RDV4ROUBAIX wrote:Having grown up in the state that produces more hockey players than any other in the US, has arguably the best fan base, and best rink in the NHL in the Xcel Energy Center, I'm at a total loss why the Wild cannot produce a better team than 4th worst in the league this season.
TheNJDevil wrote:where are the devils in this conversation? NJ DEVILS RULE!!!
pedaling squares wrote:RDV, I think 3 things are plaguing the Wild this year. One is adapting to a system change after 9 years of Lemaire's tight defensive style, another is the loss of Gaborik, who when healthy is a genuine superstar, and the third is that their lineup just ain't that good. Not too many guys who can put the puck in the net. Every coach wants M. Koivu on his team, but that's more due to his leadership skills than his hands. I like Backstrom and Harding, you will probably be fine in net when they get their game straight. That's my 10 cent analysis of your team. The problem with being mediocre is you don't make the playoffs but you can't get a top draft pick either. If it's any consolation, their new 3rd jerseys are one of the best in the game. Good to hear the Xcel Center is a good rink, next time I'm in MB I'll slip across the border to catch a game.
palmerq wrote:Ice hockey is a great sport... I have a fantasy team so I onlty keep track of the teams that the players i have, so I now know Kovalchuck is very good..
The canucks arent doing too bad after the terrible start, especially the donkey luongo, went to an ice hockety for the 1st time, vancouver v columbus around 2 months ago and he was on top donkey form that day :S.... I am not sure they wil make the play offs though they seem to be abit too inconsistent, and i think D.Sedin is still out. Kesler is doing very good for an american :S
I guess chicago to win the whole thing, they seem to be looking strong :S.
pedaling squares wrote:Now that their injured players are coming back, you should see a far better Canucks team. And Luongo... when he's on there is nobody in the game like him. That guy can win a series or three by himself. Chicago... great offensive talent, not sure the goaltending will get them deep in the playoffs. They're fun to watch though.
pedaling squares wrote:Ok RDV, I'm sympathizing with your team right now. Imagine being on a road swing and having your equipment van burn. I don't know how much they've lost, but trying to play at pro level with brand new pads/helmets/skates/gloves would be a severe handicap. I hope they have some spare gear back in MN that they can FedEx out there damn quick. Of course it won't affect the Boogey man, he tends to drop his gloves when it's time to get to work.
ImmaculateKadence wrote:Seeing as how we are now deep into the NHL playoffs, I thought I could bump this up and renew the discussion.
Frankly I'm surprised both the penguins and the caps are out of it. Not at all surprised with the Blackhawks (I'm hoping I see them drink from the cup of glory)....any thoughts?