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Game #5: Kind Of A Big Deal, Blackhawks

Game #5: Kind Of A Big Deal, Blackhawks

The Blackhawks played awful the last 2 games. On Friday night, they played one of their worst games of the playoffs. Not sure who played “the best”. I know Corey Crawford was close to the “worst” and he wouldn’t even fight me on that statement. He’s a proud guy and I expect a solid bounce [...]

Fast Feather Friday: Blackhawks Fans Unite

Fast Feather Friday: Blackhawks Fans Unite

Blackhawks fans, unite for what is to be a great game tonight vs. the Minnesota Wild. The 4th game of any series is usually a pivotal one. The Wild win tonight and it is “Even Steven”, heading back to Chi-town for a 6 game series at minimum. If your beloved Hawks win tonight, they have [...]

Wild Look for Deja Vu Cure

Wild Look for Deja Vu Cure

The Blackhawks are heading into Game #3 with some momentum after a 5-2 and 4-1 triumph in Chicago. It will be a different story in Minnesota’s barn tonight. It will be loud and the Wild will be angry. They are trying to shake this Deju Vu from last year’s post-season. Let’s head into the top [...]

Hawks/Wild Rematch: Take a Jog With Me Down Memory Lane

Hawks/Wild Rematch: Take a Jog With Me Down Memory Lane

A lot of Hawks fans are salivating at the fact that their team drew the Wild in the 2nd round. “We killed these guys in 5 games last year, no problem”. Well let’s go on a journey to look at the Blackhawks vs. Wild first round playoff series from 2013. Is this the same Wild [...]

Fleeing the Nest

Fleeing the Nest

  The Blackhawks are a few games into the pre-season schedule that will see them play 6 tilts throughout. This camp feels more intense than high school tryout. It is healthy human nature to have this high level of competition. This appears to be more intense because there’s a lot of make or break years [...]

Predators Lose Wilson and Game to the Wild

Predators Lose Wilson and Game to the Wild

The Nashville Predators and the Minnesota Wild met at the Bridgestone Arena, and the game was another typical Predators/Wild contest. It was like watching paint dry. Once again, the Wild claimed a 2-1 shootout victory over the Predators. Pekka Rinne and Niklas Backstrom dueled in net, with each giving up a goal in regulation. Rinne [...]

Predators Fall to the Wild In OT 2-1

Predators Fall to the Wild In OT 2-1

The Nashville Predators dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center. The Predators were down a man in the extra period on an absolutely horrible call against Paul Gaustad. The officials deemed that Gaustad closed his hand on the puck in a defensive zone face off, thus sending him [...]

Predators Pick Up First Regulation Win, Defeat the Wild 3-1

Predators Pick Up First Regulation Win, Defeat the Wild 3-1

The Nashville Predators ventured out on the road for the first time in this young season, traveling to the XCel Energy Center to take on the Minnesota Wild and former teammate Ryan Suter. While many have focused on the story line of the Predators facing their former co-anchor on the blue line, the real story [...]

Predators Outlast the Wild in a SO

Predators Outlast the Wild in a SO

The Nashville Predators faced the Minnesota Wild at the Bridgestone Arena in a game that had great significance for the Predators. With a win, they could move into 4th place, one point ahead of Detroit and 2 points ahead of Chicago. The Predators accomplished their mission by defeating the Wild in a shootout for a [...]

Tampa Bay Lightning Week in Review - Featuring The Quarterdeck Log

Tampa Bay Lightning Week in Review – Featuring The Quarterdeck Log

The Tampa Bay Lightning are 11-12-2 with 24 points through 25 games. After 25 games last season, the Bolts were 14-8-3 with 31 points. The Lightning are in fourth place in the Southeast Division and trail the division leading Florida Panthers by eight points. Tampa Bay has fallen to 13th place in the 15 team Eastern [...]

Wild Tamed by the Predators 4-0

Wild Tamed by the Predators 4-0

With 15 games remaining in the regular season, you hate to think that this game against Minnesota was a must win for the Predators, but with their play of late, this game was definitely one the Predators had to have. The Predators played with this game with a sense of urgency, dispatching the Wild 4-0 [...]

A Season Defining Weekend for the Blues

A Season Defining Weekend for the Blues

The most critical weekend of the season kicks off tonight at Scottrade Center. The St. Louis Blues (24-20-8, 56 Points) are playing host to the Minnesota Wild(28-20-5, 61 Points) Friday before heading to hockey god’s country for the second half of the home and home set Saturday. An eight point swing is on the line [...]

Losing Streak Over, Predators Tame Wild 4-1

Losing Streak Over, Predators Tame Wild 4-1

With every loss, the burden of the Predators five game losing streak weighed heavier. Despite playing with good jump and effort, the Preds just could not break through to the win column. Attempting to break the streak at the Xcel Energy Center against the Wild did not bode well for the Predators. Earlier this season, [...]

Fantasy hockey: goaltending battles part 2

Fantasy hockey: goaltending battles part 2

Two months into the season, let’s have a look at the goal tending battles raging on in the NHL. Some teams still don’t have a clear-cut starter like Roberto Luongo, Ryan Miller or Martin Brodeur. Goaltending battles: – Scorching: game-to-game musical chair – Blazing: no clear-cut starter – Moderate: mild battle going-on – Low: a [...]

Weekly Fantasy: Top 20 goaltenders to draft this season

Weekly Fantasy: Top 20 goaltenders to draft this season

With the 2010-11 season slated to start on Thursday, October 7th, it’s time to have a look at the top 20 goaltenders to draft in your fantasy hockey league and at factors to consider when drafting your goaltenders. Is he prone to injury? Who is the backup goaltender? Do the team play many back to [...]

Heading Into the Trade Deadline...

Heading Into the Trade Deadline…

With the NHL trade deadline less than 48 hours away, there is plenty to talk about for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Read on as I cover the Olympics, the assistant coaching change, and the upcoming trade deadline…

Bruins vs. Wild Preview

Bruins vs. Wild Preview

The Boston Bruins look to finish their 4 game road trip undefeated as they have gone 3-0 so far. The Bruins play the  the defensive minded Wild tomorrow night in Minnesota. The Wild of course use the trap very effectively, and have been one of the best defensive minded teams over the past few years. [...]

Coyotes Start Back To Back Games With Rare Win In Minnesota

Coyotes Start Back To Back Games With Rare Win In Minnesota

The Phoenix Coyotes continued their strong start to the season with a 3-2 victory against the Minnesota Wild on the road.  This was the first time in four years the Coyotes were able to beat the Wild in the North Star state, last time being November 8th, 2005.  The Wild have been a thorn in [...]