Reading any Denver paper today, or any Avalanche-themed blog, or any Twitter account remotely connected to the team, you would learn a few things. Avalanche fans, players, and team hack journalists are pissed. Pissed because their darlings were manhandled Thursday in a way no decent NHL team should ever be.* Pissed because their team did nothing to avenge a disappointing playoff loss with even a hollow opening night defeat (hereby known as “pulling a San Jose”). Pissed because Matt Cooke hasn’t been flayed, run through a meat-grinder, and scattered around the continent while his family watches. Yes, that last sentence was harsh, but not nearly as harsh as some of the things said about Cooke on social media by folks within the Silver State since Thursday. Continue reading
If the Colorado Avalanche were the lightning rod for the statistical debate last season, then the storm that just hit knocked out power for the entire region and left just one house untouched; the house that PDO built. Continue reading
Only the Wild.
Only the Wild can out-shoot, out-muscle, out-hit, out-skate and out everything an opponent, and still need an Alamo-stand (death free) at the end of the game to hold on to a narrow win. Continue reading
The Wild are in the playoffs for the fifth time. Their first round opponent, for the third time (because to hell with variety), will be the Colorado Avalanche. If it feels like we do this every four or five (or six, whatever) years, you aren’t losing your mind. The Wild enter the series as the underdog, but the good news is that the underdog won both series the first time these teams met. Of course, those series happened so long ago, they have absolutely no bearing on the present. That being said, let’s take a look at the history first. Continue reading
The Anaheim Ducks took down San Jose last night, ensuring two things. One, the Ducks will win the Pacific Division, and, of far greater importance, the Wild cannot meet the Sharks in an opening round playoff series next week.
That leaves the Wild with three yet-to-be-determined options, with varying degrees of difficulty. Let’s capsule this: Continue reading