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Game 6: Twins 4, Orioles 3

Slapadiddlesack gets a win! Multiple rednecks gets the go-ahead RBI after an 0-13 stretch. Perk'n'Play gets the Save in impressive 1-2-3 fashion: 2 strike outs and a Laddie ground out and the Twins win their second series of the season.

Favorite quote from yesterday. When interviewed following the game, his second in the majors, Twins starter Pedro Hernandez said he wasn't nervous in his 2013 debut.

 "Not really," [he] said. "This game is for men, this game is not for a child."

Twins are now 4-2, tied with the Pale Hose for the AL Central lead. They head to Kansas City to face Ervin Santana. In his first start for the Royals, Santana gave up 5 runs on 5 hits (3 HR's) and a walk. He also struck out 8.

In other news:

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hockey or basketball: a full plate tonight

Columbus (2-3-1) at Minnesota (2-2-1) 7:00 pm
TV: FSN

Minnesota lost in overtime to a strong St. Louis team. It was a winnable game, with the Wild going up 3-1 in the second and to see the defense collapse. Ryan Suter is now paired with rookie Jonas Brodin. As noted in the last game log, the lines 2,3,4 need to chip in with some scoring.

Nebrasketball (11-10, 2-6) at #24 Minnesota (15-5, 3-4) 8:00 pm
TV: BTN

well, its been a struggle lately for Tubby's squad. Turnovers have killed this team all year, and it finally bit them when they played some of the stronger B1G teams.

Puck night! Wild -v- Blues 7pm

Minnesota: 2-2-0 (4 points) t2nd in the NW division, 9th in the Western Conference
St Louis: 4-1-9 (8 points) 2nd in the Central division, 4th in the West

TV: NBCSN, TSN2

It will probably be tough sledding for the Wild tonight. St Louis has only let in 9 goals (+10 goal diff.), while the Wild have only scored 9 times (-1)

Wild: Game 1 vs. Avalanche

I don't know much about hockey--I can't even skate--but I do believe this might be the best team the Wild have ever put on the ice in their brief history in the league.  I literally got excited on July 4, 2012 when I heard they signed both Sutter and Parise.  The state of hockey has embarrassingly never produced an NHL champion.

Until now.

All They Do is Win (except when they don’t): Games 20-26

The Wild still aren't scoring much (64 GF - good for 9th out of 15 teams in the conference) but they don't give up much either (57 GA - 5/15 in the conference) and they seem to know exactly when to step up their game. I don't know where I heard the stat (or if it's even accurate) but apparently the Wild have won more games after trailing than any team in the league. In hockey, all that matters is wins and losses...oh, and overtime wins.

The Wild (16-7-3) leads the NHL with 35 points. Since we last talked they are 5-2-0 and are 8-2-0 over their last 10 games. They are currently atop both the Western Conference and the Northwest Division, 2 points ahead of Detroit and Chicago and 6 points ahead of Vancouver.  Here's how they got there:

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All They Do is Win (except when they don’t): Games 10-19

This is not a Whangdoodle though it serves the same purpose.

As they say, you can't win the Stanley Cup in November, but you can lose it. Minnesota seems to be hell-bent on avoiding that outcome. The Wild (11-5-3) currently have the best record in the Western Conference over the last 10 games (8-2-0) and are currently atop the Northwest Division, 5 points ahead of Edmonton and only 2 points behind Conference-leading Chicago.  Here's how they got there: Continue reading All They Do is Win (except when they don’t): Games 10-19

Weekly Wild Whangdoodle – Games 1-3

Another season has kicked off for the Wild, with quite a few new faces.  A quick rundown of those who migrated to the State of Hockey to begin the 2011-2012 NHL season.

Dany Heatley - Traded to the Wild from San Jose for Martin Havlat as the search for Marian Gaborik's heir continues.  Heatley has the potential to pot quite a few goals and he can be a power-play wizard.  The question is whether he will get enough chances to make the difference that a top-notch goal scorer can.

Devin Setoguchi - Traded to Minnesota from San Jose on draft day as part of a big deal that sent Brent Burns to the Sharks.  He's averaged 24 goals/year the last 3 seasons, and the hope is that his pairing with Koivu and Heatley will yield him plenty of opportunities to match or exceed those totals.

Brett Bulmer - Made the jump from Canadian Juniors straight to the opening day NHL roster.  He was a 2nd round pick of the Wild's in 2010, and he's only 19.  More of an energy guy than a goal scorer, and I'd expect him to spend some time in Houston this year, but it's a fun story that he made the team.

Nick Johnson - Spent last year with the Pittsburgh AHL affiliate before coming to the Wild.  Nothing special, but could be a role-player.

Darrell Powe - Traded to Minnesota from Philadelphia for a 3rd round pick (2013).  Checking-line winger, adjusted plus/minus and Corsi don't think much of him, but I haven't seen enough to really say anything.

Contrast those additions with the loss of Mittens, Brunette, Burns, Havlat and Madden.  The biggest impact on the offensive side might end up being a healthy Bouchard and Latendresse.  If those guys are healthy and productive, I think this team could be somewhere around a league average offense, which would be a nice change.

Defensively, they are about the same, although they lose the puck-moving of Brent Burns, they look to Marco Scandella and some younger guys to provide that.   They should be alright but nothing spectacular in that respect.

So average offense, and a passable defense, does that spell playoffs?  It's within the realm of possibility, but I think things need to break right (no injuries, some breakout seasons, etc.).

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