Discussion in 'Minnesota Wild' started by TaLoN, Apr 3, 2021.
Fiala and Kaprizov point alert delayed
Thank you for the goals!! Keep it rollin
Credit where it's due, Stevie made a great play on the Kaprizov goal
Wasn’t exactly a hard play to recognize, but I respect the recognition
Wasn't exactly Gretzky like, but any pass that results in a tap-in is a great pass in my world.
Gonna need an empty netter here pretty quick.
SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS! EVERYBODY!
So we can beat Vegas, but the Avs make us look like crap. Alrighty.
Only watched the highlights, super lucky they fanned on that one timer and it still almost went in on a dirty slow roller. The dudes reaction had an expletives like he knew he missed a golden opportunity.
And that second goal looked bizarre the dude fell down almost looked like he gave up then the puck teleported to his stick and he shot and had a sweet rebound , take it!
Matchups are a strange animal. We matchup well with Vegas... yet Vegas matches up well with the Avs. We matchup terribly vs the Avs.
Could be more of a mental hurdle with the Avs.
It's more to do with the Avs being a top 2 team in the league. Tampa and the Avs are head and shoulders above everyone else. Beating teams with the talent those two have over a 7 game series is very difficult.
They score goals in bunches and make it very difficult to put up points against them. To beat them you need to slow the game down to a snails pace, among a laundry list of other things.
The last 2 games were bad, but it's not like we have zero wins against Colorado this year.
The Avs are just too fast for us right now.
The Avs are playing chess to our checkers.
At least vs Vegas, our checker pieces can be effective vs their chess pawns. The Avs just clean us up with their knights, not even bothering with the pawns.
I get MacKinnon's line thrashing us, but there's no rhyme or reason for their 2nd-4th lines doing what they did the last 2 games. That was abnormal.
Avs are faster and willing to activate d-men, Vegas seems content playing a "standard" game against us.
Avs D is just more mobile overall than Vegas', thus the different styles.
Vegas has other strengths though that we can handle better... yet the Avs struggle against, which is why Vegas can play sith the Avs, when we struggle.
When Foligno comes back that's a good lift for us. He's reasonably fast, smart, and very strong. The GEEF line can potentially shut down the Mackinnon line. Johansson has looked decent, and surprisingly fast since he has come back. We need as much speed as we can to match the Avs. Besides getting back in transition, that speed is needed to bottle up the smaller, but very mobile Avs Dmen on the forecheck. That is where they are vulnerable, IMO.
Oh, and we can't take penalties, AND we need to have a PP. And FO's. Other than that, we are good!
Until we have a good Center or two, we just aren't going to be able to beat them in a series, though our goaltending is looking pretty damn good. Guys like Rask, Parise, Bjugstad(though he has looked strangely faster in the past week or so), Suter, and Cole are just too slow to be effective against CO.
If the standings end up as;
then thats about as good as it's going to get for us. We have a chance to beat Vegas. Hope that STL beats, or at least beats up, CO. By that time Boldy will have adjusted to the league and transformed our PP into a juggernaut, giving us a chance to beat the Nordiques.
Vegas matches up better with most of the cup contenders imo. Hope we get them in the playoffs though, our success against them in no fluke.
Agreed. Vegas is a dangerous team to most every team in the league... just not as dangerous against us. Just a weird matchup quirk in our favor.
Its almost as if they're different teams, wierd..
I didn’t watch much of the game but from the highlights it looked like Fiala could’ve picked up a few more points if his linemates could finish. How did he play?
Putting Rask in a position to handle the puck more than Kaprizov on the same PP unit was definitely a thing the brain wizards came up with last night.
Rask is what would happen if you randomly found an athletic person in a gym who had no concept of hockey. You then forced them to do nothing for a month besides learn to skate and watch highlight videos to understand the game. Then made him your first line center.
He and Marchessault had something going on all night. I didn’t think he or his line looked overly dangerous. More less what we’ve seen from Fiala this year.
Team has a tough time finding someone who plays well with Fiala. They need someone to play with him that can take some attention away and give him space to do his thing. But he also needs to understand when to simplify and when to create.
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