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03-20-2013, 09:40 PM
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I posted this in the GDT, but I think it should be here... Since the Wild lost to the Flames on Feb 23rd, the Wild have been only beaten by Chicago and Anaheim since... and we all know how Anaheim was able to steal that last one! No other opponent has been able to stop the Party!

Tuesday, Feb 26 Flames W 2-1 9-7-2
Thursday, Feb 28 @Coyotes W 4-3 10-7-2
Friday, Mar 1 @Ducks L 2-3 10-8-2
Sunday, Mar 3 Oilers W 4-2 11-8-2
Tuesday, Mar 5 @Blackhawks L 3-5 11-9-2
Saturday, Mar 9 @Predators W 2-1 12-9-2
Sunday, Mar 10 Canucks W 4-2 13-9-2
Tuesday, Mar 12 Ducks L 1-2 13-10-2
Thursday, Mar 14 Avalanche W 5-3 14-10-2
Saturday, Mar 16 @Avalanche W 6-4 15-10-2
Monday, Mar 18 @Canucks W 3-1 16-10-2
Wednesday, Mar 20 @Detroit W 4-2 17-10-2

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03-20-2013, 09:41 PM
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Dallas is the test. The big, scary test

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03-20-2013, 09:43 PM
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Dallas is the test. The big, scary test
The Canucks were a bigger test IMO due to the higher frequency of games played there... Detroit was a bigger test due to Detroit being a better team than Dallas... even though Detroit is a shadow of what they once were. Yes, though I agree... Dallas will be another test, but not any bigger than the previous two that they already passed!

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03-20-2013, 09:50 PM
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SportsClubStats says:

Playoff odds: 96.1%
58 points to clinch (but 52 would still probably get us in)

Likeliest first-round opponents:
Vancouver (22.8%)
St. Louis (14.9%)
Los Angeles (13.3%)
Detroit (12.0%)

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03-20-2013, 09:54 PM
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Ryan Suter on #mnwild: "We expect to win now. Early on we might not have expected it. Now we expect to win."
Love the confidence from the players right now.

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03-20-2013, 09:56 PM
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Love the confidence from the players right now.
Complete culture change in that lockerroom!

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03-20-2013, 10:04 PM
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First time in #mnwild history it has won 3 straight road games by 2+ goals

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03-20-2013, 10:08 PM
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I do like this version of the Wild the best even if we have holes here and there. responsible team d, but enough skill and speed to actually play in the other end and not have to rely on powerplays and the odd breakaway. we don't score ONLY opportunistic goals anymore, because we don't have to. really nice mix of possession and rush hockey.

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03-20-2013, 10:10 PM
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This is probably the best Even Strength team this franchise has had.

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03-20-2013, 10:17 PM
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SportsClubStats says:

Playoff odds: 96.1%
58 points to clinch (but 52 would still probably get us in)

Likeliest first-round opponents:
Vancouver (22.8%)
St. Louis (14.9%)
Los Angeles (13.3%)
Detroit (12.0%)
What were the odds of us to make the playoffs last season when we were in 1st place 1/3 of the way through the year? In other words, I don't wanna get my hopes up too much because anything can happen.

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03-20-2013, 10:23 PM
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What were the odds of us to make the playoffs last season when we were in 1st place 1/3 of the way through the year? In other words, I don't wanna get my hopes up too much because anything can happen.
Last season when we were in first place, there was still more than half a season to play... now there are only 19 games left. I think even at exactly .500 hockey they have over a 90% chance of getting in right now.

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03-20-2013, 10:41 PM
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Brett Clark is amazing, the Wild haven't lost since signing him.

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03-20-2013, 10:59 PM
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We should play him one of these nights, some of our D have played terrible lately despite the rest of the team being awesome.

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03-20-2013, 11:02 PM
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We should play him one of these nights, some of our D have played terrible lately despite the rest of the team being awesome.
I'm guessing the next time they pull Falk from the lineup. I think Prosser plays for the right D and Clark plays for the left D. Due to Gilbert being injured, I don't think Yeo wants both Prosser and Clark on the same pair. That's why Falk stays in until at LEAST Gilbert is back so Prosser can sit.

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03-20-2013, 11:07 PM
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Brett Clark is amazing, the Wild haven't lost since signing him.
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03-20-2013, 11:12 PM
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From Russo's Blog

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The best part of this team right now: The been-there, done-that attitude. Suter scores in Colorado? It’s followed up by a tiny little fist pump. Win a big game in Detroit? And player after player essentially says what Backstrom said, “It’s two points tonight. Next game comes fast. We just have to move on.”
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A month ago, the Wild would have said its legs were predictably mush after flying across the continent on Tuesday. No more excuses, said Suter. It’s about accountability.

“The main thing is everyone is ready to go from the start of the game no matter who it is,” Setoguchi said. “When you’ve got everyone going and every line jumping, it just makes it that much easier to go out there and play for everyone else.”


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03-20-2013, 11:14 PM
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We've NEVER heard this team have this level of confidence... EVER.

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03-20-2013, 11:29 PM
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We've NEVER heard this team have this level of confidence... EVER.
Not even when Scandy was pumping fists last year....

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What were the odds of us to make the playoffs last season when we were in 1st place 1/3 of the way through the year? In other words, I don't wanna get my hopes up too much because anything can happen.
Roughly 95%

Point is, we're ~8 or 9 wins from a playoff spot.

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03-20-2013, 11:34 PM
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Also, bad news: 4 of the remaining 19 games are on FSN+.

Turns out pushing hockey season back past MLB opening day was a bad idea. Who knew?!

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03-20-2013, 11:35 PM
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Not even when Scandy was pumping fists last year....
Correct, that was more of a "We're better than we thought we'd be right now, so we're just going to ride it out" attitude. This team actually believes in themselves truly right now. The expectation of winning every night is unheard of here!

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03-20-2013, 11:40 PM
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Also, bad news: 4 of the remaining 19 games are on FSN+.

Turns out pushing hockey season back past MLB opening day was a bad idea. Who knew?!
FirstRowSports has become one of my best friends this season. Whenever I get back from work I just stop in at my dorm, grab my laptop, head to dinner, then stream the game online. I've hardly watched any Wild game this season on a television, always online on my laptop instead. It also gives me a chance to listen to the opposing team's commentators instead of our awful ones.

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03-20-2013, 11:45 PM
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Wild are 2pts + the tiebreaker over Vancouver for the division lead.
Wild are 6pts + the tiebreaker + game in hand over Phoenix at 9th.

The team is starting to create separation.

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Roughly 95%

Point is, we're ~8 or 9 wins from a playoff spot.
8 or 9 wins should be about right. 10 wins would make it certain, but most likely that many won't be needed.

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Well, looks like Ryan Suter won't be on the 2014 Olympic team even if the NHL is going:

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USA Hockey met Tuesday in Toronto with American NHL GMs on its advisory board, primarily for World Championship planning
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USA Hockey won't name Olympic GM until NHL makes Olympic commitment official. But USA Hockey is likely to want its GM to be active NHL GM.
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If so, that would preclude Brian Burke from returning in his role as Team USA GM even tho he came within 1 OTG of winning the gold medal.
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NSH GM David Poile, who was Burke's associate on U.S. Olympic team in 2010, would be most likely candidate as U.S. GM.

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