I'm guessing on that bottom pair? And then when Spurgeon is back, he'd probably take Falk's place, no?
Yep that's the bottom pair. Falk would sit out when Spurgeon gets back, not sure if they'd juggle pairs more after that though.
All I know is Brodin has been lights out so far and deserves top-pairing minutes. See if he can handle 20+.
After getting out-coached by Trotz, Babcock and the Hitch, imagine Yeo getting out-coached by TR? Last time CBJ was in town, didn't they win? Native Minnies may be a bit ambivalent about who wins because after all TR is one of their own. I know it sounds funny but I would rather have power forward Gillies replacing Cullen on any line. Based upon results thus far, I am guessing someone on the 2-4 lines gets an assist, but only because they were on the power play.
This is crazy talk. Dude's the enemy.
This whole "Minnesota native...blah blah... most Minny natives don't give a rats ass. That's just some pr crap to hopefully sell an article or two more to some fool who knows nothing of what's going on.
And let's keep this whole thing real. We're going into our 6th game after changing out a huge portion of the damned team!
Yes, expectations are high, shortened season, no excuses, all very important, let's not step too far away from reality and remember this team has had no chance to gell yet, and that is always a huge part of winning teams.
Just like the Wild was the best team in the league last year, right? Guess Suter's not winning the January Norris.
I like Suter with Brodin. At first we thought Suter would be a nice crutch for his D partner, but he's still adjusting and getting confidence. Remember how hit and miss Gilbert was last year? Suter gets a steady D partner in Brodin who can skate and move the puck. Gilbert will bail out Stoner who has brick hands, Scandy and Falk are each okay with the puck. Kind of ties in with my "stack the forwards, balance the D" theory.
I'm a bit concerned about pairing Suter with Brodin. If anything, this is going to mean more ice time for Suter, who I think has been looking a bit overexposed. I'd rather see Suter and Brodin on separate pairings, each playing 20 min, than creating a pairing that Yeo will be tempted to roll for 30 min.
The theory by some I know well in the game is that Suter got so accustomed to Shea Weber clearing guys in front of the net that that is why he seemed to disregard Johan Franzen in Detroit on that Pavel Datsyuk winning and Vladimir Sobotka on the St. Louis winner. Obviously that’ll need to change.
Yeo wasn’t happy with Mikael Granlund’s game without the puck the past two games, especially in St. Louis, where he stopped playing him down the stretch. Yeo met with Granlund to talk to him about his play without the puck and a harder compete level defensively and “just a shift in focus, ‘let’s get back to doing those little things right,’ and the offensive side of it, the skill part, that’s always going to be there for him.”
This is honestly all part of the adjustment for a rookie getting used to a new league. These 48 games will make Granlund a better player in the future. He says he is learning what he can and cannot do and get away with the NHL.
Backstrom confirmed to get the start. Dunno if I should be worried...
The Wild are actually 3rd in the NW division with the Canucks picking up a loser point last night, and the Oilers winning their game against Colorado. Glad that didn't turn into a three-point game.
Light 'em up, boys!
You should be worried with Backstrom. Good when younger, and in a defensive-oriented system. But under Yeo and at an advanced age, at best he is an average NHL goatender. Things to watch for: how quickly he goes down - too early; once he is down how long it takes for him to get back up, or move when down; and how slow he is side-to-side. Pretty evident on shoot-outs the past several years, but also seeing a youngster like Hackett play last year.
Russo seemed to infer Suter/Brodin may be a long-term pairing. If it works out that way, then I could see Gilbert/Marco, then Falk/Stoner with Spurgeon on third line.