Friday, February 6, 2009

Game #51: Predators 2, Wild 0

Nice way to back up that win against Anaheim on Wednesday night, boys, with a Game #51 that looked like it was played in Area 51.

In one of the worst start-to-finish games of the season, the Minnesota Wild feebily handed the Nashville Predators a 2-0 victory in front of the 352nd sellout crowd of 18,568 Friday night at Xcel Energy Center.

The turning point in the game came just after the midway point in the second period, as the Wild went on a 1:36 2-man advantage...and proceeded to whiz that away, getting only two shots on goal in the entire power play. The anemic effort by the Wild offense led to Nashville backup goalie Dan Ellis getting his 11th win of the season, bringing the Preds to within two points of the Wild in the Western Conference playoff race.

And, with the Edmonton Oilers coming into town on Sunday afternoon, things don't get much better for 'da boys' the rest of this weekend. Face it, Wild really DID turn off the TV at some point in this game, didn't you?

I sure do wish those of us 'in house' could have done the same.

Assembled Multitude, what say you?

Chicken Little: I hate to say 'I told you so', but if you think play like tonight will get you to the playoffs, you're dreaming!

Pollyanna: (Sobbing uncontrollably...)

Bottom Line: For a team which just announced that season ticket renewals were coming out soon, this is not the way to sell your product. This game was absolutely wretched to watch. No jump from anyone at all, and when they did try something, it usually got fouled up, normally in Keystone Kops-esque fashion. This game sucked. You want us to pay good money for this??

Stud: Fuhgeddaboutit.

Dud: The whole Wild team. Everyone stank the joint out equally.

Next: vs. Edmonton, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2:00 PM Central (1 PM Mountain) Time, Xcel Energy Center. (TV: KSTP-5 (in HD), Rogers SportsNet-West, XM Ch. 207)

Special Note: This game is on the ABC affiliate in Minneapolis-St. Paul (bumping an NBA game, LA Lakers-Cleveland) and will be the only Wild game so handled this season.


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