Wild trying to fix its faceoff struggles

  • Article by: Joseph D'Hippolito , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 28, 2014 - 6:26 AM

Winning draws, once a strength, has become a problem for the team.

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MankeyJan. 27, 14 9:59 PM

Unless I am really really over tired, I believe the Wild play Anaheim on the 28th not the 27th.

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mahtomedi194Jan. 27, 1411:55 PM

This team is just as 'average' as last year. No playoffs for these losers-again. They'll finish at 10-absolutely no better. Go Yotes!

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dirtydogsJan. 28, 14 7:42 AM

Why is Brodziak on the roster? Certainly isn't for his face off abilities or his scoring touch.

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duckhunter97Jan. 28, 14 7:50 AM

No the wild would not play the Ducks in the first round. You play your ownsdivision in the first round. This is a new rule bot would be nice if the people writing this knew that. Rosen was on the news spewing the same stuff..... come on know the format is the playoffs..

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michaelfossumJan. 28, 14 8:11 AM

The Wild fold like the Twins fold against the Yankees. Another great move by the Wild to dump Kinopka.

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bryologyJan. 28, 14 8:25 AM

This team has a lot to work on to include, but not limited to faceoffs, scoring goals, physicality, defense, offense, goal-tending and leadership. The Mild do two things right and they are blocking shots, and cycling pucks along the boards in the offensive zone resulting in no scoring attempts. Trade Parise.

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skeptikJan. 28, 14 9:11 AM

I sure hope that one day in the not too distant future, the Wild have many games in a row where they execute all the fundamentals. It seems that if they fix one thing on this team, something else breaks down. Frustrating. Brodz losing all those face offs is just one example. And I am still trying to understand why,after the games, in interviews, the players will be quoted as KNOWING all about the mistakes they made but for whatever reason not making any adjustments to correct the issue during the game. Going to have to be very good against Anaheim just to stay in the game. Go Wild!

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al_wblJan. 28, 14 9:19 AM

This is the second time one of the fill-ins for Russo made a huge error in an article regarding the playoffs. Was it yesterday or Sunday that the writer claimed the Wild missed the playoffs last year?

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PLHurdlerJan. 28, 14 9:43 AM

It is divisional play in the playoffs, except for where the Wild Card teams play. The top seeded team IN THE CONFERENCE plays the lower seeded Wild Card team, regardless of which division they come from. So yes, the MN Wild would cross over and play the Ducks, if the season were to end today. It would really be nice if know-it-all commenters knew the rules before spouting off on here...

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alexfreconJan. 28, 1410:40 AM

I feel like the wild is, at its worst, an 8th seed team. If it's possible for the Wild to sign / find a center who can take pressure off of koivu, that would be a huge next step. Imagine this team if Koivu is a #2 center? We have talent, we just need someone who can provide a shadow for others to play in.

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