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CaptainMusky

Considering they had 43 wins last year, I will say OVER 45 wins this year. Reasoning behind this... They had so many OT appearances with 12!!! OT losses. I see this number dropping leading to extra ticks in the win column.

How will they achieve this? Better PP, adding Vanek will surely help this. We have plenty of guys who can score on this lineup, now we need to produce finishers.

I will admit, it will be VERY tough in the division and western conference this year, but I see Colorado dropping from what they did last year and St Louis is kind of a toss up. Dallas is going to make a push though. I see Chicago, Minnesota and Dallas vying for the Division title. The Wild definitely need home ice in the playoffs for at least the first round.

Having said all that, it will all go in the toilet if we have prolonged injuries to any of the key guys like last year. It was really a miracle they accomplished what they did with the lost games to injury with Harding, Backstrom, Parise, Koivu, Coyle, Brodin, Etc, etc, etc.

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Considering they had 43 wins last year, I will say OVER 45 wins this year. Reasoning behind this... They had so many OT appearances with 12!!! OT losses. I see this number dropping leading to extra ticks in the win column.

How will they achieve this? Better PP, adding Vanek will surely help this. We have plenty of guys who can score on this lineup, now we need to produce finishers.

I will admit, it will be VERY tough in the division and western conference this year, but I see Colorado dropping from what they did last year and St Louis is kind of a toss up. Dallas is going to make a push though. I see Chicago, Minnesota and Dallas vying for the Division title. The Wild definitely need home ice in the playoffs for at least the first round.

Having said all that, it will all go in the toilet if we have prolonged injuries to any of the key guys like last year. It was really a miracle they accomplished what they did with the lost games to injury with Harding, Backstrom, Parise, Koivu, Coyle, Brodin, Etc, etc, etc.

All great points CM but IMO it will come down to tending to win those OT games and at this point I am not sold on that critical position. Conference will be tight and I think we will be just UNDER the 45 but will make a run in the playoffs again.

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OnAFly

I'll go 48 wins and 105 pts.

Shall we make a wager? grin

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CaptainMusky

All great points CM but IMO it will come down to tending to win those OT games and at this point I am not sold on that critical position. Conference will be tight and I think we will be just UNDER the 45 but will make a run in the playoffs again.

I guess I wasnt real clear on that, but that is what I meant. They had 12 OT losses last year (1 pt each), but I see them winning more games in regulation to avoid OT and having fewer games end in an OT loss.

If they get that number from 12 OT losses to 10, that is 2 extra pts. If they avoid OT altogether by winning thats not giving a freebie pt to the other team.

Early reports out of training camp are that Coyle is even a bigger beast, Haula is even more impressive than he was late last year and Niederreiter is more of an animal.

Heck, they may not lose a game! ;-)

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RK

When Yeo said he thought the Wild could contend for a cup or miss the playoffs, I though "huh?" But thinking about it, I can see where he's coming from. I think he may be right on, and the difference between the two won't be very wide in terms of points.

The Wild made some progress last year for sure, but the Central is just going to be brutally tough, and the Wild Card in the West won't be a lot easier. I think the margin for error in the West will be razor thin, and getting off to a good start will be key. With three point games it's just so, so tough to get any ground back if you go into a funk for any length of time. I honestly think it'll take north of 98 points to even sniff the post season.

In the Central alone you have two teams that were very good to start with (Chicago and St. Louis), one that was either good or played out of its collective head for an entire season (Colorado, and personally I think it was the latter. I see them coming back to earth a little this year), a Wild team that was good despite a goalie carousel and some long injuries to key guys, and looking to move up, a Dallas team that on paper at least got a lot better, a Winnipeg team that seems set to be a pesky spoiler, and a Nashville team that's a total cipher - who knows what they'll be with a new coach and revamped roster.

