I think tonight's game certainly will be interesting, more so for what occurs with the actual team than the game itself. Yes, the Wild need the two points, but...
The Wild need to figure out what to do with Coyle. They keep moving him back and forth from center to wing. Pick a spot and leave him there. Maybe this injury to Koivu will finally force the Wild to put him at center and leave him there. Maybe Coyle finally becomes the player the Wild keep saying he's going to be. Or maybe
This is going to be hard to watch for the next 25+ games. I just don't see much light. We can beat the best teams on a really good day, but drop so many games to lesser teams that I just don't see us making the playoffs, or sucking enough to get a franchise type player. Until we blow it up and tank, and the CL/CF induced dumba$$ contracts expire, this team is going to be in a sad holding pattern of below average hockey
Wes Walz made some asinine comment on why the Wild play so well against the top teams.
They don't want to be embarrassed....
I'll give you embarrass. My top 3.
3-> 12 straight periods without playing with a lead.
2-> Scoring 1 goal against Talbot and a weak defensive team called the Oilers.
And #1-> Your leading scorer gets laid out on a cheap hit and all you do is have some babyface Seeler poke at Kassian with a stern look and all the while being laughed at by
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Minnesota Wild (26-22-5) 57pts 4th in the Central
2.81 Goals For Per Game (25th in the NHL)
2.87 Goals Against Per Game (10th in the NHL)
21% Power Play (15th in the NHL)
82.5% Penalty Kill (8th in the NHL)
Top 5 Scorers:
1. #11 Zach Parise ~ 21G 25A = 46pts
2. #64 Mikael Granlund ~ 12G 32A = 44pts