Backstrom, who was injured in warmups last night, was down at the rink getting looked at today. Coach Mike Yeo said he is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. But the way Backstrom skated off yesterday, I think the assumption now is Harding will start Game 2 with Kuemper backing him up.
Jason Pominville continues to be day-to-day and, like I said, was not on the ice with last night’s scratches. Obviously a lot of guys looked to be banged up last night. Matt Cullen seemed to aggravate his injury. Clayton Stoner only played a few shifts in the first and 8 minutes in the game after getting hit hard by Andrew Shaw. Several guys, like Jared Spurgeon, Marco Scandella and Ryan Suter, blocked some shots from close-range, so I’m sure they’re smarting.
This team without Brodin or Suter would have been a nightmare.
Thought about teams getting a percentage of points in a pool of non-playoff teams is intriguing. Wonder how that would work?
You didn't say that they gave Brodin the Calder and Suter the Norris. Come on, Jarick. Pump our tires!
EDIT: And Harding for the Masterton!
If Gosbee does get the team and closes a deal to stay, the belief is Don Maloney and Dave Tippett will stay, too. If it's a different owner, or the team moves, or this takes too long, it's less certain
Game 1 drew a 9.4 rating/16 share (meaning 16% of all TVs on were tuned to FSN) and was the highest-rated program in the Twin Cities. Guessing that being the first playoff game in 5 years and overtime paid off in getting eyeballs to the screen.
It'll be interesting to see how the loss effects Game 2.
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"Will beats skill when skill doesn't have enough will."
Is this really the best way to show the series that NHL.com could come up with? I might just be looking for things to complain about, but you'd think having a team's wins on the same side with the logo would make some sense.
Otherwise it was great effort but there was way too much dumping and chasing again. I get it that you need to play physical and force the Hawks do the mistakes but it's just stupid to battle for every single opportunity when you could play with a few passes for the open spot.
More confidence with the puck, I'd say.
No, no, no. It's dump and chase against the Hawks. Only it needs to be done a bit better. All about timing and placement of the dump.
I guess we'll see the same dump-chase tactic in the next game.
Not necessarily. What I think this quote illustrates is an issue I've had with the wild for pretty much ever: we never go in and punish the opposing D men for playing the puck. We do not check on the forecheck like we should. It's about damn time they start doing something about it.
I'm not opposed to the forward making the hit on the defenseman on the forecheck. You're taking that guy out of the play. As it is, they kind of skate by them after the puck is already being broken out.