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A 10-point performance from Pardeep Narwal helped Patna Pirates mount a late comeback to beat Puneri Paltan 37-33 in the first semi-final of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) on Friday. Patty Mills Spurs Jersey . Patnas defence contributed equally and came up with super tackles in crucial moments as they scored 11 points in the last five minutes.Puneri Paltans Manjeet Chhillar became the fourth man to score 400 points in the PKL but his efforts werent enough and Patna made it to their second successive final.Puneri Paltan drew first blood and got a bonus and raid point to lead 2-1 after three minutes. Deepak Niwas Hooda scored with a do-or-die raid in fifth minute and sent Pardeep to the bench as Puneri Paltan led 3-2. Surjeet Singh got a two-point raid as Patna Pirates led 4-3 in the seventh minute.Pardeep had a quiet opening 10 minutes and scored just one point as the game was tied at 6-6. Parmod Narwal, however, swung the balance in Punes favour with a super raid in 11th minute as they led 9-6. Patna Pirates bounced back with a super tackle and levelled the game at 9-9 in the 12th minute.Patna Pirates ended the first half with a tackle point and went into the break leading 16-13.Puneri Paltan began strongly in the second half and scored four points in the first five minutes. Pardeep helped Patna force a super tackle in the 26th minute as they led 20-17. Patna Pirates forced another such tackle in the 28th minute to lead 22-18. A super tackle by Patna Pirates was ruled out for being too dangerous as Puneri Paltan levelled the game at 22-22. The momentum swung in Punes favour as in the 31st minute they inflicted an all-out to lead 25-22.Pardeep scored two raid points in two minutes as Patna Pirates trailed 25-28 after 34 minutes. Rajesh Mondal got two points with a brilliant raid in the 37th minute to level the game at 29-29. Patna Pirates led 31-29 in the 38th minute as Pardeep scored another raid points. Patna wasted a glorious opportunity to inflict an all-out as Pune levelled the game at 31-31 in the 39th minute. However, they forced an all-out in the next few seconds to lead 35-32. Patnas defence came up with points and crucial moments throughout the match as they prevailed 37-33 at the end. Kyle Anderson Spurs Jersey . The (11-11-4) Jets are seventh in the Central Division with 26 points.  Fifth place Dallas and sixth-seeded Nashville also have 26 points, but the Stars have three games in hand on Winnipeg while Nashville has two. Sean Elliott Spurs Jersey . He said Tuesday thats a big reason why he is now the new coach of the Tennessee Titans. Whisenhunt said he hit it off quickly with Ruston Webster when interviewing for the job Friday night. . The Olympic champion curler and TSN curling analyst immediately went online to look at the Halls long list of honoured members. Thats when the enormity of the honour sunk in.The Minnesota Wild made the playoffs for the first time since 2008, but were quickly sent packing by the Chicago Blackhawks in Round One. Off-Season Game Plan looks at an improved Wild club that will have to make some tough decisions this summer as they attempt to keep a playoff-calibre team intact while remaining under the $64.3-million salary cap. Perhaps the most difficult decision facing GM Chuck Fletcher is what to do with Dany Heatley, whose performance has declined to the point that its tough to commit $7.5-million of the salary cap for him while still maintaining flexibility to add at other positions of need, most notably a starting goaltender. While it would be easy to be down on the Wild for such a quick exit from the playoffs, it should be noted that starting goalie Niklas Backstrom was injured in warm-ups before Game One against Chicago and missed the postseason and RW Jason Pominville suffered a late-season concussion, making it back for two games in the Blackhawks series. Those two players may not have made a huge difference, but the Wild most likely would have been better with them in the lineup. "I look where we were a year ago today to where we are now, theres just been a dramatic improvement, a dramatic difference," Fletcher told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune at seasons end. "Clearly were on the right path. But you play a team like Chicago, you see where you have to get better. Their talent level, their depth is pretty impressive. You see where you need to get to, but at the same token, last year we were Mikko Koivu and a bunch of prospects."   