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The Situation Room Should Review Goalie Interference/Coach’s Challenge

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk thinks the Toronto Situation Room should make all goalie interference coach’s challenge decisions, not the refs. “Does every referee understand it the same way?” he said. “You walk a fine line because you don’t want to take referees out of it, and that’s part of sport. But at the same time, if you had the same people making the decisions every night, I’d imagine you’d find a lot more consistency.”

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Teaching The Goalies

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Chuck Fletcher is a Harvard graduate. Part of his hockey education took place at the side of father Cliff Fletcher, a Hockey Hall of Famer. The Minnesota Wild general manager once worked as an agent for Newport Sports Management. He rescued his team’s season last year by acquiring Devan Dubnyk from Arizona for a third-round pick.

Fletcher needs neither his diploma nor his credentials to identify the element that has revolutionized hockey. His eyes do that just fine.

“There’s no question the biggest advancement in coaching and skill development in the last 20 years,” Fletcher said, “has been with respect to goaltending.”

Equipment has helped goalies reach their zenith. Pads are taller than the Eiffel Tower. Gloves can scoop up enough salmon to handle the dinner rush at Legal Sea Foods.

But the position’s biggest advancement is in education. Goalies of all ages have never been taught as well as they are now. Techniques such as reverse VH, pushing laterally while on the pads, and playing deep haven’t just been identified and thought out well. Goalie coaches are teaching and reinforcing good habits throughout the year.

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Zach Parise Skated With The Team Today And Jason Zucker Is Fine

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

Zach Parise skated with the team for the first time this morning since getting hurt against Nashville on Nov. 5. He will see the docs later to see if he can get medically cleared for full contact in practice Monday. We didn’t chat with Parise today, but he did look rusty with his skating and stick-handling.

Yeo called it a good first step, but he did not want to guess if Parise could play as early as Wednesday against Vancouver. He said let’s first see what the docs say. Yeo also said Marco Scandella continues to be out with a lower-body injury and he’d be surprised if Scandella could come off injured reserve and play Wednesday, but he didn’t want to rule it out.

Jason Zucker is fine. He said his leg went completely numb the other night after the Matt Beleskey slash, which Zucker said wasn’t that vicious. He said Beleskey just got him in the perfect spot with his leg extended.

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Video- Devan Dubnyk Not Happy With Penguins Goal

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

"It’s a joke,” Dubnyk said of this one. “I just don’t understand it. That’s two now I don’t understand. I mean even the explanations don’t make sense. He tells me that the first play would have been no goal because it’s goalie interference, yet the only reason the goal happens was because of the first play for starters, which makes no sense. Then he tells me that I was on my stomach not knowing where the puck was, which was true until Hornqvist just decided to start digging underneath me when the puck was nowhere to be found, which he’d been doing all night. Turned me on my side, eventually my back and the puck ends up in the net. I’ve seen calls where a guy gets his hand touched and they call it no-goal and I’ve had two now where the explanations don’t make sense. I don’t know. I don’t understand it, and it changes the game, so it’s frustrating how they can watch the play over and over and over again, …

“You watch Hornqvist. He just starts digging, and the puck’s not there. He did it all night. … I mean Hornqvist is an effective a player as it is. If they’re going to let him do what he wants, he’s going to be even more effective. That’s exactly what he wants. It’s disappointing because we’re comfortable in a 2-1 hockey game and that opens it up a little bit. It’s just confusing.”

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Zach Parise Is Considered Week-To-Week With Sprained MCL

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Video- Ref Sees Broken Stick Via A Slash, Picks Out The Wrong Player From The Wrong Team

Ryan Suter with the slash on Colin Wilson and Wilson gets the slashing penalty.

The Predators did survive and won 3-2.


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Video- Probable Knee Injury For Zach Parise

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

The Zach Parise injury. It’s an apparent right knee injury. The Wild right now is just calling it a “lower body injury.” Yeo said he’d give us an update Friday, so he’s obviously getting an MRI. There’s no doubt though the Wild has an initial diagnosis because usually trainers and doctors can tell right away if the ACL is damaged or gone and/or it’s the MCL or another issue.

The injury came 75 seconds into the game and 30 seconds into Parise’s first shift. High in the offensive zone, Parise turned to the glass to fish for a loose puck. After he backhanded it into the slot, James Neal, who typically plays on that border, hit him above the numbers with Parise a little bent down. Their knees clanked, and Parise’s seemed to twist an abnormal way...

Maybe some hopeful news about the Wild’s leading goal scorer is Ryan Suter said he was working out after the game.

Yeo would only rule Parise out for Saturday’s game against Tampa Bay and made it pretty clear by the end of the presser that “bottom line is we’re losing Zach …”

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Assistant Coach Darryl Sydor Back With The Minnesota Wild

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor, who pleaded guilty to second degree driving while impaired last month, took the ice for his first practice of the season Tuesday at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.

Coach Mike Yeo and Sydor met last week at a coffee shop to formulate a plan for Sydor’s return to the team.

Initially, Sydor will ease into things. He won’t be on the bench during games and won’t travel. Yeo said there is no timeline as to when Sydor will get back to his regular, full-time duties, but this was the first step and Yeo anticipates Sydor will begin to travel soon.

This morning, after practice, Sydor talked publicly for the first time since his Aug. 20 arrest for drunken driving with one of his children in the car. His eyes welled throughout the press scrum, and the bottom-line message was that Sydor has been portrayed a certain way and he wants to prove that the incident does not define him. He called it a huge mistake and says his mission now is to help others with the same disease.


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Devan Dubnyk Playing Through Knee Injury

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Hours after Wild coach Mike Yeo definitively said Devan Dubnyk was fine and there was “nothing” wrong with him, the Wild goalie clearly played through a knee injury and admitted as such after the Wild’s 5-4 loss to the Jets.

Dubnyk, who said after his shutout Saturday night against Anaheim that he heard one of his knees “pop,” relieved Darcy Kuem- per early in the second period Sunday and soon showed the effects of the knee issue. Dubnyk had trouble getting off the ice a few times, spent the entirety of one TV timeout conferring with athletic therapist Don Fuller at the bench and spent many stoppages stretching.

During one flurry, Dubnyk somehow made three superb saves in a row while dealing with the obvious soreness and discomfort.

Between the second and third periods, Dubnyk said he received treatment and it was determined that since “it’s not something structural … it’s not going to get worse if you keep playing.” So Dubnyk re-entered and finished the game.

“I wanted to stay in there and see if we could have a chance to come back,” Dubnyk said.


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