Scoggins: Wild has met the minimum, so now it must show something

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 30, 2013 - 10:13 AM

The Wild enters the playoffs Tuesday night as a decided underdog, a long shot to upset the uber-skilled Chicago Blackhawks. Many in the hockey world are predicting a nice, clean tuneup for the NHL’s best team.

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corngo4rApr. 30, 13 5:30 AM

Liepold may want to do some research before he pulls some historical points. 2013 Kings and 2003 Wild both played above 500 in the month leading to the playoffs not backing their hind quarter into the playoffs with a roster plagued by injuries. Guess you have to pull something out of the motivation bag.

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minneg56Apr. 30, 13 7:21 AM

Realistically- the club 'reached up just to touch bottom' eking their way into the upper 49% of the league- on the last day of the season! No depth; injuries to key players (Pomegranate isn't at full capacity from the 'head shot' and Heatley certainly would have helped their cause). We can listen to the rhetoric all day long- 'us against the world'; 'backs against the wall' ; 'a whole new season' - YADA! The only time Wild seems to win is when Backstrom can hold the opposition to 1 goal ... or less. You can't expect more from one player than what Backstop has already done. 'Hawks in 5.

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crazyhorse89Apr. 30, 13 7:22 AM

The 2011-2012 LA Kings only won 3 of their final 8 games. They may have played over .500 the last month, but they almost choked the postseason away. That being said...they also had the best D in front of a great goalie whom had played great all year, a little different from what we have going on. And on a different note...to anyone who thought by picking up two high end free agents last summer meant we would all of a sudden be THE team, well, to put it politely, you are delusional and maybe should keep your comments to yourself. Would they improve our team? Yes. Did they? Yes. It's not like we got the greatest forward and defenseman on the planet. We just got the best (or near the top) two of that year. Big difference. Now, if we could just find a way to score than the other guys, we will be in fine shape.

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knight63Apr. 30, 13 9:40 AM

Several key parts still missing. A big, physical d-man that can actually get out of his zone and skate. 2 or 3 BIG forwards that arent afraid to get in front of the net, or go dig the puck out of the corner. And oh yeah.. A coach. They get swept. No physical players, basically. You cant advance in the playoffs w a bunch of guys who wont get physical. Watch and see.

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goalieguruApr. 30, 1310:32 AM

It really doesn't matter who you play in round 1 unless your goal was only to get into the playoffs. Most don't really care anymore about just getting in, we all want to see a championship. The Wild have already "just gotten there", now it's time to deliver. They are going to have to get past these tough teams if they are to win the cup so what does it matter who they draw first??? All these scripted statements and cliches around getting playoff experience, build for next year or they are two years away......I'll have none of it. Carpe diem!! You are in so go out there and win it all. I don't care what it looks like on paper. Hockey is about desire and how hard you are willing to work and what you are willing to sacrifice to win. - PERIOD!!!

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regionguyApr. 30, 1311:47 AM

Not sure Backstrom can hold up through an intense series. He was dynamite against Chicago a few weeks ago (30 saves on 31 shots, as I recall), but the Wild lost 1-0. The Wild need to get some first-period goals to have a chance.

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efrik1Apr. 30, 1311:54 AM

"Great moments are born from great opportunity"....Herb Brooks.

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lindy_frank123Apr. 30, 1312:22 PM

with size they would be at home opening up against Vancouver...without it...they're a eighth seed on the road...in the future/four more years of that window, they better get bigger and tougher...

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dirtydogsApr. 30, 1312:27 PM

I bet Leipold wanted more than just a playoff spot when he spent all that money. I bet Fletcher when Fletcher traded away a portion of the future to get a very mediocre Pominville, it came with the expectation that he would help the Wild get deep into the playoffs. I bet neither believe the Wild accomplished their minimum goal. A playoff series win should have been the expectation given the trade and the amount of money spent. A first round playoff loss will be viewed by many as a disappointment. And this core group will not be much better next year will little talent in Houston ready to make the move. Too bad Brodziak and Clutterbuck decided to take the year off. They are huge liabilities on the ice when viewed by their plus minus rating. Not sure what happened to Brodziak but I guess playing during the last year of your contract is different than playing in the first year of your new contract.

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sirtophamhatApr. 30, 1312:35 PM

"A first round playoff loss will be viewed by many as a disappointment.".......... Judging by the comments section the last few days, I think winning the Stanley Cup will somehow be viewed as a disappointment to many of you. Wild in 6.

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