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02-13-2013, 01:46 PM
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Jarick
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Before reading the responses to cloud my mind...

1. Forwards aren't getting the puck in the offensive zone, either losing the foot race on the dump and chase or losing the puck and turning it over along the boards. Not sure if this is a personnel issue, systems issue, or effort issue. But the last couple games the effort has been there, just not the execution, so I'm leaning more of the first two.

Evidence: Wild are 22nd in even strength shot differential per 60 minutes at -2.9. They are giving up more shots than they are taking at even strength, which usually happens when a team is not controlling the puck.

2. Extended stretches of sloppy play in all three zones, which keeps the Wild hemmed in their end or constantly on the defense. Really bad turnovers along the boards in the defensive zone and the far blue line. Again, don't know if it's that the players can't execute Mike's system, or is Mike's system too difficult for the players?

Evidence: Wild are 19th in takeaway vs giveaway differential at -23. Wild are also 26th in even strength goals for vs against ratio. Turning the puck over and giving up shots at even strength will lead to losing the 5v5 game.

3. Terrible power play. Started off hot and have been quite cold, picked up slightly the last few games but still not good. Not enough puck or player movement, opposing teams can just play tight on the Wild, they play pass for a while and get a shot and then can't set back up in the zone.

Evidence: Wild are 20th in PP% on the season, but went scoreless for four games followed by a still below-average 17.6% the last four games that they've been "hot".

4. Lots of bad luck. Seen them playing hard and taking shots and hitting posts, bars, and missing shots. Lots of close calls with empty nets. Pucks that trickle the wrong way. It's not the biggest excuse, that would be a cop out, but there's a bit of reality.

Evidence: Wild are 29th in shooting percentage. That has to improve.

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