Posted: 01/31/2013 by yougetoutwhatyouputin in Uncategorized


Where: Honda Center

When: Friday February 2nd  

Puck Drops: 7:00 PM 


2012-13 Salary: Ducks 52 Million, Wild 67 Million


Team Standings





























The Wild


The Wild couldn’t maintain their momentum from a 2-0 start with three consecutive defeats, but they’ve earned points in three straight after dealing Chicago its first loss this season Wednesday in a 3-2 shootout.


The Wild have won three in a row at the Honda Center. They will be looking to build from the Chicago victory and gain some momentum…Yeo says:  


“We’re not there yet by any means, but this team has shown that when we’re playing our game we can play with anybody. Scratch that: We can beat anybody,” coach Mike Yeo said.


The Wilds top unit is on FIRE. Koivu has 11 points in his last nine games against us, while Heatley scored one goal in each of the past two matchups and has 10 goals and 12 assists in 23 career meetings. Parise has two goals and three assists during a four-game point streak versus our Ducks.


Our Ducks


Coming off the best played game of the season, our Ducks are looking to build from the work ethic Gabby has instilled and gain some momentum. Our Ducks understand what needs to happen to be completive.


Cam Says:


 “We just need to be on top of our game. We’ve done it well for parts this season. You look at [our] last game in San Jose. It was a good defensive effort from our group. It’s going to be no different with Minnesota. We’ve got to be ready and we’ve got to try and shut down their big line as much as we can. It’s tough because they’re tough players but I think we’re up for the task.” – Fowler


Gabby Says:



“They’re obviously a [better team]. That probably gives them more confidence. Their expectations are probably pretty high when they sign guys like [Parise and Suter]. Their first line is bona fide. Suter anchors the defense. They never had a real anchor on their defense; it was more like a committee that I remember in the past. They definitely have an identity now. They beat an undefeated team last night [Chicago] and it’ll be a real test.”


Should be a heck of a game…let’s hope the team that showed up in San Jose becomes the new norm.


The Bottom Line


If the team signs on to Gabby’s style and the San Jose game was not a one hit wonder, Fridays game should be entertaining, competitive, and hard hitting….just the way I like it!

  1. czhokej says:

    There one thing I am afraid of. If a team plays an aggressive game with high intensity forechecking and backchecking, they often do not have enough energy in the post season. It happened to the Sharks twice, to the Capitals, and some other teams. Or is it just my reasoning? And another issue – our PP is not working well ( or should I say our special teams?).
    Our top players do not dominate, they have to work hard to keep it even (Getz, Teemu and Ryan are (+- ) +1, Corey (+-) 0. The Wild scoring comes almost exclusively from the top line, but even their +- stats (Koivu, Parise, Heatly) are not that impressive. However, they scored 11 goals and Getz only 2, and Perry only 1.

    • yougetoutwhatyouputin says:

      Hey cz…it will take time for us to balance our strengths and weaknesses. This group is still trying to figure out where they fit. I think one of the keys to our success is to play smart and not get caught over thinking the basics…understanding when to turn it on and off. .. We are running out of gas as has been demonstrated in the extra frames we have played.

      Per our special teams, we can only do better, LOL! We should look at our team as a unit, as it will take all five players on the ice to converge…no individuals, good or bad…not sure.

      As for the Wild, you get what you pay for…the extra 15+ million a year can purchase allot of talent.

  2. czhokej says:

    you, you are right. The players are still getting used to each other. Our second line played their best hockey of the season tonight. We are still improving.
    Winnik doesn’t stop impressing me with his work ethics, excellent skating, anticipation, skills and physical plays. Getz was also much better against the Wild, but he simply doesn’t want to go to the net. There were several plays where it looked like an ideal give and go, but Getzy gave… and stayed high. But his backchecking is much better now.
    Somebody should show him the video of Palmieri’s goals – and tell him – look Mr. Getzlaf, do you understand why Palmieri scored? Because Kyle started going to prime scoring areas around the crease, where you hardly ever go.

    • bbdux93 says:

      This was hockey played the way I like it best.
      Each team had only one penalty. Our four lines contributed – if not on the score board – at least they all seemed to give it their best effort for much of the game. There were no fights. I’m not opposed to fights – just the ones that are strictly “for show” – if a guy needs a reminder about what’s acceptable and what’s not – and “dance” might just help.
      Is there still room for improvement – there is, but this was great to watch.
      Is it just me or has anyone also noticed that Teemu is doing a bit more “play making” than in the past.

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