The Wild are on the right path, but theyre hardly locked into it. Until they stabilize their goaltending situation, until their highly-touted prospects start producing, there is the risk of falling back. After all, they made lots of progress just to get to eighth in the Western Conference last season. It wouldnt take much for some bounces to go the other way, leaving the Wild on the outside looking in. The Rating is an efficiency rating based on per-game statistics including goals and assists -- weighted for strength (ie. power play, even, shorthanded) -- plus-minus, hits, blocked shots, giveaways, takeaways, penalty differential and faceoffs. (Stats are listed in this format: G-A-PTS, +/-, PIM, GP). Generally, a replacement-level player is around a 60, a top six forward and top four defenceman will be 70-plus, stars will be over 80 and MVP candidates could go over 90. Sidney Crosby finished at the top of the 2013 regular season ratings with a 93.65. Salary cap information all comes from the indispensable GM/COACHChuck Fletcher/Mike Yeo Returning Forwards Player Rating GP G A PTS +/- Cap Hit Zach Parise 75.63 48 18 20 38 +2 $7.538M Jason Pominville 72.92 47 14 20 34 +1 $4.505M Mikko Koivu 71.42 48 11 26 37 +2 $6.75M Devin Setoguchi 67.89 48 13 14 27 +5 $3.0M Dany Heatley 66.95 36 11 10 21 -12 $7.5M Charlie Coyle 63.04 37 8 6 14 +3 $975K Kyle Brodziak 59.15 48 8 4 12 -18 $2.833M Mikael Granlund 57.65 27 2 6 8 -4 $2.1M Torrey Mitchell 56.13 45 4 4 8 -8 $1.9M Mike Rupp 53.16 40 1 3 4 -2 $1.5M Zenon Konopka 49.94 37 0 0 0 -4 $925K Free Agent Forwards Player Rating GP G A PTS +/- Class 12-13 Cap Hit Matt Cullen 68.14 42 7 20 27 +9 UFA $3.5M Pierre-Marc Bouchard 64.14 43 8 12 20 +3 UFA $4.08M Cal Clutterbuck 61.54 42 4 6 10 -5 RFA $1.4M Wild Forwards Usage Chart from Its fair enough to question whether Zach Parise is the kind of player to warrant the free agent contract that the Wild heaped upon him last summer, but Parise came as advertised. A skilled and relentless player whose production was right in line with his 2011-2012 season, but Parise also produced tremendous puck possession stats as the Wild used him more frequently in the offensive zone. Acquired at the trade deadline from Buffalo, Jason Pominville had nine points in ten games with the Wild before suffering a concussion on a hit from the Kings Dustin Brown. He returned for a couple of playoff games, in a lesser role, so the Wild didnt really get to see how his addition might improve their playoff chances. Moving forward, Pominville is a reliable two-way player who has 435 points over the last seven seasons, a total that places him 27th in the league over that span. 2013 was going along like a typical Mikko Koivu season -- steady, productive -- and then he flopped in April (four points, minus-6 in 14 GP) before coming up empty (zero points, minus-6 in 5 GP) in his first taste of the playoffs since 2008. Koivus a strong two-way peformer, which should figure to make him a good fit with Parise. Certainly possession numbers indicate that they should be successful over the long haul. Despite playing his fewest minutes per game since his rookie year, Devin Setoguchi delivered a productive season, finding good fortune with Matt Cullen and either Jason Zucker or Pierre-Marc Bouchard on the Wilds second line. He may never match his 31 goals and 65 points from the 2008-2009 season, but Setoguchi is a quality shooter that can provide secondary scoring. It wasnt that long ago that Dany Heatley was firing 40 goals a season, but it seems like a lifetime ago now. Its getting harder for the Wild to fit Heatley on a scoring line and he could be a compliance buyout if Minnesota decided they wanted to get free from the last year of his contract (which will pay him $5-million, but come at a $7.5-million cap hit). Hes 32-years-old, so Heatleys best years are clearly behind him, but its possible that he could find the right situation, whether in Minnesota or elsewhere, where his size and finishing ability could still net him 25-30 goals in a full season. Rookie power forward Charlie Coyle impressed so much with his play that he was taking regular turns with Parise and Koivu on the No. 1 line. He still needs to generate more shots to be a productive scorer, but Coyle was an effective possession player in his first year, setting the stage for higher expectations in his second season. A year after his career-best season, Kyle Brodziak struggled in 2013; his minus-18 rating was worst among Western Conference forwards. That wasnt all on Brodziak, who didnt have the same kind of linemates as he did in prior years, but the results were decidedly worse. One positive, though, is that Brodziak always shows up, having missed seven games in the