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Glen Andresen's Five Takeaways at Detroit

by Glen Andresen / Minnesota Wild

Wild GameDay

vs. San Jose: March 23

vs. Calgary: March 21

vs. Edmonton: March 16

vs. St. Louis: March 14

at Buffalo: March 12

vs. Florida: March 9

vs. Calgary: March 7

vs. Vancouver: February 14

vs. Atlanta: February 12

vs. Phoenix: February 10

vs. Philadelphia: February 6

Following Wild games, Managing Editor Glen Andresen will give the five takeaways that he'll remember from each contest. Tonight, he looks back at a 6-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

Fact: That was much less fun to watch than a 4-3 come-from-two-goals-behind-in-the-third-to-win-in-overtime-in-Philly victory. Or maybe that was an opionion. But has there ever been Minnesota Wild game in Detroit that has been fun to watch? The only Wild win at Joe Louis Arena that I can remember off the top of my head was when Dwayne Roloson stole a game by making somewhere between 275 and 300 saves.

The Wild could have played two Dwayne Roloson’s and a Martin Brodeur and it still might not have helped in this 6-2 drubbing by the Red Wings. The Wild took way too many penalties and the red hot Red Wings pretty much did their thing all night. It was yet another horrific night in Detroit.

How awful has it been for Minnesota at Joe Louis Arena?  The Wild has allowed five goals in four of the last six games at Joe Louis Arena.  

Over the previous four games, the Wild killed 14 straight penalties. Apparently, the boys in white wanted to really test themselves by taking a whopping nine penalties against one of the best offensive teams in the League. Minnesota killed the first three, but the dam broke after that.

Detroit scored twice with the man advantage twice, and that was enough to get the offensive forces in red churning.

The penalty kill streak ended, but another streak continued. The Wild’s rash of injuries continued tonight. Already missing Mikko Koivu (arm) and Cam Barker (ankle), the Wild lost Josh Harding and Chuck Kobasew to lower body injuries in this one. There was no word as to the severity of either, but I think there might be a good chance of a couple calls made to Houston later in the weekend.

Antti Miettinen had a long, clear breakaway tonight that resulted in nothing but a shot that sailed over the net. That followed Andrew Ebbett’s breakaway last night that also resulted in the puck never reaching the goaltender.

This got me thinking about breakaways, or the lack thereof for the Wild this season. In fact, very few come to mind, and the ones that do all seem to involve Miettinen. And while Mittens brings a slew of great qualities to the Wild, breakaway conversions has not been one of them…at least not this year.

If I had to rank my favorite players of all-times, it would look like this:

Tied for 1st – Every player ever to wear a Wild or UMD Bulldog uniform
2nd – Mark Johnson (the 1980 Team USA hero)
3rd – Zach Parise (the almost 2010 Team USA hero)
4th – Nicklas Lidstrom

Lidstrom is just an amazing player. There’s not a lot that can be said that hasn’t already been said about the man. He just does everything, and he seems to do that perfectly.

Lidstrom had two assists tonight, both of which were perfect shots toward the goal that were put where teammates could deflect them.

Even though he routinely torments the Wild, you have to respect the way Lidstrom plays the game. It’s a lot like the case of Jarome Iginla, which we’ll likely get into in this space next week.
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