The Jets didn't have to take it up a notch. The Wild were pretty much done when Suter busted his leg at the end of the season and then were totally done when Parise broke his sternum during the series. Sad thing is none of the players stepped up to fill the void left by those two. Shows how little depth the Wild had/have.
The Dubnyk thing worked because the Wild finally had a solid goal tender. It allowed the rest of the team to concentrate on being offensive minded rather than alway
But that is a function of the anemic offense. If the 21 other players on the team can only manage 2.79 goals per game, you need the goaltender with the better GAA in nets to give you a better chance to win. Dubnyk is at 2.55 GAA and Stalock is at 3.00.
You're going to play Dubnyk more because he gives up less goals than the offense can score. If the offense could ever manage to get up over three goals per game, Stalock would probably see more time than the second game of a back-to-ba
I honestly don’t think they make the playoffs. Wild have been trending down since the loss of dumba. St. Louis and ariz. have been trending up as well as Chicago.
Of course trades could change those trades but as of now, no playoffs.
Wild still hanging on to a playoff spot...have a chance to put a bit of cushion between themselves and being out with a win tonight.
Blues shot by Minnesota with their tremendous win streak, but Dallas, Vancouver, and even Colorado still aren't doing a whole lot to separate themselves.
Oilers and Ducks are in action tonight as well, but they are further down the list.
Minnesota may be clinging to a spot, but at least they still have one.
Our chances to get into playoffs are very slim (too little effort in a previous 70 games - too late success at the end), but still are possible if we will be able to win all remaining games with enormous effort which is questionable. Even just a participation in Stanley Cup playoffs during the first round still is a team's achievement. Many players during their NHL career did not have a chance to feel the atmosphere of the playoffs animal. And I understand very well recent Foligno’s talks about