“The scouts have done a great job and Bob is just a smart guy. We’re staying levelheaded though. There’s a lot of great teams in the NHL, a lot of teams that can win a playoff series.”
NHL Short Takes
Winter Classic update
The Wild so badly wants a Winter Classic that sources say owner Craig Leipold has changed his tune about an outdoor game.
Previously, Leipold said the Wild was not interested in playing in any of the stadium series games, that the franchise wanted the actual New Year’s Day Winter Classic that is televised on NBC and comes with all the bells and whistles like HBO’s “24/7.”
But Leipold has informed the NHL that the Wild is willing to either play in or host a stadium series game if it would enhance the team’s chances for a Winter Classic.
Besides the Red Wings-Maple Leafs Winter Classic, there are four stadium series outdoor games this season in the NHL — Kings vs. Ducks at Dodger Stadium, Devils vs. Rangers at Yankee Stadium, Islanders vs. Rangers at Yankee Stadium and Penguins vs. Blackhawks at Soldier Field.
Great game, lousy business
Paul Maurice, technically the new interim coach in Winnipeg, discovered a note left on his desk from fired coach Claude Noel.
“It’s really special,” Maurice said. “The point was: There are very special people here. …When you get fired, you’re dealing with a lot of tough emotions and for him to take time, that just shows how much he cares and the quality of the man that he is.”
As Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said, “It’s a great game and a lousy business.”
The Chicago Blackhawks may be a juggernaut, but even they have problems.
1) They’re 4-11 in shootouts. 2) They can’t seem to find a consistent second-line center to play alongside Patrick Kane. They experimented with three in three games last week.
Still, Kane is second in the NHL in scoring.
Wild’s Week ahead
Tuesday: at Dallas, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
Thursday: vs. Chicago, 7 p.m. (FSN)
|Cincinnati||0||Top 3rd Inning|
|San Diego||1||Bottom 2nd Inning|
|San Francisco||2||Top 3rd Inning|
|Colorado||2||Bottom 3rd Inning|
|Chicago WSox||0||Top 3rd Inning|
|Milwaukee||2||Top 3rd Inning|
|Milwaukee||0||Bottom 2nd Inning|
|Texas||2||Top 3rd Inning|
|Oklahoma City||56||3rd Qtr|
|St. Louis||7:00 PM|
|Los Angeles||7:00 PM|
|Fla Gulf Coast||60|
|La Salle||30||1st Half 2:08|
|Canisius||13||1st Half 14:01|
|Michigan State||13||1st Half 14:40|
|William & Mary||4:00 PM|
|Penn State||4:15 PM|
|Western Carolina||5:00 PM|
|Boston College||5:00 PM|
|South Dakota||6:00 PM|
|Ga Southern||7:30 PM|
|Western Ill||8:30 PM|
|South Dakota St|
|Chicago||2||2nd Half 17:00|
|Mount St Marys||75|
|South Florida||54||2nd Half 3:15|
|Sacred Heart||94||2nd Half 1:57|
|(18) Oklahoma St||59||2nd Half 2:00|
|Missouri State||47||2nd Half 7:40|
|(12) Kentucky||46||2nd Half 15:40|
|Denver||39||2nd Half 12:24|
|Butler||31||2nd Half 9:27|
|(7) West Virginia|
|St Francis-NY||5:00 PM|
|(10) Duke||6:00 PM|
|(2) Notre Dame|