Wild Six or Seven Pack, Vol. 10

Record Home Away Goal Diff. EV-Time EVGF EVGA EVGF/60 EVGA/60
Gm. 1-7 1-6-0 1-0-0 0-6-0 –10 310:29 7 21 1.35 4.04
Gm. 8-14 4-3-0 3-1-0 1-2-0 –1 349:12 10 11 1.72 1.89
Gm. 15-20 2-2-2 1-1-0 1-1-2 0 288:02 13 7 2.71 1.46
Gm. 21-26 4-1-1 3-1-1 1-0-0 2 297:00 12 12 2.42 2.42
Gm. 27-33 5-2-0 2-0-0 3-2-0 2 352:29 14 10 2.38 1.70
Gm. 34-40 4-3-0 2-1-0 2-2-0 0 339:03 14 16 2.55 2.91
Gm. 41-47 4-3-0 4-2-0 0-1-0 1 347:25 20 16 3.45 2.76
Gm. 48-54 3-3-1 2-0-1 1-3-0 2 350:10 15 15 2.57 2.57
Gm. 55-61 3-4-0 3-2-0 0-2-0 0 332:23 11 13 1.99 2.35
Gm. 62-68 3-2-2 1-1-1 2-1-1 1 339:03 13 10 2.30 1.77
TOTAL 33-29-6 22-9-3 11-20-3 –3 3305:16 129 131 2.34 2.38

Hey! Two road wins.  Look at that.  Too little too late, but I appreciate the effort.

PP Time PPGF SHGA PPGF/60 SHGA/60
Games 1-7 61:36 8 1 7.79 0.97
Games 8-14 39:09 5 2 7.66 3.07
Games 15-20 43:18 3 2 4.16 2.77
Games 21-26 39:44 5 0 7.55 0.00
Games 27-33 35:41 3 0 5.04 0.00
Games 34-40 44:43 4 1 5.37 1.34
Games 41-47 39:29 3 1 4.56 1.52
Games 48-54 43:45 5 1 6.86 1.37
Games 55-61 42:54 9 0 12.59 0.00
Games 62-68 27:04 4 1 8.87 2.22
TOTAL 417:23 49 9 7.04 1.29
SH Time SHGF PPGA SHGF/60 PPGA/60
Games 1-7 51:03 0 3 0.00 3.53
Games 8-14 38:34 0 3 0.00 4.67
Games 15-20 38:40 1 8 1.55 12.41
Games 21-26 34:44 0 3 0.00 5.18
Games 27-33 39:41 0 5 0.00 7.56
Games 34-40 36:14 1 2 1.56 3.31
Games 41-47 38:04 1 6 1.58 9.46
Games 48-54 31:07 0 2 0.00 3.86
Games 55-61 44:25 0 7 0.00 9.46
Games 55-61 53:53 0 5 0.00 5.57
TOTAL 406:25 3 44 0.44 6.50

The Wild came out of the break with a mean streak apparently.  That’s a lot of short-handed time.  Hopefully they can cut down on that in the last games.

Wild Six or Seven Pack – Vol. 9

Record Home Away Goal Diff. EV-Time EVGF EVGA EVGF/60 EVGA/60
Gm. 1-7 1-6-0 1-0-0 0-6-0 –10 310:29 7 21 1.35 4.04
Gm. 8-14 4-3-0 3-1-0 1-2-0 –1 349:12 10 11 1.72 1.89
Gm. 15-20 2-2-2 1-1-0 1-1-2 0 288:02 13 7 2.71 1.46
Gm. 21-26 4-1-1 3-1-1 1-0-0 2 297:00 12 12 2.42 2.42
Gm. 27-33 5-2-0 2-0-0 3-2-0 2 352:29 14 10 2.38 1.70
Gm. 34-40 4-3-0 2-1-0 2-2-0 0 339:03 14 16 2.55 2.91
Gm. 41-47 4-3-0 4-2-0 0-1-0 1 347:25 20 16 3.45 2.76
Gm. 48-54 3-3-1 2-0-1 1-3-0 2 350:10 15 15 2.57 2.57
Gm. 55-61 3-4-0 3-2-0 0-2-0 0 332:23 11 13 1.99 2.35
TOTAL 30-27-4 21-8-2 9-19-2 –4 2966:13 116 121 2.35 2.45

This is a .500 team in every way.  Just go down the goal differential column.  I remember the Twins being .500 all season, then ripping off a stellar September to eke into the playoffs.  Maybe Cam Barker will be the Wild’s Orlando Cabrera.

