Wild Game Notes: 1-9-14 at Phoenix plus individual Corsi

Posted: January 9, 2014 in State of Hockey, Wild Game Notes
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Sort of a stream of consciousness for tonight’s exciting victory over the Yotes

  • Oh hello! I missed you! The holidays were a crazy time for me, lots and lots of travel, then my gf’s brother came to visit us here in SoCal for a week. So I admit I missed the last handful of games, but now I’m back and ready to go!
  • I’m totally justifying here, but I honestly think this stretch where the team has been decimated by injuries will be beneficial for the young skaters. With Koivu and Parise out, the kids know they need to step up and contribute to win games. Not that they weren’t trying before, but I think this will motivate them to hopefully step up and really be proactive, take some more risks, and realize that if they are going to win the game, they are going to have to go out and grab it themselves
  • Jonathan Blum making his debut tonight, going to be very interested to see what he contributes from the blue line. I’ve been disappointed with the Wild defenders as a group, so let’s see if some new blood in the mix will help them shake it up
  • Backstrom gets the start, perhaps what’s needed for him to snap out of his recent funk is just more starts. Again, perhaps wishful thinking
  • Blum wearing number 7 for his idol, Chris Chelios. Wild fans haven’t seen a no. 7 since Matt Cullen done went and got himself paid by the Predators
  • Cooke to Granlund for a BEAUTIFUL opportunity, a scoring chance from right on Smith’s doorstep.
  • Wild’s forecheck has looked a little better tonight than I’ve seen them previously this year
  • Justin Fontaine puts the Wild on the board, puck finds its way to Fontaine’s stick, and he shows good patience. One thing about Fontaine is he isn’t afraid to shoot and that’s just what he did there. Bulldogs!
  • Wild have been outshot here in the first period but I like their pressure, and Backstrom has left a couple of juicy rebounds but so far so good.
  • Minnesota’s PK has been a real liability this year. Definitely something they need to improve for next year
  • Suter with a gorgeous setup by Suter, Granlund super low in the crease again but can’t put it past Smith
  • Some long rebounds given up by Backs tonight, gotta reign those in
  • God finish to this second period by the Wild here, taking it to Phoenix and keeping them on their heels
  • BRODZIAK!! Leading the rush, nice skating through the neutral zone, rips one past Mike Smith
  • What a crazy bounce of the boards there, and right into the goal. Frustrating for Smith but we’ll take it. Fontaine in the right place at the right time
  • Good play by Blum and Brodin on the second unit PP. Blum reaches out and grabs a puck out of the air, then makes a good pass across the line to Brodin. Back to Blum and he flicks it hard on net.
  • Whistle before the goal, Zebra points to himself right afterward. Robbery. Cooke does a good job of poking that puck when the goalie is attempting to cover, seen him score a few goals that way. Refs need to be better. This one should be 4-1
  • To my eye, Backs is having one of those ‘better lucky than good’ nights. Made a number of desperation saves
  • Zucker blocks a hard shot and has to go off the ice. I hope he’s alright, this kid has been up and down all year.
  • Another huge rebound given up by Backstrom on the PK
  • Coyle has been playing really well down the stretch in this game. His conditioning looks great
  • Wild up by 3 (should be 4) but they’re still driving play, putting the screws to the Yotes. Seen too many games where they just turtle up
  • Fontaine with the Hat Trick! A fluky goal and an empty netter but they all count! UMD Bulldogs
 Fenwick chart for 2014-01-09 Wild 3 at Coyotes 1 - 3_10 3rd
Minnesota Wild individual Corsi
Player Pos ES TOI Corsi Net Zone Starts
Charlie  Coyle C 15:09 -15 +2
Clayton  Stoner D 14:28 +3 +1
Marco  Scandella D 14:57 -13 0
Jonathon  Blum D 12:00 +9 +1
Justin  Fontaine R 11:03 -1 +1
Dany  Heatley L 14:42 -14 +2
Jason  Zucker L 13:53 -16 +3
Torrey  Mitchell C 10:03 -3 +1
Stephane  Veilleux L 7:52 -1 +1
Ryan  Suter D 21:54 -19 +1
Kyle  Brodziak C 12:04 -6 +1
Nino  Niederreiter R 14:31 -1 -2
Matt  Cooke L 11:32 -3 +1
Jonas  Brodin D 20:14 -12 +1
Jason  Pominville R 14:33 -5 -2
Nate  Prosser D 15:05 -14 0
Erik  Haula L 7:20 -1 0
Mikael  Granlund C 14:51 -2 -2
Phoenix Coyotes individual Corsi
Player Pos ES TOI Corsi Net Zone Starts
#VALUE! SHF 0:00 0 0
Keith  Yandle D 19:04 +12 -1
Connor  Murphy D 16:29 -5 0
Martin  Hanzal C 15:58 +13 0
Paul  Bissonnette L 5:56 -6 -3
Jeff  Halpern C 6:17 -6 -3
Rostislav  Klesla D 11:28 +10 -2
Radim  Vrbata R 15:33 +14 0
David  Moss R 12:28 +7 0
Shane  Doan R 14:46 +13 +2
Oliver  Ekman-Larsson D 19:29 0 +1
Michael  Stone D 15:14 +18 -1
Lauri  Korpikoski L 15:08 +13 -1
Tim  Kennedy L 7:03 -7 -3
Rob  Klinkhammer C 12:07 +6 0
Antoine  Vermette C 12:52 +5 0
Derek  Morris D 16:54 +11 -1
Mike  Ribeiro C 14:53 +9 +1
Mikkel  Boedker L 15:21 +7 +1
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