As the Minnesota Wild prepare for their five-game play-in series against the Vancouver Canucks, fans voiced their opinions on whether or not they view Minnesota as a legitimate contender for the Stanley Cup.
The results weren’t very inspiring!
That’s right. Over three fourths of the fans we surveyed believe the Wild aren’t a serious postseason contender. This isn’t a complete shock given that the Wild were one of the teams that just barely snuck into the 24-team postseason tournament, but it’s definitely a bit of a bummer.
Makes for a good underdog story, though, right?
We also asked fans about whether they’d prefer to see their team lose in the first round in order to have a chance to draft Alexis Lafreniere. Somewhat surprisingly, only 23 percent of fans said they’d rather tank for Lafreniere then attempt a serious run at the Stanley Cup.
Though it’s unclear what fans were most in favor of tanking for Lafreniere, one could reasonably assume that there were at least a few Wild fans who supported the idea. Of course, even if the Wild do lose to Vancouver, though, it’s not like the gods of hockey would throw Minnesota a bone or anything.
It stinks not having nice things.
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