PP Time PPGF SHGA PPGF/60 SHGA/60
Games 1-7 61:36 8 1 7.79 0.97
Games 8-14 39:09 5 2 7.66 3.07
Games 15-20 43:18 3 2 4.16 2.77
Games 21-26 39:44 5 0 7.55 0.00
Games 27-33 35:41 3 0 5.04 0.00
Games 34-40 44:43 4 1 5.37 1.34
Games 41-47 39:29 3 1 4.56 1.52
Games 48-54 43:45 5 1 6.86 1.37
Games 55-61 42:54 9 0 12.59 0.00
TOTAL 390:19 45 8 6.92 1.23
SH Time SHGF PPGA SHGF/60 PPGA/60
Games 1-7 51:03 0 3 0.00 3.53
Games 8-14 38:34 0 3 0.00 4.67
Games 15-20 38:40 1 8 1.55 12.41
Games 21-26 34:44 0 3 0.00 5.18
Games 27-33 39:41 0 5 0.00 7.56
Games 34-40 36:14 1 2 1.56 3.31
Games 41-47 38:04 1 6 1.58 9.46
Games 48-54 31:07 0 2 0.00 3.86
Games 55-61 44:25 0 7 0.00 9.46
TOTAL 352:32 3 39 0.51 6.64

Wild Six or Seven Pack – Vol. 8

Record Home Away Goal Diff. EV-Time EVGF EVGA EVGF/60 EVGA/60
Gm. 1-7 1-6-0 1-0-0 0-6-0 –10 310:29 7 21 1.35 4.04
Gm. 8-14 4-3-0 3-1-0 1-2-0 –1 349:12 10 11 1.72 1.89
Gm. 15-20 2-2-2 1-1-0 1-1-2 0 288:02 13 7 2.71 1.46
Gm. 21-26 4-1-1 3-1-1 1-0-0 2 297:00 12 12 2.42 2.42
Gm. 27-33 5-2-0 2-0-0 3-2-0 2 352:29 14 10 2.38 1.70
Gm. 34-40 4-3-0 2-1-0 2-2-0 0 339:03 14 16 2.55 2.91
Gm. 41-47 4-3-0 4-2-0 0-1-0 1 347:25 20 16 3.45 2.76
Gm. 48-54 3-3-1 2-0-1 1-3-0 2 350:10 15 15 2.57 2.57
TOTAL 27-23-4 18-6-2 9-17-2 –4 2633:50 105 108 2.39 2.46

Wild still three points out of a playoff spot.  They’re going to have to make a move at some point.  And that will probably involve winning a game or two on the road.  8 wins in 27 games is terrible.

PP Time PPGF SHGA PPGF/60 SHGA/60
Games 1-7 61:36 8 1 7.79 0.97
Games 8-14 39:09 5 2 7.66 3.07
Games 15-20 43:18 3 2 4.16 2.77
Games 21-26 39:44 5 0 7.55 0.00
Games 27-33 35:41 3 0 5.04 0.00
Games 34-40 44:43 4 1 5.37 1.34
Games 41-47 39:29 3 1 4.56 1.52
Games 48-54 43:45 5 1 6.86 1.37
TOTAL 347:25 36 8 6.22 1.38
SH Time SHGF PPGA SHGF/60 PPGA/60
Games 1-7 51:03 0 3 0.00 3.53
Games 8-14 38:34 0 3 0.00 4.67
Games 15-20 38:40 1 8 1.55 12.41
Games 21-26 34:44 0 3 0.00 5.18
Games 27-33 39:41 0 5 0.00 7.56
Games 34-40 36:14 1 2 1.56 3.31
Games 41-47 38:04 1 6 1.58 9.46
Games 48-54 31:07 0 2 0.00 3.86
TOTAL 308:07 3 32 0.58 6.23

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to Mr. Gretzky.  Now, a quick question – who is the greatest hockey player ever born on this day? Let’s compare NHL careers:

Gretzky 1487 Games 894 Goals 1963 Assists 2857 Points
Big Mak 0 Games 0 Goals 0 Assists 0 Points

That’s not really a fair comparison, though. He’s got a 21 year head-start.

Wild Six (or so) Pack – Vol. 6

Record Home Away Goal Diff. EV-Time EVGF EVGA EVGF/60 EVGA/60
Games 1-7 1-6-0 1-0-0 0-6-0 –10 310:29 7 21 1.35 4.04
Games 8-14 4-3-0 3-1-0 1-2-0 –1 349:12 10 11 1.72 1.89
Games 15-20 2-2-2 1-1-0 1-1-2 0 288:02 13 7 2.71 1.46
Games 21-26 4-1-1 3-1-1 1-0-0 2 297:00 12 12 2.42 2.42
Games 27-33 5-2-0 2-0-0 3-2-0 2 352:29 14 10 2.38 1.70
Games 34-40 4-3-0 2-1-0 2-2-0 0 339:03 14 16 2.55 2.91
TOTAL 20-17-3 12-4-1 8-13-2 –7 1936:15 70 77 2.17 2.39

