Wild @ Hurricanes – 03-06-08 – A Quick View from the Recliner
DVRed tonite’s game, and you can generally draw a direct correlation with how fast I watch a DVRed game with how the Wild are playing. Well, I watched tonite’s game in about an hour. Wild lose 3-2 in a game that wasn’t really all that close, or at least that’s how it seemed on FFx4.
They battled back from 2 down to tie it at 2, but Carolina got one midway through the 2nd and that was about it. The powerplay was 0 for 6, and now 0 for 14 in the last 3 games. The powerplay is losing games for the Wild right now. They’ve gone through these PP droughts before. It’s extremely annoying…and this is not a good time.
Wild goals came from Pavol “I Finally Learned to Look For My Shot” Demitra and Mikko Koivu. Aaron Voros needs to stay in the lineup. He brings feistiness that has been missing. The hit on Eric Staal wasn’t as bad as it looked, and it fired up both teams. Thugnation needs to stay out of the lineup.
My favorite part of the game was when PMB had to yell at the ref to notice his stick had been broken by a slash from a Carolina player. My next favorite was when they didn’t score on the resulting powerplay.
Oh, and there was a Josh Harding sighting. Played ok for his first game in a couple full moons, but didn’t have much of an impact. And once again a Minnesota native haunted us. Matt Cullen (Moorhead HS, St. Cloud State) had a goal and an assist.
Fight to Hang the 1st Banner
Calgary is off tonite, so they now have a game in hand. At time of post, Vancouver leads Nashville 4-2 in the 1st intermission, and Colorado leads Anaheim 1-0 in the 3rd. Things are gonna get tighter in the NW. And for that matter, in the Western Conference. Wild are gonna have to find something just to make the playoffs.
Next on the Docket – Wild @ Thrashers – Fri 3-7-08
Must win. I’m not sure how they’re gonna do it, but the Wild need to beat Atlanta. They’re terrible. Wild 2 Thrashers 1