Wild's Best Of The Web - Dec. 18
It’s not always easy staying tuned in to all things Wild online. Whether it’s a story or a funny Tweet, we’ve got you covered with the best links from around the web.
NORDY GOES GREEN
As the Wild hosted Vancouver Tuesday night, Nordy unveiled a new look: his own version of the Green Men.
During the second period Nordy taunted the Canucks’ bench with his own set of dance moves and crazy antics. Check out the video here and an epic photo of the outfit here. (Stick tap to Wild Social Media Coordinator Katlyn Gambill for the pic.)
THE WAVE SEEN ROUND THE WORLD
Last week Charlie Coyle took the Internet by storm. From major media outlets, to reddit, Deadspin and even Buzzfeed, the 21-year-old was the latest NHLer to show why hockey is such a great sport, launched by a pair of tweets. Here are the original tweets of the wave and the reaction; here’s the tweet of the combined pictures.
Waiting along the boards during warm ups a young fan caught Coyle’s gaze and led to this. And before long the NHL Live crew chimed in on it, it turned into a meme and Wild.com’s managing editor Mike Doyle wrote his own story on the fan and Coyle’s reaction to the whole ordeal.
It really doesn’t get much more adorable than that folks.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
Last week I sat down with one of the Wild’s lesser-known guys: Marco Scandella. The blueliner has been a consistent figure on the ice this season and his game is reaching new heights. But we didn’t know much about him off the ice, until now.
Not only did he share a few stories about his family but he also spoke extensively about his outlook on his life and the opportunity he’s been given. Check out the full details here.
THE DIRTY WORK
In advance of Nino Niederreiter’s 100th NHL career game Tuesday night, the Star Tribune’s Michael Russo looked into what seems to be a routine game trend for the 21-year-old.
At some point throughout a contest, El Nino will be at the center of a heated conversation after a whistle while standing in the crease. The winger simply told Russo that it’s part of his game, but rest assured the polite Swiss doesn’t chirp or mouth off. Apparently he just smiles. Read all about it here.
FROM LAST CUT TO TEAM LEADER
If you haven’t heard by now, the Wild loaned defenseman Matt Dumba to Team Canada for the World Juniors. And although the final rosters aren’t set yet, it already seems apparent that Dumba will make the team and step in as one of its leaders.
NHL.com shared Dumba’s story — from heartbreak the previous two years as the team’s final cut to playing a key role this year. Check out the feature here.
TSN also looked into the 19-year-old’s path towards making Team Canada, which you can watch here.
THE NEUTRAL PARTY
As much as fans like to hate on the zebras game in and game out, Russo helped shed a little light on what it’s like being a NHL ref this week in the Star Tribune.
Russo was able to chat with Stephen Walkom, the NHL’s senior vice president and director of officiating. Beyond drawing from his own experiences as a ref, Walkom shared his thoughts on one of the most questionable calls the Wild have seen lately — Zenon Konopka taking four minutes for a high stick against San Jose. Check out the full story here.
MAKING AN IMPACT
Earlier this week Yahoo’s Hockey Blog, Puck Daddy took a look at the relative corsi’s of players around the league — namely the top ten and bottom ten. Check it out here.
While the post focuses more on the top relative corsi score, meaning the league’s MVP by this metric, the list shows that two Wild players, Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu, sit no. 3 and no. 4 respectively. Ultimately what this means is when Parise and Koivu are on the ice, the Wild is a stronger team.
Brett Bulmer has only skated in three games this season with Minnesota, but over that time, he’s already drawn the praise of head coach Mike Yeo.
Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press wrote a quick piece on the forward’s success through his first two games, which you can find here.
A WELL-DESERVED SHOUT OUT
NHL.com has been keeping a constant watch on potential Olympic candidates this season.