With one week left in the regular season, the Minnesota Wild continue to search for answers to assist in their struggling offense. With the playoffs three games away, the team is trying to not just sneak into the playoffs. They are currently tied with Columbus for the seventh and eighth spots with 51 points, three points clear of Detroit and Dallas.
It isn't if they are going to get in, because they most likely are, but there isn't a to-be playoff team floundering like the Wild is right now. In their last 10 games, the team is 3-6-1 with losses to Calgary, San Jose (twice), Columbus, St. Louis, Chicago and Los Angeles. In those six losses, the team has scored a combined six goals.
"Well we certainly don't like doing things the easy way that's for sure," said head coach Mike Yeo after the Wild loss to Calgary on Sunday.
The once cozy Xcel Energy Center has turned cold. The Wild have lost five in a row on their home ice which isn't exactly a recipe for success during the most important time of the year.
"We gotta be better for sure," said Yeo. "There's no excuses."
The problem is it appears to be a scene from Groundhog day when the alarm clock keeps going off and we wake up having the same conversation as the game before. Saying you've gotta be better is not the same as having a clue how to fix it.
Has full panic set in?
Obviously the team was not happy with the energy the team brought against the non-playoff squad Calgary. This morning, the team announced they recalled goalie Josh Harding and forwards Jake Dowell and Stephane Vellieux sending Darch Kuemper, Mikael Granlund and Jason Zucker back to Houston.
Wild Remaining Schedule
Tuesday- Los Angeles
Columbus Remaining Schedule