I posted this in the GDT, but I think it should be here... Since the Wild lost to the Flames on Feb 23rd, the Wild have been only beaten by Chicago and Anaheim since... and we all know how Anaheim was able to steal that last one! No other opponent has been able to stop the Party!
Tuesday, Feb 26 Flames W 2-1 9-7-2
Thursday, Feb 28 @Coyotes W 4-3 10-7-2 Friday, Mar 1 @Ducks L 2-3 10-8-2
Sunday, Mar 3 Oilers W 4-2 11-8-2 Tuesday, Mar 5 @Blackhawks L 3-5 11-9-2
Saturday, Mar 9 @Predators W 2-1 12-9-2
Sunday, Mar 10 Canucks W 4-2 13-9-2 Tuesday, Mar 12 Ducks L 1-2 13-10-2
Thursday, Mar 14 Avalanche W 5-3 14-10-2
Saturday, Mar 16 @Avalanche W 6-4 15-10-2
Monday, Mar 18 @Canucks W 3-1 16-10-2
Wednesday, Mar 20 @Detroit W 4-2 17-10-2
The Canucks were a bigger test IMO due to the higher frequency of games played there... Detroit was a bigger test due to Detroit being a better team than Dallas... even though Detroit is a shadow of what they once were. Yes, though I agree... Dallas will be another test, but not any bigger than the previous two that they already passed!
I do like this version of the Wild the best even if we have holes here and there. responsible team d, but enough skill and speed to actually play in the other end and not have to rely on powerplays and the odd breakaway. we don't score ONLY opportunistic goals anymore, because we don't have to. really nice mix of possession and rush hockey.
What were the odds of us to make the playoffs last season when we were in 1st place 1/3 of the way through the year? In other words, I don't wanna get my hopes up too much because anything can happen.
Last season when we were in first place, there was still more than half a season to play... now there are only 19 games left. I think even at exactly .500 hockey they have over a 90% chance of getting in right now.
We should play him one of these nights, some of our D have played terrible lately despite the rest of the team being awesome.
I'm guessing the next time they pull Falk from the lineup. I think Prosser plays for the right D and Clark plays for the left D. Due to Gilbert being injured, I don't think Yeo wants both Prosser and Clark on the same pair. That's why Falk stays in until at LEAST Gilbert is back so Prosser can sit.
The best part of this team right now: The been-there, done-that attitude. Suter scores in Colorado? It’s followed up by a tiny little fist pump. Win a big game in Detroit? And player after player essentially says what Backstrom said, “It’s two points tonight. Next game comes fast. We just have to move on.”
A month ago, the Wild would have said its legs were predictably mush after flying across the continent on Tuesday. No more excuses, said Suter. It’s about accountability.
“The main thing is everyone is ready to go from the start of the game no matter who it is,” Setoguchi said. “When you’ve got everyone going and every line jumping, it just makes it that much easier to go out there and play for everyone else.”
Not even when Scandy was pumping fists last year....
Correct, that was more of a "We're better than we thought we'd be right now, so we're just going to ride it out" attitude. This team actually believes in themselves truly right now. The expectation of winning every night is unheard of here!
Also, bad news: 4 of the remaining 19 games are on FSN+.
Turns out pushing hockey season back past MLB opening day was a bad idea. Who knew?!
********Sports has become one of my best friends this season. Whenever I get back from work I just stop in at my dorm, grab my laptop, head to dinner, then stream the game online. I've hardly watched any Wild game this season on a television, always online on my laptop instead. It also gives me a chance to listen to the opposing team's commentators instead of our awful ones.