Sunday, March 3, 2013

PGS: Gm 21 Wild vs. Grease


Regardless of whether or not Hall plays the Wild needs two points - ideally in regulation - more than it needs to run around like a bunch of idiots looking to avenge Cal. If the opportunity presents itself, and you don't have to take an instigator to do so (looking at you, Konopka), then fine. But I'd rather see the likes of Konopka use his hands on a goal than on a fight with Eager - and I'm not one of those anti-fighting jackasses.

6-3-1 in the last 10 is good. But it's so tight in the west the Wild cannot afford a lapse, and probably need to rip off a winning streak to get some distance.

Sitting two points - and two wins - behind the Wild, the Oilers are not a team to be trifled with. They have more skill than the Wild, albeit worse defense and goaltending (I'm not buying Dubnyk as a star). They need to use their speed through the neutral zone and to establish the forecheck. When they did that the last time we played, they had success. They got away from it as the game went on and their success waned.

GP MIN 20 EDM 20
GF/GM MIN 28th 2.15 EDM 25th 2.35
GA/GM MIN 7th 2.40 EDM 13th 2.65
PP% MIN 26th 13.7 EDM 6th 21.7%
PK% MIN 6th 85.9% EDM 5th 86.5%

Oilers' kids find the back of the net, Grease wins.
Final score: 4-2 Edmonton
Wild goal scorer: Cullen

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