Zucker returns, and Wild juggles lines

  • Article by: RACHEL BLOUNT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 13, 2013 - 12:51 AM

Mike Yeo juggled lines, recalled Jason Zucker and warned his slumping players not to panic.

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goalieguruApr. 12, 13 9:01 PM

It's great to have a positive attitude but that will not make up for lack of grit and physicality that is needed this time of the season. Maybe the lineup changes will develop some chemistry and perhaps the guys will figure out how to get pucks to guys open in front of the net. However, I have a feeling it won't make any difference. The Wild are like a wounded gazelle right now and Columbus, Detroit, and Phoenix are like the lions ready to pick them off. There's only four points separating the Wild from the lowest team on that list. If MN gets points in only half of those games, there is a very good chance they will get leap frogged and be out.

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goalieguruApr. 12, 13 9:03 PM

Besides, even if they stave off those teams in their rear view mirror and eek their way into the top 8, it won't matter because they'll be one and done if hey play Chicago or Anaheim in a 7 game series. C'mon, let's get real here! Who really cares about "just making the playoffs"?? It's old news and will be no indication of progress with this team.

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yathinksoApr. 12, 13 9:41 PM

For all you Pominville apologists that say it takes time for a player to get acquainted with his new team, go review the stats of Gaborik with Columbus. I say BS and Fletcher just pulled off a trade worse than the Leddy debacle. When the Wild flop in the playoffs, it will be time for Fletcher to go.

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MKIAhockey130johnApr. 12, 13 9:48 PM

Columbus wins against the Wild and they are 2 points from overtaking the Wild for the last playoff spot hehehehehehe..... The Bluejackets played tonight and beat the blues 4-1 - The blues beat the Wild 2-0 hehehe.... I hope Leos heart is strong if the Wild lose. What does he do if they lose ? The Bluejackets played last night but thats no excuse the Wild have major fatigue going on and need rest, schedule is no fair, spending a whole week at home is just not enough rest.... ahh hehehehehe...... This will be the biggest loss since Uncle Leo bought the team if they lose... "oh but the Bluejackets were just so desperate we just could not match their effort as they had to win" That is my favorite excuse of the year, the Wild have a comfortable lead, no need to worry 2 points is your comfortable lead if the Wild lose this one against the crappy Bluejackets

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firefly70Apr. 13, 13 1:12 AM

Looking at the remaining schedules of the Wild, Detroit, Dallas, Phoenix, and Columbus, it would appear the Wild has the easiest schedule with only 3 games left against teams still in the playoff hunt. Detroit has only 4 more against teams vying for playoff spots. Dallas has all 8 remaining games against playoff contenders. Phoenix has 6 of its 7 remaining games against playoff teams. Columbus has 5 of its 7 remaining games against contenders. So I look for the Wild to barely hang onto its 7th seed position, which would most likely get them a first round series against Anaheim. And given that the Ducks pretty much own the Wild, that would seem to be a one-and-done scenario. Although, once the playoffs start, anything can happen. Case in point, I'm pretty sure NO ONE would've thought Yale, being the 15th seed in the hockey NCAA's, would be playing for the championship on Saturday.

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clinto1054Apr. 13, 13 7:16 AM

Good line combos....should be interesting.

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mrblueskyApr. 13, 13 8:21 AM

I like the new lines! It will spark some goals! We have not been playing poorly. Love Yeo, love Fletcher! We will be fine. Where is Cullen? We need him back in the lineup! My only worry if we make the playoffs is that we get beat up the first two games and we are done. COME ON BOYZ!

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jimmy68Apr. 13, 13 8:51 AM

without suter our defense has to play BIG! hurry back ryan and matt

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cabramsApr. 13, 1310:35 AM

Interesting that Yeo's teams seem to start well and then have this mid-late season fade. Happened last year and they missed the playoffs. Not saying it will continue, in fact I hope not. But I do find it interesting.

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gumpworsleyApr. 13, 1312:02 PM

Who is going to be the hero. Who is going to be the big defense man who will step up and clean out the front of the goal. the next week will tell how good this team is or what type of team they are not.buckle up fans- it could be exciting or heart breaking. besides, we can also follow the twins trek for decency and aaron hicks not striking out.

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