Ok, we've given our view on the over the top suspension to Pierre-Marc Bouchard. Let's move on to today's game with the lowly Islanders. Now, don't get me wrong, I love the fans of the Isle. I love everything about the New York hockey fan. Heck, I even love the history of the franchise and the Nassau County Coloseum. What I don't like is Garth Snow and the way he has destroyed a once proud franchise. He makes Bill Smith look like a general managing genius.
Oh, and noon hockey on Columbus Day is stupid. Who (aside from the postal service) gets freaking Columbus Day off?
Anyway, here is your walk:
Wild vs. Islanders
- Wild vs. Islanders - 10/10/2011 - Minnesota Wild - Preview
"Everyone's talking about our system. We've done a good of trying to play that way, quickly," Heatley said. "I think it makes our team looks faster. The 'D' are moving the puck well. Guys are in position."
- Islanders look to rebound quicklyThere was no yelling, no harsh words, no punishment skates. The Islanders laid an egg Saturday night in front of a sold-out Nassau Coliseum, but they are one game into the season.
- Islanders Gameday: Here come(s?) the Speedy Wild(s?) - Lighthouse Hockey
The New York Islanders welcome the Minnesota Wild for their annual Columbus Day matinee, hoping to rebound from a disappointing home opener.
GAME DAY: WILD AT ISLANDERS, 1 PM · islanderspointblank.com
The Islanders face the Minnesota Wild at the Coliseum today in a Columbus Day matinee. It’s another winnable game at home against a team that missed the playoffs in 2011.
Michael Russo's Sunday Insider: So painful to the touch | StarTribune.com
There are passionate debates about myriad subjects in the NHL. But find me one person beating the drum about the virtues of touch icing? Honestly: Is there anybody screaming, "Man, we've got to keep that exciting race for the puck on icings, or the game is unwatchable?"
Gameday: Wild at N.Y. Islanders | StarTribune.com
Preview: After a 4-2 season-opening win Saturday over Columbus, the Wild hits the road for back-to-back games on Long Island and in Ottawa
Watching itself in top gear, Wild sees a blur | StarTribune.com
Mike Yeo talks all the time about playing fast hockey. So in an attempt to impart his wish one final time before the Wild's season opener Saturday night against Columbus, the Wild rookie coach added a little wrinkle to his pre-scout video session.
NHL Picks (Monday 10/10): Peter DeBoer’s First NJ Devils Win, Minnesota Wild Upset Islanders « Hockey
The Islanders looked awful while the Wild’s new weapons sparkled in their respective openers. Consider this pick a bit of personal revenge for the Islanders losing to a Panthers team I predicted to go winless this year. That dream is dead and it’s only been one game. Can they rebound against a Minnesota team that looked so legitimate in their season opener?
Bouchard suspended two games | StarTribune.com
"Be careful of Butch," Mikko Koivu said sarcastically, insinuating that the mild-mannered Bouchard was a dirty player. Bouchard didn't find humor in the jokes. He had just stepped out of a telephone hearing with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan, Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher, agent Allan Walsh and a union rep.
Heavy Shanahan hand: Bouchard suspended two games | ProHockeyTalk
In a somewhat surprising move, the NHL decided to suspend Pierre-Marc Bouchard two games for high-sticking Matt Calvert, according to Nick Kypreos. The Minnesota Wild were adamant that it was an unfortunate accident, while the Columbus Blue Jackets thought there was a clear intent to injure.
Video: Calvert stick lift into own face earns P.M. Bouchard a hearing - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
If player's are to be responsible with their own sticks when dealing with opponents, so should be the case if they're the ones causing their own injury.
Bouchard gets two games for high-stick on Calvert - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
The Shanaban-hammer swung yet again Sunday afternoon, as Pierre-Marc Bouchard of the Minnesota Wild was suspended two games for his high-stick to the mouth of Columbus Blue Jackets' forward Matt Calvert.
- Shanahan explains Bouchard suspension; Agent: "shameful farce for the league" | ProHockeyTalk Pierre-Marc Bouchard's agent, Allan Walsh, is furious with the NHL over his client getting suspended two games for a questionable high-sticking incident.
- Bouchard's agent decries "kangaroo court" | StarTribune.com There is no one who supports ridding the game of headshots, blindside hits and dangerous hits from behind more than Pierre-Marc. What occurred on the play in question last night was none of the above. The notion that Pierre-Marc Bouchard intentionally swung his stick into the face of an opponent is patently absurd. He's just not that kind of player.
Heatley still haunts Senators | Posted Sports | National Post
How nice of Dany Heatley to return to town with the Minnesota Wild and help the Ottawa Senators kick off their 20th season on Tuesday night. The only thing better would be for Heatley to join hands with Alexei Yashin at centre ice so fans could let loose with their abuse. Heatley and Yashin — or Yashin and Heatley, if you prefer — rank first and second on the all-time, all-star villain list as the Senators franchise ends its second decade
Minnesota Wild's No. 1 line truly worthy of the status - TwinCities.com
"I can't remember the last time they had the legitimacy of a top line," said Darren Pang, a network TV analyst. "The big, prototypical power center who can make a play and the guys who can come off the wing and score goals."