On the 26th, the Minnesota Wild had a chance to all but lock down their trip to the playoffs at home. Long story short, they didn't. Despite getting shots to the net, the Wild were downed by an inferior team in the standings by a wide margin, embarrassed and enraged their fans, and gave the teams behind them a chance to claw back.
But the good news is the next day, the Wild roared back, took care of business against Colorado, and proceeded to lock down their playoff spot. The day was saved.
Oh, you didn't think I was talking about MARCH 26th, did you?
Yes, the Minnesota Wild are in a similar situation as they were 11 months ago, where they can't seem to buy goals, let alone wins. While one probably shouldn't use the word "desperation", "urgency" will almost certainly have to enter the Wild's vocabulary.
The urgency had better start tonight against the St. Louis Blues. Playing them on the road is a tricky proposition; only because the Blues are only bested by the Sharks in terms of play at home. Not to mention the Wild haven't scored a regulation win in St. Louis in years.
But this is the situation dropping games to teams that are essentially out of the playoffs gets you. They'll need to dig out of this slide, and it's best if it starts tonight.
On to the Walk.
Kuemper benched in 5-2 loss to Vancouver | Star Tribune- Kuemper wasn't good, but neither was Bryz in relief. I'm still Team Kuemper. And that's all I have to say about that.
Wild notes: Tough road trip looms | Star Tribune- The next four games include trips to St. Louis, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and Chicago. I know that 4 of the last 5 games are at home, but jeez.
The Team of 18,001: Mike Yeo and the Final 10 Games- Oh, did I mention those remaining 4 home games include hosting Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Boston? Not good.
Minnesota Wild: Matt Moulson's production, comfort level on the rise - TwinCities.com- To jump-start the Wild's anemic offense, they still need to see more from Moulson.
Tom Powers: Wild goaltending wobbly at wrong time - TwinCities.com- Tom Powers came to the game, saw the Wild lose, and now we get 6 more weeks of his articles.
Video: Bryzgalov brings Wild fan to tears by giving away his goalie stick | ProHockeyTalk- If it helps Ilya Bryzgalov to sleep at night to tell himself that that, and not the loss, was the reason for the tears, good for him.
Wild's Zucker, Backstrom undergo season-ending surgery - TwinCities.com- Both surgeries have been on deck for a week or two. Both have had lost seasons, and the Wild would do well to see both of them healthier next year.
Tending the Fields
Off the Trail
Kris Letang gets to decide if and when he plays again | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- The Penguins defenseman suffered a stroke, and should absolutely get to decide whether he's ready to come back or not.
Chris Kreider out for next 5 games; Marty St. Louis to Rangers' Nash line? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Rangers building a 2007 All-Star top line. Bring in Dany "#50in07" Heatley.
On the two types of "players-only" meetings, and their effectiveness | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com- There are two types of players-only meetings: Those that can count, those who can't, and those who make stupid jokes that make absolutely no sense merely for the purpose of filling space.
SI.com NHL fan misery rankings New York Islanders | Home Ice - SI.com- And for good reason.
Behind Enemy Lines
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