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  • Weekly Wild Update: Week of 2-20-2012


    We listed the four games last week as a chance to get four points, those coming from Anaheim and Winnipeg. They got three, coming from the defending champion Bruins and loser point from the Jets. How all that works out is beyond me. Sometimes, playing up or down to your opponent works out for the best. Other times, not so much. To be sure, most of the time, not so much.

    While beating the Bruins was certainly fun to watch, the reality remains that the Wild won three of the eight points available for the week. For a team still harboring playoff hopes, that's not going to cut it. Maybe they can build on the big win and get some mojo back.

    Let's take a look.

    Last Week

    Not exactly their proudest moment.

    Then, there was yesterday. A game no one in the world, myself included, gave them any shot to win. Yet, they did. Backstrom shutout the might Bruins, and a couple of Minnesotans scored to put the Wild in the W column for the first time in seven games. After the game, we learned Kyle Broziak was sticking around for another three years.

    And all was right again in Mudville.

    The Coming Week

    The next night, the Wild are due in Dallas for another crack at breaking the curse. It's been nine years since the Wild won there, and haven't shown much of a desire to end that streak. After beating the Bruins in a no chance game, maybe the Wild see this as a chance to overcome another hurdle. Wild fans likely see it as a chance to take a night off from watching.

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