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Minnesota Wild vs. Edmonton Oilers: The Morning After

Minnesota Wild 3-2 (so) Edmonton Oilers

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The Minnesota Wild finally got back on track, and beat a team on the second leg of a back to back, as Mikko Koivu was the only player to score in the shootout. Erik Belanger and Antti Miettinen also found the back of the net for the Wild. Beating Roloson was no easy feat, as he stopped 37 of 39 shots and 3 in the shootout.

These are the kinds of games that are exceedingly important for the Wild to win. They're division games, against a team with whom they're fighting for playoff positioning, and these two teams don't much like each other. That was apparent all night, and it's nice to see that the Xcel Energy Center crowd was giving Souray crap all game.

The 39 shots and only 2 goals is still disturbing, however. This team has too many guys looking for the pretty pass and the open net. They need to drive to the net, make the defense make a play and draw the penalties. Too often our goalies are hit, pressured and run over, and our guys take sharp angle shots or get centering attempts cleared away or shots from outside blocked. This lack of aggression is going to be my focal point the rest of the season.

Hockey Wilderness Three Stars

  1. MIkko Koivu (1 G)
  2. Dwayne Roloson (39 shots, 37 saves)
  3. Antti Miettinen (1 G)

Questions to Answer

  1. Can the new kids break into the box score? Nope, but Fritsche was robbed early on, and had 13:41 TOI, but Olvecky seems to be the odd-man out, with more ice time than only Boogaard.
  2. So, who the hell are the Wild? Seriously? Does anyone know? Nobody knows. It's obvious that they concentrate on defensive positioning and the counter attack, but they just aren't aggressive in the offensive zone. Too many playmakers, not enough power guys and finishers.
  3. Can the Wild win their second game against a team on the second leg of a back to back? Yes! Finally!
  4. Will Bouchard bounce back? Bouchard didn't seem to be in the flow this afternoon, with only 1 shot on goal. but was a +1 on the day.
  5. Will Roloson get healthy against the Wild like he did last week? Roloson played an excellent game, bouncing back from a horrible one against Detroit on Saturday.

Notes

  • Owen Nolan became the 26th active player to play in 1,100 career games.
  • Miettinen’s goal was his first career shorty and his 34th point on the season, which ties a career high.

The Game In Pictures

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