I think the Wild are pretty well equipped to do that. When a kid like Nino is going to struggle to crack the top 6 forwards, you're in a pretty good spot up front. I think our D will be fine - Scandella and Brodin and Spurgeon have another year under their belt, and Suter is Suter. The bottom pair concerns me a little and it'll be interesting to see if they keep Bickel just for the beef factor. But then a Ballard/Bickel 5/6 pair isn't exactly fleet of foot. And does Folin stay as a 5/6/7? I guess when you're agonizing over your bottom pair D would count as a First World Problem in the NHL though... Look at Edmonton's D corps. Cripes, look at Colorado...

To me it will depend on goaltending (duh) and special teams. Hopefully Vanek can improve the power play and the goaltending can just hold serve.

Going to be a very interesting year to say the least.

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Bear55

Over 45 even with a stacked west, 240 goals sounds about right too.

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I'll go 48 wins and 105 pts.

Shall we make a wager? grin

I'd take that bet in a heart beat. I say we are in a race to make the last spot just like last year. The west is too good.

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Hopefully Vanek can improve the power play

man am I looking forward to watching them on the PP! It should be a thing of beauty!

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OnAFly

Yeah, I may have been a bit aggressive in my prediction, but I'll stick with it grin

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PierBridge

Had a few drinks tonight.

Wild miss the playoffs on the last day of the season.

Brodeur gives up a softy 8 seconds into OT..

SRRY guys!.. grin

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CaptainMusky

So the drinks have you talking foolishness about missing the playoffs. OK that's explainable. Lol

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solbes

46 wins, not sure they get in with that. Vanek may give us 4 extra wins with late goals. Not having the guy skating around with the walker should give us 2 more wins. Having continued goalie issues will lose us 3 extra games (Backstrom healthy, yeah right). Which leads me back to 46 wins from our 43 last yeasr.

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Bear55

I say we are in a race to make the last spot just like last year. The west is too good.

I think we are closer to displacing Chicago or St Louis that coming in 8th in the west. Of course a lot depends on how the team clicks but we still have a lot of room to get better, the kids still have a lot of room for improvement and any time you ad a 30 goal scorer you are improving you team in a big way.

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10,000 Casts

It will be interesting to see if Bickel makes the big club as a 6-7th D. He had 2 scraps on Monday with Thorburn and Peluso. He can do 2 things we need imo, move guys around the net and stand up for teammates and I don't see why he can't fill Stoner's spot.

http://www.hockeyfights.com/fights/110952

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archerystud

I do think the Wild are better but Harding out for a while could hurt bigtime. The West is brutal!!! I feel like there isn't much room for error and the season hasn't even begun yet.

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Guest

Wild dominated in OT by Pens last night, no shots on goal in OT. Not surprising Parise and Vanek scored....Bryz not so good Kemps gave up one on 15 shots

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Vanek "day to day" after getting Banged Up last night....I sure hope he has not gotten soft on us crazy

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Bear55

3PP goals sounds good, we could use more of that this season.

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OnAFly

3PP goals sounds good, we could use more of that this season.

+1 - and a higher PK percentage too!

Only a few more days until game 1...too many days.

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archerystud

I watched the last 2 periods. The PP did look very good. I also thought Dumba and Backstrom looked good.

Dumba looks bigger and can really skate, might be taking a few too many chance for Yeo's liking but the talent is there.

I thought Backs looked more comfortable in net. The first goal was a really nice snipe and the second goal bounced of the D-man's skate and went in. For Winnipeg Eliers looked like the Jets version of McKinnon.

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Bear55

Haven't seen much of the preseason yet, good to hear Dumba has looked good. Sounds like Zucker and Folin have been decent too, will be interesting to see you makes the cut and if they can hang during the regular season. Lots of talent so competition should be sky high.

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OnAFly

Brodziak is looking particularily Brodziakish tonight eek that guy needs to go. He brings nothing.

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yakfisher

Looks like Pommer had a great night! The shot totals are a little concerning though.

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OnAFly

We stunk it up in the first two periods. It got better in the third, but still I think we're a better team than what we showed last night.

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10,000 Casts

I didn't see the game but it sounds like Koivu was slow and not very productive. I hope he isn't declining.

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