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Wild’s Parise: ‘We’re just frustrated that we haven’t won’

Oct 9, 2013, 11:06 PM EDT

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One could understand if the Minnesota Wild and star winger Zach Parise felt frustrated about the team’s 0-2-1 start.

That appears to be the case, although the 29-year-old forward insists to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that their play has been better than the results.

“I think we’re still playing good hockey,” Parise said. “It would be one thing if we came to the rink and had no chance to win any of those games. But that’s not the case. We just need to be a little sharper in different areas. We’re still in a good mood; everyone is still in good spirits. We’re just frustrated that we haven’t won.”

The deeper numbers back up Parise’s sentiment.

Minnesota is averaging almost 10 more shots per game (26.1) than they’re allowing (16.8) so far.

Those low (but so-far-dominant) shot numbers probably aren’t going to inspire people to stop tormenting head coach Mike Yeo with trap/boring hockey talk, but if the Wild keep playing this way, the bounces should start getting friendlier.

That being said, goaltending can make a huge difference, and their situation is more than a little fragile.

It’s tough to blame them for staying positive considering how often they’re driving play, though.

  1. polegojim - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Many are less and less shocked by this.

    They’ll of course start winning, but not remotely to meet all the signing hype.

    They’re an average team in the NHL.. pure and simple.

    • lordfletcher - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:22 PM

      they have meet all the hype by their signings, Parise and Suter. it’s unfair for everyone to buy the hype about the Wild being contenders. Suter obviously has paid off and Parise is doing just fine…. I highly doubt Craig and co. are upset about writing those checks, they will make their money back easily in all the additional revenue (ticket sales / merchandise / TV / playoffs / etc.)

      Too much youth to expect it all to just work in an instant. I do feel as if the Wild can make the playoffs but the clubs real potential to make runs starts next year till 2018 or so ….

      • polegojim - Oct 10, 2013 at 8:55 AM

        Ok, we’ll hold you to that – 2014-2018 Wild contending!

        Actually Lord… I respect your loyalty…but The Wild are the 19th ‘oldest’ team out of 30… that excuse just doesn’t fly.

        I totally agree on Suter… but not on Parise – he’s fallen short of expectations

        Craig and Co. won’t win any Stanley Cups on merchandising revenue… that’s called consolation PR for under-performing.

        The following teams are ‘younger’ than the Wild… so stop drinking the KoolAid…

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 10, 2013 at 9:14 AM

        The young guns are doing fine. Again, they’re outshooting the other teams by a significant margin; those pucks will go in soon enough. Frankly, if things don’t actually improve with this squad, I’d blame Yeo over anyone on the ice.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:28 AM

        polegojim, that’s some ownage by facts right there. Well played!

      • dave71120 - Oct 10, 2013 at 12:17 PM

        I found the following 13 teams, not 19, to be younger than the Wild this season:

        NY Islanders
        St. Louis
        Los Angeles (tied at 27.6 yrs old)

        5 of those teams didn’t make the playoffs last season, and 5 of those teams also lost in the first round of the playoffs last season. Not sure what your point is there.

        How did Parise “fall short of expectations”? He lead the team in shots (by a mile), goals, PP goals, points…

        And by the way – the season is 82 games in length – not 3 or even 30 – or else the 2011-12 Wild would have been hoisting the Cup based on the end-of-November standings. As long as the injury bug doesn’t devour the team like it has in the past, they’ll make the playoffs again this season.

      • polegojim - Oct 10, 2013 at 6:51 PM

        OK Dave… incorrect… but either way… thanks for proving my point… AGAIN!!!!

        1) They’re not losing because they’re ‘YOUNG’… they’re losing because they’re not playing well.
        No excuses other than that.

        2) Parise = – 7 and 1 point in 5 games in the PLAYOFFS… when you’re supposed to be the offensive superstar showing the young guns how it’s done??? You’re OK with that?

        Facts are facts, it’s not hate, it’s the truth.

  2. mnwildfan15 - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    The goaltending needs to be fixed!! Trading Hackett and Khudobin will bite them in the a$$.

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Oct 10, 2013 at 12:59 AM

      I’m pretty sure, Khudobin isn’t going to bite in the butt. Boston, who the Wild traded him to, didn’t even want to resign him.

  3. hines86for6 - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    I hope Praise has fun going up against that Weber-Seth Jones-Gaustad-Hendricks PK.

    Throw in Rinne…

    is there a better PK line in the league?

    • credible316 - Oct 10, 2013 at 12:32 AM

      Are you referring to the PK that gave up 2 PP goals?

    • northstarsmitty - Oct 10, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      “I hope Praise has fun going up against that Weber-Seth Jones-Gaustad-Hendricks PK.

      Throw in Rinneā€¦

      is there a better PK line in the league?” Ummmm try the Chicago Blackhawks. I see your point though- I do believe that can be the case in a few years from now

  4. nj666 - Oct 10, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    travis zajac for koivu…

  5. pxland - Oct 10, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Just be patient Zach, mediocrity will wait, and will come in spades.

  6. twinwildflyer - Oct 10, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Koivu is far better than Zajac, not happening.

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Oct 10, 2013 at 1:00 AM

      Nah, the Wild will just sign Zajac when he hits the open market

      • 950003cups - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:26 AM

        You can have him when he hits the open market if you want. He’s available in 2021. I think the Wild should trade for him. Parise had his best days with Zajac and vise versa. Uniting them soon would be in the Wilds best interest.

      • greatmiamisportsmind - Oct 10, 2013 at 12:45 PM

        Meh, the Wild sign Vanek next summer. I’d rather have than Zajac

  7. titansbro - Oct 10, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    In fairness, boston didn’t resign him only because he was going to cost more than any backup should make. He played very well last year.

    • ThatGuy - Oct 10, 2013 at 2:12 AM

      Yep, that $800,000 Anton is making would have killed Boston. A whole 200,000 more than their backup.

  8. 2dimesandanickelback - Oct 10, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    the wild are 0-1-2.

  9. rebekah319 - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    If you are not a fan of this team then why make a comment? And stop with the trade Koivu stuff ( It just never ends)

    • pxland - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      So Barry Trotz will have something to read?

  10. northstarsmitty - Oct 10, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    TO: polegojim- Pointing out how old we are in a ranking system doesn’t defeat his point nor help yours. What the other guy is trying to say is how a lot of our teams success is contingent on are young crop of prospects. Once they pan out and find places on the roster, the average age will only decline. A lot of that age comes from players like Heatley who won’t be around next season.

    You must not watch a lot of hockey closely if you think Parise has fallen short of expectations. Sure, he may not have posted 50 goals yet, but we did have a lockout last season and it was year 1 of a newly assembled team. Too early to say that unless he actually played terrible.

    Any opponent would tell you how frustrating it is to actually play against Parise. He is one of the best stick handlers in the league, always attacking the puck, disrupting players focus because of that, he is great at causing havoc in all the small ways on the ice, he is always playing hard every shift and he is always around the puck. He is great at pressuring opponents too. So when he may not be keeping pace with Ovechkin for goals or Sedin for assists, there is so much more at hand that makes him an all around player that any team would love to have. He doesn’t wear the C, but he is a leader for this team and it shows. I am glad you agree about Suter because his dominance is obvious. He was the undisputed best candidate to win the Norris Trophy. Too bad he was snubbed by popular vote to a defenseman who’s winning edge was simply because he scored a lot of goals- Subban didn’t even come close to the all around effectiveness and importance of Suters play. Things will come around for this team. I seem to be the only Wild fan who can be patient with this club because it is obvious they will be a solid contender soon enough. Just wait until we get Vanek next season!

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