Progress in 'process' becomes a hot topic in run of close games

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 24, 2011 - 2:15 PM
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mn218puckfanOct. 24, 11 8:17 AM

How come, you just don't say the Wild record is 3&5? Does a coaches career record in this post lockout era going to have W,L,T, OTL & SOL behind his name? The Wild are two games below 500, say it like it is.

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jakemanoOct. 24, 11 8:32 AM

The NHL's standings system is terrible. They say that people like the shootout, but I don't. I prefer a tie to a shootout. But, it probably won't change as the standings stay close. We have 5 losses, but we got a point in 3 of them. I guess that means we are taking advantage of the system at this point. And, if this team can start playing a full game, get some production out of the 1st line and get some help from the blue line, we might make a run. Searching for a silver lining...

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mrblueskyOct. 24, 1110:09 AM

I really like Yeo as coach. I love that he is active behind the bench during games. I like that he used the third line the other night. I think we are finally on the way up! I like Brodziak more and more each game. We have some guys that havent shown up yet, but as they play more together, these near misses will be red lights. Exciting year and will keep getting better over the years.

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daveyleeOct. 24, 1110:32 AM

One of the main reasons we don't get as many pp goals or chances off of rebounds or blocked shots, is because we have no presence in front of the net. The forwards are often static in their positioning and nobody plants a body in front of the net. You'll see an occasional skate through the area in front of the goalie, but nobody plants themselves in there and wreak's havoc on the goaltenders space and vision. Until we get a better net presence on the PP, our PP will continue to sputter.

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stavo5Oct. 24, 1111:33 AM

The power play sucks because they spent most of the PP dumping the pucks in on the rush. Watch the other teams, they carry the puck over the blue line and maintain puck possesion.

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doughboy12Oct. 24, 1111:52 AM

Never have understood the "dump and chase" on the PP. You have the puck, you keep the puck, you shoot the puck...Repeat.

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daburnsOct. 24, 1112:10 PM

After 8 games the Wild have won One single time in regulation. This team may turn it around, but they look very similar to last years team at this point.

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firefly70Oct. 24, 1112:23 PM

Part of the problem on the PP that was touched upon is Bouchard as a point man. Everyone (even opposing teams) knows he a pass first type of player and does not have the type of heavy shot that is required for the point position (i.e. Kurtis Foster or Brian Rolston). So teams know they don't have to worry quite as much about Bouchard shooting.

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jabuyerOct. 24, 1112:47 PM

Consistency. There's a word I've heard from the head coach of the Wild before. As in, it needs to happen. Broken record. Wake me when they are better or when the next "bag skate' occurs.

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mg7505Oct. 24, 11 1:47 PM

No coach can make up for a lack of talent. The only reason this team isn't 0-8 is that everyone (except the first-line offense) has been playing above their level. That's a credit to Yeo. But until they get a few true stars - Granlund, anyone? - they'll have to fight for every point, even against the worst teams.

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