1. Clear as Mud: A Look at the NHL's Eastern Conference Playoff Picture

    When last we met, I went over the playoff picture for the Western Conference. Admittedly, it's looking a lot clearer over just the past few days with Detroit separating themselves from the pack...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about 5 years ago 202 reads 1 comments

  2. Clear As Mud: A Look at the NHL's Western Conference Playoff Picture

    Well, the playoffs are just around the corner. Those who are looking like locks to make it are prepping to look like the long lost brother to Sasquatch for the next two months, while ...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about 5 years ago 286 reads 2 comments

  3. Top 5 NHL Matchups of the Week

    Let's be honest. At this point in the NHL's season, every game is a potential game of the week candidate. It's like Christmas for hockey fans every night of the week, so narrowing it down to the top five isn't the easiest or most straight forward task..

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about 5 years ago 793 reads 1 comments

  4. Hockey Hits: In with the Good Thoughts, Out with the Bad

    Okay. This is getting ridiculous. I just read an article suggesting that if Matt Cooke is considered a dirty player, then Alexander Ovechkin is a dirty player as well...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about 5 years ago 251 reads 1 comments

  5. James Sheppard's Inspired Performance: Too Little Too Late?

    I remember quite clearly the message that was being sent to Minnesota Wild fans about James Sheppard following the 2006 Entry Draft. “He’s going to be the next Joe Thornton...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about 5 years ago 377 reads 1 comments

  6. Minnesota Wild Sign Casey Wellman: GM Chuck Fletcher's Rennovation Continues

    When a season is as rocky as the Minnesota Wild’s, you take any victory you can get. University of Massachusetts forward Casey Wellman is on his way to Minnesota today to sign a free agent, entry level contract with the Minnesota Wild...

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  7. Minnesota Wild: Are Optional Practices Hurting Them?

    Let’s start this out with a hypothetical, shall we? Imagine you are the coach of a hockey team that desperately needs to win in order to keep its playoff hopes alive...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about 5 years ago 133 reads 2 comments

  8. Hyperbole Aside, Derek Boogaard Deserved More

    On Sunday afternoon, Derek Boogaard served the first of what is a two-game suspension for a knee-to-knee hit on the Edmonton Oilers Ryan Jones. There has been much made about the hit so far, with a few members of the media weighing in...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about 5 years ago 139 reads 6 comments

  9. Minnesota Wild Head into the Stretch Run with a Difficult Road Ahead

    As the Wild’s 62nd game draws ever closer, the trade deadline has left the team’s fans with a stark reality.   It’s playoffs or bust for this team...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about 5 years ago 91 reads 5 comments

  10. Minnesota Wild Trade Deadline Thoughts and The Minnesota Wild Mailbag

    Well alright.  Sorry about the delay in this post but, as many of you are sure to know, I was a touch busy over the last few weeks getting things ready for Hockey Primetime’s trade deadline day which, I’m excited to say, was a pretty large success...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about 5 years ago 65 reads 1 comments

  11. Why the Gold Medal Game Won't Help Hockey Grow in the United States

    I’m sure this will make a lot of people happy to read, but it’s got to be said. Sunday’s gold medal game will not do a single thing to make the sport of hockey any more relevant in the United States...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about 5 years ago 485 reads 15 comments

  12. Breaking News: Minnesota Wild Re-Signs Cal Clutterbuck

    Per Mike Russo,   The Wild avoided restricted free agency this summer with heavy hitter Cal Clutterbuck by extending the winger's contract this morning. Clutterbuck signed a three-year, $4.2 million contract ($1...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about 5 years ago 116 reads 2 comments

  13. The Minnesota Wild Trade Deadline Primer

    The Olympics are just a few days from being over, and the Minnesota Wild have hit the ice once more, practicing together for the first time since the Olympic freeze on Wednesday. Looking at the standings, the Wild have a daunting task ahead of them...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about 5 years ago 377 reads 0 comments

  14. Three Stars of the Night: Olympic Edition, the Quarterfinals

    First Star: Miikka Kiprusoff, Finland On a night filled with tremendous performances, Kiprusoff stood above the rest with his 31-save shutout against the Czech Republic...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about 5 years ago 57 reads 0 comments

  15. Three Stars of the Night: Olympic Edition, Feb. 23, 2010

    First Star: Eric Staal, Canada—In his first game, moved to the team’s first line with Sidney Crosby and Jarome Iginla. Staal was a force, assisting on both of Iginla’s tallies and on Crosby’s lone goal...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about 5 years ago 98 reads 0 comments

  16. Three Stars of the Night: Olympic Edition, Feb. 21, 2010

    This article was originally published on Hockey Primetime . First Star: Ryan Miller, USA   Ryan Miller could very well go on to win the Vezina and Hart Trophies this season, but last night’s ...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about 5 years ago 115 reads 0 comments

  17. Three Stars of The Night: Olympic Edition, Feb. 19, 2010

    Originally Published on Hockey Primetime .   First Star: Jaroslav Halak, Slovakia   Can you say upset? All right, so it wasn’t a huge upset, as Slovakia was one of the teams that many thought ...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about over 5 years ago 78 reads 0 comments

  18. Three Stars of The Night: Olympic Edition, Feb. 18, 2010

    Originally Published on Hockey Primetime .     First Star: Thomas Vokoun, Czech Republic   In what was the first “big” game of the tournament, Vokoun shut down a Slovakian offensive attack led by Marian Gaborik and Marian Hossa...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about over 5 years ago 85 reads 0 comments

  19. Three Stars of the Night: Olympic Edition, Feb. 17, '10

    This article was originally published on Hockey Primetime. First Star   Jarome Iginla, Canada — What was this talk this season about Iginla slowing down? The Calgary Flames captain had ...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about over 5 years ago 124 reads 0 comments

  20. Gameday Preview: Phoenix Coyotes-Minnesota Wild

    It seems like forever since I’ve written one of these, so I might be a bit rusty, but bear with me—this could be a game that you’re going to want to watch if you’re a Wild fan...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about over 5 years ago 105 reads 3 comments

  21. On My Soapbox: Looking at Post-Hit Fights in the NHL

    Here’s the deal. It’s not like I think that Steve Ott is a horrible human being... Well, okay. Let me rephrase that. While I may think that he’s a horrible human being, I’m sure that he’s actually a really nice guy...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about over 5 years ago 123 reads 3 comments

  22. Owen Nolan Too Important For Minnesota To Trade

    The trade deadline is looming, and with the moves made in the past couple days by the Maple Leafs and the Rangers, it looks like everyone’s trying to get an early jump on the trading...

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  23. Gameday Preview: Detroit-Minnesota

    There’s no doubt that the Wild this season have been about as consistent as a schizophrenic on speed and have left many of their loyal fanbase in desperate need of some sort of emotional therapy...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about over 5 years ago 71 reads 3 comments

  24. Minnesota Wild Have Tough Decisions as the Trade Deadline Approaches

    It’s been a “wild” last few days for the Minnesota Wild. Riding high off of what one could call a miraculous four-game win streak that saw the Wild defeat four of the best ...

    Blake Benzel Written by Blake Benzel about over 5 years ago 436 reads 2 comments

  25. Gameday Preview: Minnesota Wild-St. Louis Blues

    Wow. That’s honestly all I can say about the Wild’s recent home stand. Wow. They start with an inspired performance against the Calgary Flames, defeating the northwest leaders 4-1...

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