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Going back the last eight seasons the Minnesota Wild has made the playoffs. Last year the Wild came up short ending their playoff streak and forced to watch the spring tournament from their couches. This year they look to bounce back and get back into the dance this season.
Minnesota started the season off to a slow start winning very few games coming into the season. This slow start to the season left Wild fans with little hope that they can bounce back into the playoffs. It seems like the roster is just too old and cannot keep up with the faster younger skaters of the NHL. Veterans like Mikko Koivu, Eric Staal, and Rhyan Suter have been at the top of the NHL’s leaderboard in statistics for most of their career but it seems that the older they get the more and more they fall. This has contributed to the team’s 20-19-6 record and measly 46 points. We are 8 points out of the final playoff spot as of right now and are in the midst of a 4 game losing streak. Netminder Deven Dubinik since coming to Minnesota has posted a .906 save percentage but this season has only a .898 not what Wild fans are accustom to seeing from the big guy behind the pipes. The wild home record has also been historically great throughout the past 5 seasons but this season the wild is only 9-14-2 at home. Veterans could be at blame for this as they are just slowing the team down.
Minnesota is, to say the least having a disappointing season. Could veterans be at fault for this? Poor coaching by head coach Bruce Boudreau? Maybe it is a little of everything. But if the Wild do not turn the ship around quickly Veterans and possibly the head coach could be in the hot seat for changing at the end of the season. Who knows maybe freeing up some cap space by letting some veterans go so we can bring in some younger guys could be the solution. I guess we will just have to wait and see what transpires throughout the rest of the season.