If they can play the way they did the first period in Toronto, things should go well. Everybody complains about how boring the Neutral Zone Trap is, but what's more important right now? A win or playing entertaining hockey?
They need to stop thinking they can run-and-gun with other teams. That's what happened in the second period in Toronto and they got lit up like a Christmas tree. And they don't have the offensive fire power to overcome more than a one goal deficit.
Best for this team would be to lose, a lot. Winning here and there only makes Leipold think things will work out with this roster. Which obviously won't happen.
Which is better: hanging on a loose rope for years or to suffer enormously for a while.
I’m beginning to think the best thing the wild could do, for long term success, would be.
#1 rotate goalies until a clear and undeniable #1 goalie emerges.
#2 rotate 3 defensive pairings, regardless of pp or pk. Let the younger guys get experience.
#3 rotate 4 forward lines, regardless of situation. No pp or pk specialist.