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But on the day after the Wild finally showed some offense, getting their first win of the series by a 6-2 count on Sunday, their coach cautioned that his team’s status was still plenty urgent heading into Game 4 down two games to one.
“We’re still in a desperate situation. We were last night and we are tomorrow,” Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said after his team’s practice on Monday. “If we lose (Tuesday), we’re still down 3-1 going into Winnipeg. It’s not a question about feeling good about yourself. We survived.”
The Wild clearly enjoyed being at home for the first time in the series and are looking to build upon the success they had in Game 3 as they attempt to even the series.
“I don’t think we changed too many things. We really just want to keep things simple,” said Wild rookie forward Jordan Greenway, who scored his first NHL goal on Sunday. “We wanted to wear down their D early. I think we played a lot more physical Justin Reid Color Rush Jersey , we kind of made the first push. That was key. Going forward I think keeping that physicality and wearing them down, I think more space should open up for us like it did (Sunday) and we should get more chances.”
For the Jets, the biggest question remained unanswered after their skate on Monday. Defenseman Tyler Myers left Game 3 in the second period after an awkward collision, first with Wild forward Marcus Foligno and next with the boards near the Winnipeg bench. Jets coach Paul Maurice offered no update on Myers’ status Monday but did reiterate that he didn’t like the hit and expected the league to take a look at Foligno’s actions.
For his part, Foligno noted that he and Myers are friends off the ice from their time as teammates in Buffalo and claimed he had no nefarious intent in the collision. If Myers is unable to play Tuesday, rookie blueliner Tucker Poolman will likely be the new name in the Winnipeg lineup. Beyond that potential transaction, Maurice did not see the need for additional changes with the Jets still in control of the series.
“You’re not doing any major adjustments after an NHL season or switching a lot of things up. But there are areas, that when your game is going Kemoko Turay Color Rush Jersey , that you can make adjustments from,” Maurice said. “The foundation of our game is a certain amount of quickness. We can execute and operate offensively and defensively at a higher rate of speed. We didn’t have that in our game. There weren’t a lot of adjustments to be made off of it.”
The Jets will be seeking the first road playoff win in franchise history. The Atlanta Thrashers were 0-2 on the road in the playoffs, and the Jets have now gone 0-3 away from home in the postseason since the move to Winnipeg in 2011.
With their first-round pick gone after the trade for Blake Griffin, the Detroit Pistons tried to make the best of a tough situation on draft night.
The Pistons selected Bruce Brown of Miami in the second round Thursday and traded for the rights to second-round pick Khyri Thomas of Creighton. Detroit used the No. 42 overall pick on Brown. Thomas went to Philadelphia at No. 38, and he was traded to the Pistons for two future second-round picks.
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The Pistons sent their first-round pick to the Los Angeles Clippers in a trade for Griffin this past season, so this was shaping up as an uneventful night for them. They did manage to come away with two players instead of one, but expectations will likely be tempered for these second-round selections.
The 6-foot-5 Brown, who averaged 11.7 points per game over two seasons at Miami, was limited to 19 games in 2017-18 because of a left foot injury. He shot just 27 percent from 3-point range last season.
”I’m good to go – fully cleared,” Brown said. ”All the medicals looked fine at the combine, so yeah, I’m ready to go.”
The 6-foot-3 Thomas averaged 15.1 points last season and shot 41 percent from beyond the arc. He started 96 games in his three seasons at Creighton.
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Detroit hired Dwane Casey as its new coach this offseason. There’s still work to be done in reshaping the front office, but Stefanski said this week he would have a lot of influence.
The Pistons have had mixed results with their last three first-round picks – Luke Kennard, Henry Ellenson and Stanley Johnson – and after trading for Griffin, they don’t have a particularly flexible roster. They also parted ways with a couple key perimeter players in that deal, sending Avery Bradley and Tobias Harris to the Clippers http://www.jetsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-thomas-rawls-jersey , so there’s room for more depth on the wing.
Stefanski said there’s more adrenaline when a team has a first-round pick to make, but the trade with Philadelphia made the night perhaps more intriguing than expected for the Pistons.
”It got exciting when it started to come together,” Stefanski said. ”It looked like we weren’t going to be able to do anything, it looks like the guys were coming off the board, and then it got exciting for us.”