I guess they must've played the system tonight.
The Blues without David Backes, and missing T.J. Oshie due to a terrible hit by Mike Rupp, managed to throw a ton of shots on net at the Wild tonight, out-shooting the Wild by a 3-to-1 ratio. This does not bode well for the Wild, but equally unnerving is the play that Ryan Miller provided for the Blues tonight. He allowed 4 goals on 13 shots, which is probably not what the Blues had in mind when they shipped out Jaroslav Halak.
Goaltenders Traded at Deadline:
Ryan Miller: .910 Sv% with St. Louis
Jaroslav Halak: .923 Sv% with Washington
Ilya Bryzgalov: .923 Sv% with Minnesota
And what a bizarre win this was. Not only was the shot discrepancy not matched by the match's results, the Wild had their season's 5th goaltender, John Curry, stop 43 out of 45 shots. The Wild were actually on the giving side of a suspendable hit (For the first time since PMB's stick to Matt Calvert?!). Ryan Suter played less than 12 minutes. And if that wasn't enough to think space-time had some sort of hole ripped in it, consider that Kyle Brodziak scored 2 goals tonight. He had only scored 2 goals since early January coming into tonight.
And as for the Wild's playoff picture? It gets muddier by the night. Anaheim has 112 points with 2 games left to play. Colorado and St. Louis each have 2 games left and are tied at 111 points each- the Avalanche have the tie-breaker between the two. Anaheim will play a LA Kings team withnothing to play for, and then Colorado. St. Louis plays tonight against Dallas- who can clinch a playoff spot with a win, and then a Detroit team that may be playing for playoff positioning. Colorado plays San Jose, who has nothing to play for, and then Anaheim.
The playoff match-up odds say St. Louis has the edge to play the Wild at 36.9%, with the Ducks at 35.8, and the Avs at 27.3%. It'll be interesting to see how things shake up in the next few days.
The Wild play Nashville on Sunday. But for now? On to the Walk.
Curry and Wild stand tall in 4-2 win over Blues | State of Hockey News- Curry stood tall with the snitchin' boy.
Rupp plays, until he's ejected | Star Tribune- #Deterrent
Wild's Mike Rupp ejected from what could be his final game with team - TwinCities.com- That wasn't a very good way to go out.
Rupp given match penalty for headshot to Oshie, (last name)-aban coming | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- He's going to get suspended, and he's going to deserve it. A bad hit, for sure, and it injured a high-profile player. The league can't let that stand- that aggression can not stand, man! The Wild will be deprived of a face-puncher outside of Cody McCormick, but Mike Rupp wasn't contributing to the team anyway, on or off the ice. I don't even know why he played tonight.
Minnesota Wild like what they see of Christian Folin - TwinCities.com- He got his first assist, but what do you think of Folin's play, Wilderness?
Minnesota Wild: Yeo optimistic Granlund will return this season - TwinCities.com- Until he starts skating, I don't believe it.
The Team of 18,001: 3 on 3: The Final Two Games- Giles looks at the last two games. Well, one of them was played, but you can read about the other!
Tending the Fields
Gophers edge UND in Frozen Four semis on last-second goal by Holl | Star Tribune- And when that goal was scored with 0.6 seconds left, it probably wasn't the only semi going on then- AMIRITE?!?!?!
NCAA Frozen Four: Union downs Boston College 5-4, heads to first national title game | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Big moment for Union. Wild prospect Adam Gilmour notched an assist for BC.
Off the Trail
Brendan Shanahan taking over Maple Leafs: All hail Toronto’s new sheriff | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- This is why you won't see Shanahan coming down on Mike Rupp.
Why the playoff fates of St. Louis, Anaheim & Colorado lie in the race for the West | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com- Breaking down this three-team race.
The ‘Anyone But Zdeno Chara’ Norris Trophy campaigns | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- There's a pretty good case in favor of Chara, though.
2014 NHL Masterton Trophy nominees stories and chances of winning | Home Ice - SI.com- Breaking down every team's nominees chances.
Grantland’s NHL Regular-Season Awards- Grantland breaks down the awards field, albeit with some creative categories.