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The Minnesota Wild Need To Start Winning

from Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press,

It no longer matters that the Wild have played well in many games, including both losses Tuesday and Wednesday. The fact is, they are currently in 10th place in the Western Conference and not playing like a team positioning itself for the playoffs.

"We've got to stop losing," Parise said. "Stringing a couple wins together is the only way to get out of it."

It has put the coaching staff in a peculiar position, unsure whether to applaud the positive play -- the Wild outshot the Bruins 37-21 in regulation Wednesday -- or to become upset with the losing.

"Normally what you do is you say if we go out and play that way then we're going to get rewarded, and that's what you focus on," coach Mike Yeo said. "But obviously we know that we need wins, so it's a fine line between trying to find positives and trying to build our game and our confidence and to build that winning attitude feeling."

The Wild have struggled because of a multitude of issues: The goaltending hasn't been as good as last season, the top-4 defensemen rarely have been healthy, and the scoring only seems to come in bunches.

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The Minnesota Wild Are Not Happy After Losing To The Chicago Blackhawks

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

Well, the star got the call.

Many in the Wild dressing room was spitting mad after tonight’s 5-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. The Wild rallied from 3-1 down in the third to tie the mighty Hawks, then superstar Patrick Kane got the benefit of a referee’s call on what the Wild felt was a ticky-tack penalty that should not have been called that late in a tie game.

In a game where Brent Seabrook got away with a blatant elbow on Justin Fontaine that basically caused the Wild to be short a man when Seabrook scored the tying goal in the second, in a game where there was reaching and hooks uncalled all game long, Erik Haula was called for hooking Kane at the blue line with 4:35 left in a 3-3 game.

Kane, one of the game’s great puck-handlers, lost the puck out of the zone, then motioned exasperatedly.

Referee Dan O’Rourke’s arm went straight up.

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Minnesota Wild Get A ‘Wakeup Call’

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

Today, prior to practice starting, an angry Mike Yeo gathered his team around him in a semicircle by the penalty boxes at the former Glendale Arena. And he ripped into his team during a passionate two- or three-minute diatribe sprinkled with colorful language.

Yeo was fired up. The message? It’s time for the Wild to get its act together, to wake up, to help each other, push and prod each other, challenge each other if that’s what it takes. It’s time for the Wild to stop underachieving and become the team everybody thinks it’s capable of being.

Yeo started practice early because he didn’t want the media to be in the rink when he did this. I just happened to walk to the arena early because after my 3:45 a.m. wakeup call, if I had hung out in my hotel room, I would have passed out.

So myself and few others heard everything, which Yeo didn’t intend and wasn’t exactly thrilled about. He sarcastically called it a “pep talk” afterward.

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Do You Agree With The Marco Scandella Suspension?

Here is the NHL suspension video.

Two games for an illegal check to the head.

 

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Keith Ballard Out Indefinitely

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard was released from Regions Hospital today. He suffered multiple facial fractures, a concussion and is out indefinitely.

If you missed the incident, watch it here.

 

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Another DoPS Hearing For Marco Scandella

 

added 10:42am, My fault with the headline...

 

 

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Video- The Scary Keith Ballard Incident

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

Scary scene on the ice here tonight when Ballard’s head was driven into the red dasher on top of the boards at the visiting bench in the second period. Ballard was bleeding from the face (Nate Prosser said there was blood on the dasher) and players said Ballard initially looked unconscious and was convulsing.

Athletic therapist quickly turned Ballard on his side to open up his airway and doctors surrounded him and called quickly for paramedics. After a few minutes, Ballard was assisted to his feet and helped slowly off the ice.

First, the hit. I’ve watched it a dozen times and every time I watch it, I think it was more and more needless by Matt Martin. Whether Ballard was dodging the check or not, it was an absolutely needless hit, plain and simple, and came well after Ballard dumped the puck into the corner. Just look at the replay. There is nobody else in the screen but Ballard and Martin because the puck was long gone.

Yes, Ballard turned to avoid the check, but it was Martin that drove Ballard recklessly into the red dasher in my opinion.

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Thoughts Go Out To Josh Harding

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

Josh Harding left Saturday’s game after two periods due to dehydration.

It was so serious, he was taken to the hospital and remained hospitalized until he was released late Sunday. Multiple sources say this is related to his multiple sclerosis. Harding is listed day-to-day with dehydration, but this will likely be one of those indefinite day-to-day’s. It’s very unlikely he will play another game for Iowa until this is figured out.

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Mike Yeo And Thomas Vanek Have A Talk

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

Yeo had what he called a “great talk” with Vanek before practice. Vanek has two goals and 12 assists this season and 39 shots in 25 games. Fourteen of those came in two games, so he has 25 shots in 23 others, including one or none in 16 games.

He has not scored a goal at 5-on-5 this season.

Yeo said there are a number of factors why, from Vanek bouncing from line to line to not working hard enough to the off-ice gambling issue that has been stressing him out.

Yeo: “I have no problem saying, it’s been public knowledge, but this stuff that he’s trying to deal with, I don’t want to say it’s a huge distraction, but it’s got to be weighing on him. There’s no about that. There’s the fact that he came [back to Minnesota] and he’s putting pressure on himself, he’s been bouncing around from different lines, he’s off the top PP now, there’s a number of things that could lead to him not feeling good about his game and so whatever the case is, today the message was pretty simple, ‘what are you doing when you’re a good player and what do we have to do to make sure you can control the things that you can control?’”

The message from Vanek? Put me back in a top-6 role. So today in practice, Vanek no longer skated on the third line with Nino Niederreiter and Kyle Brodziak.

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Marco Scandella Fined For Illegal Check To The Head

 

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