Thursday, March 18, 2010

FANG-tastic Flop: Preds out-everything Wild, win 5-0

Out-hustled, out-played, outshot by 3-1 margin, Wild lose by season's largest score

The Minnesota Wild, playing like they should have never stepped off the plane, were totally blown away by the Nashville Predators Thursday night at the newly-renamed Bridgestone Arena, as the Wild laid their biggest egg of the season, losing 5-0 to the Predators in front of an announced 16,615.

Ten different Preds tallied points on the evening, while Marek Zidlicky led all Wild players into the dungeon with a -3 on the game, as the Wild see their 3-game winning streak snapped as St. Louis won (at the Rangers), placing the Wild back into 11th place in the Western Conference.

Not even the goaltending of Josh Harding was effective tonight, as Harding was pulled in favor of Wade Dubielewicz for the third period. Sadly, the third period was a carbon of the first two; no Wild puck movement, no shots for the first half of the period, no life at all in the team itself.

All that being said, it was just as well that the game was not telecast locally by the Wild, as all their normal outlets were busy with other programming, a situation which will continue for the Next Game: at Columbus, Friday (tomorrow), 6 PM Central (7 PM Eastern) Time, Nationwide Arena. (No Wild TV: Jackets' TV: FSOhio; NHL Network-US (both feeds in HD); XM Radio, NHL Home Ice, Ch. 204)

-- WRT

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