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Zach Parise Having A Hard Time Dealing With His Father’s Cancer Battle

from Micheal Russo of the Star Tribune,

Parise is playing through immense pain right now. Not physical pain, but emotional pain. The stress he’s under, the burden he’s playing with, the sorrow he’s feeling is written across his face anytime you look at him.

J.P. Parise, the beloved former North Star and husband to Donna and father to Zach and older brother, Jordan, is in dire straits. Diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer last January, J.P. spent a month in the hospital earlier this fall due to the effects of chemotherapy.

He finally said enough to the chemo that was causing him so much discomfort and sickness. In the past few weeks, the 73-year-old has deteriorated.

“It’s hard to watch,” Zach Parise said Saturday night, a half-hour after the Wild suffered the worst loss he has experienced during his three seasons with Minnesota — a six-goal defeat at the hands of the relocated franchise for which his father used to star.

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A Bad 7-1 Loss For The Minnesota Wild

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

As bad as the Wild played in losing 11 of 17 games (6-7-4) prior to Friday’s win against Toronto, the Wild was never, ever humiliated.

It lacked the energy and excitement that became its trademark late last season. It made mistakes and gave up too many goals, either because of sloppy defense or a bad goal or two, but for the most part, the losses were of the one-goal variety (yeah, yeah, if you exclude the empty-net goals, which do count, I know).

But for the first time tonight, the Wild left an arena with its tail fully between its legs. Humbled, shamed by the team that used to reside in Minnesota.

I’ve seen the Wild play lousy in this rink 15 or 20 times, but this was just an awful, awful display by a flat, uninspired, tired-looking group tonight, and it was so obvious right from the opening draw that tonight’s outcome could get ugly.

The only question was how ugly because the Stars, who have now won eight of nine, had been off since Wednesday and were here for the killing.

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Oh, this happened to in the 2nd period...

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Fans Of The Winnipeg Jets Invaded The Xcel Energy Center

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

“Keep the blue out!”

At this late juncture, it’d probably be hard to do, but maybe the Wild should take a page out of the Nashville Predators’ book (and the St. Louis Blues’, Buffalo Sabres’, Edmonton Oilers’ and even the Miami Dolphins’) and orchestrate a way to keep Winnipeg Jets die-hards out of its rink April 6 … and beyond.

It’s become a tradition since Atlanta’s move to our frigid neighbor to the north in 2011, but Jets fans — many who can’t get into MTS Centre because the small rink is overrun by season-ticket holders — travel by the busload to fill Xcel Energy Center whenever the Jets visit St. Paul.

That was the case Dec. 27. Jets fans were everywhere.

Lower bowl, club level, upper bowl, loud (we’ll call ’em) … passionate fans dressed in blue cheered the boys from Winnipeg and mocked Wild fans anytime the Jets scored. During the national anthem, they screamed in an ode to the Jets’ owners, “True North,” and chanted throughout, “Go Jets Go!”

When Andrew Ladd scored a fluky goal to win the game in overtime, it was so noisy, you would have thought the Wild won.

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Is Every Goal Reviewed?

Kerry Fraser of TSN answers a few questions regarding a Thomas Vanek goal on Saturday...

Every apparent goal is reviewed by a staff member in the Situation Room in Toronto, in addition to the Video Goal Judge on site and must be confirmed as a 'good goal' prior to the next puck drop. A final decision is rendered and then communicated by the Situation Room personnel to the penalty timekeeper at ice level to issue a 'thumbs up' to the referee at centre ice. This is the signal to the ref that a 'good goal' has been determined and he is allowed to drop the puck and resume play. A 'thumbs up' is not issued until there is concrete evidence that the puck entered the net.

The quick decision to confirm the tying goal credited to Thomas Vanek as opposed to placing the play under formal review however is somewhat confusing to us based on the broadcast replays that were offered.  A formal review provides additional time within the process to look at every available angle and confirm beyond even the slightest doubt that a valid goal was scored.  Replays shown by various camera angles on the Hockey Night Broadcast, in addition to postgame recap on NHL Game Center Live footage create reasonable suspicion (and even a pretty clear impression) that the puck went post to crossbar and straight down onto and ahead of the goal line without ever entering the net as you suggest...

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Successful Wrist Surgery For Mikael Granlund

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher announced center Mikael Granlund underwent successful surgery today at TRIA Orthopaedic Center to repair a fractured left wrist suffered in Saturday's game against Winnipeg. Granlund is expected to make a full recovery and return to play in approximately four weeks.

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Pressure Building In Minnesota

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

Lots of pressure now on GM Chuck Fletcher to make a trade for a defenseman now that the holiday roster freeze was lifted at 11 p.m. Saturday.

With Brodin hurt, the Wild’s D corps is Ryan Suter, Marco Scandella, Spurgeon, Falk, Stu Bickel, who played pretty well tonight, Nate Prosser and Christian Folin.

But the Wild’s already demanding too much from its top-4 (now 3) D and this team needs a defenseman badly.

This team also needs a goalie.

John Curry, who played Friday night in a win at Rockford, bussed five hours to Grand Rapids, Michigan, after the game, woke up late Saturday morning and got a call to get to the airport to fly to Minnesota because Darcy Kuemper had food poisoning and Niklas Backstrom was still sick from the norovirus or whatever that's desolating this team. It was weird in hindsight this morning when Backstrom left the ice a few moments before Kuemper, the scheduled starter. Typically, the non-starter stays on the ice to work with the scratches.

Of course, this is the Wild, so Curry’s flight was delayed til about 2 p.m. He landed in Minnesota, came to the rink thinking he’d be the backup (he was told it was 50-50) and found out after the long travel day and playing the night before that he’d be making his second career Wild start in a fairly critical game for Minnesota....

But this goalie situation is so typical. The players are frustrated, too, that this team can never, ever, ever, ever have a goalie that can stay healthy and carry the load. Injuries, illnesses, it is absolutely remarkable how often this happens. Imagine being the players on this team and what it does to you mentally when you walk in the room before a big game and see the team’s minor-league goalie suiting up to start.

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Problems Surfacing For The Minnesota Wild

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

When Charlie Coyle scored his first goal in two months to tie Tuesday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers in the second period, it looked like Dec. 23 would really provide a Festivus Miracle.

Nope.

Instead, Wild fans got to play the part of George Costanza and air their grievances with loud boos and social media condemnation after their favorite team inexplicably sputtered through yet another loss that featured a slow, sloppy start, soft wall play, lots of turnovers, lots of overpassing and shoddy defense by some of the team’s more reliable players....

What have the Wild lacked during a four-game winless streak, 5-6-3 slide and an amazingly bad 2-3-3 home streak that has the team six points behind the defending Cup champs for eighth and eight points behind Winnipeg heading into a mammoth home-and-home against the Jets?

“Winners attitude and teamwork,” coach Mike Yeo said.

Lots of tension after this one. It included a second straight, brief players’ only meeting and more frustration-filled quotes from Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu and Matt Cooke, who had a lot of interesting things to say.

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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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Below, watch Mike Yeo post-game...

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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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