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All Is Well Between Ryan Suter And Mike Yeo

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

Refresh your memories with the day's events and you'll understand the context for today, but before today's skate, Yeo and Suter met to clear the air. Tonight against the Blackhawks, Yeo will indeed go with Suter being reunited with left-shot now right-defenseman Jonas Brodin and left-shot Marco Scandella will return to the lineup and be paired with right-shot partner of yesteryear Jared Spurgeon. Nate Prosser, a righty, will play the left side of right shot Matt Dumba. Christian Folin won't play.

"We’re obviously on the same page," Suter said. "It’s a story that shouldn’t even be a story. I think the heat of the practice yesterday, I was just saying stuff I probably shouldn’t have said. But at the end of the day, it’s about winning and it’s about what's going to be best for our team. Obviously Brods is a great defenseman, Spurge is a good defenseman, we’ve got a lot of good defensemen. I told you at the beginning of the year, our D corps I think is up there at the top of the league. It’s not really news to me anymore."

Yeo said Suter's comments yesterday "didn’t bother me. There was a time maybe where it would have, ... but first off, just the day in general, practice in general was a day to rattle the cage a little bit, and so that’s what we were looking for."

Yeo basically admitted he was trying to tick the players off yesterday after going 1-4-2 in their previous seven games.

"Exactly," Suter said, before laughing and adding, "I did exactly what the coach wanted, right? At the end, it’s what they decide to help us win. And we weren’t winning, and I think it’s probably good to change it up a little bit."


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Video- Ryan Sutter Wants A Right-Handed Defensive Partner

via Chad Graff tweets,

Ryan Suter on coaches pairing him with a fellow lefty: "I don't know what they're thinking. I need to play with a right handed defenseman."

Yeo responded by praising his defensemen and saying, "Ultimately we have to decide what is going to help us win. That's first & foremost."

Sutter post-practice today...



added 2:44pm, from Micael Russo of Russo's Rants,

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Video- Minnesota Wild Blow A Third Period Three Goal Lead, Lose In OT, Yeo Not Happy

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

The Wild lost at home when leading by three goals in the third for the first time since Jan. 31, 2012 vs. Nashville (lost 5-4 in regulation). The last time the Wild allowed three third-period goals in a loss/OT/shootout loss at home was Dec. 29, 2013, vs. the Islanders.

Those two previous notes are according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

This was the Wild’s first blown three-goal lead at home for a loss since March 11, 2014 (vs. Edmonton, up 3-0 in the first, lost in a shootout, 4-3). And I’m sure you remember, this is the first blown three-goal lead for a loss overall since Oct. 27, 2014, at the Rangers (up 3-0 in the third, lost 5-4).

If you thought Yeo ripped into the team after Friday’s loss to Winnipeg, that was nothing compared tonight.


Mike Yeo post-game...


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A Candid Mike Yeo After The Wild Lost To The Jets 3-1

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rant,

I was so unenthused watching this game (not because of the Wild’s performance but just how bad of a game it was to watch), I’m just going to let you read the quotes I transcribed if you don’t mind. Not sure I can write too much more about this one.

-- But Yeo’s quotes were candid, frank and alarming.

He said this was “probably what we need right now to be honest with you. Might sound funny, but I look at the first part of the season, I think our record was a little misleading. I think there were a lot of inconsistencies in our game. I think the early part of the year you get away with that stuff, and you try to show the video and you talk about things and maybe it gets a little bit better, but when you’re winning games, I don’t think those things really sink in. What happens is I think we’re playing the same game probably that we were at the start of the year, but the league gets better and so right now we’re not getting away with those things.”

On the poor puck management: “This has gone on all year. All year. You win a game, have a little success, but you show the clips and you say we’re not going to get away with this, we’re not going to get away with this, … so now it’s not.”


Watch Yeo post-game below...

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Morning Line- Mike Yeo

“What happened was that we came out and played with half speed, half intensity, made hope plays, just threw the puck to them. We weren’t really willing to work and play honest and try to create. Mentally we were not sharp. Things that we draw up on the board and talk about, then we come out and we’re not ready.

“The intensity part is the main thing, because when that’s not there everything else is following suit.”

-Mike Yeo, head coach of the Minnesota Wild after a 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.  More on the game from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants.

Watch the game highlights below...

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It Is Sweater Day- Minnesota Wild Stadium Series Sweater

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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.

more on the Wild...

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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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