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Continued: Colorado-Wild playoff matchup offers contrast in styles

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 16, 2014 - 8:21 AM

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Scoring goals always is a chore for the Wild, and that was especially true in last year’s playoffs when the Wild scored seven times in five games vs. eventual champion Chicago.

“Last year, we just didn’t have the puck. Let’s be honest. We never had the puck,” Parise said. “It’s tough to score when you’re chasing it all game.”

But Parise added, “We have more proven scorers on the roster than we did last year.”

Skilled playmaker Mikael Granlund is expected to return from a head injury and make his playoff debut between veteran scorers Matt Moulson and Jason Pominville. The Parise-Mikko Koivu-Charlie Coyle line was terrific down the stretch.

The one area where the Wild has the edge is playoff experience.

Judging by Colorado’s lineup in at least Tuesday’s practice, seven forwards and five defensemen might make their playoff debuts Thursday night.

“Whenever you do something, the more you do it, the more comfortable you feel, just like driving your car or riding a bike,” said Wild defenseman Ryan Suter, who has played 44 playoff games. “The more you do it, the better you get at it.”

 

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