Wild shuts out New Jersey

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 4, 2013 - 6:55 AM

Josh Harding posted his second shutout of the season.

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caferevNov. 3, 13 9:46 PM

I wish I could say it was an entertaining game, but I can't. I mean, I'm certainly glad the Wild won, but this ugly dump n' chase garbage (from both teams) is more like Premier League soccer "kick ball" than it is real hockey. Let's just hope Yeo doesn't settle into this fruitless style of play once again, as we all know that you can't be anybody good playing that "chip it in" style of "hockey." PS Torey Mitchell has no business being on the first line (or any line above the fourth, for that matter), as he's all speed and absolutely no skill; Jason Zucker scored his third goal in the last three games for Iowa today.

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crazyhorse89Nov. 3, 1310:46 PM

owner/GM/coach caferev at it again with all the answers to what is wrong with this team...wait, didn't the Wild just win 4-0? Guess it would have been 8-0 if Zucker was up. I think someone has a crush on JZ...ahhh, that's cute.

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klayton6Nov. 3, 1311:35 PM

caferev, what is a team supposed to do when the defense isn't allowing the forwards to carry the puck into the zone? Any intelligent hockey person should know that you can't turn the puck over in the neutral zone or you will get killed. If there isn't a play at the blue line you have to dump it in and get after it. NJ wasn't giving us any space until the 3rd period and that is when the Wild were able to take control of the game. Also, Mitchell isn't the problem with this team. McMillan shouldn't have been called up. They needed to replace Coyle with another scorer but by doing that it would have put pressure on them to sit Heatley when Coyle comes back. I do agree Zucker or Haula should be up here and it will happen in due time. Good win by the Wild tonight.

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badbrassNov. 3, 1311:42 PM

Zidlicky at -2 is awesome!! That Fletcher got anything for that guy is amazing.

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marcus100254Nov. 4, 1312:39 AM

Some fans still don't realize that the "chip in" has become a key part of strategy to getting the puck into the zone against a neutral zone trap or a left or right wing lock. It became even more effective as a means to get into the zone when the rules were changed to no longer allow clutching, grabbing or interference of a player who had "chipped in" and then was skating through or past defenders on the way to retrieve the "chipped in" biscuit. The formerly known as the "dump in", with no accompanying strategy for biscuit retrieval went out with short pants. The "chip in" has become a highly organized method of gaining the zone when presented with a trap or a lock. Those that bemoan the "chip in" should rethink their positioning on this vital part of getting the puck into the 'O' zone and then regaining possession for scoring opportunities. The chip or dump in was a loser while clutch and grab hockey was still permissible, but is now a bonafide strategy to gain the zone. In addition rules changes relative to where a goalie can or can't handle the biscuit have also had an effect on chip in strategy. Fan who bemoan the chip in should rather watch what occurs after one has been initiated.

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marcus100254Nov. 4, 1312:49 AM

Also wish to commend the team on 2 nice victories in 48hrs. Parts of each were not of an artistic nature, but 4 points nonetheless. Hards is really on it. Granny, this dude is coming into his own. Last year when fans were impatient with him, I believe I tried to preach some patience with him. Young player, new league, new country etc... We are now witnessing what many scouts saw in him. He will turn out to be quite the find. Heater? His best effort of the year. I hope for the team and for him that this marks a kind of turning the corner for him. He has been somewhat frustrating to watch at times, but I am not going to crack on him anymore. It is what it is. He is going through the natural age progression that all athletes and people go through sooner or later. No one gets out of that one. This guy was one of the top ten player in the league at one time, so from here on out I am going to give him that respect. Good luck against the Flame boys. Lets Go Wild!!!

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sgjsdadNov. 4, 13 5:40 AM

The chip in or dump in is a common strategy move when, as the Wild were last night, playing an opponent who played the night before. The idea is to get the puck deep and make defensemen who are likely tiring skate a lot more than normal. Last night this, along with rock solid play in the defensive zone is what gave the Wild the win last night. They still held the Devils to 19 shots. And seriously, when the Wild went up 2-0, was anybody who watched the game really worried that the Wild would blow the game? I wasn't. Last night was one of maybe two or three low-stress Wild games I've watched all season. Nice work Wild. Now its time to douse the Flames on Tuesday.

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nshockeyNov. 4, 13 6:15 AM

Not a pretty game but a good win. Hards was right on, great to see Granny get a goal and Mitchell get rewarded. Gotta say compared to his earlier games I was impressed with Heatley's play tonight. He seemed to have some fire, skated better and played better at both ends. Plus a goal!

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bhrnew1lNov. 4, 13 7:11 AM

Remember I talked about Parise and Mitchell, the boxscore reflects they played together. hehehehe...... The only thing holding this team at some respectable record is Uncle Leos pocketbook, Harding and having a bunch of games at home against ridiculously bad hockey teams (good scheduling Fletch) And Backstroms goaltending in Chicago

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baconatorNov. 4, 13 7:11 AM

Admittedly there were times early in last nights game where I went, "why can't we get out of our own zone against New Jersey?!?" But after the first period it was obvious who the dominant team was. I'm super impressed with Granny. Kid was everywhere last night, throwing the body, sneaky passes... other teams are going to have to start keying on him in the near future. Just happy for another win. Keep it up boys!!

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