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Your Average Minnesota Wild Team

from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,

After a morning practice at St. Thomas Academy, the Wild took their .500 record (13-10-3) to California for games against the Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks. They start their trip a point out of a Western Conference playoff spot but, you know, it’s early, right?

It’s not that the Wild don’t have a shot. It’s not that they’re a terrible hockey team. It’s just that they’re, I don’t know, blaaaaahhhhhhh … the same guys trying to be hard to play against with the same competence.

General manager Chuck Fletcher has built a fine team in St. Paul, but this year’s start makes one wonder if it will ever be anything more than fine. The Wild have played in seven postseason series since 2012-13, which has been good for owner Craig Leipold’s bottom line but has done little for maybe the best hockey market in the United States.

Disappointment and frustration are easy to find in the pro sports landscape. So are $150 replica jerseys and $30 team caps. This is where last season really comes back to bite the Local 6. If the Wild continue apace, how many hearts will they capture this winter?

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Matt Dumba Fined For Unsportsmanlike Conduct

NEW YORK (Nov. 28, 2017) – Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for unsportsmanlike conduct during NHL Game No. 365 in Winnipeg on Monday, Nov. 27, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 20:00 of the first period. Dumba was assessed a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.


Watch below, could be the reason for the fine.

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The Minnesota Wild Lose Big To The Winnipeg Jets

from Sarah McLellan of the Star Tribune,

The team that pitched three shutouts in a row earlier this month is the same group that’s given up 30 in seven games since.

That was the reality Wild coach Bruce Boudreau was trying to come to grips with after a 7-2 wakeup call was issued to his team Monday by the Jets at Bell MTS Place.

“It’s almost impossible for me to think,” Boudreau said.

More than understand why this switch flipped, the Wild has to come up with a solution.

And soon....

“We gotta figure it out,” defenseman Ryan Suter said. “In the past, we’ve always been able to keep it level-headed. You win a game, not a big deal. You lose a game, not a big deal. But you compete every night. You play every night, and we’re getting away from that. We’re showing up when we want to. Half of us show up. It’s too hard, especially in our division. Teams are too good. We need everybody showing up every night.”

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Below, watch Bruce Boudreau post-game and the game highlights...

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Another Day, Another Buffalo Sabres Loss

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Enjoy your Thanksgiving, Buffalo Sabres fans.

Enjoy your Black Friday shopping.

Enjoy your long weekend if you're not working.

Enjoy whatever you can because there's certainly no enjoying a victory.

You probably won't be enjoying playoff hockey, either, but that's nothing new.

The Sabres' demoralizing start continued Wednesday with a 5-4 loss to Minnesota. Buffalo fell to 5-13-4 this season, including 0-5-2 in the last seven games. The dwindling crowds in KeyBank Center have seen the team put up a 2-7-1 record at home.

"Every one just gets worse and worse and worse," center Ryan O'Reilly said. "It's tough looking at the standings right now. It doesn't feel good. It's discouraging."


Game highlights are below...

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Video- Bruce Boudreau Not A Happy Coach After The Wild Lose 5-3 To The Bruins

from Rachel Blount of the Star Tribune,

Following another spotty performance—and another loss—Wild forward Eric Staal couldn’t find any fresh words. “It’s not good enough,’’ he offered. “Not much else to say.’’

Amen, brother. The Wild repeated itself again Monday in a 5-3 loss at Boston, playing some small portions of solid hockey in the midst of many ugly ones. Staal said he “didn’t like the way we responded’’ after Boston scored twice in the first period to overcome an early 1-0 Wild lead. The second period was particularly horrid.

The Wild was outshot 15-4 in that period as Boston scored twice more. Both goals came off of Wild mistakes, sometimes in multiples. As coach Bruce Boudreau said, the Wild often looked “like we don’t know how to play,’’ an alarming idea at the start of a four-game, six-day road trip.


Below, watch Boudreau post-game after a 5-3 loss to the Bruins.

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Carey Price Struggles Again

from Eric Engels of Sportsnet,

It was 10 seconds of action that made you wonder who the guy wearing No. 31 for the Montreal Canadiens was.

He didn’t bear even the slightest resemblance to Carey Price, the consensus best goaltender in the world. Granted, he looked a bit like the Price we’ve seen in the early part of this season—the guy who came into Thursday’s 6-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild with numbers unbecoming of an average goaltender, let those of a terrible one.

Before Price and the Canadiens flew to Minnesota he was asked about his .883 save percentage and his 3.64 goals against average.

“I don’t feel like statistics mean much going into any particular game,” he said. “It’s all about the way you feel and the way you prepare for each game.”


Game highlights are below....

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Bad Power Play Sinks The New York Islanders

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

Doug Weight had some words to describe his team’s power play. Lots of them, in fact, plus a few not suitable for print.

“Lethargic, lax, soft, zero battle,” Weight said after his team went 0-for-5 on the power play and surrendered two shorthanded goals that ended up the difference in a 6-4 loss to the Wild on Thursday night.

“Flip passes, half-speed breakouts — just abysmal,” Weight said. “And it [ticks] you off because it’s a winnable game.”

The Isles’ power play is now a league-worst 2-for-33 (6.1 percent) and has allowed five shorthanded goals.


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Successful Microdisectomy Surgery For Zach Parise Today

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher announced forward Zach Parise underwent successful microdisectomy surgery today by Dr. Kevin Mullaney at TRIA Orthopaedic Center. Parise is expected to return to play in approximately 8-10 weeks.

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Back Surgery For Zach Parise Is Being Contemplated

from Michael Russo of The Athletic,

After exhausting all options in an attempt to overcome a debilitating injury and make his season debut, Wild veteran Zach Parise is contemplating back surgery that would sideline the winger up to two months, three well-place sources told The Athletic.

Parise was diagnosed with a herniated disk during the 2015-16 season and missed the entire 2016 playoffs due to an injury that caused numbness and a lack of strength in one of his legs.

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Morning Line- Bruce Boudreau

“A lot of it, I’ve always believed, is self-preparation. I know we haven’t played a lot of games and all that stuff, but you can make excuses all day long. These guys are professionals, and they shouldn’t be doing that.

“It’s a mindset. We can’t be thinking scoring every time we’re out there. We have to think ‘defend,’ especially when you have a lead. It’s been addressed [Friday], it’s been addressed [Saturday] about leads in the third period. It’s been addressed every day this week. And they didn’t …’’

-Bruce Boudreau, head coach of the Minnesota Wild on their slow start to the season.  Rachel Blount of the Star Tribune has more.

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