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GDT: Carolina Hurricanes Vs Minnesota Wild - Saturday, November 15, 2019 - 2:00 PM

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In a "MILD" State of Hockey...

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Xcel Energy Center

Minneapolis, MN

 

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So the Canes (11-7-1) kicked off a three-game road trip in Buffalo on Friday night that provided as much drama as any hockey fan could want/stomach/tolerate in narrowly escaping with a 5-4 OT win.  Now the Raleigh skaters are in the "state of hockey" to face the Minnesota Wild (7-11-1) in a Saturday afternoon matinee.  A once promising Wild team has declined in recent years, but like their Eastern Conference equivalent (Buffalo Sabres), they can still scare the crap outta ya.  This is a(nother) team Carolina will not want to take lightly, as they should have learned during a recent four-game debacle vs "lesser" teams.

 

Now that Carolina has some momentum back, the opportunity presents itself for a solid two points.  Also, the Canes get good news on the return of Jordan Martinook to restore some much-needed grit.

 

Minny beat the Yotes 3-2 Thursday  night.  Carolina took both meetings last season.  The Canes nipped the Wild in Minneapolis in OT 5-4 on October 13, 2018.  They also won the game in Raleigh on March 23, 2019 in less dramatic fashion by a 5-1 tally.

 

I'm going full Terminator mode during this road trip ...

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Hope our guys will leave the Twin Cities with a "W" ... Hasta La Vista, Baby 😎

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GOTTA have two on days when every team plays. Keep the GD(+10) in the double digits and never look back. Here and the next 4 is where you start building separation from the wild card contenders. As far as those two above us we PO'd(boy, are they mad) in April, they're not going anywhere, just keep pace and stay out of the headlines they create. STEADY and HIDDEN at cruising altitude, with 8 guys finishing at 50+ points, instead of 2 at 100. It all starts NOW in the second quarter

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With Gibbons back in Charlotte and Fluery taking a seat the expected lineup

projected lineup for the Hurricanes.

Forwards

Dzingel-Staal-Foegele
Svechnikov-Aho-Teravainen
Niederreiter-Wallmark-Necas
McGinn-Haula-Martinook

Defense

Slavin-Hamilton
Edmundson-Pesce
Gardiner-van Riemsdyk

Goalies

Reimer

 

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Maybe Nino gets back in form with the old team motivation. Now is the time to try to get a little separation with Philly and Pittsburgh, who have now lost Sid for a good while. 

 

Reimer needs a good start. If he spits the bit tonight, it's going to start some serious questioning about the backup position. 

 

Should get an emotional lift from Marty back. 

 

Minnesota is always a much tougher out in their building. Despite overall ineptitude, they are 4-1-1 at home. (3-10-0) on the road. 

 

We've been an up and down team lately, 5-4-1 in our last 10. A win here would really help move that needle to more ups. 

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