last six seasons. Coming into the season, the Wild had supposedly found an upgrade for their second-line centre spot in Finnish sensation Mikael Granlund, but it didnt quite work out that way as he was outmuscled too often and couldnt consistently generate offence in the NHL. However, given his track record in Finland (127 points in 127 games in his last three seasons) and last season in the AHL (28 points in 29 games as a 20-year-old), there is reason to believe that Granlund can be a point producer, but hell have to be better. While he was tasked with challenging zone starts, Torrey Mitchells first season in Minnesota was a bust, with a career-low scoring rate (0.18 ppg), career-low minus-8 rating and career-low 10:30 average time on ice per game. Given the financial commitment that the Wild made to Mitchell, they should probably try to find a role that matches their investment more appropriately. Acquired from the New York Rangers for Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri, veteran Mike Rupp put up typically modest numbers, but hes a huge presence on the fourth line, capable of skating on that line as well as being big enough to tangle with the leagues heavyweights. With 85 fights over the last four seasons, Zenon Konopka was one of two forwards (Powe was the other) to play more than 300 minutes and record zero points in 2013. Last season was the first time in Cal Clutterbucks career that he finished outside the top three in hits (he was ninth, with 155 in 42 games) and his role was reduced compared to previous seasons. Prior to last season, he had been able to contribute offensively, scoring 34 goals in the previous two seasons, but with four goals last year, Clutterbucks production dipped. The Wild have prospects that should move into more significant roles next year, most notably Jason ;Zucker and Mikael Granlund, but the Wild could go for a bargain free agent too, praticularly if they do end up buying out Heatley. Spurs Hats. Returning Defence Player Rating GP G A PTS +/- Cap Hit Ryan Suter 74.62 48 4 28 32 +2 $7.538M Jonas Brodin 65.43 45 2 9 11 +3 $1.444M Clayton Stoner 65.14 48 0 10 10 0 $1.05M Tom Gilbert 63.95 43 3 10 13 -11 $4.0M Nate Prosser 59.79 17 0 0 0 +4 $825K Free Agent Defence Player Rating GP G A PTS +/- Class 12-13 Cap Hit Jared Spurgeon 69.79 39 5 10 15 +1 RFA $527K Justin Falk 59.39 36 0 3 3 -9 RFA $825K Brett Clark 54.45 8 0 1 1 -9 UFA $900K Wild Defence Usage Chart from The Wild paid through the nose to get Ryan Suter and then made sure to put him to work, as he played a league-high 27:16 per game and he earned a place as a Norris Trophy finalist for his sound two-way play. He also went on a stretch through the middle of the season during which he scored a point-per-game over a 24-game span. Rookie Jonas Brodin was a defensive whiz for the Wild, mostly partnering with Suter and playing tough matchups, yet still producing favourable puck possession numbers. He doesnt put up the offensive numbers that would garner him more notice, but the Wild have a top-pair defenceman for a decade or more. He may not be quite a shutdown defender, but Clayton Stoner is a big body who played a career-high 18:13 per game in a no-frills defensive role last season. When he was acquired from Edmonton in 2011-2012, Tom Gilbert logged more than 27 minutes per game over the final 20 games that he played for the Wild. In 2013, it was down to a career-low 19:19 per game and Gilbert had mediocre possession stats. The Wild need more from him. Nate Prosser was left to a limited part-time role last season, dressing for just 17 games and playing 11:15 per game, not exactly a vote of confidence for more responsibility going forward. Undersized Jared Spurgeon has been a supreme bargain the last couple seasons, playing more than 21:30 per game and putting up solid possession numbers. Hes due for a nice raise as a restricted free agent, but it is warranted by his play. Justin Falk was another one to see his minutes cut on the blueline, down to 13:13 per game last season, and while his plus-minus wasnt great, he was largely a victim of poor goaltending when he was on the ice (essentially, bad luck given how the Wild goaltending performed on the whole). Its possible that top prospect Mathew Dumba could challenge for a spot, but a veteran who can provide a physical presence on the low end of the depth chart wouldnt be a bad idea. Returning Goaltender Player Rating GP W L OTL GAA SV% Cap Hit Josh Harding 59.92 5 1 1 0 3.24 .863 $1.9M Free Agent Goaltender Player Rating GP W L OTL GAA SV% Class 12-13 Cap Hit Niklas Backstrom 69.79 42 24 15 3 2.48 .909 UFA $6.0M Considering