, but we gotta remember we gave this guy so much money that it could hinder our blue line for years if he doesn’t step up. Right now I would simply be happy if he would use that big frame to aggressively clear the crease. Get some of that Weber in you. Get mean. For now we will patiently wait.
Until next game,
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