Between the Pipes

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Kings overrun Wild’s castle…

Once again, the Wild’s capable offense found itself in the middle of a power outage. I don’t know what it is about the LA Kings that makes the Wild’s offense do a disappearing act every single time they play the west coast team. I will give some of the credit to the great goaltending the Kings get from their pair of star-caliber goalies in Jonathan Bernier and Jonathan Quick. Those two are almost always on the top of their game every time they play the Wild.

Losing 4-0 is not the way things should have gone last night. The Wild have been hot and cold the last few games, but they still should have been able to put up better numbers against another team that is looking to make it into the playoffs. But what can you expect when management blows up the defensive corps. and pretty much says, “Here are your new D-partners. Good luck with playing together since you have never skated with these guys ever before.”

Tom Gilbert while he played for the UW Badgers.

Tom Gilbert was a great player when he was with the Badgers. Since he has made it to the NHL he has been a decent defenemen but I'm still not sold that the Wild made a good deal when they traded away Nick Schultz for him.

It was not a good showing for the three new defensemen and their new partners on the¬†blue-line. I still don’t understand how trading away Greg Zanon, Marek Zidlicky and Nick Schultz was a good thing for the team. They didn’t get a ton younger with the trades, there isn’t a whole lot more offense coming to the team from those players, and if last night is any indication, there is a lot of work to be done before these new D-pairs can come together and play well.

Kurtis Foster battles for the puck in a game against the Bruins.

Kurtis Foster was awesome when he was with the Wild so many years ago. His shot was something to see and he was a good power play guy. But he hasn't been the same player since he had his leg shattered while chasing down an icing. Since then he has been moving from team to team without really finding a home. Maybe he will find one again in Minnesota, but I still don't know if he can be the type of D-man the Wild need to make a serious push for the playoffs.

I know that they say Tom Gilbert is a good passer and Curtis Foster has a booming slap-shoot that they Wild have been sorely missing for the last few years, but still. I don’t know how getting rid of your best defensemen who can protect the net and help out the goalies for players who can “score and have an offensive up-side” really does anything for a team that can’t score more than a goal in most games. Don’t get me wrong. I like the D that the Wild still have right now. I mean Foster was with the Wild a while ago and his shot was amazing. And Gilbert played for the UW Badgers which always makes me like you even if you aren’t great. But now was not the time to send everyone who has gotten you to this point. The Wild were starting to win some and now you expect a whole new line up on the blueline to come in and help you win more games? I just don’t get it.

Well that is enough of me ranting for now.

Until next time,

Good Skating,

Jordan Willi

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