Preseason Gameday 3 – Wild

Minnesota Wild (2-0-0) @ Pittsburgh Penguins(2-0-0)

3:00 pm/et

TV: NHLN-US, ROOT Sports

CONSOL Energy Center

Season Series: 0-0-0

Last Meeting: January 8, 2011. Wild won 4-0.

What we said in our recap:

Remember when that narrator on 24/7 was going on that rant about hockey and getting all emotional, saying things like hockey is a beautiful game blah blah blah blah?  Sometimes, without warning, hockey can turn into something very ugly, as if you just woke up with it in a Snuggie.  And that is what the Minnesota game can be summed up as: Ugly.  Balls-to-the-wall, don't-tell-your-friends-what-you-did ugly.

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Not even Bear Grylls himself, wearing two full sticks of Degree, could have made this game more exciting.  We're all about Minnesota being the real Hockeytown, but we are withdrawing our support for Minnesota to get a Winter Classic.  New Year's Day living rooms would look like Jonestown.

Not posting anthems or anything. Going into GMAIL after this game would be like a Hiroshima victim being like i ain't even mad.

Know Your Enemy: The State of Hockey News

What they're saying:

As a football coach, a few days into the season people will often approach me with that wonderful question, "Hey coach, how does the team look this year?!?!" In most cases, your team looks pretty solid; performing well against your 2nd teamers and for the most part able to execute your plays without much difficulty. Defensively your starters dominate your scout guys and you set up the environment for feeling pretty good about your chances. My answer to "How is the team looking this year" question is the same almost every year, "until we hit guys wearing different looking uniforms than our own will we won't find out what we really have." This may come as a surprise to those of you out there who have never coached but you will have players that can execute flawlessly at practice; be intense and do almost all of the right things at practice. Yet, once you place them against a real opponent they become hesitant, passive and play frazzled. Its quite frustrating, because at practice they dominate but in games they disappear. You hope at some point that the stellar practice performance can carry over to game night but more often than not you are left angry and befuddled a player's game can be so different from the day before.

 

Pittsburgh Penguins Notes:

More on the the Civic Arena being torn down. It will be completely gone by May. Scott Leib, who was on our podcast a while ago, isn't happy.

Jason Williams is injured.

The Pens have an interview with Joe Morrow on their website.

Minnesota Wild Notes:

Former Penguins assistant GM Chuck Fletcher is now GM in Minnesota. Former Penguins assistant coach Mike Yeo is now the coach in Minnesota.

Brad Staubitz is suspended indefinitely pending a hearing with the NHL.

Something about Dany Heatley.

 

Favorite Wild-Related Image, Photoshop or Gif:

If the Wild are Christmas, is Sid still a Ferrari?

No idea what the Pittsburgh Penguins' lines will be, but this is who is playing according to Penguins.NHL.com:

Pascal Dupuis
Richard Park
Chris Kunitz
Ryan Craig
Matt Cooke
Eric Tangradi
Nick Johnson
Steve MacIntyre
Colin McDonald
Arron Asham
Joe Vitale
Evgeni Malkin

Matt Niskanen
Zbynek Michalek
Brian Strait
Alexandre Picard
Kris Letang
Joseph Morrow

Scott Munroe
Brad Thiessen

Minnesota Wild Lines from Wild.NHL.com:

Guillaume Latendresse – Matt Cullen – Pierre-Marc Bouchard
Colton Gillies – Eric Nystrom – Jarod Palmer

Jeff Taffe – Warren Peters – Jed Ortmeyer

Jon DiSalvatore – David McIntyre – Casey Wellman/Carson McMillan

Clayton Stoner – Jared Spurgeon

Justin Falk – Jordan Hendry

Jeff Penner – Marco Scandella/Kris Fredheim

Niklas Backstrom
Dennis Endras

Jeff Taffe returns to Pittsburgh! You can literally cut the excitement with a very dull knife.

It's a preseason game against the Minnesota Wild.

We're surprised we didn't fall asleep writing this.

Do It.

Go Pens.

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