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Game #22: Minnesota Wild at Ottawa Senators, Wednesday November 20, 2013 at 6:30pm CST, Canadian Tire Centre

Minnesota Wild (13-5-4)  30pts  4th in the Central

2.50 Goals For (19th)

2.14 Goals Against (4th)

22.5% Power Play (5th)

78.0% Penalty Kill (25th)

Top 5 Scorers:

1. #11 Zach Parise ~ 10G 8A = 18pts

2. #9 Mikko Koivu ~ 4G 13A = 17pts

3. #29 Jason Pominville ~ 12G 4A = 16pts

4. #20 Ryan Suter ~ 0G 14A = 14pts

5. #22 Nino Niederreiter ~ 4G 8A = 12pts

Top 3 PIM's:

1. #28 Zenon Konopka ~ 37 PIM's

2. #4 Clayton Stoner ~ 22 PIM's

3. #39 Nate Prosser ~ 19 PIM's

Top Goaltenders:

1. #37 Josh Harding (12-3-2)  1.38GAA  .941%SP  2SO

2. #32 Niklas Backstrom (1-1-2)  3.30GAA  .874%SP

3. #35 Darcy Kuemper (0-1-0)  6.10GAA  .625%SP

 

 

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Ottawa Senators (8-9-4)  20pts  6th in the Atlantic

2.86 Goals For (10th)

3.05 Goals Against (24th)

17.6% Power Play (20th)

81.5% Penalty Kill (20th)

Top 5 Scorers:

1. #65 Erik Karlsson ~ 7G 14A = 21pts

2. #6 Bobby Ryan ~ 10G 10A = 20pts

3. #7 Kyle Turris ~ 5G 14A = 19pts

4. #19 Jason Spezza ~ 9G 9A = 18pts

5. #16 Clarke MacArthur ~ 4G 10A = 14pts

Top 3 PIM's:

1. #25 Chris Neil ~ 39 PIM's

2. #74 Mark Borowiecki ~ 35 PIM's

3. #15 Zack Smith ~ 25 PIM's

Top Goaltenders:

1. #41 Craig Anderson (5-6-2)  3.26GAA  .904%SP  1SO

2. #40 Robin Lehner (3-3-2)  2.37GAA  .939%SP  0SO

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Josh Harding

 

In the past, I have joked that when the Wild do amazing things it had to be due to aliens.  If you've ever caught an episode of the ridiculous program "Ancient Aliens" on History Channel, you will have "learned" that the only way ancient cultures (especially non-Caucasian ones) could have built their impressive structures was because they had help from extra terrestrials.  The entire premise of the show makes me laugh, although not as much as the hair of Giorgio Tsoukalos.  Just when you think the theories on this show could get any worse, they prove that it can.  Probably the episode that made me roll my eyes the most was that the black rock that is on the corner of the Ka'aba (the building Muslims circle 7 times during the Hajj) was brought to Earth by alien visitors.  I try not to tune in very often, and I'm sure they've come across another story more bizarre than Islam being the product of aliens.  But last night in Montreal was definitely not the product of aliens, as nothing good came of that loss.

Last night was another one of those horrible showings in Montreal.  The only answer I have besides the Wild not showing up, is demon possession.  Unfortunately, we had no benefit of an exorcist.  From the beginning to the end, they looked like the Wild who always seems to choke while at Bell Centre.  I don't what it will take, but I'm at the point of suggesting a Catholic priest, a shaman, a medicine man, etc. to come and either exorcise the team, douse them in holy water, or at the very least sage the lockerroom.  It got so bad last night, I wondered if I was watching the classic movie The Exorcist.  The imagery in that movie has stayed with many of us for years, and there's one scene that most people always remember:

 

Games against Ottawa, especially in Ottawa, aren't much better.  We've had equipment trucks go up in smoke just as the team has gone up in smoke.  If last night's travesty didn't wake up the Wild, we'll sadly see more of the same tonight.  No matter what kind of season the Senators are having at the time we play them, we suddenly make them look like they're a shoe-in for a Stanley Cup.  But here's the reality check from last night's game and most likely tonight's.  It's games like these that show the chinks in the Wild's armor.  We've lately been riding a wave of "look, we keep winning."  But let's look at those wins.  Several of them came during the shootout and many of them against "weak" teams.  The Wild have yet to play the tough part of their season.  Plus, Minnesota needs to figure out how to win in regulation on a regular basis.  I think we're in for a big dose of reality, and sadly I think it will be a bitter tasting dose yet again tonight.

Good luck charms and superstitions are not going to help tonight.  Perhaps the more superstitious players should do the opposite of what they do.  If they normally put on their right skate first, they should put their left on instead.  If they normally don't talk before the game, perhaps they need to turn into a Little Miss Chatterbox.  They need to play differently than what they normally do in Ottawa.  And if we can't perform an exorcism in the formal manner, they still need to find a way to exorcise the demons this team possesses.  A win would be great, but I'm not holding out great hope.

 

Jack Jablonski & Jenna Privette