Losing Schultz is a huge blow, but I think we can still match up pretty good with Hill and Carney, their experience will make all the difference.
I think the biggest x-factor as far as looking at the Avs is whether or not their PP get on a roll. I know one of the big things Colorado has going for them is excellent scoring depth; but somehow, I'm not really worried about them outgunning us even strength, their forwards aren't big, drive-the-net guys that usually give us trouble. It will ultimately come down to special teams, I think.
I'd take Boogey out, put Simon, Foy (instead of Parrish) in.
Gaborik, Bouchard, Demitra need to stop dancing on the perimiter, show some grit and go the net with more frequency and determination. Or score from the perimiter, if the Avs allow it.
The Demitra-Gaborik duo put out 2 shots combined last night.
Agreed Demitra and Gaborik try to many times to stickhandle through people. Go wide drive to the net or dump it in if possible (although thats not their forte). Those two really need to step it up next game. With Parrish out too I think Voros would bring a great physical game to the table. Maybe try Simon out there too... Veilux wasnt doing much anyways.
Ouch. Might be a little more difficult now for your 5 (or 5 1/2) defensemen to "shut down the Avs" for the next four games in a row.
Another reason why 'Wild in 5' was a pick made out of fanhood rather than actually predicting the outcome of a seven-game series.
I'm not gonna deny that their work is cut out for them, but its not like Colorado dominated Minnesota in the first game; it could have gone either way. There is still no reason why the Wild can't win any of the upcoming games.
So if Minnesota had won the first game, would you still be all over my ass like you are now? That's great you disagree with me and my take, but I have the feeling you wouldn't be around if Minnesota had won.