that he played just five games all season, as he dealt with the effects of Multiple Sclerosis for much of the year, it was extraordinary that Josh Harding was not only able to step in for an injured Niklas Backstrom in the playoffs, but Harding performed at a high level. Thats not a huge shock, based on his play (.915 SV%) throughout his career but, under the circumstances, it was impressive. It might be a reach, however, to expect Harding to handle a full-time starters role should Backstrom leave as a free agent since the soon-to-be 29-year-old has played a total of 39 games over the last three seasons. The Wild could explore trading for the likes of Ryan Miller, sign a free agent like Mike Smith or Evgeni Nabokov or they could take their chances with Harding and top goaltending prospect Darcy Kuemper. Miller would be the boldest stroke and an indication that the Wild are playing with urgency to win now. Top Prospects Player Pos. Team/League Stats Mathew Dumba D Red Deer (WHL) 16-26-42, +10, 62 GP Jason Zucker LW Houston (AHL) 24-26-50, -6, 55 GP Darcy Kuemper G Houston (AHL) 13-8, 1.88 GAA, .934 SV% Erik Haula LW Minnesota (WCHA) 16-35-51, +19, 37 GP Johan Gustafsson G Lulea (SEL) 20-13, 1.70 GAA, .932 SV% Tyler Graovac RW Belleville (OHL) 38-35-73, +7, 60 GP Zack Phillips C Houston (AHL) 8-19-27, -11, 71 GP Mario Lucia LW Notre Dame (CCHA) 12-11-23, -4, 32 GP Raphael Bussieres LW Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) 29-39-68, +27, 60 GP Marco Scandella D Houston (AHL) 2-15-17, +2, 45 GP A dynamic puck-moving defenceman who throws his weight around, Mathew Dumba plays much bigger than his size and the seventh overall pick from last summer may need to learn how to pick his spots a little bit more as a pro, but he has a chance to be something special. California native Jason Zucker scored enough as a rookie pro to earn 20 games in Minnesota, with the Wild, where he scored four goals and five points in limited ice time. If hes not ready for full-time duty as a scoring winger, hes awfully close. Darcy Kuemper only has 40 AHL games (plus 11 ECHL games) under his belt in two pro seasons, but a .929 save percentage in those 40 games has the 23-year-old knocking on the door. With 100 points in 80 games over his last two seasons at the University of Minnesota, Erik Haula could be expected to produce offensively, but hell get some time in the AHL to prove that he can do it. A sixth-round pick in 2010, Johan Gustafsson has been outstanding in Sweden, posting a .931 save percentage in 62 Swedish Elite League games over the past two seasons. Expectations need to be kept in check, at least until he plays some in North America. A seventh-round pick in 2011, Tyler Graovac broke through with a big offensive season, scoring 38 goals after scoring 20 in his first three OHL seasons combined. If its a case of a 6-foot-4 power forward taking longer to put it together, the Wild may have come up with a potential steal. 20-year-old Zack Phillips, a first-round pick in 2011, went through some adjustment to the pro game in his first year. Hes still young and has a scorers pedigree, so it will be up to him to generate more in his second campaign. Lanky winger Mario Lucia missed time in his freshman season with a broken leg, but the 2011 second-round pick has time to develop. A second-round pick last summer, Raphael Bussieres continued to improve this past season, putting up a total of 84 points in 79 games (regular season plus playoffs). Its difficult to consider Marco Scandella, a 23-year-old who has played 89 career NHL games, a prospect, but he spent most of last season in the AHL, so here he is; a capable puck-mover who can fill-in any time with the Wild. Other prospects like 2008 first-rounder Tyler Cuma, physical winger Brett Bulmer and 25-year-old scorer Justin Fontaine are also worth monitoring. DRAFTNo first-round pick FREE AGENCYAccording to, the Wild have approximately $57.9M committed to the 2013-2014 salary cap for 18 players. Check out my possible Wild lineup for next season on Cap Geek here. Needs: One top nine forward, depth forwards, depth defence, starting goaltender.What I said the Wild needed last year:One top line forward, one top nine forward, two top pair defencemen, backup goaltender.They added: Zach Parise, Mikael Granlund, Torrey Mitchell, Ryan Suter, Jonas Brodin. TRADE MARKETDany Heatley, Tom Gilbert, prospects. Scott Cullen can be reached at and followed on Twitter at For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. Cheap NFL JerseysCheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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