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Wilderness Walk: Woe-vertime Edition

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There's plenty to be said about the Wild's inability to win in overtime. And also their ability to lose, since they have yet to force a shootout.

This scene has been too common.
This scene has been too common.
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One win in six tries equates to a 16.7% success rate.  Even by the most forgiving standards of major league baseball, a player batting .167 would probably be headed to the end of the bench or the minor leagues to get their game right.  And this is where we find the Minnesota Wild's success rate in overtime.  And it's not just that the team is unable to finish their chances in OT, it's also that they can't seem to prevent goals from being scored against them, as they have yet to push a single game to a shootout.  The Wild are one of four teams in the league (which all happen to be in the Western Conference) that have not gone to a shootout this season.  They are tied with 5 other teams for second most OT losses at 5, trailing lowly Vancouver who have 8.

From the outside looking in, this looks like another situation in which the veterans may be throwing their weight around, as Mikko Koivu and Ryan Suter have been on the wrong end of several of the OT losses.  It has been well established across the league that the fastest players produce the best results, but the Wild's units don't seem to feature that strength, instead favoring balance with the players put on the ice together.  Simply put, that strategy is not paying off, and like the power play, Mike Yeo continues to run the same lines out while expecting different results.  Something has to give, and it needs to change soon.  While surrendering and extra point to Colorado may not be the end of the world, it could spell trouble by doing so for any other team in the division.

Here's an updated look on the Wild's PDO.  They continue to shoot at a high percentage and have a very solid SV% at 5v5.

I also have not had the opportunity to give my send off to Mr. Scott Weiland, and huge influence on my musical development in my younger years.  I leave that with you now as we Walk.

Wild News

Change is hard for Wild in overtime - StarTribune.com
It might be hard, but it is necessary.

Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk should return to practice Thursday - TwinCities.com
More good news! Scandella also sore, but ready to go.

Postgame: Wild rallies for a point but comes up empty for a fifth time in overtime - StarTribune.com
Is this a case of the veterans controlling the coach?

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View to a Kill - Minnesota Wild - Articles - Homepage - Wild Xtra
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Yes, please. The Cap has been detrimental across the league this year.

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