This week’s topics:
This American Life 20th anniversary. The guys share recent favorites of the acclaimed radio series.
Hockey Birthdays — Bob tries to stump Dan by providing a player’s last name for him to guess the first name.
Player Spotlight: Cal Clutterbuck! We recorded on his birthday, so it only seemed right to talk about him this week. Plus, a few Clutterbuck-related trivia questions.
Additional topics include the new format for the NHL All Star Game, and new video games the guys are playing.
The Wild continued their road woes tonight, as they tried their best to skate with the Bruins at TD Garden–but a combination of general sloppy play and disorganized attacks handed them a loss on the last game of a long road trip. I listened to the first half of the game on the radio driving home from work, but this just looks like a team depleted. Pominville and Zucker were banged up in this game as well, which just feels like adding injury to insult. Continue reading HTH game recap 11-19-15 at Boston: Subterranean Homesick Blues
Despite their respective positions in the standings, the Wild just looked overmatched against the Penguins in the early part of this game. They were just outmanned–specifically, through the first two periods, the Crosby-Hornqvist-Dupuis line did not allot a shot attempt of any kind (blocked, missed, or otherwise) while on the ice. This was across Minnesota lines, too, not just one particular matchup. The wheels fell off the bus in the second period, and credit them for making a contest of it again in the third, but I think the team’s depth is really starting to show its cracks. In the third of a four-game road trip, the Wild have not had the benefit of last change, and they will certainly be happy to get home. Continue reading HTH game recap 11-17-15: These Penguins had large talons
Today, Dan and Bob discuss the Minnesota Wild’s start to the 2015-16 season, plus how Thomas Edison really invented the internet. Thomas Vanek’s between-the-legs deke is set upon the top shelf, and Connor McDavid has his own rap song.
This game was another in a recent string for this team where they just come out of the gates sluggish and uncoordinated. Once is a fluke, twice is a pattern, so after both the Carolina and Dallas matchups, it’s safe to say the Wild need to work out some kinks in their early game strategy. It was great to get Scandella back (never heard why he was gone though other than ‘personal reasons’) and I thought he looked pretty good considering he hadn’t had any game action in six days. Lets dive right into looking at the postgame data.
Continue reading HTH Game Recap 11-14-15 at Dallas: Not playing with a full deck
Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes, well…the bear, he eats you. I thought Devan Dubnyk didn’t play that bad in the first period of this game, but he let one in right off a power play faceoff, and then was collided with to allow the second goal. I didn’t think Dumba pushed the defender into Duby that much, so I was a little annoyed that they let the goal stand. But, that early in the game, there was nothing else to do but buckle down and try to get back in the game. Continue reading HTH Game Recap 11-12-15 Minnesota at Carolina: An uphill victory
Hashtag Hockey Podcast: episode 2
Hashtag Hockey Podcast: episode 1
When Zach Parise was injured last week, there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth, particularly after Dubnyk gave up a couple soft goals against the Predators. With both Parise and Marco Scandella out of the lineup, the Wild needed players to step up and make an impact in order for them to stay competitive in the extremely tough Central division.
On Saturday, Devan Dubnyk pitched a shutout, while this evening, Thomas Vanek stepped up in a big way with two goals en route to a whomping of the Winnipeg Jets. Through 13 games in 2014-15, Vanek had just one goal and eight assists. It would be another nine games before he potted his second goal last year, just after Thanksgiving. Tonight against the Jets he had six shots, four of them classified by war-on-ice.com as ‘high danger scoring chances’ … and I think you might already know how a couple of those turned out. Chrsitian Folin made a very nice pass from about the Wild’s faceoff dots to hit Vanek at the blue line, where he confidently rifled one short side past Pavelec. Vanek looked completely in flow tonight, and was thinking several moves ahead of just about everyone on the ice. Continue reading HTH Game Recap 11-10-15 Winnipeg vs Minnesota: Vanek the Destroyer