Okay. So the Wild are several points out of the playoff race. We know that they have a slim chance of making the playoffs. As Buddha pointed out, they need to go 14-4 in order to have a chance.
But suppose they do make that 14-4 run. That's winning 3 games, losing 1, winning 3 games, losing 1, winning 3 more games, losing 1, winning 3 games, losing 1, and then winning 2 games. A bit streaky, but possible nonetheless.
What then? Our Wild might make the playoffs.
Will you be happy to see a team that
squandered lost so many road games make the playoffs? Will a 1st round loss make you proud of a team that maybe doesn't deserve to be there? Will a win in the 1st round and loss in the 2nd? What would it take?
My point is that so many Minnesotans are ready to jump in line and condemn the team for its poor performance, in my mind furthering the stereotype that MN fans are all fair-weather fans, dumping their teams the second they don't meet the standards of the ideal.
My perspective is that this is a fun team to watch compared to a style of team that for years played a bit boring hockey and didn't make the playoffs. I mean, would we ever, in the history of the Wild have seen a comeback like we did against Chicago? Talk about riding high!
To summarize my Tolstoy, I believe that we have seen an extraordinary year. Even in the midst of rebuilding, losing a couple of seasoned players, the incredible injury bug that had huge point performers out (Burns, PMB, Ebbett, Kobasew, now Clutter), a flu virus that relentlessly riddled the team (Boo-hoo per Nolan), and a fire that definitely took the wind out of the team's sails. It's been an exciting year, and I am proud of our team's accomplishments.
Your thoughts? Am I misjudging the Minnesota fan base?