Since October 17th (when the Wild completed their first extended road trip of the season with a 1-6 record), the teams with the best record in the Western Conference are:

  • San Jose (46 pts, 31 games)
  • Chicago (45 pts, 31 games)
  • Nashville (44 pts, 33 games)
  • Phoenix (43 pts, 34 games)
  • Minnesota (41 pts, 33 games)
PP Time PPGF SHGA PPGF/60 SHGA/60
Games 1-7 61:36 8 1 7.79 0.97
Games 8-14 39:09 5 2 7.66 3.07
Games 15-20 43:18 3 2 4.16 2.77
Games 21-26 39:44 5 0 7.55 0.00
Games 27-33 35:41 3 0 5.04 0.00
Games 34-40 44:43 4 1 5.37 1.34
TOTAL 264:11 28 6 6.36 1.36
SH Time SHGF PPGA SHGF/60 PPGA/60
Games 1-7 51:03 0 3 0.00 3.53
Games 8-14 38:34 0 3 0.00 4.67
Games 15-20 38:40 1 8 1.55 12.41
Games 21-26 34:44 0 3 0.00 5.18
Games 27-33 39:41 0 5 0.00 7.56
Games 34-40 36:14 1 2 1.56 3.31
TOTAL 238:56 2 24 0.50 6.03

Other than one terrible game in Vancouver, the penalty kill has been lights out for the last 20 games.

Game 35 – Minnesota Wild @ Ottawa Senators

MINNESOTA v. OTTAWA

Crazy busy weekend, trying to get holidays planned and shopped for. What’s new with the Wild?

Oh. Their equipment truck caught fire and a lot of the team (including both goalies) lost all their stuff.

Yikes.

I have no idea how they are going to be able to play tonight. Hopefully Ottawa takes it easy on them.

Bold prediction –Wild give up a bunch of goals (let’s say 4), but take this one to overtime.

Wild Six (or so) Pack – Vol. 5

ANAHEIM 4 – MINNESOTA 5 (SO)
MINNESOTA 5 – NASHVILLE 3

MINNESOTA 0 – PHOENIX 2
MINNESOTA 1 – COLORADO 0
MINNESOTA 2 – CALGARY 1 (OT)

MINNESOTA 3 – VANCOUVER 4
COLUMBUS 1 – MINNESOTA 2

Record Home Away Goal Diff. EV-Time EVGF EVGA EVGF/60 EVGA/60
Games 1-7 1-6-0 1-0-0 0-6-0 –10 310:29 7 21 1.35 4.04
Games 8-14 4-3-0 3-1-0 1-2-0 –1 349:12 10 11 1.72 1.89
Games 15-20 2-2-2 1-1-0 1-1-2 0 288:02 13 7 2.71 1.46
Games 21-26 4-1-1 3-1-1 1-0-0 2 297:00 12 12 2.42 2.42
Games 27-33 5-2-0 2-0-0 3-2-0 2 352:29 14 10 2.38 1.70
TOTAL 16-14-3 10-3-1 6-11-2 –7 1597:12 56 61 2.10 2.29

One more section and we’ll be halfway through the season.  If the next section goes as well as the last two, the Wild may find themselves on the right side of the playoff line (currently 4 points back of 8th-place Detroit).  The amazing thing is that the Wild have managed to go 15-8-3 with only a +3 goal differential.  That’s a lot of wins in close games for Minnesota.  If they can keep that up, it will serve them well in the second half, when everyone tightens up their game a bit, looking for those extra points to keep them close in the playoff race.

PP Time PPGF SHGA PPGF/60 SHGA/60
Games 1-7 61:36 8 1 7.79 0.97
Games 8-14 39:09 5 2 7.66 3.07
Games 15-20 43:18 3 2 4.16 2.77
Games 21-26 39:44 5 0 7.55 0.00
Games 27-33 35:41 3 0 5.04 0.00
TOTAL 219:28 24 5 6.56 1.37
SH Time SHGF PPGA SHGF/60 PPGA/60
Games 1-7 51:03 0 3 0.00 3.53
Games 8-14 38:34 0 3 0.00 4.67
Games 15-20 38:40 1 8 1.55 12.41
Games 21-26 34:44 0 3 0.00 5.18
Games 27-33 39:41 0 5 0.00 7.56
TOTAL 202:42 1 22 0.30 6.51

The penalty looks kind of bad for these seven games due to the Sedin twins having their way with Josh Harding.  At this point I’m more worried about the power play.  It hasn’t really been consistently effective in almost 20 games.  Combine those two and the power play and penalty kill are almost even over the course of the season.

