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6 Games

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , on October 22, 2010 by davepoleck

Rick Rypien has been suspended 6 games for this…..

……the same as Mike Milbury got for this…..

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Rypien

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , on October 20, 2010 by davepoleck

Rick Rypien, the Canucks’ forward who has made a name for himself taking on some of the heavyweights in the league, will now be known for attacking this Minnesota Wild fan who clapping at him. I repeat….clapping. Prior to that, he sucker punched Brad Staubitz during a scrum in front of the Wild bench.

Rypien is expected to have a hearing soon which will result in likely a 5-15 game suspension. TSN has a poll that asks how many games he should get: 0, 1, 2, 3 or more. 58% currently say more which I completely agree with.

Northwest Division Breakout Candidates

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2010 by davepoleck

The less than Pucking Awesome Northwest Division breakout candidates are here: Continue reading

Backstrom Mask Contest

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 10, 2010 by davepoleck

This may be the most interesting thing fans of the Minnesota Wild have seen in years.

Backstrom is asking for help from his young fans for the 2010-2011 season. He wants his mask design to be inspired by Wild fans aged 18 and under. 

http://wild.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=527141&navid=DL|MIN|home

The Old Wings are back!!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 22, 2010 by davepoleck

And no, I don’t mean the dominating ones who will outscore any team in the League. I mean the ones who constantly allow two goals against in a short period of time. Two nights ago against Washington, it cost them the game; tonight was different story as they were up 3-1 when it happened and were able to win in a shootout. But I will get to that later. This was a constant issue with the team last season and especially during their 2008 Stanley Cup run (Nashville series).

The only thing that I can point to is it possibly being an overconfident effort once they grab a lead. The other night was kind of bad luck; one goal had Brad Stuart absolutely dangled by Backstrom, and he rarely gets dangled, the other goal was a bouncing puck that landed in the slot on Bradley’s stick. I can’t say what tonight’s issue was because I did not catch all of the game. All I can say now is that it is an issue. Now for the good…

They won a game in a shootout, against Niklas Backstrom nonetheless! More good news is that they went to extra rounds and actually won. Their previous shootout losses to Dallas and Chicago on the weekend were both over three shooters. This one went eight rounds, with unusual shooters like Leino, Eaves, and Drew Miller, who eventually scored the winner. It was actually Josh Harding starting the game, but he left during the first period when Ville Leino drove the net hard. Here is a shocking stat for you, Todd Bertuzzi played more than both Datsyuk and Zetterberg with 23:16 logged. That not only shows have much of an improvement he has made this season in his work ethic, but also that Mike Babcock trusts him defensively, something that had always been a downside to his game.

In his 13th start in 14 games, Howard was pretty damn impressive with 27 saves including EIGHT in overtime and an additional six in the shootout. The Wings’ next game is a huge one; Saturday in Detroit against the team that just won’t get out of eighth, the LA Kings.

The Replacement

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , on November 24, 2009 by davepoleck

When Minnesota signed Martin Havlat to a 6 year, $30 million contract, I think they expected him to come in as sort of a replacement for Marian Gaborik. Well if that was the expected outcome, they are probably really angry right now. Havlat has been almost non-existent, scoring only 8 points in 19 games played. He is also a team worst -14. And now he is day to day with a hamstring injury. Marian Gaborik on the other hand, has 32 points in 21 games.

I was surprised that both players were signed to such long term deals given their injury history. But Gaborik I could at least understand because of his tremendous upside when he does play. While Gaborik has spent all of his time in Minnesota playing with little talent, Havlat had his best season last year on a completely stacked Chicago team, and prior to that, played on a stacked Ottawa team. His games played since the look like this starting with last year: 81, 35, 56, 18. I get that the Wild felt they needed to bring in big name player to fill the void Gaborik left, but why take a risk on a guy who is one of the most fragile in the League. I guess that is why they are last in the West right now.