Wild's Setoguchi feels Cullen's absence

  • Article by: RACHEL BLOUNT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 12, 2013 - 12:24 AM

The rapport Setoguchi had developed with Cullen helped him as he compiled 12 goals and nine assists over a 25-game stretch from Feb. 9 to April 1.

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caferevApr. 12, 1312:06 AM

Let's quit pretending here: When Cullen returns, so too should Zucker. This line was at its best, against stiff competition, when Zucker arrived and was placed on the second line. THAT is when the chemistry between Seto and Cullen began to form; THAT is when this team finally found secondary scoring; THAT is when both Cullen and Seto turned into productive players once again. NONE Of this second line biz has ANYTHING to do with PMB. He's just been the opportunist, sitting around collecting second assists on the hard work of the other two. I'll repeat this, although it's not an apples to apples comparison: The Wild have been shut out in three of the past four games; Jason Zucker has recorded SEVEN points in his past five games. There's never been a better time--or more of a NEED--to slip Cullen back into the line-up, recall Zucker, and sit Bouchard the rest of the season. If they don't, they just might not make the playoffs. Return Zucker to play alongside Cullen and Seto and this line once again becomes ELECTRIC! And that's precisely what they need to snap out of this funk; they need that energy! Really, did anyone believe that PMB had abruptly "found his game" or "turned a corner"? Heck no. The line was already playing great when he stepped onto it. Now, he's back to playing as poorly as he did the first 25 games of the season.

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rodeoguyApr. 12, 13 6:59 AM

I would suggest moving Mitchell up to center Setigguchi and zucker if Cullen is unable to play.That is a pure speed line and needs a fast center.That second line is effecting the offense too much .Mitchell is really fast !!!

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jimmywildApr. 12, 1310:51 AM

Might want to put Coyle back on the first line also!

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