There's really not much to say. Same old story, an uneven effort over three periods, an early lead was lost, Devan Dubnyk was pulled with 15 minutes left in the third, lines were scrambled, a coach's challenge failed, the WIld took their foot off the gas. The result was exactly as they deserved.
There was some positivity in the form of Nino Niederreiter continuing to pay back the team that dumped him, Charlie Coyle keeping hot, and Jason Pominville scoring a quality goal. The Wild put up 20 shots in the first period, but only 18 beyond. It was tough to watch for a team that is now looking up at a Wild card spot and not having many answers for the woes. The sprint to the playoffs continues at Madison Square Garden on Thursday against the New York Rangers
We've talked about the Wild's recent hiring of the War on Ice team, who were able to get some work in with Mike Yeo during the All-Star break and I found his comments intriguing, and hoping their influence will grow as Yeo stuck to his pre-break plan and got similar results from his team.
Mike Yeo's full comments on that topic. pic.twitter.com/PscFmWAtiG— Chad Graff (@ChadGraff) February 2, 2016
A very measured, calculated take from Mike Yeo on the Wild’s recent goal-scoring troubles: pic.twitter.com/ZZZSyCYv3q— Evan Sporer (@ev_sporer) February 2, 2016
At this point, there is no end in sight. So as we Walk I present to you with a bullet, R.E.M:
After All-Star break, Wild can't find breakthrough in loss to Islanders - StarTribune.com
The Wild, 3-8-3 in its past 14 and sitting in ninth in the West, blew a 1-0 lead and saw all four of the Islanders' Minnesotans have strong games.
Despite struggles, Wild returning to action with same lines - StarTribune.com
The All-Star break is officially over.
Analyzing Chuck Fletcher Part 1: The Trades
THW take a look at the dealings of GMCF.
Winter of our discontent: Will any Minnesota team make the playoffs? - StarTribune.com
The winter sports season is shaping up in such a way that all five of Minnesota's major sports teams have a chance to miss the playoffs.
Tending the Fields
Minnesota Wild recall defenseman Christian Folin from Iowa
Thor has returned
On the Frozen Pond
Weather Expected To Be Back Below Freezing For Hockey Day Minnesota - News - NewsTalk 610 KDAL AM
Officials with the upcoming Hockey Day Minnesota events in Duluth Saturday are thankful that the warm weather will be replaced by more normal temperatures later this week
Hockey Day Minnesota will bring Doug Woog honor – Twin Cities
Minnesota Hockey Royalty
Hockey Day comes early for local girls teams | Duluth News Tribune
A famous movie line said of baseball parks that if you build it, they will come. The same goes for hockey rinks.
Off The Trail
Canucks' Prust, Flames' Raymond placed on waivers - Sportsnet.ca
We'll find out today if they're claimed.
30 Thoughts: All eyes on Dennis Wideman hearing - Sportsnet.ca
Wild fans will understand #27
What about 'the other guy' in a trade? - 02-01-16
How do players react to hearing their value in trade talks?
Plenty to prove for Oilers' McDavid in return from injury - Sportsnet.ca
Connor McDavid is set to return from injury Tuesday. The Calder Trophy may be out of reach, but McDavid still has 32 games to prove he’s the best first-year player in the NHL.
John Scott gave the NHL back to hockey fans - SBNation.com
John Scott took over All-Star Weekend, and with it gave hockey fans the NHL we all want to root for.