Game 33 – Minnesota Wild v. Columbus Blue Jackets

MINNESOTA v. COLUMBUS

I commented on Friday that I really hate Western Canada road trips.  Then the Wild went out and played two of their best games so far (40+ shots in both Calgary and Vancouver) and if not for goaltending breaking against them both times (Kiprusoff and Luongo were good, Harding wasn’t), they would have collected 4 points in those games.

Go back and watch the Calgary game – that’s going to be a tough one to beat for game of the year.

Oh yeah, also there’s a game tonight.  The Blue Jackets come to town struggling (2-7-4 in the last 13) and they’re coming off a loss to the Predators last night.  Things are set up pretty well for the Wild.

Bold Prediction – Blue Jackets score first.

(By the way I hope everyone noticed that I got the prediction right on Saturday – directly resulting in a Wild loss.  Never again.)

Game 32 – Minnesota Wild @ Vancouver Canucks

MINNESOTA @ VANCOUVER

Last time the Wild traveled to Vancouver they were finishing off a 5-game road trip on which they had already gone 0-4.

This time they are finishing off a 5-game road trip on which they have already gone 3-1 (including a win in Calgary where they had won one of their last 17).  I’m much less fed up this time around.

Bold prediction – The last time Eric Belanger didn’t win at least half of his faceoffs in a game was the Wild’s last visit to Vancouver (a streak of 24 games).  He avenges that tonight, winning 60% of his draws.

Game 31 – Minnesota Wild @ Calgary Flames

MINNESOTA @ CALGARY

Wild in Calgary?  I’m going to hide until this is over.

The Wild come into the game having scored a grand total of one goal in the last two games.  Calgary has been a house of horrors for this team, and the Flames have been the best team in the Northwest so far this season.  The mildly good news is that Calgary hasn’t been dominant at home (8-5 thus far this season – even with Edmonton for worst in the division), so perhaps a glimmer of light there.

Yes, it’s Todd Richards team’s first trip to Calgary, but Kiprussoff and Iginla are still there, which will probably end up haunting the Wild yet again.  I hate Western Canada road trips.

Bold prediction – Iginla scores tonight.


Game 27 – Minnesota Wild v. Anaheim Ducks

MINNESOTA v. ANAHEIM

A bit of travel kept me from posting stuff on the last few Wild games, and I’m sure the Wild must have suffered in that absence.  Nonetheless they pulled through with three victories.  I’m beginning to think that perhaps these posts aren’t all that instrumental for the success of this hockey team.

Regardless, I will soldier on.  The Wild have taken advantage of the recent homestand to pull within a single victory of a 1 point per game average.  This game represents the end of the homestand, so it would be good to get one last win before hitting the road again.

Bold Prediction – Seems like every game the Wild play is decided by one goal.  Not tonight, Wild win by three!

Wild Six (or so) Pack – Vol. 4

PHOENIX 3 – MINNESOTA 2
NEW YORK I. 2 – MINNESOTA 3
BOSTON 2 – MINNESOTA 1 (SO)
COLORADO 3 – MINNESOTA 5
MINNESOTA 3 – COLORADO 2 (SO)

NASHVILLE 4 – MINNESOTA 5 (OT)

Record Home Away Goal Diff. EV-Time EVGF EVGA EVGF/60 EVGA/60
Games 1-7 1-6-0 1-0-0 0-6-0 –10 310:29 7 21 1.35 4.04
Games 8-14 4-3-0 3-1-0 1-2-0 –1 349:12 10 11 1.72 1.89
Games 15-20 2-2-2 1-1-0 1-1-2 0 288:02 13 7 2.71 1.46
Games 21-26 4-1-1 3-1-1 1-0-0 2 297:00 12 12 2.42 2.42
TOTAL 11-12-3 8-3-1 3-9-2 –9 1244:43 42 51 2.02 2.46

Almost to .500!  But seriously, we need a blowout win or something soon.

PP Time PPGF SHGA PPGF/60 SHGA/60
Games 1-7 61:36 8 1 7.79 0.97
Games 8-14 39:09 5 2 7.66 3.07
Games 15-20 43:18 3 2 4.16 2.77
Games 21-26 39:44 5 0 7.55 0.00
TOTAL 183:47 21 5 6.86 1.63
SH Time SHGF PPGA SHGF/60 PPGA/60
Games 1-7 51:03 0 3 0.00 3.53
Games 8-14 38:34 0 3 0.00 4.67
Games 15-20 38:40 1 8 1.55 12.41
Games 21-26 34:44 0 3 0.00 5.18
TOTAL 163:01 1 17 0.37 6.26

Improved on 3 of the 4 special teams aspects in these 6 games from the previous 6 games.  That’s probably a good thing.