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Minnesota’s scoring woes run deep

Feb 9, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

Dany Heatley AP

The Minnesota Wild are struggling and their inability to score goals is a key reason why.

With just 22 goals scored this season, the Wild are in the bottom-five of the league in offense. Only Zach Parise is getting things done scoring six of his own and, as Chip Scoggins of The Star Tribune reports, coach Mike Yeo is trying to fix it.

“We’re trying to do everything we can to find the right solution, whether it’s to spark guys or find the right mix,” Yeo said. “Usually there’s a method to the madness too. We’re not just trying catch lightning in a bottle here. We want to make sure we put something together that we feel can work more than just in the short term.”

The Wild have juggled their lines and brought up fresh blood from the AHL in Charlie Coyle to try and find a spark but nothing’s worked yet.

While Yeo has gotten the semi-dreaded “vote of confidence” by the GM, the stress of a shortened season on top of spending nearly $200 million on free agents could force change if the fans in Minnesota stay restless.

  1. bgsusteelers - Feb 9, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    They need a #1 Center. Koivu is a #2. Don’t know where they would get one and who they can give up. Would anyone take Heatley? Seto is a scrub, so they wot get anything for him. I don’t think there are any Joe Thorton’s or Brad Richards’ available.

    • woodstakes - Feb 9, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      Koivu IS a #1 center and anyone who actually watches this team play knows that he is. He’s one of the best 2 way centers in the league and NHL players will tell you that. Mikko gets forgotten about because he has hardly had anyone on his line to finish the plays he creates. Watch his points go up this year (based on 48 games anyway) working with Parise and Coyle. I’m NOT saying that he is one of the top centermen in the league, but he is at the very least a decent #1 line center. He would be a top line guy on most teams in the league, excluding those teams with elite guys of course.

      This teams top line is NOT the issue!! The secondary scoring is the issue; in particular Heatley, Seto, Cullen, Clutterbuck, Brods, PMB.

      Heatley: Gets paid to be a 30+ goal scorer – 4 G *2 goals on opening night*
      Seto: Gets paid to be a 25+ goal scorer – 0 G 2 A
      Cullen: Veteran who gets a decent salary to get 30+ points a year – 1 G 3 A
      Clutterbuck: Wild mgnt believe he should be a 20 g scorer (personally I believe anything over 15 is a bonus but 30+ points should be a reallity) – 1 G 1 A
      Brodziak: Got an extension to be 30+ point getter – 0 G 1 A
      PMB: Expected to be a 35+ point getter with something like 15 G and 20 A – 2 G 1 A

      You project some of those numbers outward and it’s not pretty. No one below the 1st line is getting anything done and THAT is the problem. I’m not saying that the Cullens, Seto, Clutter, Brods and PMB’s need to have 6 goals and 10 assists right now. But ALL of them should have at least 6-10 points by now. If you give all of them just 5 points this team probably has 3 less losses. Expecting those types of numbers from those guys is not an over expectation.

  2. broadstbully33 - Feb 9, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Koivo is better than u give him credit for. He def has the ability and hockey iq to stay a number 1 center. There depth falls off hugely after there first line and 1st def pair. Even their num 2 d man would be a 4 on any other team. They have the prospects but that’s just it they are prospects with no experience under their belts. Granlund and could have huge potential but potential doesn’t win games.

  3. broadstbully33 - Feb 9, 2013 at 12:02 PM


  4. hines86for6 - Feb 9, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    ryan suter sucks

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Feb 10, 2013 at 1:26 AM

      Yeah I can see where you get that from being he’s an Olympian and All-Star.

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