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Yeo plans to switch up the lines on offense. Plus others news from around the NHL.

The Wild plan to move Fontaine around. Lets hope it works.
The Wild plan to move Fontaine around. Lets hope it works.
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Today’s walk looks at Coyle’s move up to the 2nd line. I don’t know how I feel about splitting up the Nino - Haula - Coyle line, but I suppose something has to be done. We need to score some goals! I think the real problem no one is talking about is Koivu’s continued chemistry problems with line mates. This seems to be a reoccurring problem every year. Besides the old glory years featuring the much feared Mittens - Koivu - Bruno line, when has Koivu ever really clicked with his line mates?? I can not think of many occasions.

(Speaking of Mittens, I wonder what he is up to these days?)

We could honestly bring in Crosby and Kane to play on Koivu’s line and he may still struggle to get on the same page as them. Maybe I’m overreacting. Or maybe these long droughts in between Wild games are starting to get to me.

Hopefully this isn’t a problem all season.

I did like the Coyle - Koivu - Nino line last postseason.

On to your walk

MN Wild News

Wild Aims For More Scoring - Minnesota Wild - Blogs
Will shuffling the lines help spark some offense.

Wild practice: Charlie Coyle joins second line | Russo's Rants |
Russo reacts to the line shake ups

Other NHL News

Kessel's two goals lifts Maple Leafs to win over Islanders - Article - TSN - Former Gopher lights the lamp twice!

Why Are We So Mum On The NHL’s Response to Domestic Violence? - Hockey -
Interesting read. They bash the NHL a bit, but still interesting.

This Week in the Pacific Division: Shutouts, Shootouts and Hat Tricks - Five For Howling
Nice write up on the Pacific Division.

NHL Power Rankings - October 21, 2014 - Article - TSN - New Power Rankings.

Yost: Signs of decline in Eric Staal's game - Article - TSN - Where will Eric Staal end up this season. And what is he still worth?

Campbell scores game winner, Bruins fend off Sharks - Article - TSN - Bruins get back on the winning track

Jonathan Drouin's expectations high at start of NHL career | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
I'm excited to see this kid play in the NHL

LA Kings support Voynov's suspension; GM Lombardi says NHL should give more off-ice education | Star Tribune
Lombardy talks about the suspension

Howe, Gretzky conduct historic 20 questions on Howe's career - - NHL Insider
Wayne Gretzky asked Gordie Howe an historic 20 questions about his legendary career in advance of the release of the new book Mr. Hockey.

Pietrangelo Shaves Head Video - NHL VideoCenter
This is why hockey players are the best!!!

Nathan Horton of Columbus Blue Jackets has career threatened by back injury - - News
sad news

College Hockey

College Hockey News: The Gentleman's Agreement: What Now?
the state of recruiting in college hockey.