Game #70: Minnesota Wild vs Dallas Stars, Tuesday March 13, 2012 at 7:00pm (CST), Xcel Energy Center [GAME PREVIEW]

Record Pts Div. Rank G/G GA/G PP% PK%
Minnesota Wild (29-30-10) 68 4th Northwest 2.07 (30) 2.68 (15) 14.8% (29)

82.6% (13)

Dallas Stars
(38-26-5) 81 1st Pacific 2.59 (16) 2.59 (12) 14.8% (27) 83.2%(10)


Minnesota Wild
Top 5 Scorers: G A Pts
1. #15 Dany Heatley 20 26 46
2. #9 Mikko Koivu 10 27 37
3. #21 Kyle Brodziak 17 17 34
4. #7 Matt Cullen 14 20 34
5. #10 Devin Setoguchi 18 13 31
Top 3 Penalty Minutes: PIM
1. #22 Cal Clutterbuck 95
2. #21 Kyle Brodziak 62
3. #28 Matt Kassian 55
Goaltenders: GAA SV%
1. #32 Niklas Backstrom (17-17-6) 2.44 .920
2. #37 Josh Harding (9-10-4) 2.79 .913
3. #31 Matt Hackett (3-3-0) 2.23 .930
Dallas Stars
Top 5 Scorers: G A Pts
1. #21 Loui Eriksson 23 39 62
2. #14 Jamie Benn 20 35 55
3. #73 Michael Ryder 30 23 53
4. #63 Mike Ribeiro 16 37 53
5. #29 Steve Ott 10 24 34
Top 3 Penalty Minutes: PIM
1. #29 Steve Ott 124
2. #10 Brenden Morrow 80
3. #44 Sheldon Souray 63
Goaltenders: GAA SV%
1. #32 Kari Lehtonen (28-15-4) 2.26 .924
2. #31 Richard Bachman (8-3-1) 2.54 .917
2. #30 Andrew Raycroft (2-8-0) 3.52 .898
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Being from Minnesota, there are certain products that say Minnesota: Spam, Polaris snowmobiles, and of course, Post-It Notes.  The classic square, yellow note with a sticky back lets you leave a note for just about anyone at any time about anything.  We use them for just about anything.  When we need to remind ourselves of something, we jot a quick message and then stick the note where we will see it.  We leave messages for friends and co-workers.  They also come in handy when needing to leave an anonymous note to someone, like when they park illegally in a handicapped parking spot (trust me, I’ve had to do this).  They are also popular for usage in office pranks.  We’ve all seen videos online (or have been a part of them ourselves) when an unsuspecting co-worker comes back from vacation and finds their office/cubicle/desk plastered in Post-It Notes.  We have a good laugh, and then get back to our jobs.  No matter how we actually use this classic office supply, in the end that piece of sticky paper sends a message of some sort.

Messages are a two-part communication.  There is always a sender and a receiver.  Of course we all know that sometimes, both sender and receiver can fail at sending and receiving messages.  Sometimes, the sender sends the message too late, sends it in such a way that it is missed, or sends the message in such a way that the receiver is offended.  The receiver sometimes chooses to ignore the message, or they don’t actually receive the message, or they get the message and then forget about the message so that they don’t do what they were supposed to do.  Of course in this electronic age that we’re in, our bosses and supervisors often send those important messages via e-mail in order that they can track the fact that their employees received the message.  In those cases where they can prove that you received the message and then failed to act on that message, you can find yourself in a bit of trouble.

It seems that Wild head coach, Mike Yeo has once again sent a message to his players.  For whatever reason, this collection of so-called professional athletes continually needs to receive messages from the boss.  Disappointment seems to be the word of the day.  Just when you think the team might have found someway to turn things around, things go astray.  It can happen game to game, period to period or even worse, shift to shift.  As fans, we honestly don’t know what we’re going to see, and that seems to be the most disappointing part of it all.  Yeo felt he needed to send a message after Sunday’s disappointing game.  The practice consisted of nothing more than basic hockey drills.  You know things are bad when an entire practice with professional athletes has to focus on basics.  To compare that to my real-life job in customer service, that would be like my boss having to teach me how to use my VoIP phone all over again.  Teams of professional athletes should be practicing how to handle tendencies of their next opponent, not how to battle along the boards.

If the Minnesota Wild want to prove to their bosses, the fans, and the hockey media, they simply need to follow the message on this Post-It Note:

Injury Report:

Minnesota:  Mikko Koivu (shoulder), Mike Lundin (lower body),  Guillaume Latendresse (concussion), Pierre-Marc Bouchard (concussion, groin),     Cal Clutterbuck (illness, doubtful), Niklas Backstrom (groin), Justin Falk (leg)    

Radek Dvorak (lower body, questionable), Sheldon Souray (lower body, doubtful)       

Jack Jablonski  Jenna Privette

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