You’ll forgive members of the Minnesota Wild for bristling whenever they’re accused of playing a boring style of hockey. Besides maybe New Jersey, no team in the NHL is more associated with the trap than the Wild, and nobody gets too excited to watch a team sit back, clog up the neutral zone and suffocate its opposition.
So when Minnesota and Chicago played a bit of a snoozer Tuesday — the teams combined for just 37 shots in the Wild’s 4-0 win — Minny forward Zach Parise was quick to point out the Blackhawks’ role in that, too.
“Show me a team in the NHL that doesn’t play a trap and I’ll call you a liar because every single team does it,” said Parise, per the StarTribune. “Whoever does it the best, then they get called a defensive team. I don’t agree with that. Every single team plays a trap.”
He added, sarcastically: “Of course we’re going to be blamed for [Tuesday’s game]. I mean, it’s the high-flying Hawks.”
Of course, what Parise failed to mention is that Wild games often experience a dearth of shots. During the regular season, it was an average of 54.3 (26.6 for them, 27.7 for their opponents.) Only New Jersey games (52.3) averaged fewer combined shots, while Ottawa’s (67.5) had the most. Chicago’s had 60.3 (33.1 for; 27.2 against).
Anyway, we’re quite certain Wild fans will take boring wins over exciting losses, especially in the playoffs against the defending Cup champs.
Bolland back in, Bjugstad out with injury for Panthers
The Los Angeles Kings lost one of their most veteran defensemen on Tuesday, as the club announced Matt Greene would be out indefinitely following shoulder surgery.
Greene, 32, had only appeared in three games this season, missing extensive time with the ailment. He had recently resumed skating with teammates and looked to be on the way back to a return, but never got to the point where he was participating in drills, or taking contact.
If Greene misses extensive time, L.A. could be in the market for a defenseman come trade deadline day, like they were last year before acquiring Andrej Sekera from Carolina. Greene is one of the most playoff-tested players on the L.A. roster, with 79 games and two Stanley Cups on his resume (and another Stanley Cup Final, with Edmonton in 2006).
Looks like the Canucks will have an interesting lineup tonight
But hold on, that doesn’t necessarily mean Pedan will make his NHL debut tonight. This morning, the Canucks announced they’d called up d-man Alex Biega from AHL Utica. Theoretically, inserting Biega could allow the offensively inclined Yannick Weber to move up to forward. Biega and Weber both shoot right. Pedan shoots left.
But wait, there exists another possibility — that both Pedan and Biega could play. That will depend on Chris Tanev‘s status. He got banged up yesterday as well, though he was able to skate this morning.
Weber likely to skate as a forward tonight. Biega may play instead of Pedan. If Tanev can't go, both will play. #Canucks
The Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee added some big names on Tuesday — most notably, a pair of Hockey Hall of Famers.
Ron Francis (inducted in 2007) and Jarri Kurri (2001) have been appointed to the committee, the Hall announced. Longtime hockey scribe and hockey insider Bob McKenzie was also named; together, he and Francis and Kurri will replace an outgoing trio of Lanny McDonald, Mike Emrick and Peter Stastny.
Francis currently serves as the GM in Carolina while Kurri holds the same title with Jokerit of the KHL.
McDonald resigned his spot on the committee to become chairman, while the terms of Stastny and Emrick expired.
The Hall also announced Eric Duhatschek, Michael Farber and Bill Torrey were reappointed to the selection committee for a further three-year term.
The next big meeting for the new members of the selection committee comes in late June, when everyone gathers to consider candidates for the 2016 Hockey Hall of Fame.
The announcement for new inductees will be made on June 27. As we’ve written about in the past, the list of first-time eligible entrants isn’t exactly overwhelming, so this could be the year some “passed over” candidates get in.
Among those in that category? Eric Lindros, Dave Andreychuk, Mark Recchi and Jeremy Roenick, to name a few.