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04-04-2013, 12:33 AM
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Uhhh... the Parrish situation had NOTHING to do with Lemaire being a terrible coach for young players. Did you read the post you responded to? That Riser comment was in response to Lawton - a sports agent, Russo tweeting about Lawton's comment on taking the Wild front office to school for Parrish's contract!
Lawton is an agent, he's going to be giving pumping his tires. Riser did what he had to do and Parrish was really one of the first talented home town guys coming back home. Lemaire hated Parrish and kept him in the dog house.

For a defensive team, Parrish's numbers weren't that bad and not off from his normal. Lemaire just didn't know how to use Parrish.

If Parrish had lived up to his contract of 5/14 million, do you really think Lawton would be saying anything?

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Wild had better start winning some games or we're going to be in danger of missing the playoffs. They had to win six games to clinch a projected spot and now have dropped 3 of 4. The cushion they built up is gone. If they lose tomorrow, could drop them to 6th.

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I expect this end of the season to be a nail biter for the home team unfortunately.

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I honestly think it's 50-50 if the team makes the playoffs. They're in a tail spin right now.

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By the way, Larsson trade, which might lead to a Granlund call-up, was made 3 days after Easter.

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I really hate to be negative on Granlund, because I was as excited as anybody was when we drafted him, and then when he started the season for us this year. But wow did he look horrible. Clearly not really for the NHL yet. Looked like a babe amongst men.

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Im not totally ready to give up on Granlund, it is his rookie season afterall. But we need him to really pick it up now.

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Yeah same here. Just looked like when you call up an 18 year old fresh out of the draft for his nine game cup of coffee. So bad.

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04-04-2013, 08:05 AM
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Yet again I'll use the Kadri defense (that's what I'm gonna call it) when speaking of Granlund. It took Kadri two years in the AHL before he developed into what he is now. Give Granlund some more time to develop his game and hopefully put some more muscle on because he's gonna need it if he wants to handle the physical side of the game better.

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04-04-2013, 08:57 AM
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Player Stats: On Pace vs Career
NameGOALSvs CareerPOINTSvs CareerSHOTS/GPvs CareerSH PCTvs Career
Mikko Koivu21375152.50.010.0%1.2%
Zach Parise3427143.90.510.6%-0.9%
Ryan Suter7164291.80.34.5%0.0%
Matt Cullen16159171.9-0.110.3%1.0%
Jason Pominville22-555-102.5-0.310.6%-1.0%
Devin Setoguchi2735252.1-0.616.0%4.8%
Dany Heatley25-1348-332.3-0.913.3%-1.5%
Pierre-Marc Bouchard11-440-111.5-0.18.9%-2.5%
Jared Spurgeon151139181.80.810.2%5.7%
Jason Zucker232329-531.4-3.620.0%20.0%
Charlie Coyle161626261.41.414.3%14.3%
Kyle Brodziak14023-111.80.29.1%-1.9%
Cal Clutterbuck8-822-52.20.24.6%-5.0%
Tom Gilbert7022-121.0-0.29.4%2.7%
Jonas Brodin5522221.11.15.4%5.4%
Clayton Stoner0-21890.80.00.0%-3.6%
Torrey Mitchell10217-41.0-0.412.5%5.1%
Mike Rupp3-510-40.7-0.34.3%-5.4%
Justin Falk0-18-50.70.00.0%-2.3%
Nate Prosser0-20-210.3-0.40.0%-2.9%
Zenon Konopka0-40-90.4-0.30.0%-6.9%

Projected Standings and Stats
RankTeamGPPtsProjPythMagicG/GRankGA/GRankS/GRankPP%RankPK%Rank
1CHICAGO355778.277.9In3.261st2.092nd31.24th17.520th84.96th
2ANAHEIM375571.470.2In3.006th2.406th27.621st23.54th79.023rd
3LOS ANGELES364357.358.662.868th2.479th30.110th19.013th81.711th
4MINNESOTA364458.758.152.6716th2.5813th28.716th17.520th81.414th
5VANCOUVER364458.757.952.5021st2.448th28.220th12.829th81.116th
6SAN JOSE364458.757.852.3926th2.365th31.15th19.411th87.03rd
7DETROIT364154.754.672.5619th2.5612th29.314th17.617th78.624th
8ST LOUIS343853.654.382.8210th2.7419th28.319th22.26th82.910th
9EDMONTON363952.052.882.6915th2.6416th27.225th23.83rd84.57th
10NASHVILLE373849.349.982.4322nd2.5411th25.930th18.116th77.626th
11COLUMBUS363749.349.192.3130th2.5813th26.129th13.327th85.74th
12PHOENIX363648.049.092.6118th2.7218th30.67th15.323rd83.19th
13DALLAS363546.746.5102.6417th3.0826th26.727th18.814th81.017th
14CALGARY353041.141.2122.7412th3.5130th26.727th21.28th78.425th
15COLORADO362837.338.0Out2.3926th3.1428th29.513th15.224th79.721st

