Wild's offense stays stuck in reverse in loss at Anaheim

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 2, 2013 - 9:17 AM

The top Wild line spent much of the night scrambling on defense, failing to put a shot on net until the third period.

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jsteinbeckFeb. 1, 1311:43 PM

That was one boring hockey game!

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fdrebinFeb. 1, 1311:49 PM

There is nothing to see here. the Wild wasted a lot of money and the team is really no better. Too bad.

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haleybirdFeb. 1, 1311:56 PM

bad d...very bad d. Tell me, is koivu really a #1 line player?? looks and feels like a #2 line player...i just never see anything great, just average.

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hellonameFeb. 2, 1312:18 AM

Should have conceded the loss and taken a 2 hour practice to work on their passing instead.

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lindy_frank123Feb. 2, 1312:24 AM

@fdrebin no improvement? what are you watching? this is a much better hockey team...everyone is better...look they really didn't have a training camp...you're seeing it now...this IS THE TRAINING CAMP and it counts...I've got a new perspective...they are still 4-3-1...and Backstrom was great in goal tonight...that's what will get you into the playoffs great goaltending...lots of teams bunched up right now around .500..that is a very very hard place to play at on the road...and they have some big boys that can check...spend about 50% of the night in their own end and I doubt it will happen in Phoenix

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lindy_frank123Feb. 2, 1312:26 AM

And there is no question KOIVU IS THIS TEAM as he goes so go the Wild...

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klayton6Feb. 2, 13 1:00 AM

Koivu is not the problem on the top line, Heatley just bogs things down. He is so slow. Need to send Granlund down and bring up Zucker and if Cullen is hurt bring up Larsson. Granlund is over matched right now. Refuses to mix it up in the corners. Just gets pushed around. Zucker will bring some scoreing to the team and Larsson will bring some grit.

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fuzzypilgrimFeb. 2, 13 2:13 AM

Good thing its a short season. 82 games of this garbage would be painful.

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minneg56Feb. 2, 13 7:04 AM

fdr@11:49- speaks the truth on the 'nothing to see here' part. True enough- L-1 is more more dynamic than past Wild clubs. But as things go this is still -as it has been for about the past 6 seasons- a 'one line club with 2 major league 'D' to mix and match ... backstopped by a world class netminder'-who once again faced in the ballpark of 30 shots. If he plays every game he'll face 1400-1500 shots in an ABBREVIATED schedule - before play offs if there are any! I don't buy the arguement about no training camp/pre-season. It's the same for every club in the league. Wild appears over matched.

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hotfr8Feb. 2, 13 7:45 AM

Not a great game at all by the Wild. I am not making any excuses such as there being no pre-season. Once the lines start to gel a little better, we will be fine. Look for there to be some movement between Houston really soon!! Only thing that is bothersome is our inability to make simple outlet passes out of our dzone. Come on. My kids mite team seems to be able to accomplish this more effectively than the Wild has been doing most of the year. Granlund looks as if the pace on the NHL games are a bit to physical/fast for him right now. He will be a great player but may need a trip down to Houston for a while. Just my .02 cents!

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