Player Stats: Current and NHL Rank
NameGPGOALSRankASSISTSRankPOINTSRank+/-RankSHOTSRank
Mikko Koivu36985th2414th3324th855th9059th
Zach Parise361515th1664th3131st1046th1413rd
Ryan Suter363303rd258th2844th1247th66152nd
Jason Pominville371065th1579th2565th1247th9453rd
Matt Cullen357131st1843rd2565th683rd68139th
Devin Setoguchi361243rd11146th2381st855th75112th
Dany Heatley361152nd10172nd21108th-12776th8381st
Pierre-Marc Bouchard314253rd11146th15197th4135th45305th
Jared Spurgeon275207th8230th13232nd5106th49274th
Kyle Brodziak366168th4396th10296th-13782nd66152nd
Tom Gilbert333303rd6309th9330th-11762nd32397th
Jonas Brodin332373rd7267th9330th771st37360th
Clayton Stoner360578th8230th8354th3169th30426th
Cal Clutterbuck303303rd5344th8354th-7686th65161st
Charlie Coyle255207th3451st8354th683rd35378th
Torrey Mitchell334253rd3451st7392nd-4599th32397th
Mikael Granlund191464th5344th6423rd-3544th23495th
Jason Zucker144253rd1584th5454th5106th20528th
Mike Rupp321464th3451st4495th-1407th23495th
Justin Falk300578th3451st3540th-6673rd22511th
Nate Prosser150578th0667th0692nd4135th4692nd
Zenon Konopka300578th0667th0692nd-2483rd13598th

Like I said, Wild's cushion is pretty much gone. They are projected for about the same points as LA, Vancouver, and San Jose. If they drop another game, they are down with Detroit and St Louis, which is the 8th seed. If they drop 2-3 more games, they are out of the playoff picture.

Really need to get Zucker back up here. A lot of guys are having career paces for points but not for goal scoring.

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04-04-2013, 11:25 AM
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So I spent a solid couple hours looking at numbers today.

I saw a big correlation between PDO and team performance in terms of regulation wins and losses and overtime games.

The last five games, Wild have no wins in regulation, PDO averages 959. Previous 17 games, Wild were really hot, PDO was 1032. First 14 games, Wild were meh, PDO was 992.

In other words, I think PDO is more of a reflection of scoring chances that shots.


If I go with my hypothesis, the Wild aren't getting quality shots and are giving up better chances to the other team. This passes the eye test for me.

IMO, this points to needing to do some things much better:

1. Better breakouts and transitions; this was not great at the start of the year but much better during the winning streak.

2. Better team defense in limiting the rush and getting the puck out of the zone; this has been dreadful lately.

3. Players that help the above, including guys who are better able to force turnovers, lead or support rushes, better puck movement through the neutral zone, and crisp first passes to start the breakout.

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So I spent a solid couple hours looking at numbers today.

I saw a big correlation between PDO and team performance in terms of regulation wins and losses and overtime games.

The last five games, Wild have no wins in regulation, PDO averages 959. Previous 17 games, Wild were really hot, PDO was 1032. First 14 games, Wild were meh, PDO was 992.

In other words, I think PDO is more of a reflection of scoring chances that shots.


If I go with my hypothesis, the Wild aren't getting quality shots and are giving up better chances to the other team. This passes the eye test for me.

IMO, this points to needing to do some things much better:

1. Better breakouts and transitions; this was not great at the start of the year but much better during the winning streak.

2. Better team defense in limiting the rush and getting the puck out of the zone; this has been dreadful lately.

3. Players that help the above, including guys who are better able to force turnovers, lead or support rushes, better puck movement through the neutral zone, and crisp first passes to start the breakout.
Excuse me for asking...but what is PDO?

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PDO is your shooting percentage plus your save percentage. In theory, it should be close to 100%.

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I honestly think it's 50-50 if the team makes the playoffs. They're in a tail spin right now.
I agree. One more injury to a key player and I think we'd be done for. There's still a good chance we'll make it, but not for long unless we start getting some wins again.

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Player Stats: On Pace vs Career
NameGOALSvs CareerPOINTSvs CareerSHOTS/GPvs CareerSH PCTvs Career
Mikko Koivu20273132.50.09.8%1.0%
Zach Parise3316923.80.410.6%-0.9%
Ryan Suter7162271.80.34.5%0.0%
Matt Cullen16159171.9-0.110.3%1.0%
Jason Pominville22-554-112.5-0.310.4%-1.2%
Devin Setoguchi2735142.1-0.615.6%4.4%
Dany Heatley25-1348-332.3-0.913.3%-1.5%
Pierre-Marc Bouchard10-538-131.5-0.18.5%-3.0%
Jared Spurgeon151138171.80.89.8%5.2%
Jason Zucker232329-531.4-3.620.0%20.0%
Charlie Coyle161625251.31.314.3%14.3%
Kyle Brodziak13-122-121.80.28.8%-2.2%
Tom Gilbert7022-120.9-0.39.4%2.7%
Jonas Brodin5522221.21.25.0%5.0%
Cal Clutterbuck8-821-62.10.14.6%-5.0%
Clayton Stoner0-21890.80.00.0%-3.7%
Torrey Mitchell10217-41.0-0.412.1%4.7%
Mike Rupp2-610-40.7-0.34.2%-5.6%
Justin Falk0-18-50.70.00.0%-2.3%
Nate Prosser0-20-210.3-0.40.0%-2.9%
Zenon Konopka0-40-90.5-0.20.0%-7.0%

Projected Standings and Stats
RankTeamGPPtsProjPythMagicG/GRankGA/GRankS/GRankPP%RankPK%Rank
1CHICAGO365877.377.1In3.251st2.113rd31.34th17.221st85.06th
2ANAHEIM375571.470.2In3.006th2.408th27.622nd23.53rd79.023rd
3LOS ANGELES374558.459.642.867th2.408th29.712th18.813th81.813th
4VANCOUVER374659.759.242.5419th2.386th28.219th13.128th81.714th
5SAN JOSE364458.757.752.3924th2.365th31.15th19.411th87.03rd
6MINNESOTA374457.156.552.6018th2.6014th28.616th17.320th81.714th
7ST LOUIS354054.955.272.839th2.7419th28.120th22.06th83.29th
8DETROIT374153.253.262.5419th2.6014th29.513th18.316th79.222nd
9EDMONTON373950.651.272.6217th2.6816th27.125th23.14th84.38th
10COLUMBUS373950.650.372.3230th2.5411th26.429th13.826th86.05th
11PHOENIX373849.350.282.6515th2.7017th30.86th14.824th82.410th
12NASHVILLE383848.048.682.4023rd2.5512th26.330th17.817th77.126th
13DALLAS363546.746.592.6416th3.0827th26.727th18.813th81.017th
14CALGARY353041.141.2122.7412th3.5130th26.727th21.29th78.424th
15COLORADO362837.338.0Out2.3924th3.1428th29.513th15.223rd79.721st

Wild are down to 6th in projected points, which would put them in the first round at Los Angeles. Not good.

Their magic number has been about five games to clinch a playoff spot...for the last several games. They only have 11 games left, so if they drop the next one, playoff odds are 50-50 or less.

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Wild are down to 6th in projected points, which would put them in the first round at Los Angeles. Not good.
You mean against Vancouver because of division winner seeding?

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Oh yeah, forgot about that. Strangely I like the Wild's odds against Vancouver a lot more than against LA.

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Oh yeah, forgot about that. Strangely I like the Wild's odds against Vancouver a lot more than against LA.
I don't find that strange at all....The Wild seems to struggle alot more against the bigger and more physical teams.

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Oh yeah, forgot about that. Strangely I like the Wild's odds against Vancouver a lot more than against LA.
That's because we kind of own them in our own barn. The problem massively is, they would be the 3 seed and get the Game 7. This isn't 2003 anymore.

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Pretty sure Game 7 was in Vancouver?

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Lots of questions lately about why Jason Zucker isn't here. He is tearing it up in Houston again.

I agree with you and my guess is it's coming. There will be 10 games left after Sunday. The only priority should be putting the best lineup on the ice that will help win games, not worrying about hurting feelings.

The problem is there's only a couple guys that could come out, so my gut tells me Pierre-Marc Bouchard, whose game has slipped again, best have a good one against Columbus or we could see Zucker up by the homestand. The Wild needs Zucker's speed, energy and goal-scoring ability
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In order to bring him up Granlund would need to go back down because of the cap. I would think we don't see Zucker until Cullen is back, although i am not convinced at all that Zucker is coming back up. The handling of who goes down or comes up has left me scratching my head all season.

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In order to bring him up Granlund would need to go back down because of the cap. I would think we don't see Zucker until Cullen is back, although i am not convinced at all that Zucker is coming back up. The handling of who goes down or comes up has left me scratching my head all season.
I heard Russo on the radio yesterday explain that as each day passes, the Wild gain additional cap space (due to salaries being prorated). So, it's possible that they will be able to call up Zucker and keep Granlund at some point soon.

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I heard Russo on the radio yesterday explain that as each day passes, the Wild gain additional cap space (due to salaries being prorated). So, it's possible that they will be able to call up Zucker and keep Granlund at some point soon.
Did not know that. Cool, get him up here.

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